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Anti-surge protest – St. Louis, Missouri

Anti-surge protest – St. Louis, Missouri

| January 27, 2007 | Reply

If you couldn’t make it to Washington, DC, many local communities sponsored their own anti-war protests today.   The one I attended was sponsored by the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition.   The sponsors assembled the several hundred participants into groups to be photographed, those photos to be delivered to new Missouri Claire McCaskill. The man (below), […]

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Today’s biggest story: Somebody won the Powerball jackpot!

Today’s biggest story: Somebody won the Powerball jackpot!

| January 26, 2007 | 4 Replies

Because I’ve taken the time to read my local newspaper today, I am well-informed.  I now know that everybody at the South St. Louis County Dierberg’s grocery store is excited that the winning Powerball ticket was sold right there. But that’s not all. Under “Top News,” I can read that the St. Louis Cardinals probably […]

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Bush: Baby Einstein promotes sorely needed TV-watching for America’s babies.

Bush: Baby Einstein promotes sorely needed TV-watching for America’s babies.

| January 26, 2007 | 5 Replies

At his recent State of the Union address, President Bush pointed out a modern American hero:  After her daughter was born, Julie Aigner-Clark searched for ways to share her love of music and art with her child. So she borrowed some equipment, and began filming children’s videos in her basement. The Baby Einstein Company was […]

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Campaign speech to keep religion out of government

Campaign speech to keep religion out of government

| January 25, 2007 | 1 Reply

Author Susan Jacoby has proposed the following as a “little campaign speech” she’d like to hear from candidates running for President.  In proposing this speech, she notes that she is taking it for granted that “the 2008 Democratic nominee will be a believer in God and a member of some church.” It wasn’t always this […]

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Powerful members of Congress

Powerful members of Congress

| January 25, 2007 | 4 Replies

How often have you heard this phrase: “powerful members of Congress.”  It gets under my skin.  It sometimes makes me seethe. I saw it on the front page of yesterday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch dealing with the President’s State of the Union address: The prospects: Democrats in Congress have proposed raising the requirement to 60 billion […]

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What IS the solution now in Iraq?

What IS the solution now in Iraq?

| January 24, 2007 | 8 Replies

Sometimes I have only questions, and few answers.  I feel that way about Iraq.   I have not heard any really good proposals for what to do now in Iraq.  Maybe it is because I start with the belief that we caused this problem by our war-mongering.  I find it hard to think it is responsible […]

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Patriotism and asking good hard questions

Patriotism and asking good hard questions

| January 24, 2007 | 1 Reply

Did you see Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s response to the President’s State of the Union address last night?  Here’s the text. The President took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the […]

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Don’t try to do brain surgery with a chain saw

Don’t try to do brain surgery with a chain saw

| January 24, 2007 | 9 Replies

Never try to do such a foolish thing.  It could never work.  It just makes things worse.  War is a chainsaw.  Reconstituting social structures is akin to brain surgery. So here’s a question: In what major city were the following photos taken? (These photos were sent to me by an American friend who once lived in this city). Snowscape of […]

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What happened to this site?

What happened to this site?

| January 23, 2007 | 5 Replies

Well . . . I had heard about having other people’s servers get overwhelmed by Digg.com, but it hadn’t before happened to us.  Until today. Last night, I had put up a post about a psychology site that let’s you “average” faces, resulting in incredible attractive (mathematically generated) faces of men or women.  Really fascinating (and […]

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