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Morning again November 5, 2008

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Today, I awoke to a new dawn in America.

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Ron Paul January 8, 2008

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Meh, I haven’t written anything. But . . .

Ron Paul is an idiot, if you vote for him I can’t talk to you anymore.

Post 9/11 Neologies August 17, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Miscellaneous, Politics, Writing.
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In the five years since 9/11 we have been bombarded with images, words and hints of “terror” and war. Look no further than this week’s intensly overreported airline threat, or “Terror in the Sky” as CNN and MSNBC were calling it, and the Israel-Lebanon conflcit raging in the Middle East right now. (more…)

U.S. Army: Infested with bad command July 22, 2006

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Here, read this. The lawyer for the accused in the probe of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. troops says that the numbing effects of combat affected the way the soldiers acted. (more…)

Gingrich’s hardline on North Korea July 19, 2006

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Indeed. Newt Gingrich wants to attack North Korea (more…)

Recognizing the Lumbee July 10, 2006

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In North Carolina exists a Native American tribe called the Lumbee.

This tribe has been federally recognized as an Indian tribe since 1956’s Lumbee Act, the state of North Carolina has recognized the tribe since 1885. The federal government was, as per usual, decades behind. (more…)

Space shuttles, blogs and stupidity July 4, 2006

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It’s July 4, I am bored as hell. The Sox are on, lame game though, 11 to 0 in the 4th? Go Sox I guess. Perhaps a post will soothe. (more…)

It’s pander time-Live blogging flag amendment debate June 27, 2006

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Live blogging as wind bags speak on the flag amendment, the breakdown of the debate on the Senate floor on Tuesday from 9:20 a.m. CDT forward. Each update tells who spoke, what time, for how long and the highlights of their speech. Watch for updates. (more…)

Flag burning flap June 27, 2006

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In typical election year fashion the GOP is pushing, yet again, the Flag Desecration Amendment. (S. J. Res. 12 & H. J. Res. 10). (more…)

A Thursday morning acrostic June 22, 2006

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An acrostic for your reading enjoyment, so . . . enjoy! (more…)

Racists, zealots? I call it Fox News May 19, 2006

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The immigration debate has not only raised some important questions but also exposed many right wing racist zealots for what they are. (more…)

Notes on Illinois, Bush and Putin May 12, 2006

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Certainly dumb laws are passed all the time. But the new Illinois law signed by Gov. Blago on Monday will make it a crime for a homeowner to not install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector. (more…)

Historical perspective April 18, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Iraq, Politics.
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A quick blast from the past.

Can someone tell me how this:

Time Mag. special 9-11 issue.  

Newsweek mag. special 9-11 issue.

Turned into/was allowed to turn into this:

Chicago Trib. Iraq invasion headline.  

Bloomington Pantagraph Iraq invasion headline. 

This concludes the blast from the past, brought to you by the "World Congress of Non-Paying Journalists."

The grand Iraq low-level civil war April 12, 2006

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“When foreigners come in with international solutions to local problems, it can create a dependency. A long-term foreign presence in a country can be unnatural. It is much like a broken bone. If it is not set properly at the outset, eventually, the muscles and tendons will grow around the break, and the body will adjust to the abnormal condition. This is what has happened in a number of places with a large foreign presence. Economies remain unreformed, distorted and dependent. Educated young people make more money as drivers for foreign workers, than as doctors or civil servants.”

Who said that? Hmmm . . . some dope smoking hippie? Nope. Some anti-American, commie? Nein. Who? None other than, ::drumroll:: . . . (more…)

The NASA hack job on the extrasolar planet search April 4, 2006

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Are we alone? One of the grandest and most impactful questions humankind can pose. The answer, whether positive or negative, will have profound implications for humanity.

Before the early 1990s the only known planetary system in the entire universe was that of Sol, our Sun, Earth’s system.

On October 6, 1995 all that changed. The discovery of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the star 51 Peg ushered in a new era of astronomy. Since that day 162 other planets have been confirmed orbiting 138 different stars.

Some of the discoveries have turned planet-formation theorizing upside down. So far, we have only been able to detect mostly large gas giants, some larger than Jupiter, some so close to their star that they orbit 8 times closer than Mercury does to our own Sun.

Recently, a new class of extrasolar planets was discovered. The Super Earth. These planets are thought to exist at the upper limit of mass and size for terrestrial planets.

What’s next? (more…)

A letter to the editor March 29, 2006

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Another quick note. I responded to a letter from an NIU alum, Jason Briski, that appeared in the Northern Star on Monday, March 27, 2006.

My letter was published today. You can see it here.

In case you don’t click links, the text of Briski’s letter is followed by my letter below. As a former Star editor, I was glad to see them publish my letter. : ) (more…)

1, 2, 3, 4 . . . We don’t want your f*cking war! March 23, 2006

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Yesterday afternoon I gathered myself and went to an anti-Iraq War protest at Northern Illinois University’s Martin Luther King Commons.

Starting at about noon, the Northern Coalition for Peace and Justice sponsored protest featured live music and about 50 or so participants. The campus isn’t the most politically active one I have seen so the turnout was good considering that. (more…)

Some of the Dharma March 6, 2006

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I think it would be fun to draw ignorant, biased, offensive cartoons of the world’s spritual icons, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, God, Jupiter, Zuel (harhar). Then after I drew cartoons disparaging them all, I would summon them.

How would I summon them?

My magical prowess of course, hell, if people can pray to God and get answers I should be able to conjure just about any diety I want to. And once I conjure the various dieties in one place, provided that they don’t immediately descend into the bloodshed that taints so many of their followers, we will talk. (more…)

Everytime I close my eyes . . . Lies, Lies! March 5, 2006

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Does the MSM enjoy making things up? I am beginning to wonder.

Media reports this morning that the U.S. and Britain have set an Iraq withdrawal date for the Spring of 2007 are being roundly denied by the U.S. military

Both The Sunday Mirror and The Sunday Telegraph reported the story. Reuters was on it and the U.S. military told them that no such plans existed and that the stories in the media were “completely false.”

Mirror Story (The only mention on the Mirror site of the story was in a Reuters wire story).
Telegraph Story
Reuters Story

The story in the Telegraph quotes an anonymous source for the meat of the article, so obviously it is of dubious veracity.

The grand Iraq failure March 4, 2006

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It has been awhile since I have written about the disasterous war in Iraq. (Rest assured, it is a disaster).

Since I looked at the Strategy for Victory in Iraq the situation on the ground has continued to evolve. A wave of sectarian factional (I'm sick of the word sectarian). violence is sweeping the country (see news story about one of many events) following the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Samarra.

Many in the media and in the military openly speculated about the possibility of a civil war erupting. A danger that has lurked in the shadows since day one of the conflict anyway. The upsurge in violence has many, including me, wondering what this is all going to accomplish. (more…)