Tag Archives: hope vs. reality

Everyone Dies

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .


“It’s been too hard living/but I’m afraid to die/’cause I don’t know what’s up there/beyond the sky.” – Sam Cooke, ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ Here we are. The Senate will begin to debate the overhaul of America’s health care system. There will be much discussion of cost. Moral imperatives will be invoked. The phrases […]

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Wasteful Spending

Posted on 26. Oct, 2009 by .


“It’s like taking candy from a baby.” – ‘Tony,’ a con artist who defrauded Medicare of $20M This week’s 60 Minutes kicked off with a look at Medicare fraud in South Florida, where scamming the government for reimbursements of phony health provisions has supplanted peddling cocaine as the crime of choice for those not enrolled […]

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The Hadron Collider – A Real Weapon of Mass Destruction

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .


No, I’m not going crazy.  And no, this is not some back-door way for me to incorporate science fiction into political blog.  Actually, this is a plea for the Obama Adminstration’s intervention. Right now, over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries are building a doomsday device – – one so sensitive that if […]

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Blood Money

Posted on 20. Sep, 2009 by .


“One death is a tragedy. One thousand deaths is a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin

More than 1,500 citizens have been slaughtered in Ciudad Juarez in the past year. On September 4, 18 people were lined up and executed in a drug treatment facility. Since January of 2007, almost 10,000 have died violently in Mexico.

In Afghanistan, the United States military is struggling to hold godforsaken mountains against a group of folks who would rather the last 600 years didn’t happen, much as the Soviets did in the 1980s.

Since 1964, various Colombian governments have fought paramilitary forces across the country. There have been abductions, assassinations, untold civilian suffering and blackmail against companies that do business in Colombia.

The cornerstone of this violence is the profits from the sale of drugs to addicts in the United States.

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The Quality of Mercy

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by .


In 2004, the State of Texas murdered Cameron Todd Willingham. It planned the murder in advance, picking a date, time and method. Though he pleaded for mercy, the state showed none. The murder occurred in public, with plenty of witnesses on hand as Willingham protested his fate one last time and exhaled his final breath. Under Texas state law, the state of Texas should be executed.

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President Jesus and The Rule of Law

Posted on 06. Sep, 2009 by .


Candidate Barack Obama understood that the executive is one branch of government and, as a legislator and as a law professor, had an excellent understanding of the roles played by the other two. His constituents seem far less attuned to the sensitivities of government. Their gripe is pretty simple: Obama was the candidate of change; now that he’s President, why haven’t things changed?

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