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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

What do you know about the Keystone Pipeline?

What do you know about the Keystone Pipeline?

There is a great deal of controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, the latest addition to the existing Keystone network. The pipeline moves diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada, to multiple destinations in the United States. The current network extends to refineries in Illinois and a distribution hub in Oklahoma. Claims that the importing of the tar sands oil will ease the energy “crisis” in the United States are questionable because the oil in the XL ... Full Story

The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011

The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011

                The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011 By David J Rothkopf I live in Washington where lying is an art form. Actually, that suggests an artist's intent and here in D.C., lying is more reflexive, like breathing or taking cash from fat cats. But when you live in a place like this -- if you can call it living -- where somehow we have managed to train moral mice to produce the shit of bulls, you really get an ... Full Story

A Day that Should Live in Infamy

A Day that Should Live in Infamy

  By Kathie Malley-Morrison January 12, 2012, is the 10th anniversary of the day when terrorism suspects were subjected to indefinite incarceration in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, generally in the absence of any charges or trial. US authorities admit to the detention of 779 detainees, at least 12 of whom were younger than 18 when detained. Eight died while in detention, six purportedly by suicide. In 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that the detainees “had the right to challenge ... Full Story

Springtime for Toxics

Springtime for Toxics

          Springtime for Toxics By Paul Krugman Here’s what I wanted for Christmas: something that would make us both healthier and richer. And since I was just making a wish, why not ask that Americans get smarter, too? Surprise: I got my wish, in the form of new Environmental Protection Agency standards on mercury and air toxics for power plants. These rules are long overdue: we were supposed to start regulating mercury more than 20 years ... Full Story

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

      Should Christians Ask: Who Would Jesus Vote For? By Doug Bandow Evangelical churches long have been called the Republican Party at prayer. The observation might be close to true in Iowa. And that should make American Christians nervous about their future in politics. The relationship of religion and politics has been fraught with controversy since America's founding. In Europe a brutal mixture of church and state harmed both institutions: faith was ... Full Story

Warmonger Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’

Warmonger Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’

        The Warped Morality of a Warmonger: Why Alan Dershowitz is Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’ by Nima Shirazi Renowned torture enthusiast and perennial Israel apologist Alan Dershowitz was in Tel Aviv this month attending an annual business conference sponsored by Globes and, as usual, took the opportunity to equivocate for Israeli espionage, defend war criminals, and warmonger about Iran. During a speech he delivered on Sunday December 11, ... Full Story

Hurt Obama, don’t hire

Hurt Obama, don’t hire

          Tea Party Group Urges Small Businesses ‘Not To Hire A Single Person’ To Hurt Obama By Marie Diamond Congressional Republicans have acted shocked and offended at Democrats’ suggestions that they are intentionally sabotaging the economy to try to win back the White House in 2012. Republicans have refused to pass President Obama’s jobs plan — which experts estimate will create at least 1.9 million jobs — and proposed an ... Full Story

Life’s Outtakes: A Relative Disaster

A Relative Disaster By Daris Howard   The church bulletin carried a notice for a genealogy class that was going to be offered in our local community. A friend of mine joked that I ought to take it to help me find out why I’m so nutty. “Maybe you will learn that you have had squirrels in your family tree.” “Very funny,” I replied. But I must admit that the thought intrigued me. I have some old aunts that work on this kind of thing all of the time. They can tell ... Full Story

Senator Udall on Balanced Budget Amendment

Senator Udall on Balanced Budget Amendment

  A Common-sense Approach to Balancing the Federal Budget U.S. Senator Mark Udall The recent failure of the supercommittee to reach a deal on federal spending cuts is just the latest example of how ill-equipped Congress is to address our nation's gravest challenge: our ballooning $15 trillion national debt. Democrats and Republicans are still stuck in the same rhetorical trenches. Democrats are reluctant to cut entitlements, while Republicans claim we can both cut taxes and ... Full Story

Mt. Rushmore After Dark, a conversation of patriots

Mt. Rushmore After Dark, a conversation of patriots

                    By Kurt Stone (about the author) opednews.com   (The following "conversation" is only partly a product of my imagination; all of the italicized lines represent actual quotes from the four men looking out from Mt. Rushmore . . . ) T. Roosevelt: "Psst . . . Mr. Lincoln . . . Are you awake? In the mood for a chat? I've got a horrific case of insomnia and just know that I'm going ... Full Story

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