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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS UNITED STATES APOLOGIZES AGAIN

You step on someone’s foot and say excuse me, and that apology is acceptable. For a nation that prides itself on its so-called exceptionalism (what ever that is) to constantly apologizes for its bad behavior in the past shows how unexceptional it is, and hints of downright hypocrisy. It says to the world, you were no different from other nations in your behavior.

Medical experiments on human beings without their knowledge is deplore and wrong. Yet many a nation has conducted such experiments including the United States.

In the 1930s in Alabama, the Federal government allowed medical scientist to inject some poor black men with syphilis so they could study its affects. Of course, once the experiment was revealed, the government apologized. The apology didn’t help any of the men who might have been still alive.

You would’ve thought the United States government would not allow doctors to do such a thing again. Yet, in the 1940s in Guatemala, United States scientist infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital with syphilis.

I wonder how much the government of Guatemala was paid?

Since the experiment has come to light and the United States involvement, of course our government has apologized.

And of course the director of the National Institutes of Health vows that the knowledge of what happened in Guatemala provides a chance for the government to “redouble” its efforts to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

I believe science can help us solve some of the world’s problems. But experimenting on human beings without their consent, especially those who can’t help themselves or give consent is not just wrong, or ethical, it is evil.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS ANOTHER WAR WE LOSING

For 40 years or so, the US has been fighting a losing war against drugs, and it is another war no one wishes to admit is being lost. I read in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel recently that over the 40 years, the drug war has cost 1 trillion dollars. Man, that is a one with a lotta zeros behind it.

According to the story in the newspaper, “Records indicate marijuana and prescription drug abuse are climbing, while cocaine use is way down.” Man, the Feds are grabbing more drugs than ever, yet they aint cut down on use. Demand and supply, baby, that’s what is workin in the drug trade.

Every time I read bout the police seizing so many pounds of weed, I just wait, and sure enough, in a few weeks out comes a report showing drugs still traveling north from down in Texas or somewhere.

But help may be on the way, for you see, the DEA is looking for folks who can interpret ebonics. What is ebonics, you may ask? Well, some say it is Black English and is a separate language. I be Black and I aint never heard no ebonics. Anyway, the DEA feels it needs interpreters to translate conversations heard on wiretaps. The speakers, apparently, are speaking ebonics.

Me, I think them drug dealers are just speaking in code cause they know The Man is listening.

I aint no expert, but it do seem to me that to win this here war on drugs, you got to stop demand.

But ifn you want a job and can speak ebonics, by all means apply to the DEA. Hey, maybe you’ll help make a dent in the drug war.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE BEING BLAMED

Many folks want the lawyers who wrote the torture memos and the doctors and psychologists who devised the methods of torture to be punished for giving wrong advice to the President of the United States.

The philosopher of common sense thinks the wrong people are being blamed for the torture of “prisoners of war” held by the US government. Sure the staff people gave the advice, but consider this, would they have given the advice if they hadn’t been asked or probably told to justify what some in the Administration at the time had already decided to do? The Decider didn’t have to follow the advice. The Decider or someone close to him could have said “this is wrong.”

You are a doctor or a psychologist and are asked to come up with ways to make  prisoners talk. Two choices: quit or do the job. You are told the president needs your help to defend the nation against the terrorists who might stage another attack any day now. The prisoners, you are told, may have valuable information that could prevent another attack on the US. You come up with some methods. Again, the Deciders don’t have to use the methods. But, they believe the methods will get results and haven’t their staff lawyers justified the use of torture as legal?

The blame, it seems to the philosopher of common sense, belongs with the person or persons who made the decision to torture “prisoners of war” to extract information.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS HE AINT NO BURDEN

I’ve been reading in various magazine articles claiming we old folks (I don’t like being called a senior citizen) are a current and future burden on the economy, health care, and just about anything else some young pundit can think of. We are sometimes pawns in the political game. During the debates on health care, one side tried to scare the bejesus out of us with the claim that the bill would set up “death panels.”

Now maybe some of you young bloods resent me taking up space and not being productive as I was in my younger years. Too bad.

When they were young, My mother and aunts supported my grandmothers, and I and my cousins supported our parents through taxes that paid for Social Security and Medicare. Now my kids support me and other old folks through paying taxes.

One of the duties of government is to see that we old heads are cared for in our declining years. Most of us live on pensions that sometimes are not enough to pay all of our bills, especially if we get sick.

I did my part during my productive years, and now that I’m not as productive, I don’t expect to go into the woods and lie down and provide food for the animals.

What I do expect of my government, which taxes my pension, so you see, I still pay taxes, is to help me when I can no longer help myself.

You young bloods must accept the fact that you, too, will be old one day and I wonder if you will see yourselves as a burden on society.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS CONGRESS AINT FOR THE PEOPLE

In my high school civics class, I was taught that we send them senators and representatives to Washington to represent us. Course, they caint always represent our will cause sometimes our will may be against the national interest.

I’m not so sure that they represent us at all, to tell you the truth. If they do, how come they let the corporations who give them money to run they election campaigns write the laws? We all know that the insurance companies and drug companies aint gon lose nothing in the health care bill. Ifn you dont believe me, just take a look at that there prescription bill for us old folks passed a few years back. How come the government dont want us to get them cheaper medicines from Canada? Hell, the same companies make the drugs sold in the U. S. of A that’s sold in Canada, so it aint got nothing to do with safety as some politicians claim.

Money talks when it comes to gettin elected to congress, and the folks with the money is them corporations.

Ifn you dont believe, ask yourself how come the congress caint stop them subsides to farmers who dont need them?

Where is the voice of the people?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS THE PRESIDENT CAN’T CATCH A BREAK

My man President Obama can’t catch a break. No matter the man says, somebody gits pissed off. I aint talkin bout that fool from South Carolina. In the Washington Post on Saturday, Sept. 12, the President and CEO of Partnership for Public Service didn’t like the President using the work “bureaucrat” to describe government workers.

I worked for the Federal government for 32 years, and I didn’t mind being referred to as a bureaucrat. Hell, it made me proud, and I didn’t give a damn that some politicians used the word in a derogatorily. I knew that we at the Social Security Administration were competent because the beneficiaries received their checks on time every month. But I don’t think the President meant any disrespect for government workers. He was making the point that folks didn’t have to worry bout the government taking over healthcare and telling folks what they could or could not have.

Man, give they guy a break. His job is hare enough and gettin harder.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS HE WANTS TO KNOW WHY

I believes in free speech and all that crap. But I do have a few questions bout why folks listen to and read bout idiots.

Why do the reporters write about Palin? The woman don’t never say nothin important, and what she do say won’t change a hill of beans.

Why do the newspapers and TV keep on reportin bout them birther folks who keep sayin President Obama aint no citizen of these United States? They crazy and every body know it. Ifn we don’t listen to’em, maybe they’ll go away. They done had their fifteen minutes of fame.

Them protesters against health reform, will somebody please tell me why they get all the publicity when they don’t offer no kinda plan for reforming health care? Okay, maybe they don’t want the government to touch they health insurance, but what bout me, who got some piss poor health insurance, huh, what bout me?

Rush Limbaugh he talk loud and say nothin, nothin, you hear me, nothin. How come folks listen and think he some kinda authority?

And another thing, how come it’s now easy to call somebody a racist? Was a time when folks was afraid to use the word. Now it batted round like it just another ordinary word.

I aint worried, though, cause us folks in these United States, we always git things right in the end.

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