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The War Against Reason

After a decade of bleak and expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a repetitive push in the media and public discussion  for a new conquest with Iran. The incentive is not only to have more control of the region’s oil distribution but also to limit Iran’s power as a nuclear threat. Iranians have […]

The Little Match Girl

When I was in the third or so grade in school in about 1940 I read the following story by Hans Christian Anderson. I have never forgotten it. I posted it to this blog during the 2010 holiday season. I plan on doing so every year. The story and the picture always makes me think […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy

Martin Luther King (1929-1968) was an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States. A national memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. It was opened to the public on August 22. King is the first African-American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall. He […]

Malthus, Famine, Disease and World Population

Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834) was an English Scholar influential in political economy and demography. He wrote six editions of An Essay on the Principle of Population from 1798-1826. In 18th century Europe society popularly believed society as improving and perfectible. Malthus, however, believed the dangers of population growth would preclude endless progress toward a utopian […]

Oslo Norway Takes Blasts at Government Buildings

It is possible that a terrorist attack was executed on government buildings in Oslo, Norway.  While no cause has been confirmed yet, the wide spread damage and two distinct explosions (one near Prime Minister’s office and one near Parliament) suggest this was an attack.  See a video of the Oslo Norway explosion scene below. There […]

News Corp.: A Culture of Corruption?

Liberals, unions, Democrats – they all love to hate Rupert Murdoch and his stable of companies, which in this country includes Fox News, the mouthpiece for the Koch Brothers and the most shrill elements of the Republican Party. But those of us who worked against, and sometimes cooperated with, Fox News and Murdoch’s other media […]

Celebrating the 4th of July with Osama bin Laden

It’s been a little over two months since President Obama delivered the news that bin Laden had been killed. Thinking about Osama bin Laden may seem like an unusual way to spend the 4th of July. But that’s what I did. In the midst of cook outs, swimming under a hot sun, and watching the night sky ablaze with color, I reflected back on all that has happened since we got the news that bin Laden was dead. And wondered what it was we were celebrating.

North Korea Bombing Video

North Korea fired artillery rounds at the South Korean Island of Yeonpyeong today.  South Korean officials have raised their security alert to the highest level and have convened emergency meetings.  Read more and see a video below. There are reports of some retaliatory fire from the South Koreans on targets in the north.  No further […]