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Archive

Date

April 9th, 2014

Share the torture report

    Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation's most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

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US and Canada: Together at Last?

    What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada.

    What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America.

    What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada.

    What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.

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An emotional double standard

    Let's have a rational discussion about the word "emotional."

    But first, I'd better calm down. Maybe I'll have a soothing cup of herbal tea and pet the cat. Oh wait, I don't have a cat.

    Which is lucky for former CIA director Michael Hayden, or else we'd both be so overwrought we'd be clawing his eyes out over his diss of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

    Make that sexist diss.

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Behind the GOP’s Unhealthy Attack

    To borrow a cute term William Safire penned for Spiro Agnew, the “nattering nabobs of negativism” carrying on about the evils of the Affordable Care Act aren’t going to roll back the health insurance overhaul they like to deride as “Obamacare.”

    Reality sure isn’t on their side. Since the ACA began to take effect, at least 9.5 million uninsured Americans have cut through the nonsense and gotten themselves some coverage.

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Close the Paris Hilton Loophole

    If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.

    This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic society can reduce extreme wealth inequality.

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Dangerous mischief-making in Ukraine

    The report that protesters have declared two eastern Ukraine cities to be independent republics questions President Obama's assurance that there is no "military solution" to the crisis that began with Russian President Vladmir Putin's land grab of Crimea.

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Defending a high achiever

    Congratulations, Kwasi Enin. You're a 17-year-old Long Island high school student who applied to all eight of the nation's elite Ivy League universities -- and received acceptance letters from all of them!

    For this astounding feat, you now get to be pilloried where no good deed goes unpunished, on the Internet.

    That's an unfortunate part of the price one pays for being both black and bright in the age of affirmative action.

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Hiding Profits in Slimy Offshore Wormholes

    The dictionary defines the caterpillar as a “wormlike larva” and a “crawler.” Also, that “pillar” part of the word is derived from a French verb that means to “pillage, abuse, mistreat.”

    Good to know. Now, meet Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining machines.

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Let Them Eat Rice

    A recent Scientific American blog post blamed environmentalists for costing poor, malnourished people an estimated 1,424,000 life years in India alone. Why? Because they presumably kept Golden Rice off the market for over a decade when it could have been helping the world’s poor during that time.

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Pity the Plutocrats

    "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H.L. Hunt ... a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

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