On the “Muslim Riots” and More

by Patricia V. Davis    None of us like to believe that we’re gullible or lazy, but when it comes to discerning what is reality and what is media and political spin, we are both. We so badly want to believe our chosen political party, our favourite newspaper or news program that we let ourselves […]

Profiling by the California Highway Patrol in Oakland, California: More Inclusive Than You Might Think

by Patricia V. Davis It’s been a common complaint by the citizens of Oakland, California over the years that their police department is a sham.  In fact, one has only to search the term “racial profiling Oakland Police department” on the internet for pages of links to unrelated instances of alleged excessive force, extortion and […]

Women’s Top Three Oscar-Winning Roles Will Surprise You

There were ten nominees in the race for last year’s Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscars. Two played characters who were sexually assaulted onscreen, (Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs and Rooney Mara as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and another played a serial adulterer (Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn). This continues a long-standing pattern, for since 1958, the roles that most frequently earn a Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination are those of prostitute, adulterer, or rape victim

Poverty and Politics

There are more people receiving food stamps and other government benefits associated with poverty than ever before.  The amount of children being raised in poverty is rising, from 17% of children in 2006 to over 22% today.  That may seem like only an incremental rise, but at this rate it may only be a few […]

Divas Read Banned Books

by Jo O’Neil Our editor-in-chief, Patricia V. Davis, is the author of three published books and counting. Like any other author today, she knows the importance of marketing her own work, and so when The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know came out, she immediately began to promote the title to […]

TRUE GRIT Part Three of Into Africa |African Queens

by Sharon Walling The first time I saw a Ugandan woman in her traditional garb, Lord Byron’s verse “She walks in beauty, like the night,” flashed in my mind. The women of Uganda are pictures of grace. They are stately and quiet. When I was a little girl, my mother used to tell me to […]

Murdoch, Einstein and Me

by Con Carlyon I watched Piers Morgan interview an atheist during the week. Piers asked what the atheist thought happened when we die. The atheist asked Piers if he could remember what it was like before he was born. I think he was trying to convey that we could expect it to be the same […]

NBA Lockout 101

By Andrew Skaggs Shades of 1998 have resurfaced again for NBA fans, as the chance of having a 2011 season seems less likely by the day. In that 1998 season, however, they managed to play 50 games and salvage the season, but as of now, the NBA can only hope for a result such as […]

The Literary Achievements of Eurquart Ledbetter

by James Hancock Last week, I was sitting around the bike shop doing some networking because it was too cold to do any messenger runs.  I had a stack of small, unmarked packages to deliver, but the public restrooms in the park where I always drop them were too frigid to hang around, so I […]

In San Francisco in October? Then Litquake is a Must

by Jo O’Neil What is Litquake? Litquake is what the city of San Francisco is really all about. San Franciscans spend twice the nation’s average on books (as reported by USA Today) and Litquake, the city’s annual festival of literature devoted to the written word, celebrates that. Chelsea Handler, Ismael Reed, Christopher Moore, Jeffrey Eugenides, […]