Why Homeless People Are so Smart

When I was growing up on Lafayette Square on the near south side of St. Louis, there was a skid row filled with homeless people, a couple of blocks away from the house where I lived.. As kids, we would play terrible tricks on them. We’d pay one of them, a man named Red, a quarter to swallow a lit cigarette. We thought it was funny when he would cough and gag for several minutes after he swallowed it. Then he would soothe his parched, and most likely burnt, mouth with a bottle of cheap wine from the nearby liquor store. It was a good thing for him that we soon ran out of quarters.

Back then, in the early seventies, it seemed that you ran into homeless people all the time, especially in my neighborhood. Later, when I got a job in an office downtown, there were always a couple of them waiting for us as we walked to the Serbian church on the corner to get lunch. One time, when I had to go City Hall to take care of some paperwork, there was a homeless person on the steps selling peanuts in brown paper bags. I discovered …

Does Brian Ross of ABC News Care About the Safety of America?

Every few weeks, it seems, I am forced to confront the idea that the news media in the United States care more about embarrassing President George Bush than they do about the safety and security of American citizens, at home and abroad, and the military trying to protect us.

In recent weeks, it has become more and more clear that Iran is using the Iraq war to fight a proxy war against the United States. While there have been reported instances of Iranian weapons, explosives and missiles being used against Iraqi and American troops, there have also been Iranian military captured fighting alongside terrorists in Iraq.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who – in addition to calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” has ignored U.N. demands that he cease work on Iran’s nuclear program, which outsiders believe is many years from producing usable energy, but not very long at all before enough uranium could be enriched to build a nuclear weapon.

Ahmadinejad is supported by hardline Muslims, although many feel the real political power belongs to the mullahcracy, the unelected religious clerics who have stifled any real reforms in Iran for decades.

In spite of the obvious interference …