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Talking about Deficits

Karl  Rubis

As I read the news this morning, I couldn't avoid (even if I wanted to) discussion of the budget. Since President Obama issued his budget proposal, there have been never-ending stories about it. How much money is going where, who is getting the money, who isn't, etc, etc... One of ...

What shocked you with the State of the Union address?

Karl  Rubis

What shocked you the most about the State of the Union speech this week? President Obama made some interesting remarks during the speech. He said, point blank, that he is going to repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy regarding gays and homosexuals in the military. When President Clinton tried ...

What do you call the first decade of the 21st Century?

Karl  Rubis

So...what will be the name for the past decade? It has become the norm to categorize each decade, i.e. the Sixties, Seventies, and so forth. But, now that we are in the first decade of the 21st Century, what will it be called; the Noughties or the Oughties? I have ...

Obama's Saddest Day

Karl  Rubis

On Tuesday night, the nation listened to President Obama make a clear and forceful case for an increase of troops in Afghanistan. He detailed how an increased investment (in soldiers and money) is necessary for the security of the United States. Basically, he established how he is going to address ...

Feminism vs. Breast Cancer Awareness

Karl  Rubis

Recently, there was a bit of a stir when a new advertisement came out for breast cancer awareness. It showed a buxom woman wearing a white bikini walking alongside a pool. The ad zoomed in on her chest as she walked and showed how she jiggled as she walked. It ...

Becoming Obama's War

Karl  Rubis

This past week, President Obama has waded into the international arena in some very demonstrative ways. He started by delivering a well received speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, carefully noting how his administration is going to be different than the previous administration. He became the first ...

Salt in the Wound for Poland and Czech Republic

Karl  Rubis

For a President who is polished and understands PR quite well, it is quite an error! Yesterday, President Obama announced a change in the defensive missile shield program and declared that the focus will change from a ground based system in Poland and the Czech Republic to one that is ...

Who is Norman Borlaug?

Karl  Rubis

Who determines the amount of coverage a person gets when they pass away? We have received extensive coverage of Jackson, Swayze, Kennedy (all very deserving of recognition due to their impact on society), but who is being left out? I have to admit, due to a bit of a morose ...

How did you celebrate Memorial Day?

Karl  Rubis

While it is heartening to see that one's blog is read, it is amazing to see how it can be misunderstood for its central point. Yesterday I posted a short entry on the need to celebrate the essence of Memorial Day, and to avoid how that message can become diluted. ...

The slippery slope of Memorial Day

Karl  Rubis

Memorial Day is not Veterans Day. There is a distinct difference in the two, but it is a difference that is being blurred by commericalism and a lack of context for what it means. This day was established shortly after the Civil War to remember fallen soldiers. However, it is ...

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