The Worst Has Passed: Post Hurricane Irene Commentary

Good afternoon everyone! The New York area has just endured Hurricane Irene with things not being nearly as bad as we all imagined it could have been. A Category 1 Hurricane came through the East Coast, doing damage in the Virginia/North Carolina area especially. New York was prepared, and as of yet there are no reported casualties because of the storm. Some may say that it was much hoopla about nothing, and that the city and news media may have over-reacted. Let’s just all be glad that things didn’t play out bad, as it could have been much worst. Personally,...

Polite On Society Week in Review- 8/21-8/27: Pre-Hurricane Irene Edition

Good morning everyone! This has been a tumultuous and eventful week, hasn’t it? The weather is scaring us up, racist slaps in the face continue, and politics as usual is the order of the day. Let’s dive right in, as I and others have some preparations to make. East Coast Earthquake Monday, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked the East Coast. Starting in Virginia, its presence would be felt in various other places. NY and DC, urban areas that really aren’t built for earthquakes like the West Coast were affected. Personally, I didn’t feel anything, and fortunately,...

President Obama Seeks to “Create Dependency”, Says Senator Coburn

Yet another racial code word has emerged from within our 21st century post-racial American discourse. This time, it comes from Republican senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. In commenting on Obama’s policy, Coburn said that the president “seeks to create dependency” on government programs. He does not specify which programs in particular, but Coburn goes on to say that overall he does not believe these programs are good for the country. Now, first off, there is nothing new about this idea of government programs being “bad for the country” but helpful to African-Americans. It is a conservative trope that social programs...

I Got Mines, and I Want Yours Too: Haves Steal From Have Nots

Never has so much been taken from so many by so few. I have to channel Winston Churchill to describe the historic gutting of social programs that we are all about to witness due to the Great Recession. Those of a certain age will remember a time when teachers used to say, “I Got Mine” and that you have to get yours. It was a way of admonishing students, that they have to get their education in order to progress in life. In most cases, after this reprimand, the class would calm down. Today, “I Got Mines” can be put...