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The Zimbabwe Cable

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(Writer's note: this post provides multi-faceted background on Zimbabwe, whose President was assessed in the July 2007 final cable of the American ambassador. The post contains the full content of the cable. But is the post multi-faceted background or just meandering summary? Are the facts fair? You decide. Create yor ...

No Blood, Just Charts!

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http://www2.ljworld.com/users/walterrhett/photos/2010/nov/23/203170/ Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said in his New York Times column yesterday that the pending political crisis could deepen if the government makes the wrong policy decisions. He forecasts castrophic damage to families and workers and believes the appropriate analogy is the "blood bath" mentioned by Deficit Comission co-chair, ...

Are We Dwarfs Standing on the Shoulders of Giants?

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“No taxation without representation;” the cry of the founding fathers now stands on its head. Now the governing representatives simply proclaim, “no taxes.” The caveat in the fine print seems to be “except for the middle class.” The thirty or so daily media commentators, none whose best sellers have produced ...

See the Lambs, All A-Crying

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Those who practice the politics of suffering strike blows intended to wound every good effort to increase economic demand. Without increased demand, there will be no jobs growth. But the Chicken Littles who proclaim the sky is falling look only in one direction for shelter: tax cuts. Theirs is a ...

"BE Lifted Up, O Ancient Doors"

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http://www2.ljworld.com/users/walterrhett/photos/2010/nov/1/201668/ In a $14 trillion economy, still the world’s largest, just a few days after Ford announced record profits of $1.69 billion for the quarter, and even after Bank of America posted $3.1 billion in profits in Q2 2010, one would think the idea of scary conversations about Republicans returning ...

The Right to be a Bigot

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http://www2.ljworld.com/users/walterrhett/photos/2010/oct/23/201012/ Good riddance! Juan Williams, a journalist formerly with the Washington Post, who authored the companion book to the PBS special, "Eyes on the Prize," and who was frequently seen on Fox News and heard on NPR was fired as a news analyst by NPR. Juan was arrogant and out ...

Feedback on an Uneven Performance

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http://www2.ljworld.com/users/walterrhett/photos/2010/sep/22/199041/ One of the problems with deciphering Barack Obama and his administration's behavior is that any model or insight runs into cross currents generated by Republicans and those who seem to be naturally cynic. It is obvious from the appearances and messages of the Administration that it is hesitant, indifferent ...

The Charities of Congress

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Charitable foundations set up by members of Congress really demonstrate the power of the old adage: charity begins at home. This is another instance of Congress not only failing to regulate itself, but also manufacturing new means to funnel influence under the guise of doing good. Both Congress and the ...

"Theme for English B"

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http://www2.ljworld.com/users/walterrhett/photos/2010/aug/24/197404/ Thinking about Langston today. Langston Hughes was a poet who traveled the world. He who once motored by bus from Russia through Tajikistan to Turkmenistan to Tashkent and Samarkand and then to China; all of this after the film company he signed on with went broke and left him ...

Grace Under Fire

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The misunderstandings about the request to build the Park Place Islamic Cultural Center are "dangerous," but the deliberately misleading statements of politicians using the mosque as a wedge issue are more likely to cause permanent harm and peril. Their inflammatory statements ignore the fact their own words give comfort and ...

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