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Mary MacElveen
It is up to Democrats to end President Bush’s addiction to war
By : Mary MacElveen - Tuesday December 26, 2006
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by Mary MacElveen December 26, 2006 I was going to write a Christmas message to all of my readers, but an error occurred which prevented me from posting any message on my blog. As I see now, it has cleared itself. With that said, I do hope that all of my readers enjoyed this special day with family and friends. I also hope that our soldiers still deployed over in Iraq and Afghanistan entered our minds as we celebrated a day so full of life. They should have been home amongst their (...)
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Al Gore: Can a grass roots movement compel him to run in 2008?
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday December 2, 2006
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Al Gore: Can a grass roots movement compel him to run in 2008? By Mary MacElveen December 2, 2006 In watching this YouTube.com video feed titled, Al Gore on stopping global warming in which he was interviewed by Larry King there is a comparison to what Al Gore has been doing to that of Newt Gingrich’s tactics to reach out to the grass roots level. Before you deck me for even comparing the two, please take note of Gingrich’s quote made the other night concerning freedom of (...)
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Columnists like George Will should stand up for our military instead of Bush
By : Mary MacElveen - Friday December 1, 2006
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Columnists like George Will should stand up for our military instead of Bush By Mary MacElveen December 1, 2006 When George Will of the Washington Post had this to say of Senator-elect James Webb as Webb tried to avoid President Bush at all costs, “Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor. Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency. Webb’s more gross offense was calculated rudeness toward another human being — one who, disregarding many hard things Webb had (...)
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Bush is to blame and not the Iraqi people and we must remember that
By : Mary MacElveen - Wednesday November 29, 2006
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Bush is to blame and not the Iraqi people and we must remember that By Mary MacElveen November 29, 2006 In the American criminal justice system victims of rape, sexual harassment is often blamed by the defense attorney representing the rapist. As I was reading this Washington Post column As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame the same can be said for blaming the Iraqi people for the strife and civil war that now surrounds them. I would say, let us put the blame squarely where it (...)
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Bush has no right to be called Commander in Chief
By : Mary MacElveen - Tuesday November 28, 2006
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Bush has no right to be called Commander in Chief By Mary MacElveen November 28, 2006 President Bush just does not get it especially as one reads Bush says U.S. won’t pull out of Iraq. This mad man states, "There’s one thing I’m not going to do, I’m not going to pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete," Your illegal mission, President Bush was set to fail right from the beginning since there is NO WINNING the war on terrorism. Besides (...)
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The Media’s ‘Irreparable Harm’ to our soldiers and to the Iraqi people
By : Mary MacElveen - Tuesday November 28, 2006
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The Media’s ‘Irreparable Harm’ to our soldiers and to the Iraqi people By Mary MacElveen November 28, 2006 While I wish to congratulate NBC news for labeling this war over in Iraq a ‘Civil War’, it does not take back the irreparable harm done upon the Iraqi people as well as our soldiers. The reason I chose the terminology of irreparable harm is because that was the phrase used in the Bush V. Gore case in which a the counting of votes during that presidential (...)
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The United States use of Depleted Uranium, installment number one
By : Mary MacElveen - Monday November 20, 2006
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The United States use of Depleted Uranium, installment number one By Mary MacElveen November 20, 2006 With the newly elected Democratic controlled congress set to take power in January, one Congressman, Charles Rangel has called for the reimplementation of the draft. I really do not know how I feel at this at any given moment. I am just so sick and tired of these wars that we have been fighting and want us all just to sit down and breathe. Please remember that word breathe. But, my (...)
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No democracy is seen in the Congo as children are being used as sex slaves
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday November 19, 2006
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No democracy is seen in the Congo as children are being used as sex slaves By Mary MacElveen November 18, 2006 In reading the main stream American press accounts of the Congo elections in which the loser filed a challenge to the outcome, it was as if I were having a flash back to the 2000 presidential elections in the United States. One former rebel who lost the election “filed a lawsuit Saturday claiming he was cheated of millions of votes” Does that sound familiar to anyone (...)
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To Elliot Spitzer and the Democratic Majority, the people’s needs must come before impeachment
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday November 18, 2006
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To Elliot Spitzer and the Democratic Majority, the people’s needs must come before impeachment By Mary MacElveen November 18, 2006 There is a big lesson for us all as one reads E.J. Dionne’s piece Remember who sent you in which he speaks to the new Democratic majority of why they were elected to take over both houses of congress and also this piece once again reaffirms my original belief that those across America did not vote for this new majority to get their pound of flesh (...)
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Howard Dean’s accomplishments versus James Carville’s failures
By : Mary MacElveen - Thursday November 16, 2006
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Howard Dean’s accomplishments versus James Carville’s failures By Mary MacElveen November 15, 2006 Newsmax.com reports that James Carville the political has been stated that Democrats should fire Howard Dean as the chair of the Democratic National Committee. In the most laughable statement he likens Howard Dean to that of Donald Rumseld when he said, "I think he should be held accountable. I would describe his leadership as Rumsfeldian in its competence.” Unlike (...)
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To Bush, McCain and Olmert: The Congo Cries Out and all of you remain silent
By : Mary MacElveen - Tuesday November 14, 2006
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To Bush, McCain and Olmert: The Congo Cries Out and all of you remain silent By Mary MacElveen November 14, 2006 The lesson for the GOP to take from last week’s election results in which they lost majority rule in both houses is that the American people saw through the deceit in using our military to fight an immoral war in Iraq. If we are to gain respect world-wide, it would be to stand up to brutal acts that continue to this day. No, I am not speaking of Iran. In fact I think (...)
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Was the reaction to the 2006 election a ‘Network’ moment?
By : Mary MacElveen - Tuesday November 14, 2006
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Was the reaction to the 2006 election a ‘Network’ moment? By Mary MacElveen November 14, 2006 In thinking back to America’s reaction to the 2006 mid term elections, the only term that I can come up with that best describes the results of these elections is that America had a ‘Network’ moment. We all remember that movie Network in which the producer opened up the window and angrily shouted out, “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it (...)
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Through Howard Dean’s ‘fifty state strategy’ it was ‘mission accomplished’
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday November 11, 2006
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Through Howard Dean’s ‘fifty state strategy’ it was ‘mission accomplished’ By Mary MacElveen November 11, 2006 It has been reported that James Carville would like to replace Howard Dean with Harold Ford Jr. to head the Democratic National Committee, in which he said "Suppose Harold Ford became chairman of the DNC? How much more money do you think we could raise? Just think of the difference it could make in one day. Now probably Harold Ford wants to stay in (...)
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Can any impeachment of Bush stand up to the rule of law with a changed Constitution?
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday November 11, 2006
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Can any impeachment of Bush stand up to the rule of law with a changed Constitution? By Mary MacElveen November 11, 2006 While some polls are beginning to ask Americans how they feel concerning the impeachment of President Bush as evident in this MSNBC poll, much should be taken into account before we even think of said proceedings. I will get to that in a bit. I was heartened to see that 87% felt in relation to this question “Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading (...)
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The New Democratic majority must restore the U.S. Constitution
By : Mary MacElveen - Thursday November 9, 2006
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The New Democratic majority must restore the U.S. Constitution By Mary MacElveen November 9, 2006 In going through all 517 photos showing the reactions to many different races either won or lost, the ones showing Senator-elect Jon Tester were the ones that especially hit home. After all it was our test to see whether or not a common man can go on to represent the people he grew up amongst. He was the ‘tester’ to see anyone of us can run and go on to win a senate seat. We (...)
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The Democratic Victory: ‘It’s the people’s agenda, stupid’
By : Mary MacElveen - Wednesday November 8, 2006
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The Democratic Victory: ‘It’s the people’s agenda, stupid’ By Mary MacElveen November 8, 2006 When Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi the incoming Speaker of the House stated that impeachment was not on the table in relation to Bush, it angered most on the more liberal side of the Democratic Party including myself. Hindsight being what it is, it was smart of her to say that. In fact, if that had been our main platform, there would have been a sharp rebuke by the (...)
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If you truly believe in the pledge of allegiance, hand the GOP a defeat at the polls
By : Mary MacElveen - Monday November 6, 2006
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If you truly believe in the pledge of allegiance, hand the GOP a defeat at the polls By Mary MacElveen November 6, 2006 Tomorrow’s elections will tell us whether or not our fellow Americans truly want a change or live as we have lived since Bush took office. If we are truly a freedom loving people our only moral choice at this point is to stop America from bleeding out. I see America as if she were lying on a battlefield mortally wounded. Do we pass her by or act as a medic and (...)
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Will air raid drills be far behind if Bush and the GOP retain power?
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday November 5, 2006
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Will air raid drills be far behind if Bush and the GOP retain power? By Mary MacElveen November 5, 2006 I am going to ask this question based upon based upon this Times Online article: Nuclear steps put region on brink of most fearful era yet, exactly how has the Bush/GOP led government made the world safer? This article cites “with the sudden rush by Arabs, Iranians and Turks to master nuclear technology and one day unlock the secrets to the atomic bomb.” They also have (...)
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As our parting gift to Pataki, re-elect Alan Hevesi for NY State Comptroller
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday November 5, 2006
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As our parting gift to Pataki, re-elect Alan Hevesi for NY State Comptroller By Mary MacElveen November 5, 2006 I want everyone living in New York State to think back to last winter especially if they heat their homes with oil. As the tank gage inched lower, your anxiety of how you were going to pay for another delivery sky rocketed. I know mine did. You would have thought that Governor George Pataki could have demanded assistance on behalf of all of us for some relief from his friend (...)
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As a former Republican, I would never support Peter King and Joe Lieberman
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday November 4, 2006
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As a former Republican, I would never support Peter King and Joe Lieberman By Mary MacElveen November 4, 2006 Every morning, I check the stats on my blog to see which articles are resonating with my readers it helps me focus on what issues are important and issues that are not. As I checked the stats this morning, my jaw dropped as I saw that my piece “February 15th, 2003: Little did we know” was read by 444 people. You may ask why this surprises me. I have written for (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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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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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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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
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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