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FOOL’S GOAL
By : Sheila Samples - Thursday September 28, 2006
By Sheila Samples [b]I will seize the opportunity to achieve big goals." George W. Bush[/b] My friend Bernie says a lot of folks have George Bush figured all wrong. "Sure he lies," Bernie said, "every time he opens his mouth. But — think about it. Even when Bush is lying he ends up telling us what he’s gonna do. He can’t help himself — he just blurts it out. But by the time we understand what he’s saying — he’s already made a stinkin’ (...)
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Shadows On The Wall
By : Sheila Samples, Arab News - Friday July 7, 2006
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Shadows On The Wall Sheila Samples, Arab News Thursday, 6, July, 2006 And so we Americans sit, shackled by self-imposed chains of fear, captivated by shadowy forms that move discordantly across the walls of our perception. Once again we are eager to accept appearance for reality. The Supreme Court ruling last week rejecting President George W. Bush’s military commissions to try Guantanamo detainees casts a huge shadow on the wall. Many are saying it not only curbed Bush and (...)
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Musings from Tom Joad Country
By : Sheila Samples - Monday June 26, 2006
By Sheila Samples I’ve been reading about this "grass roots" phenomenon that’s sweeping the country. It must not have "swept" down this far, because I scoured the prairies and plains of Oklahoma, and the only thing I came up with was a clump or two of Johnson grass, a few scraggly buffalo and some errant loco weed... In fact, there’s not much movement of any kind in Tom Joad Country. Maybe that’s because Oklahoma has always been, or at least has had the reputation (...)
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With Friends Like These... By Sheila Samples
By : Sheila Samples - Thursday March 16, 2006
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By Sheila Samples "They’re blowin’ this town all to hell" -Bo Hopkins in Sam Peckinpah’s "The Wild Bunch"(1969) Senator John Warner (R-Va.) has the unexpected problem of a foreign state-owned company taking over operations at U.S. ports all figured out. The dour, self-righteous chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee announced from the Senate floor on March 9 that Dubai Ports World (DPW), one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), "has (...)
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THE WORLD THAT DICK BUILT
By : Sheila Samples - Monday February 27, 2006
By Sheila Samples This is the guy who pulled the trigger of the gun that fired the round that hit his friend that ruined the hunt and shed some light on the world that Dick built... Four days after blasting 78-year-old hunting partner Harry Whittington in the face, neck and chest with birdshot, vice president Dick Cheney emerged from his fortified bunker to make a snarling, unapologetic taped announcement to Fox News’ Brit Hume that basically amounted to what he did on his own time (...)
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TALE OF A CONNECTICUT DONKEY
By : Sheila Samples - Wednesday February 8, 2006
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By Sheila Samples "Every senator in this chamber is partly responsible for sending 50,000 young Americans to an early grave. This chamber reeks of blood...It does not take any courage at all for a congressman, or a senator, or a president to wrap himself in the flag and say we are staying in Vietnam, because it is not our blood that is being shed. But we are responsible for those young men and their lives and their hopes." Senator George McGovern, Sept 1, 1970 Jim Bob came out of the feed (...)
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Who Will Tell the People?
By : Sheila Samples - Friday January 27, 2006
By Sheila Samples - And who will tell the people that free speech is a ruse; The corporations run the country and then they make the news. Is it media or mind control heroic victories or crime? Who will tell the people... that we are living in these times. Song by Willie Nelson In his essay on "Character" Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us." I’ve had such days, many of them through (...)
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GO TO THE LIGHT!
By : Sheila Samples - Saturday December 31, 2005
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By Sheila Samples Folks at the White House stay pretty busy these days just trying to untangle the lies George Bush keeps telling every time he opens his mouth. For example, back in April 2004, Bush explained to a cheering audience and an unchallenging press corps in Buffalo about "eavesdropping" on Americans — "When you think ’Patriot Act,’ constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because," he said earnestly (...)
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BOBCATS IN A BRAVE, NEW WORLD
By : Sheila Samples - Thursday November 17, 2005
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By Sheila Samples "Preserving liberty may require the rule of a single leader — a dictator — willing to use those dreaded ’extraordinary measures,’ which few know how, or are willing to employ." — Michael Ledeen Goodness gracious! Henny Penny! Since defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and vice president Dick Cheney teamed up to lead the charge to create a New World Order, the whole universe has become untidy. Very untidy. My friend Bernie says Dick and (...)
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HEY, HARKAVY!
By : Sheila Samples - Friday October 28, 2005
By Sheila Samples Remember the "Hey, Mikey" TV commercial with two brothers refusing to eat Quaker Oats’ new Life cereal until their little brother, Mikey, who supposedly "hates everything" tried it first? Well, I’m not saying I get up every morning and yell, "Hey, Harkavy!" to see what’s really happening in the news without all the commercial spin — but I’m not saying I don’t either... Either way, there’s no better place to start your morning (...)
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GOOD AMERICANS — DEMOCRACY’S GRAVEDIGGERS?
By : Sheila Samples - Monday October 17, 2005
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The one thing — the only thing — that George Bush has ever done successfully is campaign. That boy sure loves to play dress-up. He’s in his element strutting around in various costumes, while smirking and blinking before carefully vetted audiences whose members sign loyalty pledges and are conditioned to cheer and wave their flags as he gives the same smoke-’em-out-and-kill-’em-all stump speech over and over. And over again. Bush loves to talk about his bold (...)
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BUSH — THE MAN WITH A SNAFU PLAN
By : Sheila Samples - Friday September 9, 2005
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By Sheila Samples "A government that terrorizes its own people can never stop. If such a government ever lets the fear subside and rational thought return to the populace, that government is finished." Michael Rivero, What Really Happened It’s a good thing President George Bush doesn’t read newspapers or watch TV. If he did, even he could see that people from one end of this nation to the other are rapidly reaching zero tolerance with his bumbling ineptitude each time he is (...)
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THE MOTHERS ARE COMING!
By : Sheila Samples - Tuesday August 30, 2005
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By Sheila Samples "Sarah, if the people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." Bush 41 to reporter Sarah McClendon, Dec. 1992 It’s an amazing thing. Doctors’ offices in New York and Washington will likely be standing-room-only in a couple of months. I can see it now — the look on a nurse’s face when she asks the vacuous, target-eyed media twits when they are "due," and each one (...)
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John Kerry conceded early to spend time with Arnold Schwarzenegger
By : Sheila Samples - Tuesday January 11, 2005
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The Last Man To Concede... By Sheila Samples On November 3, just hours after Democratic vice-presidential hopeful John Edwards made a national announcement that he and John Kerry were not going to concede until all the votes were counted, Kerry grabbed the spotlight and conceded — before all the votes were counted. Kerry took the money and ran. Seems he couldn’t stick around because he and the missus were spending Christmas at a holiday extravaganza in Sun Valley as personal (...)
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Bush doesn’t ’misspeak.’ He lies. Lies. Lies."
By : Sheila Samples - Wednesday October 27, 2004
"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason." Ernest Hemmingway By Sheila Samples 10/26/04 "ICH" — My friend Bernie says anyone who believes that George W. Bush’s war on terror isn’t a miserable, howling failure is surely a member of the media, a perp over at the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), or has (...)
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When The Fiends Cry, "Kill!"
By : Sheila Samples - Tuesday September 7, 2004
By Sheila Samples 09/06/04 "ICH" — ...So I’m sitting here with a sack over my head, trying to come to grips with reality. Facts just don’t compute anymore. For example, it’s a fact that on Sept 7 the New York Yankees turned in the worst loss in their entire century of kicking baseball ass. It’s a fact that the Yanks lost 22-0 to the Cleveland Indians — but is it logical? Believable? Is it reasonable? My friend Bernie says stuff happens, even if only (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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MAY GOD DAMN WALL STREET, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE SUPREME COURT
Monday 13 February
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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Don’t say I didn’t warn you. In my article The Greatest Threat to America, I stated that the five so-called “conservative” members of the United States Supreme Court—Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts and Kennedy—“have destroyed American democracy and its fundamental freedoms more ruthlessly and effectively than any terrorist group in the world” (Pravda.Ru 01/27/2010). They accomplished this in the 2010 case of Citizens United v. Federal (...)
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