• Do you want real change?

    [Photo Credit: voteharris.org] Do not vote for a Democrat or Republican in the 2016 election. Instead, listen to all of the candidates. Listen to the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the American Independent Party, the American Third Position Party, the Constitution Party, the Justice Party, the Reform Party USA. Listen to the(…)

  • Russell Brand on Democracy Now!

    For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken at Occupy Wall Street protests and marched with the hacker collective Anonymous. A recovering addict himself, Brand(…)

  • When Schlissel sounds like Harbaugh

    [Photo Credit: Malcolm Emmons, USA TODAY Sports] Coincidence? Jim Harbaugh, Stanford Coach, 2007: “…but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications.” Mark Schlissel, UMichigan President, 2014: “We admit students who aren’t as qualified, and it’s probably the kids that we admit(…)

  • The problem with Republicans

    [Photo Credit: nomadicpolitics.com] There’s a big difference between the two major political parties in the United States: Democrats don’t respect Republican policies; Republicans don’t respect—and even hate—anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Our country will never be great again so long as there is devision amongst us. Thinking Mitch McConnell, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are(…)

  • Open Letter to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel

    [Photo Credit: Wikipedia] Dear Dr. Schlissel, I have been a Michigan football fan from the time when I first walked into Michigan Stadium at the age of five. When attending UofM in the late seventies I never missed a game, and I’ve missed less than three dozen televised games in the last 30 years. As a well-informed(…)

Do you want real change?

Do you want real change?
[Photo Credit: voteharris.org]

Do not vote for a Democrat or Republican in the 2016 election. Instead, listen to all of the candidates. Listen to the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the American Independent Party, the American Third Position Party, the Constitution Party, the Justice Party, the Reform Party USA. Listen to the un-railroaded dialogue and then make a different choice.


Russell Brand on Democracy Now!

Russell Brand on Democracy Now!

For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken at Occupy Wall Street protests and marched with the hacker collective Anonymous. A recovering addict himself, Brand has also become a leading critic of Britain’s drug laws. He has just come out with a new book expanding on his critique of the political system. It is simply titled “Revolution.” CLICK HERE to watch the interview.


When Schlissel sounds like Harbaugh

When Schlissel sounds like Harbaugh
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Coincidence?

Jim Harbaugh, Stanford Coach, 2007: “…but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications.”

Mark Schlissel, UMichigan President, 2014: “We admit students who aren’t as qualified, and it’s probably the kids that we admit that can’t honestly, even with lots of help, do the amount of work and the quality of work it takes to make progression from year to year.”

 


The problem with Republicans

The problem with Republicans
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There’s a big difference between the two major political parties in the United States: Democrats don’t respect Republican policies; Republicans don’t respect—and even hate—anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

Our country will never be great again so long as there is devision amongst us. Thinking Mitch McConnell, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are heroic men who are going to rescue America is delusional thinking.




Open Letter to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel

Open Letter to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel
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Dear Dr. Schlissel,

I have been a Michigan football fan from the time when I first walked into Michigan Stadium at the age of five. When attending UofM in the late seventies I never missed a game, and I’ve missed less than three dozen televised games in the last 30 years. As a well-informed fan I know the team and I know the program and I know that both are in trouble.

If I were in your shoes here’s what I would do:

1. Without delay fire Dave Brandon. The Michigan Athletic Department has become a Grand Central Station for public relations gaffes and both Brandon and his department have become an embarrassment to the university. Fire Brandon with cause and hire a top-notch law firm to renegotiate/void his $3 million buyout – a buyout he does not deserve.

2. Fire Brady Hoke, also without delay. Coach Hoke is in way over his head and has no business coaching a major college football program. Evidence is everywhere. Stop the bleeding! I used to say that Hoke was instilling mediocrity. No longer – the program is in complete disarray.

3. With a new athletic director in place and after a proper search, hire the best available coach in the nation. In the words of Greg Garno of the The Michigan Daily, “[Michigan] needs someone who can coach better than the guy across the field. They need someone who can bring a fresh idea and a new idea to a program so attached to its past.”

Though I am critical of both Brandon’s and Hoke’s job performances such is not the reason behind my suggesting their immediate firings. Neither is the latest debacle in East Lansing, or Coca-Cola/ticket-gate, or Shane-gate, or Stake-gate, or a 5-11 record in their last 16 games.

It is a matter of honor.

At the Monday press conference after the Minnesota loss Brady Hoke said Shane Morris hadn’t suffered a concussion and that he hadn’t spoken to his boss. At 1 a.m. on Tuesday Brandon sent out a press release and contradicted his coach, stating that Morris had suffered a “probable mild concussion” and that Brandon had been in constant communication with his head coach and everyone else involved.

One, if not both, “Michigan Men” have publicly lied.

The University of Michigan is the kind of institution that should demand better. I call on you restore order and dignity in Ann Arbor.

Sincerely,

Robert Hamburger


Questioning and trusting

Questioning and trusting
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I question things…things both big and small…and when I’m done questioning I look for answers underneath the answers.

I questioned G-d in the days and weeks after my father died when I was seven years old.

Now in my 57th year I still question. I think about death. I’m older than my grandparents were when I first knew them…and I thought they were ancient.

Questioning and wondering is my nature while fear seems to be my default feeling, though I wish it wasn’t.

Over the years I’ve learned trust more. I’m learning to be less attached to inconsequential things—-and that many things that I though were important were in fact—-inconsequential. I’m learning to trust even though the future, at times, seems more precarious.



An Open Letter to Edward Snowden

An Open Letter to Edward Snowden
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Dear Mr. Snowden,

One day history will tell the story of how the the world’s governments put a complex network of surveillance into place… and of how the National Security Administration monitored our phone calls, emails and computer habits…and of how every one of our movements was tracked with the GPS in our cell phones.

In the words of George Orwell, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” You told us the truth…and you told us the truth before the history books caught up with us.

We deserve to know the truth of our existence. Thank you for your extraordinary courage.

Sincerely,

Robert Hamburger