A Great Navy Tradition On Display at Bath Iron Works Tomorrow, August 1
Jul31

A Great Navy Tradition On Display at Bath Iron Works Tomorrow, August 1

The U.S. military, by its very nature, is full of history and traditions. Recently, I learned about one of those great historical traditions. The U.S. Navy has the long and honorable tradition of naming war ships after its fallen heroes. This tradition dates back to well before World War I. One report has it that it goes back to 1819, even before the Civil War. The USS Farragut, a guided missile destroyer commissioned in June 2006,...

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Asia’s First Woman Leader, Former Philippine President Aquino, Dead At 76
Jul31

Asia’s First Woman Leader, Former Philippine President Aquino, Dead At 76

Bob Drogin and John M. Glionna of the LATimes: Corazon C. Aquino, the unassuming housewife who toppled a dictator and restored democracy to the Philippines as its 11th president, has died. She was 76. The elegant democracy icon, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit in late June after she stopped eating. Aquino served six turbulent years as president of the Philippines after...

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A Government Bonanza Run Like A Clunker
Jul31

A Government Bonanza Run Like A Clunker

That sucking sound you may have just heard was the government’s billion dollar “cash for clunkers” slush fund drained in a week as consumers stampede new car malls for once-in-a-lifetime deals. The highly publicized stimulus program has caught the public’s imagination in a fad not seen since the land and gold rush days of the last 150 years. The House acted quickly today in a 316-109 vote to plunk another $2...

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Health Care a Different Experience for the Privileged
Jul31

Health Care a Different Experience for the Privileged

Myrna Ulfik’s item in the Wall Street Journal says: I didn’t run to Canada for [cancer] treatment. Medicare took care of my needs right here in New York City. To endure, I just need the freedom to choose my insurance, my doctors, and get the diagnostic scans and care I need. And one more thing: I need hope that a treatment will be developed that can control my diseases the way insulin controls diabetes. Every cancer patient...

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GOP Becoming Birther Party? 58 Percent Unsure/Doubt Obama Really Born In U.S.
Jul31

GOP Becoming Birther Party? 58 Percent Unsure/Doubt Obama Really Born In U.S.

If a new Kos/Research2000 poll is correct, the Republican party — the once-proud party of thoughtful, policy-oriented conservatives such as Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan – could be morphing into the “birther party.” Why does this matter? Because there needs to be at least a modicum of consensus in American politics and the birthers — egged on by conservative talk show hosts such as...

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