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1). Only the Delusioned Now Support Bush  By : Bill Gallagher
DETROIT -- The last semblance of broad public support for President George W. Bush is the diminishing number of Americans who continue to believe his administration does a good job with national security. "Bush makes me feel safer," they foolishly proclaim. Those who advance just slightly beyond their visceral emotions and think at al...

2). The Inertia of Power  By : J Square Humboldt
I hate it when Saddam Hussein gets proved to be right ... Buried in all his pre-invasion bluster was a promise that Iraqis would give the Americans 'another Viet Nam' if they tried to occupy the country. To many, this sounded like just another empty threat, but I took note when he said it. The reason for my attention had n...

3). Democrats Versus Republicans, The Battle Is Almost Over  By : David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
The following are the opinions of the author and although I believe them to be true I am not stating them as anything other than my opinions. Ever since the time of Abe Lincoln, Democrats and Republicans have been fighting for control of the United States Of America. In the beginning, both political parties contained liberals, moderat...

4). Containing the United States  By : Sam Vaknin
European intellectuals yearned for the mutually exclusive: an America contained and a regime-changed Iraq. The Chinese are more pragmatic - though, bound by what is left of their Marxism, they still ascribe American behavior to the irreconcilable contradictions inherent in capitalism. The United States is impelled by its economy and va...

5). A democracy? What have we wrought?  By : Scott W. Clark
One of the great fallacies abroad is thinking that any regime today can lay claim to being democratic. None are. Though we say they are democratic and that they are democracies, they are actually republican government—representative democracies. This means that certain people are elected to serve the interests of the people at large. These represen...

6). The Madman and the Iraqi War  By : Sam Vaknin
It is the war of the sated against the famished, the obese against the emaciated, the affluent against the impoverished, the democracies against tyranny, perhaps Christianity against Islam and definitely the West against the Orient. It is the ultimate metaphor, replete with "mass destruction", "collateral damage", and the "will of the international...

7). Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?  By : Sam Vaknin
Izetbegovic, the late nominal president of the nominal Bosnian state, the darling of the gullible western media, denied that he and his cronies and his cronies' cronies stole 40% of all civilian aid targeted at Bosnia - a minor matter of 1 billion US dollars and change, in less than 4 years. The tribes of the Balkans stop bleeding each other to dea...

8). Contenders for Iraq and the Potential for Civil War  By : Murad Ali
Iraq stands at the junction of three different and competing cultures for the control of the country. Kurds, Shia and Sunni Arabs all want to control their own affairs and that of the Iraqi state. Since each of them have their own distinct identity and their own supporters the potential for conflict is great. The first group entails the Kurdi...

9). The Most Dangerous Place in the World – Right Here In America  By : Rev. Michael Bresciani
To answer this great scourge of death with the bible is to begin with the premise that everyone believes that the bible has something to say about it and that it is authoritative. For those who have put the bible on the shelf with literature, simple narrative, history or fiction this premise is futile. Others who think the bible is a book of nice l...

10). Relations With China  By : David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
As far as I am concerened, the leaders of China are not now and never will be our friends or allies. The leaders of China do not care about anything other than amassing power and destroying their enemies and since everyone not Chinese is their enemy they feel that it is their duty to someday rule the world. As far as they are concerened the United ...

11). The Clash of Islam and Liberalism  By : Sam Vaknin
Islam is not merely a religion. It is also - and perhaps, foremost - a state ideology. It is all-pervasive and missionary. It permeates every aspect of social cooperation and culture. It is an organizing principle, a narrative, a philosophy, a value system, and a vade mecum. In this it resembles Confucianism and, to some extent, Hinduism.

12). Knowledge and Power  By : Sam Vaknin
"Knowledge is Power" goes the old German adage. But power, as any schoolboy knows, always has negative and positive sides to it. Information exhibits the same duality: properly provided, it is a positive power of unequalled strength. Improperly disseminated and presented, it is nothing short of destructive. The management of the structure, content,...

13). S. Francis and his friends’ television wins the elections!  By : Francesca Viking Ortolani
I live in Lazio, the second most populated and industrialized region of Italy. The first most populated region is Lombardia and there the Right (Right... large word) won. The right won in Veneto, too... but the rest of Italy has all become red... and now you are waiting for me to say something. Ok. Where do we want to...

14). The Semi-failed State  By : Sam Vaknin
The US State Department's designation of "rogue state" periodically falls in and out of favor. It is used to refer to countries hostile to the United States, with authoritarian, brutal, and venal regimes, and a predilection to ignore international law and conventions, encourage global or local terrorism and the manufacture and proliferation of weap...

15). Real Campaign Finance Reform  By : Derek Gulbranson
In the US we should be pretty aware that the outcome of our elections are largely influenced by how much money each candidate can raise. Whoever can raise the most money has the most chance of swaying the uninformed 'swing' voter, or hiring the best advisor that can dice the polls to figure out which issues will give them the slight majority. Polit...

16). The New Politics  By : Sam Vaknin
Politics, in all its forms, is bankrupt. The notion that we can safely and successfully hand over the management of our daily lives and the setting of priorities to a political class or elite is thoroughly discredited. Politicians cannot be trusted, regardless of the system in which they operate. No set of constraints, checks, and balances, is prov...

17). No Nobel Prize For War President  By : Bill Gallagher
DETROIT -- George W. Bush doesn't like to play hurt but he has no choice. Every week now, he's getting clobbered. His Nixonian administration can only struggle to stop the bleeding, bandage the wounds and pray that the twin enemies of truth and time will stop. The Busheviks are in full retreat. Events, largely of their own creation, are overwhelmin...

18). The Tax Policy Charade  By : Steve Gillman
Tax policy discussions are meant to do what? Arrive at a rational policy, or garner votes. I think it is the latter. What is lost in all the debate over tax increases versus tax cuts, is science. Contrary to what most people may think, there is some scientific study of taxation. Applying The Laffer Curve To Tax Policy

19). Unforgettable Announcement that Shook the World  By : Daniel Hunt
It has been more than a decade since the Cold War is over. Being used to the surprises of history, we need to recall some of the facts of the past in order to trace the political movements of that time and their ways to get public attention. International sporting events is a great way to attract attention to s certain issue. When the Cold War reac...

20). Wanted: And It Had Better Be Alive!  By : J Square Humboldt
Pakistan did the USA a favor recently ... All they got for it was a surprise rocket attack on their own soil. The situation is well-explained by London's Sunday Telegraph in its 29 Jan 06 edition: Pakistan 'delay let bin Laden escape US raid' By Massoud Ansari in Karachi (Filed: 29/01/2006) ...

21). Venezuela Threatens to Cut off Oil Exports to US  By : Elif Ozdemir
February 21th, 2006 by Elif Ozdemir On Sunday, Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, threatened Condoleezza Rice. Last Friday, he also made treats to discontinue exporting crude oil to America if they will still try to undermine his administration. This is his response to previous statements made by Condoleza Rice th...

22). The Honorary Academic  By : Sam Vaknin
Mira Markovic is an "Honorary Academic" of the Russian Academy of Science. It cost a lot of money to obtain this title and the Serb multi-billionnaire Karic was only too glad to cough it up. Whatever else you say about Balkan cronies, they rarely bite the hand that feeds them (unless and until it is expedient to do so). And whatever else you say ab...

23). America Beware, Hillary Clinton May Run For President  By : David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
America is the greatest country in the world. Our citizens are caring, generous, trusting and forgiving. Those are some of the traits that make our country so great and so strong. Those traits can also be some of our biggest weaknesses. We are always willing to give people a second, third or even a fourth chance. We want to believe in the goodness ...

24). Murtha Right, Bush Lies  By : Bill Gallagher
DETROIT -- Privately, President George W. Bush is having a political panic attack as he retreats to his cocoon, seeking comfort from his nannies. Babs, his mommy, wife Laura, Condi Rice and Karen Hughes serve as his ladies in waiting, assuring our courageous leader that the boo-boos he gets on his head will get better and those bad boys criticizing...

25). Colors of the American Flag  By : Regenia G. Butcher
I would imagine that even before the ink on the Declaration of Independence had dried, the sentences: "Are we gonna have a flag? We gotta have a flag! Britain has a flag!" were echoed by members of the Continental Congress. But then, a flag is important. It is a symbol representing a group and their beliefs -- a means of identification.

26). Politics: The Corruption Curve  By : Virginia Bola, PsyD
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." (Lord Acton) We all like to think of ourselves as kind, honest, and benevolent. In our hearts, we are convinced that should we ever attain personal power, whether through building our own business, rising to the corporate executive of...

27). Thanks Mankind!  By : Tyler
I got to thinking today and i have to say, we rock! Humans I mean. For some reason, as I sat there, eating my McDonalds, I started thinking about technology. Man was I impressed! We have so much, and we dont think about it enough. I suppose it really doesnt make much of a difference to think about it anyways, but life would just be so much harder i...

28). France’s Troubles: Learning from US  By : Matthew C. Keegan
I know that there are some people who are celebrating France’s recent troubles with delicious glee. I guess I can understand how they feel, given France’s ongoing hypocrisy concerning the Iraq War [hmmm…whose hand is in that oil-for-food cookie jar?] and the all too common and world renowned snooty attitude displayed by many Francophiles toward out...

29). Add Me to the List, Mr. Blair  By : Sam Vaknin
The terrorists are winning. Gradually but perceptibly, the USA and the United Kingdom (UK) are shedding their liberal democratic veneer, axing their traditions, reinterpreting their constitution (USA) and case law (UK) and, thus, becoming police states. Both the US Patriot Act, recently extended by Congress and Tony Blair's newly acqui...

30). Spin Cycle  By : J Square Humboldt
It's possible that a seminal moment in the history of electronic news occurred when a comedian confronted commentators ... Not long after Jon Stewart --- host of the Comedy Central cable channel's amusing newscast, The Daily Show --- appeared on CNN's staid Crossfire and roundly scorched its principals in a well-publicized confrontatio...

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