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When will the left stop lying about Bush’s record?

Okay, okay, okay. Wait a minute, hold on. I'm watching O'Reilly, and did Dean Baker from the Center for Economic and Policy Research really just tell Laura Ingraham that the financial meltdown and all of its repercussions were caused by "cutbacks in government?" That's funny. I thought it was caused by Democrats bullying banks into abandoning sound business plans and […]

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Resist Oppression? I don’t think that means what you think it means

Resist Oppression? I don’t think that means what you think it means

I like those new “fight oppression” T-shirts that are popular nowadays, complete with that swashbuckling little oppression-fighting dynamo, Inigo Montoya, from the movie The Princess Bride.  Those whacky kids. They may hate their thighs; wax their backs; and self-inflict inflamed, steel-capped lip and nose boils while keeping a dermatologist on speed-dial for zit emergencies – […]

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Give George a Break

I alternately pray and then stare at the television’s repeating images of airplanes turning into fireballs and buildings collapsing. All commercial flights are grounded. The economy is in shambles – the stock market closed indefinitely. And nobody knows when and where more murder will plunge out of the quiet blue sky. Suppose I had been […]

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Martin Luther King’s Birthday

A couple days ago the nation commemorated Martin Luther King’s birthday, a day festooned with black and white images of drinking fountains, segregated restrooms, police dogs, and fire hoses. And of course all those dignified and devout people who on a good day endured only rudeness, snobbery, and condescension from their fellow Americans, and whose […]

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Navy Spies

When I heard about the former Navy sailor, Hassan Abujihaad, who had the charming ship-board hobby of sending juicy information-filled emails to Al Qaeda – unbeknownst to his oblivious superiors – I was reminded me of another email in March of 2001 that originated from our home and was delivered to a U.S. Navy destroyer […]

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I Have a Photograph

  September 2001 I have a photograph that I keep put away. It is of a young man who I’ve never met because he died in 1945, 15 years before I was born. It shows a smiling teenager in an army uniform. Although I’ve never met him, he’s not a stranger. There is something in […]

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