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Daniel Patrick Welch
My Country ’tis of thee—Corporatocracy! Of Thee I Sing
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Friday January 22, 2010
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I know, I know. I’ve seen the blogosphere screeching about the Death of Democracy now that the Supreme Court has rolled back restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns. Whiners. Haven’t you all stopped for even a moment to think how this might benefit humanity? Sure, sure, we’re all aware of the downside, but would it kill us to think positive for a change? I mean, let’s face it: corporations have controlled the agenda since the Mayflower Compact (...)
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Why Martha Lost
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Tuesday January 19, 2010
While US Democrats are shocked at the surprising vulnerablity of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat—the Liberal Lion of the Senate—US observer Daniel Patrick Welch, who lives in and writes from Kennedy’s home state, is underwhelmed. Democrats have foolishly ceded the populist impulse to the right, and are now reaping what they have sown. Why Martha Lost by Daniel Patrick Welch I’m sick of waiting for the post-election analysis where bobbling heads pick over the bones (...)
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The Recession is Over! (Now get off your lazy asses and spend some MONEY, dammit!)
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Sunday September 27, 2009
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Daniel Patrick Welch, regaining his muse after an unfortunate hiatus, marvels at the audacity of the THC (Talking Heads Chorus), who tell us with a straight face that it’s our own damn fault if the fake "recovery" sputters—for not spending the money we don’t have! ******* These recessions are getting shorter and shorter. If you delay admitting it’s happening until the shit really hits the fan, then claim it’s all better while the shit is still spraying all (...)
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The Thousands Yet Unborn: a farewell to Senator Edward Moore Kennedy
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Thursday August 27, 2009
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It is with shock and dread, albeit much anticipated, that I awoke to hear of Ted Kennedy’s passing. My muse has been somewhat groggy since my mom’s passing this Spring, and I am juggling a range of emotions and a series of body blows from 2009. It seems that whoever is in charge of these things wanted to make certain that everyone who was anyone should be taken away from us this year. My wife tells me it’s my mom’s doing: A lady who loved a party, she could not bear (...)
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A reason to Stay: Still Crazy After All These Years
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Saturday September 27, 2008
I came across this piece while shuffling through some old papers. I wrote it over 16 years ago, and it struck me how essential its central message still is today, perhaps even more so than when I put dot-matrix inkjet to side-perforated paper. My natural tendency as a writer was to try to fiddle with it, to "update" it and make it better. I’m resisting, mostly, except to say that one of my first thoughts was that we must be crazy to still be doing this 16 long years later, having (...)
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All the Baggage, None of the Charm - Hillary isn’t Bill
By : Dan Welch - Sunday January 27, 2008
US observer Daniel Patrick Welch writes on the presidential campaign with all the dutiful enthusiasm of one covering a sports event in which the local team has been shut out. There’s no real debate, but as with every horse race, there’s always someone to bet on—or against. All the Baggage, None of the Charm She’s not Bill, and Bill’s not running—thank god By Daniel Patrick Welch I should start with full disclaimer: The only Democratic candidate I hold (...)
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sing ’til the power of the lord comes down: songs add promise and meaning to
By : Dan Welch - Monday January 21, 2008
With Martin Luther King Day fresh in mind, US writer and teacher Daniel Patrick Welch explores the challenges, promise and pitfalls of exposing young minds to King’s unfulfilled dreams. Sing ’til the power of the Lord comes down Songs add promise and meaning to studying the civil rights era by Daniel Patrick Welch Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. If this is true, then the US is stuck in a sort of Groundhog Day time bounce, doomed forever to keep banging (...)
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No Change for me: I want Bills. US Election Circus Awash in Cliches
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Monday January 7, 2008
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by Daniel Patrick Welch In the runup to this year’s political circus, the buzzwords of hope and change are being bandied about like the cheap currency they are. Divested of any real meaning by their repetition and cynical misapplication, they quickly become the empty slogans that make "election" season all the more depressing. Newspeak, long the vernacular of a self-perpetuating media coroporatocracy, has rendered the worst year in Iraq into proof that "the surge is working." By (...)
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Three Little Girls from School are We: Left’s unwarranted giddiness over election gains
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Tuesday November 21, 2006
by Daniel Patrick Welch Giddy as Mikado schoolgirls, Democrats and their allies on the left are positively gushing over their election gains of November 7. In the US’ two-party duopoly, voters are restricted to shifting power from one side to the other to voice their dissatisfaction with government. And, to be fair, voters did their part, kicking out congressmen, senators and governors from coast to coast. But hopes that this shift will lead to real changes in policy are, as (...)
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The US left could learn from Mexico’s example
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Monday November 20, 2006
Andrés Manuel López Obrador for President (of the US!!) by Daniel Patrick Welch Synopsis: Every election cycle, the US antiwar left reconvinces itself that its best chance of advancing its agenda is to dive once again into an alliance with the Democratic Party. Poor Charlie Brown! Is Lucy going to yank the ball away again? No suspense here.... "The only game in town" is just one of the myriad cover stories used by the vestiges of the US left to justify continued support for the (...)
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Denouncing Hugo Chavez. And other sports of the rich, infamous and just plain stupid
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Monday October 16, 2006
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by Daniel Patrick Welch Nancy Pelosi apparently has so much time on her hands, and so few other issues to address, that she saw fit to unload on Hugo Chavez following his appearance before the U.N. in New York. Most readers are familiar by now with Chavez’ provocative swipes at "Devil" Bush and his comment that the titular head of U.S. empire had left the place reeking of sulfur from his earlier appearance. Is this run-of-the-mill Pablum of the Poor what angered Democratic (...)
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Images of protest against Lebanon massacre
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Sunday August 6, 2006
by Daniel Patrick Welch These are some signs made for a local Lebanese solidarity event. The original inspiration came from an interview I heard with Tina Naccache from Lebanon, who mentioned that they had made pictures of bombs with US and Israeli flags on them for a protest in Beirut. It seemed right to the point, and I came up with these - I really wanted to drive home the central point of US complicity for an American audience, which I hope I’ve done passing well. The links (...)
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Left all atwitter over Vice President’s itchy trigger finger
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Tuesday February 14, 2006
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by Daniel Patrick Welch Of course, most of you already know I’ve never been the Vice President’s biggest fan. I’ve often confused him with Lon Cheney, and yes, I’ve had him in my sights before...er, so to speak. But I find it unconscionable that the left wing punditocracy is having such unearned fun over Cheney’s unfortunate hunting accident. I mean who is the victim here? The Vice President, who was deprived of the chance to become a marksman through proper (...)
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Pants on Fire: the Liars of the Bush Administration will take the world down in flames if we let them
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Monday January 16, 2006
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By Daniel Patrick Welch Sam Alito is merely the latest liar on the block for Bush’s full spectrum dominance agenda. But the show-trial hearings on whether this proto-fascist ideologue should be allowed to shape US social and political development for a generation provide some nuggets of insight into how the corrupt junta’s pathological liars actually work. The first order of amazement is that the process can actually take place. Shouldn’t precedence be given to hearings (...)
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Nothing to Lose
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Sunday November 13, 2005
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Not that the world beyond America’s shores could give two hoots about the U.S.’ internal squabbles anymore: after years of hoping for some inkling of resistance from the home front, the global community has likely had quite enough. But is there a stirring in the Belly of the Beast? Writer Daniel Patrick Welch, while skeptical, takes pleasure in the growing travails of the Bush cabal and hints that the heretofore neutered opposition may have grown some new appendages. By Daniel (...)
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Try and catch the wind
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Friday October 14, 2005
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by Daniel Patrick Welch Synopsis: Once again, an old song acts as muse for Daniel Patrick Welch. Repopularized by a current Volkswagen ad, the Donovan lyric tweaks Welch’s sense of the futility of resistance in the quagmire that is today’s American political landscape. From a personal perspective, the writer describes watching as all his European friends flee one by one, a sort of metaphor for the international rejection of the would-be Pax Americana. To understand fully the (...)
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A patchwork of help—Greenhouse School’s unique approach to Katrina relief
By : Salem, MA - Tuesday September 20, 2005
by Daniel Patrick Welch The Hurricane Katrina disaster is bringing out an instinct to help from schools, churches and groups all over the world. However, students at The Greenhouse School are taking a unique approach to helping victims of Katrina—and one that is familiar at the same time. “We wanted to do something, like a lot of people, but we wanted it to be special and in line with how we work,” said Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde, the school’s assistant director. (...)
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Where Have all the Soldiers Gone?
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Wednesday September 7, 2005
"You know the year of 1900-that was 60 years ago/when death come howling on the ocean/death calls, you gotta go"—Tom Rush, Wasn’t it a Mighty Storm by Daniel Patrick Welch "Galveston had a seawall, just to keep the waters down. But the high tide from the ocean spread the water over the town." The worst hurricane in US history saw almost 6000 people drowned in Galveston, Texas a little over a century ago, in a human tragedy immortalized by Tom Rush’s mournful 1960 ballad. (...)
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QUEEN OF HEARTS : The Nnabagereka Charms all with visit to Boston school
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Monday September 5, 2005
By Daniel Patrick Welch SALEM, U.S.A. ­ Four-year old Brandon Marrero awoke early and opened his eyes wide. “Is today Queen’s Day?” he asked his mom? The preschooler at the Greenhouse School in Salem, Massachusetts (north of Boston) had been excited for weeks, and the day had finally arrived. He and his schoolmates at the small alternative school on Boston’s north shore were going to see a real, live Queen. The Nnabagereka, Her Highness the Queen of Buganda, was to (...)
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What our kids don’t know can hurt us: Why it matters to know about Africa and the rest of the world
By : Daniel Patrick Welch - Thursday August 25, 2005
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By Daniel Patrick Welch It is well known that American kids traditionally score well below their foreign counterparts in geographic knowledge, and Africa seems to be perennially at the bottom of what they know. The reasons for this shameful lack of interest or insight are many and varied, especially given the US’ current position in the world, but a few problem areas are easy to explain. It is unlikely in any society, for example, that kids would outpace their teachers, parents, (...)
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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
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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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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