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Why America will lose the war on terror

Why America will lose the war on terror

| January 29, 2007 | 1 Reply

Since the Korean War (officially called a “police action”), America has been famous for losing wars.  It drew a stalemate in Korean — a conflict that has still not officially ended.  It lost in Cuba, in the Bay of Pigs.  It lost in Viet Nam, after losing 50,000 lives, billions of dollars and nearly a […]

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Senator Russ Feingold:  Time for a real plan to end American military involvement in Iraq.

Senator Russ Feingold: Time for a real plan to end American military involvement in Iraq.

| January 29, 2007 | 1 Reply

Back in September, 2006, I bemoaned the lack of a real plan by any Democratic leaders regarding Iraq.  Things have not changed since September.  It has not been easy to find any leader stepping up with anything other than a symbolic plan or a wish.  That is the context of Feingold’s recent post at Huffpo:  […]

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Speech coaches for freethinkers?

Speech coaches for freethinkers?

| January 28, 2007 | 3 Replies

Isn’t it striking how many highly intelligent freethinkers are ineffective speakers and writers?  Not all of them, mind you.  Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are notable exceptions in my mind. They both get right to the point using ordinary words.  They both look at their audience while speaking. Harris is one of the more affable speakers out there, […]

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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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