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Barack Obama, Afghanistan, and a Book That Mattered

The New York Times today has a long piece on Barack Obama’s agonizing three month deliberative process that brought him, at the end, to order a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. The piece reveals that there was a book that … Continue reading

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The Glorious Mary Travers of the Folk Trio Peter, Paul, and Mary Died Today

Of cancer. She was 73. She was 27 when she sang this:

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Senator Al Franken v. T. Boone Pickens: Remember the Wind Farm Ads—or the Swift Boat Ads?

Wind Farm ads v. Swift Boat ads? Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has recently shifted gears in his political activism, promoting green energy sources (like wind) in ads and at congressional hearings. But Pickens was also a major funder of the Swift … Continue reading

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Get out of Afghanistan Now?

That’s former NY Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges’s advice in an essay posted yesterday at TruthDig.com. Chris Hedges thinks that we’re in a quagmire in Afghanistan, and that we are, by meeting violence with violence, creating more problems for ourselves … Continue reading

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March 2, 1972

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Howard Nemerov and Learning from History

Howard Nemerov served in both the Canadian and American armed forces during World War II, and as a pilot flew combat missions over the North Sea against the Germans. His poem, “Ultima Ratio Reagan,” is a warning against historical ignorance … Continue reading

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Vietnamese American Congressman, Joseph Cao, Calls Immigration Comments of Michael Savage “Repulsive” and “Borderline Racist”

Rep. Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese American to serve as a US congressman, today called radio host Michael Savage’s recent comments on immigrants “repulsive” and “borderline racist.” Cao, by the way, is a Republican. Let’s hope that the future of … Continue reading

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I Like Men Who Carry Guitars, Not Guns: An Anti-Vietnam Poster of Three Venuses Trying to Seduce Mars into Making Peace

  An anti-Vietnam War poster inspired by Aristophanes’s ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, in which the women of Athens and Sparta withhold sex from their men until they make peace.  Thus spoke Lysistrata toward the beginning of the play: We’ll paint, powder, and … Continue reading

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