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Dec 21,2007
Armando Rodriguez lives on a quiet street in El Cajon, Calif. Seldom does anyone suggest that he go back where he came from. Matter of fact, few Americans ever heard of the place he came from - Gomez Palacio, in Mexico's central valley. Now retired at age 86, however, Rodriguez finds quiet amusement in the beef Hispanics hear so often - that they swipe jobs that might otherwise be filled by willing Americans. Some of ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2006
School voucher proponent James Leininger has spent millions trying to buy political power in Texas While the philanthropic community has been abuzz about the world’s second wealthiest man, billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s giving a large part of his $44 billion fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Texas’ James Leininger, a much lesser-known billionaire has allocated a large chunk of his fortune to seeing to it that the religious right maintains its dominance ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2007
I recently saw a sneak preview of Michael Moore's new movie "Sicko," and I can tell you honestly that the movie is both funny and poignant. Some of the stories Moore tells of Americans who have been caught up in the bureaucracy of the American health system are truly heart-wrenching. The insurance company bureaucrats he exposes are cruel and capricious. There is no doubt that Michael Moore is a skilled filmmaker and an effective propagandist, ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
I have long proposed the idea of soft diplomacy, i.e., trade, aid, investment and empowerment strategies, as opposed to hard diplomacy, i.e., pre-emptive war, as a way of winning friends and allies in the Islamic and Arab world in search of a successful settlement of the Iraq war. As a student and strong supporter of the Truman model for war-ravaged Western Europe and Japan, post World War II, as encompassed in the Marshall Plan, I ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
SAN DIEGO - The images are seared into our recent national memory. Frantic people stranded on rooftops waving signs reading "help." Thousands crammed into a domed sports arena without food, water, adequate sanitation or police protection. Rifle-toting police and National Guard troops chasing away looters and looking for reported snipers. Weeks later, wrecked neighborhoods still abandoned with no public services or government presence of any kind. That was New Orleans, 2005, in the devastating wake ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
In Philadelphia, with the eyes of a nation upon him, Sen. Barack Obama gave a great speech recently. In the tradition of Jefferson, Lincoln and King he spoke to the heart of this country. He made us listen. Many of us hoped that this historic presidential election, with the first truly viable woman candidate and black candidate, would not deteriorate into another ugly street fight over race. But, I suppose it was inevitable, especially given ... [full story]
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Aug 10,2007
Congressional Democrats, unable to force an American withdrawal from Iraq or block the troop surge now in place, count the September progress report by U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker as their next opportunity. They may be in for a surprise. Democrats who had long since counted the surge a failure - in some cases before it began - assumed that Petraeus and Crocker could report nothing better than a net assessment ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
Team Obama fired GM CEO Rick Wagoner Sunday afternoon, just a short time after Treasury man Tim Geithner told the television talk shows that some banks will need large amounts of new TARP-money government assistance — even though the bankers don't want it. Does this smack of big-time government planning and industrial policy? Another lurch to the left for economic policy? Remember, as bad as Wagoner's performance has been over the years, it was the ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
What's Bill O'Reilly doing at a benefit for rape victims and their families? Helping them raise money. Last time I checked, that's a good thing. I disagree with much of what Bill has to say on most subjects. I think he feels the same way about me. That's fine. But he happens to have a huge following. Many people agree with him, respect him and might even give more money because of him to a ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
A bane of editorial writers must be their occasional brush with futility. Sometimes the best intended advice falls flat. Thus it was, as Democrats flooded into San Diego last week for their state convention, a lead editorial urged them to avoid Bush-bashing. Voters crave serious solutions to the nation's problems, it said - better stick to talk of immigration reform, Social Security and the war in Iraq. It was as if the writer knew no ... [full story]
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Aug 17,2007
There are days when I wonder about a special place in hell for lane jumpers and the saps who let them take cuts. This was one of those days. The line for the exit stretched longer than an Oliver Stone movie. Cars rolled forward a few inches every minute or so, imprisoned by a merciless traffic light at the end of the ramp. Lane jumpers swarmed, taking advantage of a condo-sized hole left by the ... [full story]
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May 16,2008
As I prepare to travel to Israel this June - my second mission for the American-Israeli Friendship League and the Israel Finance Ministry - I also will be participating in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israel's historic independence. Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians are protesting what they call the "nakba," or the catastrophe, of Israel's birth. Historically and politically, I agree with Winston Churchill, who said on March 29, 1929, in a tree-planting ceremony ... [full story]
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Mar 04,2009
Everyone who enjoys NFL football games knows they're going to be sitting through an avalanche of those awkward ads for erectile-dysfunction drugs, and ads soaked in sex and violence selling new movies or prime-time TV shows. Despite this barrage, the NFL has managed to show some standards, believe it or not. They refused a Super Bowl commercial from the website AshleyMadison.com because of its unusual product, a dating service for married people who want to ... [full story]
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