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Doug Forbes has served as a marketing consultant for national anti-homelessness and poverty initiatives. In addition to his work in nonprofit, Doug has over 25 years of experience in corporate communications. He has owned a modern art gallery, launched and produced large scale cultural festivals and is currently working on two screenplays. Doug has a degree in English Studies and resides in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Goodbye, Dad

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 9:55 PM

It was midnight where I live in L.A. when my mother called -- 3 a.m. in the pint-sized village of Dublin, Pennsylvania where she lives. As I saw her number on the caller ID, I said to myself, "This can't be good." I answered, "Mom, you OK?" Nothing but convulsive...

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You Say You Want A Revolution

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 5:32 PM

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy

"You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world."

A cop wearing riot gear thrusts his billy club into a college student's liver.

"You tell me that it's evolution,...

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Occupy Wall Street: Fear vs. Fair

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 3:26 PM

If the Occupy Movement makes clear but one concept, it is the concept of fear.

Fear can keep us from entering dark spaces. From attaching ourselves to a notion. From fulfilling personal truths.

Fear is neither perpendicular nor parallel. There is no right angle. No direct route in or...

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The Vote Is In: We Lost

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable -- a most sacred right -- a right, which we hope and believe, is to...
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No News Is Good News

(12) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 6:50 PM

Who can argue that cable TV teems with killer comedy? I mean, have you watched CNN, MSNBC or FOX News channels lately? Good gracious, those guys are funnier than a bus filled with school kids careening into a canyon.

Here's the really funny part about cable news. Nearly three times...

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Homeless Sweet Homeless

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 2:47 PM

I have but one wish for the New Year. Reverse the tragic upward trend of family homelessness. If you haven't heard, there was a 9 percent increase in family homelessness last year. Even that statistic is conservative at best, considering it is largely based upon shelter counts. Add the families...

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The End: Hollywood's Campaign to End Poverty in America

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 3:09 PM

Permit me to share some context before clarifying the headline.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a legendary call for all Americans. Late summer of '63, he stood atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and unto the masses he proclaimed, "It...

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Nothing Seems to Work

(9) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 7:58 PM

In light of recent election results, this piece has been written ten times over. Nothing seems to work. Apparently, much like our country.

And so this is what remains; a piece devoid of statistics and headline grabs, obvious plays to pundits or plebiscites. Just a simple note from the gut.

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Downward Mobility: Tech Toys and Society

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 6:37 PM

A few weeks ago, I picked up my wife after work and told her my folks were just killed in a head-on. "Just a sec, hon," she replied. "Someone just friended me on Facebook." So, I got back on the Foothill Freeway and waited patiently while she massaged her mobile...

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The Shrimp Has Hit the Fan

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 11:47 AM

Lots of folks are dissecting Obama's Oval Office speech and delivering diatribes on what's right and wrong with him and the oil world. So I figured I might as well join the fracas since it's the thing to do. Although I gotta warn you, my take is a little, well,...

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Respect Life? Gimme a Break.

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 12:29 PM

Call the doctor. This healthcare-cum-abortion debate is sickening.

If the historic dust-up proved one thing, it's that God handles the gavel for the United States government.

The First Amendment continues to wilt under weight of marriage equality antagonists. And now with the anti-abortion battle-call to reign in

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The Wealthcare Summit: A Dangerous Experiment

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 6:29 PM

This is a relatively brief blog. And it goes a little somethin' like this.

Today, the world (or maybe people who have TV-time during regular work hours) watched Republican Rep. and Minority Leader, John Boehner say, "Mr. President, I think this has been a useful conversation."

Then the Rep. donned...

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Tiger Tales

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2010 | 1:06 PM

Apparently the world should shut down for a guy who hits a little white ball into a small hole in the ground.

Look, I'm a big sports fan. Love the game of golf. Love to watch the guy smack his way around the course and add some much needed spice...

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Typocrisy: America's New Way Forward... and Backward

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 2:29 PM

Last week, Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R-Okla.) family built an igloo on the National Mall, named it "Al Gore's new home" and gleefully cheered their global warming mockery to the world.

Meanwhile, during the same week, a dear friend of ours has a 40-year-old husband suffering a rare...

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New Political Reality TV Network Announced

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 2:06 PM

Recent developments in national debate over campaign finance reform (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) have had an instantaneous and wholesale effect on television. That's right, move over "Jersey Shore," "Dancing with the Stars" and nightly news.

In fact, media insiders say it's time to call the coroner and...

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The Worst Kind of Suffering

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2010 | 5:29 PM

We can only wonder what Columbus was thinking as his dusty boots dropped upon the unspoiled shores of a quiet island known as Kiskeya during December of 1492. Regardless, it took but a blink for his motherland to set about conquering kingdom after kingdom in order to satisfy Spain's voracious...

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New Jersey Senators: Are They Afraid of Gay People?

(15) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 12:48 PM

A little over a month ago, I wrote a piece that was kindly published here on The HuffPost entitled, "Marriage Equality - What Are We So Afraid Of?"

There's been an ongoing and increasingly contentious battle in New Jersey over S1967, marriage equality legislation that would grant...

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Happy New Year?

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2009 | 6:24 PM

I'm sorry, but did I miss something? Can someone please explain to me why exactly I'm supposed to be so happy?

Here's what I mean. Check out just some of these Huff Post headlines at 10:30AM (Eastern) December 29...

"Undie Bomb Photos Released" ... "China Executes British Man Said to...
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Equality - What Are We So Afraid Of?

(81) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 8:06 PM

My name is Doug, and I have a penis.

My wife's name is Elena, and she has a vagina.

Our neighbors are Tom and Kevin. Each has a penis, like I do.

Elena and I wed in 2004 and have since led a blissful life together.

Tom and Kevin have...

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The New Surge: Overcoming Poverty in America

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 12:19 PM

Since 2007, there's been plenty of bitter chatter about if/how to muster the proper surge of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. To this day, successes from proffering such resources largely remain anyone's guess.

Then along came last year's report called Federal Spending By the Numbers issued by conservative think-tank, The...

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