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Irrelevant?


Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Two recent headlines concerning Mr. Bush have me on more tenterhooks than usual. I am really getting tired of being insulted by someone so intellectually incurious and inexact. The first in the Washington Post was "Bush Deplores American Timidity", and the second, "Bush Declares That He Remains Relevant."

Bush's solution to our timidity is to remain unmoving regarding any indication the public is not in sync with his policies. As he puts it he will continue to have a, "sustained strategy to keep reminding people of the benefits of trade and the benefits of helping people become free."

After nearly 7 years of this administration this appears to be code for everything will be fine if the government continues to stick to promoting industry and business needs and ignoring social network problems and domestic needs (catastrophes such as Katrina).

Instead he thinks invading a country smaller than California - one tenth our population, weakened by a recent war, two thirds of the country monitored as a no fly zone, certified by the UN one week before the invasion not to have reconstituted weapons programs, thus destabilizing the whole geographic area - proper foreign policy.

Then insisting and forcing as much as possible an unwanted election on the Palestinians and when, much to his discomfort, Hamas won, declared them a terrorist organization. Although international organizations have declared the election to be done as democratically as most other elections he continues to act as if the old regime is still legitimate.

Mr. Bush has taken the most powerful office in the world and made it irrelevant in many spheres:

• By mismanagement of the Iraq fiasco he has demonstrated our military's limitations to the world. Iran and Russia can thumb their noses at us for they know our assets are tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are diminished to the point of going to Moldova, Albania, Kazakhstan, and Macedonia to beg for additional troops since England is removing half of theirs. Right now, these tiny nations together have 198 troops in Iraq.

• The mismanagement above has nearly restarted the cold war. Premier Putin is so dismissive of the power of the U.S. he was 30 minutes late for his meeting with Secretary of State Rice. Surely this was a calculated insult.

• While the Armenian resolution is not helping, Turkey like the rest of the Middle Eastern countries, long ago lost faith in our polic .....
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Bankrupting America

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

It used to be that the U.S. Dollar (USD) carried some weight overseas. Working and travelling in Asia several years ago, I knew that there was always two prices for a product - one in local currency and one in U.S. Dollars.

"Dong or Dollar?" ..... 
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Truth as we know it to be

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Truth might be defined as an accepted fact or reality. And yet, as we have seen all too often there are varying interpretations of the truth. Truth comes in different forms. There is my truth, your truth and the "real" truth. Some examples of accept ..... 
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Beware of monsters

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

German philosopher Frederick Nietsche said, "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn't become a monster."

Which made me think immediately of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield and all the neo-cons surrou ..... 
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It will take years to undo what this administration has done

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

One question I get about my commentaries is: "How do you pick your subject?"

Most of the time I choose medically related subjects. It's not that I don't have strong opinions on other subjects. I suspect people will take me more seriously if ..... 
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A coming together

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worker. I wasn't looking forward to it but it turned out to be an interesting chat. He was a young man no older than 40 and relatively senior in the inspector r ..... 
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Pawlenty, get'r done!

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

It was a genuine good feeling in the immediate wake of the horrific flooding to see a stream of politicians visiting southeast Minnesota - assessing the damage personally, visiting with officials, and giving assurances to people who had lost everyth ..... 
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Flush Day and other signs of progress

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary



The porta-potty is gone from our front yard, leaving only a three foot square patch of dead grass and a strange memory. Last week we celebrated "Flush Day"-the day Rushford residents were told it was okay to flush toilets again. This week af ..... 
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The church ladies and the loaves and fishes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

RUSHFORD - Shakespeare said "Some are born to greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them." Betty Culhane belongs to the second group. The recent flood in Rushford resulted in displaced people, who were also, sooner than later, hungry. As the ..... 
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