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More time = shorter letter

More time = shorter letter

“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) Lettres provinciales. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.    Henry David Thoreau If I had more time, I would have written a shorter […]

April 12, 2006 | By | 41 Replies More
A strange and troubling war, indeed.

A strange and troubling war, indeed.

James Zogby has recently pointed to the public dispute between Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice as yet another way in which the Iraq war has become “Strange and Troubling”: And so here we are, nearly three years after “mission accomplished,” many dead and injured later, Iraq imploding, the US floundering, the public turning against the […]

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The Curse of Fungible Dollars

The Curse of Fungible Dollars

A friend recently gave me a ticket to a hockey game.  I couldn’t help but noticing the high cost of tickets; the average ticket costs $50.  Mark Manary, a WUSM pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, is saving the lives of children in Malawi with peanut butter. His revolutionary new method for treating starving children […]

April 11, 2006 | By | 17 Replies More
The Fourth Person in God: The Free Market

The Fourth Person in God: The Free Market

Based on several conversations I’ve recently had with some religious/social conservatives, God is no longer a Trinity.  Whether I raise pressing issues about oil, housing or education I hear the same answer:  “The free market will take care of it.” They seem to repeat this free market mantra as their response to every conceivable question […]

April 10, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Four Facts about Iraq

Four Facts about Iraq

1) According to Zogby’s February 2006 survey, 85% of US troops serving in Iraq believe that the U.S. invasion was mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks.”  2) According to Mr. Bush, “We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the 11 September attacks.”  3) More than 2,300 U.S. soldiers have […]

April 9, 2006 | By | Reply More
Impeach Bush for using junk science

Impeach Bush for using junk science

Because the people at the top of our government are responsible for making decisions that could cost the lives and ruin the health of millions of citizens, they should be equipped with the best information and the best expertise.  Unfortunately, the White House has decided to muzzle experts and choke off critical debate on numerous topics of critical […]

April 9, 2006 | By | Reply More
What’s propping up the U.S. economy?

What’s propping up the U.S. economy?

Here are two disturbing items from the April 2006 “Harper’s Index”: 1.  Amount by which Americans’ total spending last year exceeded their earnings:  $41,600,000,000. 2.  Last year in which spending outstripped earnings:  1933. Then again, the citizens aren’t doing anything different than their ruling political party. For some startling graphics relating to the rising national debt, see […]

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Fundamentalism in Washington DC

Fundamentalism in Washington DC

Jimmy Carter on Fundamentalism: one can find it in religious circles and now “very overwhelmingly” in Washington. A fundamentalist believes, say, in religious circles, that I am close to God. Everything that I believe is absolutely right. Anyone who disagrees with me, in any case, is inherently wrong and therefore, inferior. And it violates my […]

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Did the U.S. invade Iraq over oil?

Did the U.S. invade Iraq over oil?

ABSOLUTELY NOT, according to the administration.  At least that is what we’ve heard so far. Instead, we’ve heard various other purported reasons, such as the following: Because Saddam Hussein has shown contempt for the United Nations and for his deceptions and cruelties. Because Iraq has failed to co-operate with United Nations weapons inspectors and International […]

April 8, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More