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by Ronald A. Rowe April 24th, 2014 Winners & Losers
For whatever reason it seems that many of the characters who found their way into our Winners and Losers column this week could benefit from the use of a dictionary.  Whether it is the simple definition of the word “of” to lesser known words like “oligarchy” to the ambiguity of terms like “hero” and “villain,” this week’s dictionary definition list is chock full of vocabulary words for your personal-enrichment study at home.

Freedom of Religion – Loser – It seems that there has been a marked upsweep in attacks on Freedom of Religion, all made under the guise of … Freedom of
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Poli Talk

  • The right wing has seized upon the internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people.
    -The Conspiracy Memo, a Clinton-era document explaining how right wing conspiracies made it into mainstream media

  • President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union. And every day he goes further and further. And God knows where is the final destination.
    -Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukrainian Prime Minister

  • Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.
    -The White House, on the petition to deport Justin Bieber

  • All I can say, I did the best I could. I didn't do well enough on many occasions.
    -Former Supreme Court Judge John Paul Stevens

The Problem With “A Strong Leader”

by Jessica B. April 22nd, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
putin obama wh2While the right wing claims to fear socialism and fascism most of all, they seem to have a bizarre fetish with the "strong" leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Maybe they are too distracted by his muscular physique, but over the last month right wing pundits have called Putin "a strong and gifted leader", with Sarah Palin saying Putin is “a dynamic and powerful leader with a clear vision."

But what is it exactly is it that the right wing is applauding? When Obama pushed the Affordable Care Act through congress by using democratic methods to win votes for his
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The Sebelius Principle

by Ronald A. Rowe April 17th, 2014 Winners & Losers
sebelius whKathleen Sebelius  -- Loser – I’m sure that Secretary of Health and Human Services seemed like an upgrade from being the governor of Kansas to Kathleen Sebelius when President Obama offered her the job.  Little did she know at the time that her first order of business would be to oversee the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  Even if she had known that, how could she possibly have foreseen the disaster that awaited her with the implementation of the website which would be the centerpiece of Obama’s legacy
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Ride ‘Em In, Rawhide

by Eric M. Blake April 21st, 2014 Conservative Considerations
cowboy-4896_640As someone who deeply appreciates cinematics and theatricality, I cannot help nodding in respect for a fellow artist whenever I see the clips of Cliven Bundy riding proudly across the plains and up a hill, holding a large American flag up high.  If I were to pick a musical piece to "score" the scene, it would almost certainly be Copland’s "Hoedown" (aka the theme for the supremely awesome Sam-Elliot-narrated "BEEF… It’s What’s For Dinner" commercials).  Say what you will about the man — he has excellent taste in iconic imagery.  Regardless of your viewpoint regarding the issues, one "mood" is
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Major Study Concludes the U.S. is Not a Democracy

by Jason Lightner April 18th, 2014 Independent Ideas

ol·i·gar·chy [ol-i-gahr-kee]
noun, plural ol·i·gar·chies.

  1. A form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

  2. A state or organization so ruled.

  3. The persons or class so ruling.

(from Dictionary.com)

This week, a peer-reviewed, scientific study concluded that the United States of America's form of government is, in fact, not a Democracy, as many have been lead to believe. It is also not a Democratic Republic, as various political and social pedants like to point out, from time to time. It is, in irrefutable and indisputable fact, an oligarchy.

The study,
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