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David R. Hoffman
THE INSPIRING STORY OF SPINN DRECK
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Thursday July 15, 2010
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The following story could be true. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty. Nobody knew when Spinn Dreck was born that he would eventually become a man amongst men. Like many Americans, Spinn Dreck was influenced by events that occurred during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As a child, his little heart pulsated with excitement when he read about George Lincoln Rockwell and his followers driving a “hate bus” through the American South, and his adrenaline (...)
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THE SANITY OF HOPELESSNESS
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Friday March 5, 2010
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"Oh say can you see by the fluorescent light The politicians we’ve bought at our last corporate meeting? Whose venal hearts and deceit wrought health care’s defeat, While from boardrooms we laughed and then raised premiums? And the wars that were fought for the profits we’ve sought Gave proof to our shareholders that freedom is bought. Oh say does that banner of corporate fascism now wave, O’er democracy’s corpse and the working class slaves?" (...)
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BOYCOTT CU, TT & UCB
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Tuesday October 27, 2009
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Ever since America was founded, two of its fundamental institutions—its legal system and its system of higher education—have been synonymous with ethics, integrity and fairness. But beneath the Statue of Justice’s blindfold and within the confines of academia’s ivory towers lurk amoralities, mendacities and biases so virulent that even Machiavelli would blush. Even those who just cursorily follow the news in America cannot help but notice that scarcely a month (and (...)
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THE NEW BOURBONS
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Tuesday August 25, 2009
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The most potent weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Stephen Biko “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.” So the saying goes. But is it necessarily true? What if all the streams, lakes and rivers where this man sought to fish were on (...)
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WARD CHURCHILL AND THE DEATH OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Saturday July 11, 2009
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There is a popular adage that states: “Only two things are certain—death and taxes.” Now there is a third: “It is certain that the constitutional rights of the individual will always be sacrificed to appease a governmental and/or economically powerful entity.” In a recent Pravda.Ru article entitled A TALE OF TWO ACADEMICS, (Parts I and II), I analyzed the diametrical situations faced by two tenured university professors: Ward Churchill and John Yoo. (...)
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A TALE OF TWO ACADEMICS
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Friday June 19, 2009
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Perhaps the most disturbing ability of human beings is the ability to rationalize anything. And this ability tends to rise in conjunction with the level of irresponsibility or stupidity an individual is attempting to justify. Evidence of this reality has been painfully clear in America since the start of the new millennium, which ominously began with the coup of 2000, and the illegal occupancy of the White House by George W. Bush and his inept, deceitful, corrupt cabal of warmongers. (...)
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SO YOU REALLY THOUGHT THINGS WOULD CHANGE?
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Tuesday June 2, 2009
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I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news: After a thorough and diligent investigation, I have solved twenty-five unsolved murders. I know who the murderers are, I know how they committed their crimes, and I have more than enough evidence to convict them. Now for the bad news: I am not going to release any of this evidence or demand that any of these murderers be prosecuted. While this may seem anathema to the fundamental concept of justice, I have five reasons for (...)
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TEXAS INJUSTICE: THE TRAGEDY OF TIMOTHY COLE
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Friday February 20, 2009
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Within its borders arguably resides the most corrupt legal system in the United States, if not the world: at one time, to increase the prospect of winning convictions, “training” manuals were circulated in some prosecutors’ offices explaining how to exclude racial minorities from juries; one prosecutor who sent an innocent man to prison later joked about this injustice by boasting, “Anybody can convict a guilty man. It takes talent to convict an innocent (...)
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YES GEORGE, YOU SERVED YOUR MASTER WELL
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Wednesday January 14, 2009
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Now George it is over. Your Faustian deal gave you eight years of illegal and undeserved power. And did you make the most of it! You stole elections without hesitation, you lied without compunction, you started illegal wars without any consideration for international law, you shredded the Constitution without any respect for the check-and-balance system, you opened up concentration camps without any concern for the rule of law, and you maimed, tortured, and murdered without any regard (...)
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THE BEGINNING OF HOPE?
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Friday November 7, 2008
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By David R. Hoffman Over twenty-five years ago, in January of 1983 to be precise, I wrote my first newspaper article, arguing for the creation of a federal holiday honoring America’s late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Later that same year a reluctant Ronald Reagan—over the vociferous objections of North Carolina’s rabidly racist Senator Jesse Helms, and the “nay” vote of Arizona Congressman (later to become Arizona Senator) John (...)
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THE PERILS OF VISERAL VOTING
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Monday September 15, 2008
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One could almost envisage John McCain’s cheshire grin as his strategists whispered into his ear: “Voters are basically stupid. It’s not about substance; it’s about style. It’s not about knowing the issues; it’s about appealing to the worst in human nature, while pretending you’re appealing to the best.” “Think about it John! Voters have elected movie and television stars to governorships, to Congress, and even to the presidency. (...)
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THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Wednesday September 3, 2008
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By David R. Hoffman Over ten years later, I still remember the lecture. My law professor had drawn two squares on the chalkboard and labeled them A and B. “These squares,” he explained, “represent two neighboring factories that manufacturer the same product. The product is of the same quality and sold for the same price. It is manufactured for export only, so all profits come from overseas markets.” “The problem,” he continued, “is that (...)
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THE INFORMANT QUANDARY
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Edit. - Friday April 18, 2008
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(This Originally Appeared as a Two Part Article in Pravda.Ru) To those who have never had any dealings with America’s criminal “justice” system, and to those who have been victims of crime, prosecuting attorneys are often viewed as noble crusaders, fighting for truth and justice against the machinations of “slimy” defense lawyers who will do anything to ensure that the guilty go unpunished. Even the rhetoric reflects this perception. If criminal defendants (...)
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VOTE FOR ME !!
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru, Leg. Editor - Wednesday April 9, 2008
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By David R. Hoffman For almost five years I have served as Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru. During this time I have been praised and criticized for my work. And I’ve appreciated them both. When someone praises my work, I know there is at least one kindred spirit out there in cyberspace, so I don’t feel so alone. When someone criticizes my work, I know they at least took the time to read what I wrote. But now it is time to expand my horizons. I am no longer content to sit behind (...)
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THE TRUE JUDAS
By : David R. Hoffman - Thursday March 20, 2008
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The popularity of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code has also renewed interest in the Gnostic Gospels, the “heretical” texts that were banned from the traditional Bible and considered lost until copies were discovered in the Egyptian desert in 1945. Thanks largely to passages in the Gospel of Phillip, The Da Vinci Code has raised intriguing questions about the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Yet lost in this “Codemania” are the equally (...)
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The Chickens Come Home to Roost
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Edit. - Friday March 14, 2008
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In several previous Pravda.Ru articles, particularly American Morality Scam and American Morality Scam Part II, I explained that by limiting the definition of “morality” to issues involving human sexuality, religious, business and political leaders are able to treat their fellow human beings as sadistically, unjustly or callously as they want, secure in the knowledge their deeds will never be labeled “immoral” by the corrupt power structure. I also explained that (...)
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Affirmative Action, An Idea Whose Time Has Gone?
By : David R. Hoffman, Legal Edit., Pravda.Ru - Tuesday February 12, 2008
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In 1965, during a commencement speech at Howard University, then-President Lyndon Johnson stated, “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, ‘You are free to compete with others,’ and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.” With those words, the idea of affirmative action was born. Although it has been distorted and misused over the years, (...)
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one solitary life
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Thursday January 17, 2008
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Nature is an oxymoronic creature. On the surface it can be breathtaking in its beauty and panoramic displays of life. Yet its very existence depends upon death. Herbivores kill and consume plant life in order to survive. Carnivores kill and consume other animals. And omnivores kill and consume both. Although their position at the top of the food chain has caused most humans to become omnivores, this dominant position has also compelled them to exploit plants and animals not simply for (...)
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Devil protects his own
By : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor - Tuesday January 15, 2008
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by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru Copr. The recent assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto—who prior to her death had been heralded as a champion of democracy and moderation—compelled me to examine the phenomenon that George Bernard Shaw once termed “the extreme form of censorship.” I subsequently learned that those who stand for justice, peace, tolerance and positive social change are disproportionately the victims of (...)
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Revolution, if not now, when?
By : David R. Hoffman - Monday June 11, 2007
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by David R. Hoffman Perhaps the most ironic thing about modern day America is the realization that, even though the nation was created through revolution, talk of revolution is almost nonexistent. This is perplexing, particularly since many of the conditions that fueled revolutionary rhetoric during the Nixon era of the late 1960s and early 1970s have reappeared today. During Nixon’s presidency America was mired in Vietnam—fighting a war on foreign soil that was fabricated on (...)
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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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