The President’s Closing Thoughts on His Alaska Visit
Sep03

The President’s Closing Thoughts on His Alaska Visit

Today is the last day of President Obama’s historic trip to Alaska and the Arctic. As he prepares to return to the hard reality of Washington D.C., he has jotted down some final thoughts. Here are some of them: On the final day of my trip to Alaska, I understand that I became the first president to travel above the Arctic Circle. I’m proud and happy I got to do it because some pretty extraordinary people live up there. I visited...

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(Updates) Iran Nuclear Deal: Three More Votes Than Needed…
Sep03

(Updates) Iran Nuclear Deal: Three More Votes Than Needed…

Update II: Today’s declarations of support for the Iran nuclear agreement by New Jersey Democrat Sen. Cory Booker and Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota bring the count of Senators backing the deal up to 37. The Wall Street Journal — not a Liberal rag: Mr. Booker’s support for the deal is a blow to Senate Republicans who need at least four more Democrats to vote with them if they want to...

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John Kerry’s Impassioned Remarks on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Sep02

John Kerry’s Impassioned Remarks on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Introduced by a Republican, former Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, Secretary of State John Kerry today made an impassioned speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in support of the Iran nuclear agreement. While some refer to his speech as being “in defense’ of the treaty, technically that is no longer necessarily so. With Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski’s declared support for the agreement this morning,...

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Blue Bell is Back, All Is Well Again in Texas
Sep01

Blue Bell is Back, All Is Well Again in Texas

Fair warning: The following will make absolutely no sense to those who have never been blessed with the taste of Blue Bell ice cream. — So bye, bye, Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die This’ll be the day that I die The music and lyrics of that timeless song played through my mind as,...

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(Updates) The Next War: The War on Names
Aug31

(Updates) The Next War: The War on Names

Denali Update II: From the President’s travelogue: Yesterday I touched down in Alaska for a three-day tour — a trip I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Not only because Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in a country that’s full of beautiful places– but because I’ll meet with everyday Alaskans about what’s going on in their lives, and I expect to learn a lot. White House photo...

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(Update) Gov. Christie: Stamp Them, Track Them, Catch Them, Ship ‘Em Out
Aug30

(Update) Gov. Christie: Stamp Them, Track Them, Catch Them, Ship ‘Em Out

Update: Facing ridicule about his proposal to track foreign visitors the same way FedEx tracks packages, Gov. Christie attempted to clarify his comments by telling a Fox News Sunday interviewer who pointed out that foreigners do not have labels on their wrists, “I don’t mean people are packages, so let’s not be ridiculous,” according to Reuters. While calling Donald Trump’s plans to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and...

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina and Our Neighbor to the South
Aug29

Remembering Hurricane Katrina and Our Neighbor to the South

A few days ago, an interesting 10-question quiz appeared on TMV designed to “find out which Americans are enablers [of illegal immigrants] and which aren’t.” Here is a two-question quiz to test your knowledge of the true character of our neighbors to the South. 1) Do you believe that Mexicans always cross the border to take advantage of our so-called welfare state? 2) Whether your answer to Question #1 is Yes or No, you may want to...

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Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force
Aug28

Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force

This past week has brought both great pride and deep sorrow to the U.S. Air Force, its members and veterans. When U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, along with an Army buddy (Spc. Alek Skarlatos) and others, prevented a tragedy aboard a speeding train in Europe, his and the actions of the others evoked the highest praise from world leaders and of course from their military superiors and comrades. “These men are...

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Has America Always Been Hostile to Immigrants?
Aug28

Has America Always Been Hostile to Immigrants?

Republican presidential wannabes were hoping to keep the “immigration issue” on a backburner, at least during the primaries. However, the meteoric and dumbfounding rise of Donald Trump right along with — or perhaps because of — his ugly and demeaning rhetoric about a certain “class” of immigrants and even about their U.S. born children and grandchildren, has made “immigration” the number one rallying cry for a...

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Faces of the Fallen
Aug27

Faces of the Fallen

It has been a while since we received a “casualties report” from what now seems to be the forgotten war, over in that place called Afghanistan. And when we do it is a short, terse announcement such as the one below: DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle they were...

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Finally a National World War I Memorial
Aug26

Finally a National World War I Memorial

Our nation’s capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials. But, as pointed out by the World War One Centennial Commission (the Commission), most of them honor “generals, presidents, statesmen and other individuals of distinction” and many of these commemorate the heroes and the battles of the American Revolution and the Civil War. There are numerous monuments and memorials...

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Trump’s ‘I Can’t Be Bought’ Argument
Aug26

Trump’s ‘I Can’t Be Bought’ Argument

In a recent piece, counting the “many things that should make Americans wary if not outright scared about a potential Trump presidency,” I recited a long laundry list of this very rich man’s most appalling character flaws, egregious actions and disgusting remarks. The list included Trump’s boorishness, narcissism, misogyny, xenophobia, his calumny about Vietnam War hero John McCain and our prisoners of war, his flip-flopping on...

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‘Been There, Done That’ Congressman Supports the Iran Nuclear Deal
Aug24

‘Been There, Done That’ Congressman Supports the Iran Nuclear Deal

Seth Moulton is a Democrat representing the people of Massachusetts in Congress. But he is also a veteran — a combat veteran that is — who served his country as a Marine Corps infantry officer during four tours of duty in Iraq over five years, although he was firmly against the Iraq War. He left the Marines in 2008 with the rank of Captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. Seth led an infantry platoon during the 2003...

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The Faces of the Heroes in Train Attack in France
Aug23

The Faces of the Heroes in Train Attack in France

The U.S. Air Force has released a set of photos of the three American heroes who, through their actions, saved “countless” lives during what the Air Force describes as “a terrorist attack aboard a train headed toward Paris Aug. 21.” Read more here and here. Lead photo: Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone along with Jane D. Hartly, the U.S. ambassador to France, and his two friends speak at a press conference in Paris Aug. 23,...

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(Updates) Two U.S. Troops, ‘Heroes’ in Train Attack, Named
Aug23

(Updates) Two U.S. Troops, ‘Heroes’ in Train Attack, Named

Update III: In continuing updates, the U.K. Telegraph is providing additional details about the foiled attack on the Amsterdam to Paris train on Friday evening. The Telegraph has identified the passenger who was first to attempt to grab the gunman’s AK-47 as Mark Mooligan, an American-born professor at the Sorbonne. The Telegraph: [Mr.Mooligan] tackled the Kalashnikov assault rifle off El-Khazzani, who then drew a sidearm and shot him...

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Military Weekend: ‘Patriotism’
Aug23

Military Weekend: ‘Patriotism’

TMV author Patricia Smith posted an excellent essay on “patriotism,” and readers waded in with equally excellent thoughts on this concept. In my opinion, we saw a good example of patriotism — and heroism — in the brave actions by two American servicemen and an American civilian when all hell broke loose on a high-speed train on its way from Amsterdam to Paris. To be accurate, while most everybody — including French...

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Once More — on Immigrants — Without Feeling
Aug19

Once More — on Immigrants — Without Feeling

Several of our authors have taken the time and the effort to illustrate how shortsighted, ludicrous and just plain hard-hearted the rhetoric of several of our illustrious GOP presidential candidates has become when they address issues such as abortion, birthright citizenship and en masse deportation of undocumented immigrants. Our Managing Editor, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, addressing the “plans” of “those who have such sick ideas,”...

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Ghosts that Haunt the Children of Latino Immigrants
Aug18

Ghosts that Haunt the Children of Latino Immigrants

When I was a small boy living in Latin America, I was scared of “duendes y fantasmas” — goblins and ghosts. Fortunately, they appeared mostly in dreams and eventually faded away. Over at the New York Times, Héctor Tobar writes that different monsters and ghosts haunt the dreams of Latino children these days. Some monsters and ghouls are pretty scary. For example, there is “La Llorona” who according to Tobar “is said to moan for...

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The Berlin Wall:  Where Is it Now?
Aug18

The Berlin Wall: Where Is it Now?

On Thursday, August 13, a very special segment of the Berlin Wall was unveiled at the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C. (above), presently under construction. It is one of approximately 54,000, 2.6 ton reinforced concrete slabs, each measuring over 10 feet high and 4 feet wide, that were used to construct the infamous Wall. On the 25th anniversary of the night when “the Wall came down,” I wrote: The Wall did not...

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Breaking News: The Northwest Wildfires – Active Duty Troops Deployed (Updated)
Aug18

Breaking News: The Northwest Wildfires – Active Duty Troops Deployed (Updated)

Update: The National Interagency Fire Center: For the first time since 2006, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is mobilizing active duty military personnel to serve as firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts. Currently, approximately 95 large wildfires are burning about 1.1 million acres in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, and Colorado. The National Preparedness Level...

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