North Korea Escalates It: Freezes Relations With South Korea and Threatens Military Action
May25

North Korea Escalates It: Freezes Relations With South Korea and Threatens Military Action

North Korea is again playing a game of high-stakes international “chicken” — now escalating tensions to new heights: it has announced that it’s freezing relations with its neighbor and nemesis to the south after being widely condemned for what many believe is its role in sinking a South Korean ship and it is warning that it’s now ready for war. North Korea announced Tuesday a freeze in relations with...

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Goodbye Jack Bauer…and Thanks for All the Fish
May25

Goodbye Jack Bauer…and Thanks for All the Fish

I would like to think that I have something meaningful and profound to say about the end of the series 24. But that would presuppose there is something meaningful and profound that I haven’t said already. I tire of repeating myself, as you no doubt are weary of the themes I have hammered home about the show over these last 5 years – years I have spent watching, writing, thinking, and and immersing myself in all things...

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Persecuting Polanski and Panahi for No More than Talent: Le Monde, France
May25

Persecuting Polanski and Panahi for No More than Talent: Le Monde, France

Is there some moral equivalency between Iran’s arrest of film director Jafar Panahi and America’s relentless pursuit of Roman Polanski? According to this article by Franck Nouchi of France’s Le Monde newspaper, the two cases have an important thing in common: both men have been ‘gagged’ because of their ‘art.’ For Le Monde, Franck Nouchi writes in part: In Iran and the United States, for...

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A Tale of Two Tragedies (Katrina and BP)
May25

A Tale of Two Tragedies (Katrina and BP)

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast (especially New Orleans), a particular political log jam occurred between the Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco and President George W. Bush (R). Of course, the media was outraged that Bush took so long to respond to aftermath of the storm. Little has been said about the role Blanco played in refusing federal assistance because of her stance of wanting to maintain control because...

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Deal To Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Presages Success
May25

Deal To Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Presages Success

The White House and Congressional Democrats have reached a deal with the Defense Department to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars open military service by homosexuals. The contrasts between the present and the last time a repeal was attempted could not be more stark. The DADT policy is a legacy of the early years of the Clinton administration, where a badly bungled effort to repeat the earlier...

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