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DUMB AS A FENCE POST
By : Peter Fredson - Wednesday June 28, 2006
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DUMB AS A FENCE POST? By Peter Fredson June 28, 2006 Many people have debated the mentality and honesty of George W. Bush. There is a hard-core fundamentalist Christian Republican component that still believes George Bush is a good president, a canny strategist, and a compassionate conservative. But about 70% of Americans feels he is the worst president that has ever disgraced this country. They point out that “staying the course’ is a sure indication of lack of imagination (...)
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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A FAILURE?
By : peter fredson - Tuesday June 6, 2006
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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A FAILURE? By Peter Fredson June 6, 2006 I watch the Bush administration bellow and bluster its incompetence to the world. I watch as the cabinet dances war dances, shouts ominous threats, pronounces rivals to be EVIL and therefore unfit to live with decent Christian Republicans. I listen to little Condi Rice, the Black Angel of Death; scare the public once more with visions of mushroom clouds, aluminum tubes, yellow cake and other strategic lies. But Donald and (...)
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STRATEGY FOR TOTAL VICTORY
By : peter fredson - Sunday May 7, 2006
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STRATEGY FOR TOTAL VICTORY By Peter Fredson May 7, 2006 I recently reviewed remarks of George W. Bush and those of his cabinet officials regarding war, terrorism, environment, deficit, employment, pensions, social security, Medicare, the oil crisis, health management, education, science, religion, patriotism, scare tactics, security arrangements, CIA, and many other topics of national interest. In no case have I been satisfied with the clarity of the remarks, or their credibility. (...)
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WHY GEORGE CAN’T FIRE DONALD
By : Peter Fredson - Monday April 24, 2006
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Why George Can’t Fire Donald By Peter Fredson April 24, 2006 People have wondered why Bush will not fire his Pentagon friend, Donald Rumsfeld. Some ascribe it to loyalty, to stubbornness, or to his absolutist mentality. Some believe that Rumsfeld knows where too many bodies are buried, and that firing him might force some leakage to occur. He was with Bush during his campaigns and knows what promises were made, to whom, and what inducements were offered. If ever a Deep Throat (...)
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BUSH MAIN GOUGER
By : Peter Fredson - Saturday April 22, 2006
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BUSH GOUGER By Peter Fredson April 22, 2006 I watched two actors strut on stage yesterday in Los Angeles. Arnold Schwartzenegger and George W. Bush appeared for the purpose of bolstering up faltering popularity polls, and pumping for pet projects. Arnold wanted state levees rebuilt quickly and George wanted desperately to be liked again. George went back to his Education President disguise while simultaneously seeming to do something about high gasoline prices. You may say what you (...)
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FLYING HIGH: A VERY EARLY HISTORY OF SPACE TRAVEL
By : Peter Fredson - Sunday April 16, 2006
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By Peter Fredson April 16, 2006 People, watching birds, probably wished they too could fly. In ancient times, in many countries, flying Gods were imagined by story tellers, who invested them with immortality, supernatural powers to overcome natural conditions such as gravity, with the ability to live in the sky and travel through space. In Ancient Sumer, gods flew in vehicles called Shems, described as rocket-like "rocks” emitting fire. It was thought possible to travel to the sky (...)
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DICK CHENEY EXPLORER
By : Peter Fredson - Wednesday April 12, 2006
REQUIREMENT FOR A JUST WAR (If Dick Cheney was a Christian Explorer and kept a diary of his exploits.) By Peter Fredson April 10, 2006 It was a pleasant day when I sailed my small sloop out of port. I had taken on full provisions of food and drink, had my CD of THE BEST SERMONS OF PAT ROBERTSON in my player and set full sail for the eastern horizon. Suddenly a vast wind sprang up which tossed my small sloop like a cork in a bathtub. I was blown off course, my compass stopped working, (...)
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BUSH INC. SELLING COW COOKIES CHEAP
By : Peter Fredson - Tuesday April 11, 2006
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BUSH SELLING COW COOKIES By Peter Fredson April 11, 2006 George W. Bush Company, Inc. has an oversupply of Cow Cookies, Buffalo Chips, Clumps of Dump, Anal Cheese, Blurtch, and Spineless Brownfish that it would like to sell to the public as their substitute for Unvarnished Truth. And, though many of our textile mills have been outsourced and they no longer spin thread into yarn, the Bush administration is working overtime spinning yarn into ersatz truthiness. Their supply of (...)
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REQUIREMENT FOR A JUST WAR
By : Peter Fredson - Monday April 10, 2006
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REQUIREMENT FOR A JUST WAR (If Dick Cheney was a Christian Explorer and kept a diary of his exploits.) By Peter Fredson April 10, 2006 It was a pleasant day when I sailed my small sloop out of port. I had taken on full provisions of food and drink, had my CD of THE BEST SERMONS OF PAT ROBERTSON in my player and set full sail for the eastern horizon. Suddenly a vast wind sprang up which tossed my small sloop like a cork in a bathtub. I was blown off course, my compass stopped working, (...)
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WHY EASTER BUNNIES LAY COLORED EGGS
By : Peter Fredson - Sunday April 9, 2006
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ABOUT EASTER BUNNIES AND EGGS By Peter Fredson April 9, 2006 A nephew in Mexico e-mailed me a question concerning Easter. His wife is a school teacher, and her pupils wanted to know why in the U.S. bunnies and colored eggs are associated with Easter. Most of the Mexican pupils were raised as Catholics and they only know of the alleged crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ in connection with Easter symbolism (Las Pascuas). No bunnies, no Easter Eggs. How did that (...)
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SAVING OUR HONOR
By : peter fredson - Friday March 31, 2006
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SAVING OUR HONOR By Peter Fredson March 31, 2006 It is indeed heartwarming to see the vigilance that Republicans are exercising over our morals, virtue, honor, and fine American character. Recently a baseball player seemingly lied about taking some sort of performance enhancement drugs. This is abominable, unheard of, something destined to bring disrepute to the entire game, and will shame us on the world-wide stage. Harsh treatment is certainly called for, to make sure that sports (...)
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WORKING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
By : peter fredson - Tuesday March 28, 2006
WORK IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY By Peter Fredson March 28, 2006 It is not my intention to weigh in on the current immigration debate in the U.S. other than to say that George Bush has been careless, negligent and inept at dealing with securing our borders. As I looked at the protest demonstrations on TV, in Los Angeles, most of the several thousand protestors looked like they recently came from some Mexican countryside towns. That jogged my memory. After WWII I had 4 years of G.I. Bill and (...)
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CAN WE TALK?
By : peter fredson - Sunday March 26, 2006
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Can We Talk? By Peter Fredson March 26, 2006 The other day I wrote a blog on “Reassessing George W. Bush.” And I received a serious comment from a Bush supporter. Usually the comments are vituperation, insults, invitations to accept Jesus, fervent declarations of Christian Love, simple denials implying my brain is missing, long dissertations on religious beliefs, inarticulate defense of Bush actions, indignation at my “treasonous” criticism, or assertions that I (...)
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REASSESSING GEORGE W. BUSH
By : peter fredsib - Friday March 24, 2006
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REASSESSING GEORGE W. BUSH By Peter Fredson March 24, 2006 Ever since George Bush came upon the political scene I have been trying to divine the source, or sources, of his certainty. I realize that he has been anointed by friends, cronies, parents, fundamentalists, corporate executives, neoconservatives, and by the Old Testament God of his faith, and wrapped in cotton batting so that no critic or heretic can harass him. In his bubble of comfort and security, he can suck his thumb and (...)
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BUSH SARCASM AT ITS FINEST
By : peter fredsib - Monday March 20, 2006
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BUSH SARCASM AT ITS FINEST By Peter Fredson March 20, 2006 I saw a news item an hour ago which gave me great amusement. The headline read: US wants new Belarus poll The story said: “The United States does not accept results of the Belarus election and believes the campaign that re-elected President Alexander Lukashenko was conducted in a ‘”climate of fear’", the White House said today.’” What a coincidence. I was (...)
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NEW BUSH STRATEGY FOR VICTORY
By : peter fredsib - Monday March 20, 2006
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NEW BUSH STRATEGY FOR VICTORY By Peter Fredson March 20, 2006 George W. Bush, trying hard to please the American public, seems to have hit upon a brilliant idea to revive the fading polls of his popularity. He has decided to give a speech, perhaps two or three or a dozen. In this way he can try through soporific means, to lull the public and give them a look inside of his fantasy life. It worked well several years ago, and his polls shot up several points. It is true that he has already (...)
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LEARNING NOTHING FROM HISTORY
By : peter fredson - Saturday March 18, 2006
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Learning from History By Peter Fredson March 18, 2006 Having learned nothing from history, Bush is determined to repeat the worst of it. He loves to stay a course, especially if the first time it was a failure. Bush will try again and again. That may be laudable for character, but it also reflects stupidity, sheer ignorance and a fondness for fantasy over reality. It reflects the bubble of isolation in which Bush lives, surrounded by sycophants who are determined to put a positive spin (...)
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PREEMPTION AND DISHONOR
By : peter fredsib - Friday March 17, 2006
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Preemption and Dishonor By Peter Fredson March 17, 2006 As a result of personal experiences during World War II, comparing them with the state of our nation today, I see numerous similarities between the actions of the Bush neocons and the Brown Shirts of Adolph Hitler. Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Himmler et al. What do I see? Hold tight, now. The SS Troops, the Homeland Security, the fervent and pious preachers with their “Gott Mitt Uns), the claims of racial superiority, the (...)
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DEJA IDES OF MARCH
By : peter fredsib - Thursday March 16, 2006
Deja Ides of March By Peter Fredson March 16, 2006 Is it that time again? We realize that for George Bush it has never stopped being that time. The neocon cowardly war-hawks, who love aggression, bullying, preemption, blood and thunder (as long as it does not personally touch them), instead of lust for sex, have lust for power, wealth and world dominion. Back in 2000 A.D. the Leo Straussian fans were convinced that preemptive strikes were necessary on Iraq, Iran, Syria and any others (...)
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THE RAPING OF IRAQ
By : peter fredsib - Tuesday March 14, 2006
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THE RAPING OF IRAQ By Peter Fredson March 14, 2006 Years ago, in Central Park, a young woman was jogging when a gang of thugs waylaid her. They beat her, then raped her, and stole whatever she had of value. They felt victorious and gleefully encouraged their companions to rape her again. A truly jolly crew. They were eventually brought to justice, but meanwhile no jogger felt safe. There is an analogous situation with the Bush cabinet and Iraq. The Bush thugs waylaid Iraq, beat the (...)
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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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