All posts by John Maberry

A writer, a lapsed lawyer, a former government employee, a father of two and a 30+ year (in this lifetime) Bodhisattva of the Earth. Author of Waiting for Westmoreland. A happy man and a funny guy.

Guinness Book of World Records for Most Lies during an American Presidency?

Maybe George Bush and his fellow Presidential Pinocchios won’t win, but shouldn’t we at least consider entering them collectively for the award? Surely by now, he must be embarrassing Dick Nixon, rolling in his grave in jealousy. According to the report released yesterday by the Center for Public Integrity, principal Pinocchios of the Bush administration issued 935 false statements in just two years to gin up support for the invasion of Iraq on March 18, 2003. Continue reading Guinness Book of World Records for Most Lies during an American Presidency?

Power to the Penis!

      Bet that got your attention! Back in sixties and seventies, a fist thrust upward and accompanied by the mantra “Power to the People” was commonplace political theater. To those who remember, my apologies for amending the slogan. I’m offering this revised version for the pistol packers. There is no placating phallic phobias; the right to keep and bear arms  penises is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Well, at least that is what it amounts to.  Continue reading Power to the Penis!

Recession?

So the global markets are slumping in fear of the USA sliding into recession. What is the prescription to get us out of that, Dubya says we need economic stimulus, i.e., more tax cats (OK, a rebate; same thing). Haven’t we had tax cuts for all the years of his administration? That turned a surplus into a budget deficit. Continue reading Recession?

The Supremes Did It Again

The U.S. Supreme Court says investors have no right to sue third parties–banks, accountants, vendors, etc., who may assist a corporation in defrauding creditors. Why should you care? Even if you do not personally own stock in a corporation, guess who does? Your pension fund, your insurance company and many other large organizations (known as institutional investors) whose unrecovered losses can affect you.  Continue reading The Supremes Did It Again

Experimental Drugs for the Terminally Ill

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider a case on appeal from the DC Circuit denying that there is any protected constitutional right for a terminally ill patient to either participate in a drug trial or otherwise receive a waiver allowing adminstration of an experimental drug. Continue reading Experimental Drugs for the Terminally Ill

New Ikeda Website Launched

daisaku_small.jpgIf you want to know more about the man, his writings, his philosophy, etc., there is now an official Daisaku Ikeda website apart from the main SGI site.

Love (marriage) and Politics

There are some (you know, those other people, the social scientist type researchers) who say that arranged marriages common in some cultures (not America) actually can result in more successful long-term relationships and that the individuals involved wind up loving one another over time as they experience life together. On the other hand, there are those who say that familiarity breeds contempt. Now for the big metaphorical/analytical leap to politics, I offer this observation: We have candidates courting us, the electorate, asking us to (figuratively speaking) fall in love with them as our next president. Continue reading Love (marriage) and Politics

Next booksigning coming up

OK, I have been derelict in posting new items lately. I have had a lot to do and still do, in getting booksignings scheduled and PR out. So, on that topic, I will be at the Borders Express on the lower level of Springfield Mall, Springfield, Virginia on Saturday, January 12th from noon to 5 PM. Look for me in Florida in early February. Stay tuned to BookTour.com which will have all the details.

If you have things you want to see here, you are just going to have to let me know. Or, and this is really cool–if you want me to come to your area for a booksigning, you can put in a request on BookTour.com.

Happy New Year

Will it be? Happy that is? It isn’t the year that is happy or not, it is we who experience it who are happy or not. What makes me happy? Knowing that I can overcome any obstacle I face, achieve any goal I set. That doesn’t mean things always happen according to the agenda I set.

The end of one and the beginning of another year is not simply an interval marker, Continue reading Happy New Year

Osama bin jerking

If Osama bin Laden is so down on Western culture, how come he is so vain as to dye his beard to try and reduce his age. If he really had any wisdom, which anyone with sense knows he lacks, he wouldn’t need to try and pretend he is younger than he is.