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Entries from July 2006

Tradition vs. Radicalization on the Arab Riviera

July 29th, 2006 · 14 Comments ·

I was born on the 'Arab Riviera', a term you may hear today applied to Dubai, but which was a very real and accurate description of Lebanon in the 1950s and early 1960s. When I was a kid living in Syria and Jordan we would go to Lebanon to enjoy the beautiful beaches and stay […]

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Texas Election 2006: It's Time for Chris Bell to Drop Out

July 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment ·

It's a scenario that doesn't come around all that often in our ossified party system, but down here in Texas we're in the strange situation where the annointed Democrat in our gubernatorial race has essentially become a spoiler whose run is counter to the best interests of his own party, the constituents they serve and […]

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Remind Me - Who Are the REAL Fascists Again?

July 23rd, 2006 · No Comments ·

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, […]

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Federal Marriage Amendment Fails Again

July 20th, 2006 · No Comments ·

In all the furor over President Bush's veto of the stem cell research funding bill, an important vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday has largely been overlooked by the media and the public. A proposed Constitutional amendment to define the insitution of marriage - generally viewed as banning gay marriage - was up […]

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Should France Attack Israel?

July 19th, 2006 · No Comments ·

Our favorite French pundit Dissident Frogman has a ripping new piece on his bilingual blog excoriating French parliament member Jacques Myard for his recent statements suggesting that France attack Israel in defense of the Lebanese people. As always, it's funny as hell and very politically insightful. If you didn't think there were any Frenchmen left […]

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The Truth About Illegal Immigration

July 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment ·

The cool thing about the immigration debate is that it never goes away. I started writing on the topic a year ago, firmly convinced that it was a vital issue to address because we might have a new immigration policy at any moment. Now I realize that I can keep writing on it forever, because […]

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Tunnels and Bridges and Subways, Oh My!

July 12th, 2006 · No Comments ·

The recent news has been full of both accidents and terrorist acts which we ought to be taking as a sign, as a big finger pointing out what should be obvious. That certain elements of the public transportation structure of our nation are incredibly vulnerable to terrorist attacks which could be particularly devastating in their […]

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The UN on Human Rights - Still an Embarassment

July 6th, 2006 · No Comments ·

In the continuing saga of failure, crime and corruption which is the United Nations, nothing is a better example of how far the organization has slid into chaos than the farcical antics of the UN in the area of human rights. What does it say about the United Nations Commission on Human Rights when every […]

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We Are the Minutemen of Our Times

July 4th, 2006 · No Comments ·

In the Concord Hymn, Emerson wrote a moving and effective memorial for the citizen militia who a generation or so before had defended the North Bridge in Concord Massachusetts and repulsed multiple assaults by larger British forces to delay those soldiers so that their efforts to seize colonial armories could be thwarted. Emerson isn't my […]

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