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President proclaims character week


News

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 03:06:43 PM EST

Another one of those vacuous Presidential Proclamations slipped by me last week. Now we have an official week for "National Character Counts."

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Bush's compares Iraq & Vietnam, concluding?????????


Republicons

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Sat Nov 18, 2006 at 11:49:50 AM EST

Finally, praise for a piece of ordinary journalism, which managed to identify and explain the built-in contradiction in President Bush's comments about what Vietnam means for Iraq.

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Government of the people, by the people, and as far away from the people as it can get


Republicons

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 01:18:28 PM EST

Okay, you're disgusted that federal secrecy seems to be growing faster than the mold on your civil rights. But how, pray tell, to describe the problem, to quantify the phenomenon so that others may see the problem?

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A room with a view and a surgical bed


Rants

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 01:04:57 PM EST

Speaking of health care cons, try this out for size: more and more Americans are traveling abroad to have expensive surgical procedures done, because the cost is far lower even with the travel costs added in.

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It isn't often that poverty is funny, but check these "thresholds"


Rants

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Wed Nov 15, 2006 at 03:02:20 PM EST

The government computes two measures of "poverty" for various purposes. The main one is the "poverty threshold" which is the measure to which we refer when we talk about whether more or less people are in pverty today than at some prior time.

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Second tangible benefit of Democratic victory?


Republicons

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 03:20:40 PM EST

The "Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction" has uncovered several instances of fraud, embezzlement, and other efforts to redirect money from Iraq reconstruction projects to the pockets of a passel of sleazos.

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God's foreign policy


Republicons

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 03:01:50 PM EST

For all those who say, "what's it hurt to bring religious beliefs into the realm of government?"

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The Health Care con to come


Rants

By Lee Russ, Section OpEd
Posted on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 02:41:51 PM EST

What does a powerful group of corporate interests do when they see their interests threatened? You really need to ask?

They come up with their own rather questionable "solution" to the problem that has caused the threat to them, one which guaranties that they will remain powerful, successful, and rolling in profit.

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