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March 5th, 2014

A helping hand for young men of color

    "My Brother's Keeper" has a much nicer ring than "Stop and Frisk." It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

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Boehner has the blahs

    "Blah, blah, blah, blah," said the speaker of the House.

     Ohio Republican John Boehner, drawing out the words in a tone of ennui, was speaking about a new tax reform plan, and its comatose-on-arrival prospects.

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Fathers' Sons and Brothers' Keepers

    Frederick Douglass once noted, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

    The statement is simple, profound and as true as truth can be. And yet we as a society and as individual families neglect the building, facilitate the breaking and balk at the cost and commitment of the repair.

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Fathers' Sons and Brothers' Keepers

    Frederick Douglass once noted, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

    The statement is simple, profound and as true as truth can be. And yet we as a society and as individual families neglect the building, facilitate the breaking and balk at the cost and commitment of the repair.

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On the Flight to San Jose

    I am supposed to be working. I have the bags, under the seat in front, full of papers. I am not working. I am listening.

    I have a colleague who hates to fly Southwest because he invariably finds himself next to a morbidly obese passenger in the middle seat. This has never happened to me.

    I have never found myself next to a morbidly obese passenger. No, I find myself next to mothers who break my heart.

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The Bitcoin Blasphemy

    Whenever I read a story about Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has been so much in the news these days, I think about a man named Dee Hock. In the early 1970s, Hock created the credit card system that we now know as Visa. Hock was a man who liked to think grandiose thoughts. When it came to Visa, and credit cards in general, Hock used to describe them not just as a way to get a short-term loan but as a new kind of payment system, an exchange of value that was on par with, and that competed with, cash.

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They Just Don't Know When To Stop

    Where have the good Republicans gone? Why are they letting the crazies speak for the party. They cannot have just fallen off the map. Nor can they agree to all the pot shots being taken by the vocal minority. Or is the problem that the nut faction has become the majority?

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What a Chinese firm would need to buy a U.S. media company

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Arizona Did Us All a Favor

    You're a fundamentalist Mormon - that is, the breakaway sect, not recognized by the main church, with a scary compound in northern Arizona. Women wear long prairie dresses, men rule with an iron fist. You believe in a host of things that violate civil and even criminal law. But your beliefs are "sincerely held." They come directly from God.

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Arizona Sort Of Helps Out

    It's been quite a week in Arizona. First, the Legislature passed a bill that, in effect, gave businesses the right to discriminate against gay couples. The state's actual business community was horrified. Everybody from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich was ticked off.

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