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War Without End Amen

There is a bumper sticker which reads " Stop Endless War ". The message is short, straight forward and it gets your attention. I have reflected previously that for a lot of my life our country has been at war in some form or another....Show More Summary

Your 2015 Guide to Arguing With Your Conservative Uncle This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: we'll be trapped around the table with distant relatives that we see twice a year at best and forced to make conversation. With the 2016 presidential primary season...Show More Summary

ACA, Open Enrollment and the 'What if...?' Question

What if...? There are a million endings to that question. And, without health insurance, most can lead to painful choices or even financial ruin. Affordable health insurance should not be a luxury. It is a necessity. Since I was elected...Show More Summary

ACA, Open Enrollment and the 'What if...?' Question

What if...? There are a million endings to that question. And, without health insurance, most can lead to painful choices or even financial ruin. Affordable health insurance should not be a luxury. It is a necessity. Since I was elected...Show More Summary

The Lure of Becoming a Bride of ISIS

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic--two beautiful, young Bosnian immigrant girls who left their families in Vienna, Austria in 2014 are reported again today to have been beaten to death after being caught trying to flee the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Show More Summary

Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting. President Rowhani and his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, sent a message of condolence to French President Francois Hollande. Show More Summary

Syrian Refugees: America Stands Silent as France Stands Tall

In a week when the world was awash with outpourings of grief and solidarity for the Paris atrocities, some of our most prominent politicians here in the U.S. have responded with cowardice. Representative Steve Stivers, Republican of Ohio, circulated a letter urging President Obama to stop accepting any refugees from Iraq or Syria. Show More Summary

A History of Shame

During World War II, the American government rounded up anyone with even a whiff of Japanese heritage, over 100,000 people in all, and placed them in internment camps. A majority of these people were American citizens. Many of the camps were on Native American reservations, because America loves nothing if not irony. Show More Summary

Did Louisiana just elect "wrong" governor due to flaw in Top 2 runoff method?

Few analysts at the start of the year would have predicted Louisiana voters would elect a Democrat to be their new governor. Republicans have dominated statewide contests in recent years, with no Democrat earning even a third of the vote in races for governor and six other statewide offices in 2011, with incumbent Democratic U.S. Show More Summary

David Brock: Hillary's the One

If you don't believe there's a right wing conspiracy poised to take over the U.S. you haven't been listening to David Brock. Not everybody does listen to David Brock, author/journalist, self-described "former right-wing hit man" andShow More Summary

Republicans' Playbook on Women Gets Even Scarier

Last week, Ted Cruz promoted the endorsement of Troy Newman, an anti-choice leader who has gone so far as to say that a perfectly biblical society would execute its abortion providers. Let that sink in for a moment. Ted Cruz is so thrilled...Show More Summary

Are We Really a 'Thanks Giving' Nation?

In 1608, 102 men, women and children tearfully waved goodbye to their friends, families, houses, and land in search of freedom across the great Atlantic. According to an exhibition at the Library of Congress these voyagers were fleeing from the conviction that "... Show More Summary

Andrianos Maris: Leader and Dreamer

One of the greatest leaders of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal, Andrianos Maris, passed away a few days ago. He is the man who changed the root of the community's history, extending its reach and its activities beyond the borders of Montreal island proper. Show More Summary

We Are Americans -- Let's Act Like It

Creating a database of Muslims and ID cards marked with their religion while monitoring anyone that goes to a mosque? That was presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump? Comments about the Syrian refugees being like dogs with some of them being rabid made by Dr. Show More Summary

Daesh: The Un-Islamic State

In the midst of a civil war they emerged. Young and foolish, they manipulate scripture to justify their campaigns of terror. They take to the streets shouting religious platitudes while killing all in sight until they themselves are killed. Show More Summary

The Tribulations of Being a Muslim While ISIS Is There

When the reports of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris began to break out in the evening of November 13, a mixed feeling of fright and misery immediately inundated me. I was frightened at the depth of cruelty that had transpired and affected the French people once again. Show More Summary

The Real Terrorist Threat

The terrorism Americans fear most comes from abroad. Islamic radicals, starting with 9/11, have plotted and frequently succeeding in killing our citizens. Yet these legitimate concerns have been turned into hysteria by right wing politicians and their media outlets, who mindlessly denounce Syrian refugees and Sharia law. Show More Summary

Obama's Cagey Strategy Regarding Terrorism

There will be many who read this that will say I've been smoking way too much weed, because what I am about to say is not based on "facts in evidence." If Donald Trump is taking a "we don't need no stinkin' badges" approach to dealing...Show More Summary

The Lepers in America

While many Americans have two or three jobs on a daily basis, there are at the same time many people who are left outside of the daily working and social life. If we compare Americans' labor force to countries elsewhere, we find that US workers put in more working hours than any other industrial nation in the world. Show More Summary

Defend the President's Climate Rules from Republican Attacks; Defend the Planet from President Obama and the Democrats

The Republican Senate just voted to reject plans by President Obama and the EPA to dramatically reduce emissions from coal power plants. This is reactionary politics. It is also political theater that plays right into the hands of the President. Show More Summary

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