Labor Week

In Their Court

By Henry Meyerding on Jul 15, 2007 - 6:08:00 PM
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The US Federal Appeals Court overturned a ruling by a lower court to shut down the NSA warrentless wiretap program implemented by the Bush administration. Now the case will go to the US Supreme Court. How they rule may set the tone for this nation for the next century.


  Impeachment

By Henry Meyerding on May 6, 2007 - 7:45:00 PM
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Impeachment is one of the most consistently misunderstood facets of American government and jurisprudence.

Veteran Bush

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 4, 2007 - 8:53:00 PM

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It is not uncommon for the Bush administration to be caught in a lie. It is interesting to see how veterans respond to being blind sided by the very leaders they thought were most on their side.



  Amazing Free Press

By Henry Meyerding on Feb 4, 2007 - 12:43:00 PM
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Isn't it amazing how a free press manages to cover, or not cover the same evens (often in the same way) so consistently! How convenient, too. Much easier to just leave irresponsible journalism to the Internet.

Postponed

By Henry Meyerding on Dec 3, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM

A good friend of mine has a bumper sticker that says, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." This illustrates a problem with funding social programs - the cost of the cure shows up on the current budget, but many of the costs and consequences of not funding the cure don't show up until today's office-holders have retired.



  Substance Abuse

By Henry Meyerding on Nov 26, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM

What is the true measure of a nation? Gandhi said that you could measure the moral condition of a nation by looking at how it treated its poorest and weakest citizens. Cicero said that the nation lives through its deeds not its words. Jefferson said that the moral integrity of a people is shown by the place in the world to which its people aspire. I wonder what posterity will make of the legacy we prepare for them.



Faith Based Graft

By Henry Meyerding on Sep 3, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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The 21st Century has broken new ground in the perversion of moral and ethical values—turning principles inside out in  the name of personal advantage and profit. This has been made possible largely through the application of ignorance on a grand scale.

  Disconnected America

By Henry Meyerding on Aug 27, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Our country is full of disconnects. More and more, the left hand has no clue what the right hand is doing. It's sad and it's also dangerous to be so incompetent, nationally.



Fired For Cause

By Henry Meyerding on Jul 9, 2006 - 7:50:00 PM

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The University of Coloardo at Boulder has fired Professor Ward Churchill for his unorthodox views. They did it very carfully, with substantial documentation. It is a further source of irony that this act of institutional castration patterns so well its intellectual predecessors in method as well as mindset.



  Internet Unfettered

By Henry Meyerding on Jul 2, 2006 - 7:26:00 PM
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The telecommunications industry is lobbying hard to transform the Information Superhighway into a series of Information Turnpikes, all under the polite lie of reducing government regulation. What will this mean to the Internet?



Air Freight Overload

By Henry Meyerding on Jun 11, 2006 - 6:32:00 PM

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Traveling by air is definitely not what it once was: it has been transformed into a disagreeable activity undertaken only from necessity. It is a result of our pay-as-you go culture and we are reaping the consequences.



  Shared Risk

By Henry Meyerding on Jun 4, 2006 - 6:52:00 PM

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It's hard to turn on talk radio without hearing somebody talking about the crisis in health care in this country. This is the only first-world country without universal health care. But the thing that astounds me is that everyone is talking about health insurance, and practically nobody is talking about health care.



Drugs of Choice

By Henry Meyerding on May 18, 2006 - 9:49:00 PM
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There is currently a heated debate in many states about the right of pharmacists to limit the medications they dispense because of their own personal ethics. What is all this fuss about?



  Secrecy

By Henry Meyerding on May 14, 2006 - 7:46:00 PM

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Isn't it interesting how we tolerate secrecy in our government? We admit that politics and honesty are mutually incompatible, but we defend the right of the admittedly successful politicos to define what it is that we should never know. Talk about putting the burglar in charge at the bank!



Charity

By Henry Meyerding on Apr 30, 2006 - 6:37:00 PM
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People mean a lot of different things by the term "charity." Understanding what other people mean by charity can be difficult.



  Nature of Nurture

By Henry on Apr 23, 2006 - 2:19:00 PM
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There is some component of who we are that comes from what we are: medium sized mammals. The rest of who we are, both as human beings and as human societies is learned. Why don't we consider this when we're looking at the world's problems?



Astroturfing America

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 19, 2006 - 7:24:00 PM

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Among the most discreditable of practices is "Astroturfing" - a process where a special interest group pays people to create a fake grass-roots movement for or against something. The good folks at Wal-Mart are currently trying to reinvent blogging, transforming it from a free method of information exchange into mere advertising.



  Words and Deeds

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 12, 2006 - 7:41:00 PM
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We used to be a nation of laws. People all over the world might criticize us for this or that, but they always had to admit that we were a nation committed to law and order. This is regrettably no longer true. We are all affected - tarred with unspeakable crimes and unpardonable offenses - for which we and our children will be held responsible.



Morality

By Henry Meyerding on Feb 19, 2006 - 6:29:00 PM

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Ethics and Morality - what is the difference between these two things, or are they essentially the same, but treated differently by reason of some person's own internal prejudices?



  Liberty and Justice for All

By Henry Meyerding on Feb 12, 2006 - 6:19:00 PM
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Our founding fathers didn't trust the people to be good and to do the right thing. They set up our republic as a competition between powerful equals, trusting that competition and jealousy would preserve liberty.

Prerogatives of Privacy

By Henry Meyerding on Feb 5, 2006 - 7:33:00 PM

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The Bush administration has done it again: issuing subpoenas to electronic search engine vendors, like Google, Yahoo, and MSN, to turn over random records of what people have been searching for on the Internet. Is Orwell's 1984 such a cliche that people forget that it was a warning?



  Bush Imperator

By Henry Meyerding on Jan 15, 2006 - 7:35:00 PM
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The "Imperial Presidency" is not new with Bush, but this administration has taken it to new heights. Considering how anti-American and anti-democratic this is, I wonder why more Conservatives don't object.



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