Suburbiaville by Kyle Cabrera

Suburbiaville by Kyle Cabrera

Every time I think about the events that led up to the last time I saw Martin I become sick.  Now that I am an adult I know why it happened, but when I was a child his disappearance left me confused.  In history class, the week before he left, our third grade teacher was lecturing about the Second American Civil War.  Most of our history books cover the Second American Civil War extensively, but little is said about the first American Civil War, except that it ended in a tie inspiring a brief period of compromise.   Our teacher stood in front of the class and asked if anyone knew the names of the two armies that fought each other.

“Us,” a student replied without raising his hand.

“Yes, and who do you mean by us?”  The teacher replied.

“The Tea Party,” he said confidently.

The teacher smiled.  “Does any one know the name of the army that fought the Tea Party?”

A boy in the front raised his hand. “The blue-bellies.” Continue reading

GITMO: A National Pastime by Kyle Cabrera

With the crowd rallying behind him, Obama walks out to the mound to pitch a faithful ninth inning. This has to be one of the toughest walks of his career, I’m sure, because after pitching a perfect game for eight tough innings, he must close the game strong on the issue of Guantanamo Bay. In the bottom of the eighth, he struck out three of the GOP’s players, including power-hitter John McCain, and the GOP is beginning to look as if they are unable to compete with this contender. Continue reading

Did Snowden Really Surprise Us? By Kyle Cabrera

The American public has long been intrigued by whistleblowers, not just because of the information they provide, but also because Americans usually root for the under-dog and have a fundamental, if sometimes naïve, belief in fairness. In the past, the public was typically shocked and dismayed at what its government did in the dark.  However, as we enter into a more digitalized world where people like Wikileaks’ Julian Assange can post classified documents in an open forum, Americans have more or less become used to the fact that our government does things that we don’t know about.  And, so did Snowden really surprise us? Continue reading