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Saturday, August 27, 2016

‘Guest column’ Archives

Leadership in the White House

Leadership in the White House

In my own career in the military and a degree in personnel management, I have been able to observe people in positions of authority. I have been able to ascertain that there is a big difference between managers and leaders. I have observed many competent managers but real leaders are few and far between. Leaders engender trust and loyalty because in addition to managing, they take care of their people. A reading of the D-Day invasion and landing at Omaha beach will illustrate this point. ... Full Story

Of Republicans and Race Cards

Of Republicans and Race Cards

      Tomgram: Jeremiah Goulka, Playing the ID Card       Posted by Jeremiah Goulka at 6:30pm, October 14, 2012. It’s an election year for the record books -- or maybe Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  The Obama campaign has now raised close to $1 billion; “dark money” is pouring into the Republican camp and onto the airwaves; and it’s clear that earlier predictions of the first $2 billion presidential campaign are likely to fall short of the real figure.  Or if you ... Full Story

Investing in Progress

Investing in Progress

              By Josh Knauer As a software entrepreneur, I find it ironic to see people going online to rail against taxes and government spending. The Internet grew from government research financed by earlier generations of taxpayers. So did computers, GPS technology and many other technologies we take for granted today. The Global Positioning System (GPS) we access from our phones, computers and cars was developed and is still operated by the Department of ... Full Story

Overwrought Empire

Overwrought Empire

        The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power By Tom Engelhardt Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism -- think of it as the real “American Century” -- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off. When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, ... Full Story

Just stop that … biosolid

Just stop that … biosolid

        By Scott Crossen September 24, 2012         “Nothing ever becomes real, ‘til it is experience.” John Keats Autumn is hiding beyond tomorrow. Once again, it’s that time of year when the countryside is the place to be – to take in the changing colors, relax and breathe good clean air. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when some landowners choose to spread toxic sewage sludge across their acreage because it is a cheap alternative to ... Full Story

Mitt doesn’t get it

   The REAL "Entitlement" Programs Benefit the Rich By Mike Kirchubel (about the author) opednews.com Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment Insurance are not gifts from the wealthy to the workers of America. We pay our own way. The real "entitlement" programs are the ones we workers fund for the benefit of the rich.   Mitt Romney Does Not Have the Right to Dismiss Us       By Moby   Not to mention the roads, clean water, streetlights, police departments, fire ... Full Story

Growing into liberalism

Growing into liberalism

By Stephanie Rayburn     Growing into political maturity I grew up Republican. My whole family is Republican. I grew up around my grandparents hearing slurs like "liberal idiots" and "lazy welfare recipients" even at the same time that they demonstrated how to give generously to those who need it. I listened to Rush Limbaugh -- admired him even because I was young and impressionable and I didn't yet know about how adults twist the truth for their personal benefit (especially when it ... Full Story

The 47% responds with a poem

  Oh, my god, Mitt I'm apparently unfit To deserve your concern   I 'm on medicare, you see, And social security And you may as well learn   I believe the fed Should help 'til I'm dead If I can't do it on my own   Government should protect me Certainly not neglect me None can make it alone   Not even you, for one A wealthy man's son Whose path was paved with green   Don't tell me that you Had no helping hand or two -- Have the guts to come clean   Yes,I belong ... Full Story

The KKK and the Tea Party

The KKK and the Tea Party

The following article appeared in the September 17 edition of the Fort Collins Coloradoen. It is a short history of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado and I was struck by the similarities with the present day Tea Party. You could easily substitute "Tea Party" for "KKK" through out the article and not be far off including the jingoistic patriotism and the anti-minority or anti-other religion stance.   KKK had strong presence in Colorado By Barbara Fleming The Ku Klux Klan in Colorado? Hard to ... Full Story

Revolt of the Rich

Revolt of the Rich

Our financial elites are the new secessionists. By Mike Lofgren It was 1993, during congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement. I was having lunch with a staffer for one of the rare Republican congressmen who opposed the policy of so-called free trade. To this day, I remember something my colleague said: “The rich elites of this country have far more in common with their counterparts in London, Paris, and Tokyo than with their fellow American citizens.” That was ... Full Story

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