How U.S. Justice Has Strayed

May 6, 2015 5:49 PM2 comments

Attorneys for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev, at 21 years of age hoping to avoid the death penalty, have had no shortage of character witnesses – friends, relatives, teachers – to call to the witness stand attesting to Tsnarnaev’s history of good behavior, even including kindness and eagerness to […]

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Nothing to Lose But Their Chains

April 29, 2015 8:20 PM13 comments

Anyone who has ever taken the train from Washington, D.C. to New York, or vice versa, who in daylight looked out those big windows to view a big portion of the backside of Baltimore, should have no problem understanding the rioting that has occurred there these last days. The squalor […]

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Ted Cruz: A Candidate for Deadbeats and Tax Cheats

April 28, 2015 2:00 PM3 comments

Texas Senator Ted Cruz launched his campaign at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. He rode in on a moral high horse, gay bashing and Washington trashing, while pledging to polish America’s “family values.” So, it is surprising that Cruz has emerged as the preferred candidate for deadbeats and tax-cheats. […]

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Jeb Bush Wrecked Education in Florida

April 22, 2015 7:00 PM1 comment

The Republicans love to call Jeb Bush the “popular governor” of Florida. Well he was popular, but only with Republicans. The rest of us not so much. They also love to dub Bush the “Education governor” Again, not so much! He took aim at the public school system in his […]

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The CIA Shaping Of U.S. Culture, Part 1

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The $64 question in American politics is some version of this: If the one percent of the super-rich are sticking it to the 99 percent of the rest of us to a more exaggerated degree than ever before in our history, how come, in this democracy, are they able to […]

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Printer’s Ink in Their Veins

April 15, 2015 4:39 PM0 comments

There’s a famous phrase known to almost any scribe (the old fashioned word for a journalist) that has to do with “printer’s ink in the veins.” It references a seeming predisposition, interest in, and passion for the written word. However one comes about it, it is to those who know […]

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Marco Rubio: A Fresh Face, With Policies That Need a Facelift

April 14, 2015 4:26 PM0 comments

Marco Rubio may have a fresh face, but his stale policies could use a facelift. In his announcement for president he said this race was about a “generational choice.” Based on his social policies, the generation in which Rubio may be referring is the 1950’s. This may play well with […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: Have We Reached the Peak

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Events never play out the way one expects. It is now over ten years since the modern concept of peak oil arose among the rapid oil price increases that took place in the mid-2000’s. Instead of an oil shortage that many expected we would be seeing by now, the world […]

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Thirsty California, Want Alaskan Water?

April 8, 2015 8:02 PM0 comments

My awesome younger brother, who still lives with his family in the Southern California coastal town where we grew up, took delight over the past winter gently taunting me with text messages contrasting the mild temperatures in our home town compared to the misery I was suffering out east. “Ready […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Gender Equality in the Workplace

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I have been surrounded by strong women all of my life. My grandmother was a suffragette, economics professor, labor leader, and advocate for most of her 98 years. My mother is famous in the intellectual disability community for her work with the ARC. One of my four incredible sisters has […]

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