New Day

I’m struggling with understanding where I live, from the community to the national and international levels. I don’t know what to expect from my country, but I definitely know what to expect from some of my community members: continued murder and mayhem from the gang members, continued reticence from my Latino neighbors who are afraid of the gang members, continued disrespect from justice system that worries more about criminals than the law-abiding, continued takeover of the country by outside interests (India is not our friend, and I cannot believe we are in debt to China!), and incredibly disrespectful and intolerant behavior from folks who ought to know better. I never expected to see this much acrimony, insensitivity, dysfunction, and continued hatred in existence in this country. There’s got to be a better way.


Female Condoms and HIV/AIDS

Now that AIDS is disproportionately responsible for the deaths of Black women, ages 25-34, the female condom is back on the market. Apparently, it is still much too difficult to get men to use condoms, so the stealthy option of the female condom is openly promoted to help lower the infection rate. Now, more affordable and more comfortable, women in D.C., heart of Chocolate City, can receive female condoms for free, thanks to a Health and Human Services grant, I think. Maybe, with increased visibility, the FC2 might give more sexually-active women a chance to protect themselves from a variety of sexually transmitted infections. FC2 Female Condom Website


I’ve just completed a month-long expedition into Los Angeles County’s ordinances related to keeping fowl in an area zoned as residential, R1. Zoning, Animal Control, and Environmental Health were all contacted and it took a month to move the property owner to force his tenants to remove all the roosters and chickens they were keeping on the place.

Roosters crow all the time, day or night. Now, they do not because they have been removed. Hooray for the sounds of silence.


Notes on the President’s Address


the grip and grin shot – as the President enters the chamber

Topic: Economy and Economic Agenda

"We will rebuild, we will recover, we will emerge stronger than before."

Banks, lenders, what about the real estate agents and brokers? Real estate industry needs regulation and oversight.

Agenda begins with jobs.

reform regulatory system

energy healthcare education

preventive care

dropping out is quitting on self and country

line-by-line vetting of the budget

eliminate no-bid contracts and reform defense budget

tax code adjustments (stop rewarding corporations that send jobs overseas)

medicare and social security

deficit of trust

the chamber acts like they’re at mass

raise pay and provide better benefits to veterans

GITMO closing

"a new era of engagement has begun"

Leonard Abess bank CEO who gave away money to workers

Something worthy to be remembered.

interrupted by applause 52 times

Obama expects to be judged by results.



An honor killing outside Atlanta, GA. How odd is that? States dealing with cultural practices from other countries would do well to familiarize themselves with the concepts that shape practices.

The concept of shame plays a significant role in the practice of honor killings. A method of controlling social behavior, engaging in any behavior that might bring shame to the family is forbidden.  The woman in Georgia wanted to divorce her husband. Her father, rejecting the shame that would come of divorce, allegedly killed his daughter and said he had done nothing wrong. From Pakistan, the father was not invoking Islamic tradition, but that of the tribe.

Those who must cope with these situations would do well to look at comparable tribal concepts and traditions in America. The Navajo used notions of shame as a method of social control. People moderated their behavior in order to reduce the possibility of bringing shame and disgrace upon the family. However, killing the offender was limited to those who were believed to practice witchery. If they could be banished, they were in preference to killing as the Navajo have a strong aversion to death and coming into contact with the dead.