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If I were a true patriot


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If I were truly patriotic I would be demonstrating on our streets and carrying placards calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

How is it that I can stand by while President Bush has amongst many other things:

Violated the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal "War of Aggression" against Iraq using fraud to sell the war to congress.

Violated U.S. and international law by authorizing the torture of hundreds of captives resulting in dozens of deaths.

Violated the constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans and legal residents without charge and without access to legal council.

Violated U.S. law through widespread wiretapping of Americans without a warrant.

Violated the constitution by using "signing statements" to defy hundreds of laws passed by Congress.

If I were patriotic, I would urge Representative Tim Walz to caucus with the Republicans so we might elect a true Democrat to his seat and not spend any money to get him re-elected.

How is it I can stand by when Rep. Walz:

Voted to grant unprecedented power to our rogue president and made all previously illegal wiretapping legal in direct violation of the 4th amendment of the constitution.

On May 24th he voted to give Bush another 100 billion dollars to spend as he saw fit without restrictions for his war in Iraq. Even worse on May 17th Congress considered a resolution requiring the president to seek Congressional approval before going to war with Iran. Rep. Walz voted against it.

I take the loss of my liberty, very personally and it should be obvious that the world is in a somewhat more dangerous place because of some of Rep. Waltz's votes. I believe Tim Walz to be a very fine man but his voting record scares the daylights out of me. I'm beginning to wonder if our representatives, who vote as described above, collectively have enough chalk in their backbones to whitewash a billiard ball.

I feel I would be doing something Patriotic if I were making an effort to expose those using the "We Support Our Troops" phrase as intimidation and propaganda to gain support for the war in Iraq. There is no certainty what would happen in our absence there, but there is absolute certainty about the result of our presence - escalating deaths on both sides. Our military presence in Iraq is making us less safe, not more so. And the chances that enraged infiltrators will strike us here at home has increased. .....
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Do the right thing with recycling

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Every day we are faced with the same dilemma: to recycle or not to recycle.

My recent trips to the gas station seem to be pressing this issue on my subconscious mind. I reach down to grab the bag of garbage when I eye a plastic pop bottle sn ..... 
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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", ..... 
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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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