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“Every person killed in war had a mother”

Nine American mothers will not enjoy Mother’s Day this year. Their sons were killed in the past month in Afghanistan. This past Wednesday, a family of nine was killed by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. On Friday, 9 Pakistani soldiers were killed. That same day, 29 Taliban were killed. 2,319 American soldiers were killed in America’s

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Cultural Excrement in the course of normal Development. The Dialectical Relation between Identity and State

Written by Rene B. Balderas Abolnik                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        . To reject the notion that Bolivia of 2014 is fundamentally different from the Bolivia of 2005 is irrational, but to say –as is now fashionable in some circles- that Bolivia has in this time degenerated into chaos is even more so. Some point at the seemingly

The Dysfunctional State Of This Great Union

I listened to portions of the State of the Union, more so that I would not sound ignorant when asked about it by family and associates.  Turns out, I missed nothing:  the speech was predictable and filled with platitudes, promises and pontificating. The POTUS threatening to use veto power and executive privilege as well as

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Crunch Time for Detroit

Tom Stephens of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management has provided news and updates concerning the fraudulent bankruptcy in Detroit for the past several months. Here is his latest excellent summary of the players, the stakes, and the necessary actions. On Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Detroit federal bankruptcy court, Judge Steven Rhodes issued a decision

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Boulder Flood Relief: A Community Response to Crisis

It was Wednesday evening, September 11th, 2013 when the floods first began. What once was a consistent, light rain began consuming the streets, neighborhoods, and mountains of northern Colorado. As a resident of Boulder, I first noticed flooding streets around 10pm when attempting to attend a university function at CU Boulder. I got in my

Defunding and Democratic Despair, Again

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Well, we know where the New York Daily News stands in regards to the current government debacle. As for me, well, I’m afraid I find myself thinking pretty much the exact same thing I thought back in 2011, the last time that the electoral structures which produce the incentives that

Dear Congress: Please Make President Obama Look Bad on Syria (Even if Your Reasons for Doing So Are Wrong)

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] To Senators Roberts and Moran and Representative Pompeo, Sometime in the next week or so, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will schedule votes on whether or not Congress will give its authorization (or, depending on who you talk to or what the language

Orson Scott Card, Unoriginal Fantasist

So, I see exploding all over the internet the news that science-fiction author Orson Scott Card has waxed lyrical (at nearly 3000 words) about a “silly thought experiment” in which President Obama–who is a vicious and contemptuous tyrant at heart–uses his backroom Machiavellian flunkies to destroy Hillary Clinton’s incipient candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination

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