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drugs2The scuttlebutt is that Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to say what has long been obvious to anyone who has the faintest notion about how the wildly failed, flawed war on drugs has been waged for three decades. The obvious is that the war on drugs has been a ruthless, relentless and naked war on minorities, especially African-Americans.

In the coming weeks, Holder may tell exactly how he’ll wind that war down. It shouldn’t surprise if he does. President Obama and Holder have been hinting for a while that it’s time to rethink how the war is being fought and who its prime casualties have been. Their successful push a few years back to get Congress to finally wipe out a good deal of the blatantly racially skewed harsh drug sentencing for crack versus powder cocaine possession was the first hint. Another is the mixed signals that both have sent about federal marijuana prosecutions, sometimes tough, sometimes lax.

cerealSix-year-old Grace Colbert – the adorable little actress and star in the controversial Cheerios commercial that ran on television in the United States last month – must be wondering why some people have made such a fuss about her role, and the role of the people who played her parents, in the cereal commercial. In the 31-second video, Colbert plays a girl who goes to her “mother”, and asks her if what her “dad” said about Cheerios “being good for your heart” is true. Her mom says “Yes”. The girl smiles, and walks off camera with her box of Cheerios.

In the next shot, the “father”, who was lying on the couch, wakes up to find Cheerios poured all over the left side of his chest. The girl, it appears, wants to protect her dad’s heart by covering it with Cheerios. The message? Cheerios are good for you, and your heart. Share them with the people you love, so that they will be healthier.

Dear Mr. President,

On the afternoon of Thursday, June 27, 2013 I should have been happy. In fact, I should have been hysterically overjoyed and celebrating at the passage in the United States Senate of the much fought for and touted immigration reform bill by a vote of 68-32.
Yea, at letter number 33 and counting, we have passage of this longer overdue measure in the Senate. Instead, I do not know whether to laugh or cry.

That’s because minutes before the passage of S. 744, House Speaker John Boehner, told reporters: “The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order.” Thanks a lot for nothing Boehner. Seems the addition of an immigrant to his family has done nothing to soften up the Republican conservative who insisted that not only will any immigration reform legislation have to go through the entire committee process in the House, but whatever emerges will have to meet the “Hastert rule”, which says the majority of the party in control of the House must back a given measure for it to receive a vote by the full chamber.

CARTOON-JULYEven when men have good wives, they still often dabble in the delights of desire and go where angels fear to tread. Why do they go, who do they go to and where do they fulfill these untold and unwise pleasures? Ah, the mistress.

There is no love lost between the wife and the mistress and, in fact, she is not loved by society, as she is deemed a destroyer of relationships, a demolisher of homes - a home wrecker. Knowing the uncertainties and pain that go with being with a married man, the mistress is still a part of many marriages - irritating and hard to get rid of. For some reason, the mistress is drawn to him and he to her, even though they both know deep down that the illicit relationship has no future.

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