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Mary MacElveen
Did the McCain campaign back-channel the race card through Ron Fournier?
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday September 21, 2008
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After the worst week on Wall Street in U.S. history where the ripples are being felt clear across America and will continue to be felt for years to come, the tax payers will be bailing out incompetent and greedy executives on Wall Street. This shockwave felt by all of us has caused John McCain’s poll numbers to take a dive similar to the way the stock market did. One because he has always been against regulation and now says he is for it. Also his economic advisor Phil Gramm wrote (...)
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Is Sarah Palin Certifiably Insane?
By : Mary MacElveen - Friday September 12, 2008
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Sarah Palin is not opposed to going to war with Russia By Mary MacElveen Like Ed Koch who endorsed Barack Obama citing of Sarah Palin, “She scares me”, I would have to side with the former mayor. In reading where Palin stated in her interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson she is open to the idea of a war with Russia, it does create a sense of terror within me. While I did not watch the interview, this was enough for me and reaffirmed my support for Senator Obama and Senator (...)
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Mike Gravel unlike Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bravely speaks truth to power
By : Mary MacElveen - Monday November 26, 2007
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This past Thanksgiving weekend, upon visiting a mall, I witnessed every day Americans coming together to support our troops overseas in Iraq and even Afghanistan. The volunteers manning this booth were collecting donated items and they in turn were packaging individual boxes to be shipped via Fed-Ex. These packages were being sent to our troops in time for the holidays. In seeing that display of true compassion, again in my mind, I screamed: They did not have to be there in the first (...)
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AIPAC, Israel, and the United States, oh my
By : Mary MacElveen - Thursday October 4, 2007
I want to preface my article, by stating it is important that you go to the link at the bottom to read all the embedded hyperlinks as well as watch the YouTube.com feed that is also embedded within the piece. AIPAC, Israel, and the United States, oh my By Mary MacElveen October 4, 2004 As it pertains to the use of nuclear weapons or our concern whether or not a country does have them or our belief that a country is trying to build one, I often wonder if we even have the moral standing (...)
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In the spirit of Ramadan, I apologize to the Iraqi people
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday September 15, 2007
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In the spirit of Ramadan I as an American citizen wish to apologize to the Iraqi people for your insurmountable loss you have felt since my government chose to invade your country back in March of 2003. I know that these are but words, but words are all I have at this point to offer you. Many like me have called upon our elected representatives to end this war and all it does is fall on deaf ears. At times, I feel as if we are just as helpless as you are. I have never seen you as my (...)
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Paralyzed Gaza girl, Maria Amin is in need of humanitarian help
By : Mary MacElveen - Monday August 27, 2007
Paralyzed Gaza girl, Maria Amin is in need of humanitarian help By Mary MacElveen August 26, 2007 As most of you know through my columns and my on-air appearance on CNN concerning Youssif, I am very concerned for all children either maimed or killed by war. In Youssif’s case, he will be coming to the United States along with his family for treatment. His treatment will be long and arduous, but seeing his energy via the feed produced by CNN, he may surprise those that will provide (...)
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In sparing Libby, Pres. Bush built an IED that blew up the judicial system
By : Mary MacElveen - Thursday July 5, 2007
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By Mary MacElveen A few years ago, I remember seeing a commercial to help stop drunk driving which said, “Friends do not let friends drive drunk” and the act of a good friend would have been to take away the keys to the car so that no one would get hurt. Most likely that commercial did save countless lives. So when I read this statement coming from Senator Gordon Smith (R) of Oregon in which he said of President Bush, "President Bush is my friend, and I don’t always (...)
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Congress should deliver the war supplemental bill in a flag-draped coffin
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday April 29, 2007
Congress should deliver the war supplemental bill in a flag-draped coffin By Mary MacElveen April 29, 2007 On Tuesday which is the fourth anniversary of President Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech, the $120 billion war supplemental bill is scheduled to be delivered to President Bush’s desk. On that day four years ago, in self-serving pageantry, President Bush flew onto the U.S.S. Lincoln in a fighter jet wearing a uniform he had no business wearing. In learning (...)
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Do Iraqis equate President Bush to Cho Seung-Hui?
By : Mary MacElveen - Wednesday April 18, 2007
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Do Iraqis equate President Bush to Cho Seung-Hui? By Mary MacElveen April 18, 2007 As President Bush spoke to those gathered at Blacksburgh, Virginia after the loss of 33 lives including the life of Cho Seung-Hui’s, he made these striking remarks, “Yesterday began like any other day. Students woke up, and they grabbed their backpacks and they headed for class. And soon the day took a dark turn, with students and faculty barricading themselves in classrooms and dormitories (...)
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Gonzales justice department will allow a terrorist to be set free on bail
By : Mary MacElveen - Wednesday April 11, 2007
By Mary MacElveen April 11, 2007 What would you say if a known terrorist was about to be freed on $350 thousand dollar bail? Would it anger you? Of course it would if this country truly believes in capturing and punishing terrorists. What would be your reaction if this was the last recorded message made by a pilot of a downed air plane, “We have an explosion aboard, we are descending immediately! ... We have fire on board! We are requesting immediate landing! We have a total (...)
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Both Pres. Bush and Congress will keep our troops in Iraq
By : Mary MacElveen - Wednesday April 11, 2007
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Both Pres. Bush and Congress will keep our troops in Iraq By Mary MacElveen April 10, 2007 In this Countdown feed it is becoming evident that President Bush will get his way as it pertains to the handling of this war. I do believe as Keith Olbermann does that the senate Democrats “are beginning to blink” when it comes to setting up arbitrary timelines for our withdrawal of troops from Iraq. As you listen to this feed, Senator Carl Levin stated, “We are not going to (...)
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In funding of the Iraq War, supporters have thrown our soldiers under the bus
By : Mary MacElveen - Tuesday April 3, 2007
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In funding of the Iraq War, supporters have thrown our soldiers under the bus By Mary MacElveen April 3, 2007 As one reads where Senator Harry Reid may move to cut funds to this war in Iraq, it is time for Americans that voted for a change to come forth in support of this measure. It is time to rise and shine America. You can no longer hide in some fox hole oblivious to this war’s failure. As of today, 3,252 soldiers have lost their lives. Some see Reid’s call as being an (...)
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To President Bush, “You can’t always get what you want”
By : Mary MacElveen - Thursday March 29, 2007
By Mary MacElveen In listening to a debate that took place on Scarborough Country after the Senate passed the $120 billion dollar war appropriations bill with a dead line to bring this war to an end attached to it, MSNBC pundit, Pat Buchanan made certain remarks concerning the Democratic Party. Buchanan stated, “Joe, it is exactly the problem the Democrats are going to have. After the president vetoes it, and then they go back, his veto‘s going to be sustained in both houses. (...)
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Bush’s ominous statement in 2000: "They have not led. We will,"
By : Mary MacElveen - Monday March 26, 2007
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Bush’s ominous statement in 2000: "They have not led. We will," By Mary MacElveen March 26, 2007 In reading these comments as reported by ZeeNews.com in which they wrote that Vice President Dick Cheney, “has assured political allies that an early withdrawal of US forces from Iraq would not be allowed, despite efforts by Congress to impose a deadline on US combat operations there.” I am reminded of what someone said on one of the political lists that I belong to that both (...)
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Pres. Bush, DeLay, Perle and others are collaborators against the American people
By : Mary MacElveen - Monday March 19, 2007
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Pres. Bush, DeLay, Perle and others are collaborators against the American people By Mary MacElveen March 19, 2007 In inviting former Congressman Tom DeLay onto their program to discuss the Iraq War, ‘Meet the Press’ lowered the bar for honest debate. After all, he resigned his office because he was indicted. His voice should carry absolutely no weight as this war is discussed. He has no right to interject his feelings and opinions of this war as he did so with the Terrie (...)
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To the U.S. Congress if you can’t end this war, go look for other work
By : Mary MacElveen - Friday March 16, 2007
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To the U.S. Congress if you can’t end this war, go look for other work By Mary MacElveen March 16, 2007 In speaking out against this war, those that have done so have pushed all fear aside and have done so with immense courage. If one is to look at the definition of courage, one is, “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.” The other being, “have the courage of one’s convictions, to (...)
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President Bush, the Iraqi people are not collateral damage they are victims
By : Mary MacElveen - Friday March 16, 2007
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President Bush, the Iraqi people are not collateral damage they are victims By Mary MacElveen March 16, 2007 The other night I started to write an editorial asking what did the Iraqis do to the United States of America to deserve their fate and put it aside to finish up at a later time. In preparing to finish it up tonight, I logged onto the CrooksAndLiars.com web site only to see a heart breaking Sixty Minutes story which aired this past Sunday called Will They Ever Trust Us Again? It is (...)
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Message to the KKK: By wearing hoods, it shows your cowardice
By : Mary MacElveen - Friday February 9, 2007
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By Mary MacElveen February 8, 2007 In reading this alarming story in which the KKK is on the rise in New Jersey, I want to send a clear message to those within this organization, “You are cowards!” You may ask why I will say that of your pathetic group and that is because for the most part all of you wear those hoods. I mean, come on, if you believe in what you say, then show your face. Have the courage to stand up for your beliefs. That is the American way. Millions (...)
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Bigger is not always better
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday February 4, 2007
By Mary MacElveen Have you ever heard of the term, bigger is better? It can apply to many things we often take for granted. Should a large store open up within our community, we as human beings are curious and we will visit these larger stores at the expense of the smaller one we have always shopped at. This is the case as the smaller Waldbaums in Miller Place. It has now closed its doors. It could no longer compete with the Stop N Shop that was built in close proximity to it. Being (...)
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Please write these Iowa publications on behalf of John Edwards.
By : Mary MacElveen - Sunday January 21, 2007
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Dear Folks, Many of you have now read those three columns I circulated yesterday in which John Edwards has opposed a troop increase and has called upon Congress to cut the funds. I replied to each one using the title of their respective pieces. Should you wish to do the same, here is the contact information: staff@iowapolitics.com, online@press-citizen.com and http://wcco.com/contact Iowa Wire used the title, ‘Edwards urges Congress to block Iraq escalation’. Iowa Politics (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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