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May.09.2009
RUSH RAISES REDS. A Rasmussen poll raised a few eyebrows when it found that attempts by Republicans and Fox News to associate Barack Obama with socialism appears to be improving the reputation of socialism. While 53% still believe capitalism is a better system, 20% backed socialism and 27% weren't...
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May.03.2009
Afghanistan is rich in history and culture, unfortunately the war continues. Seven years have passed; the U.S.A. still has troops and contractors in Afghanistan. What should the Obama administration do next?  I returned to sources I had studied in 2001 in order to get a feeling for the progress or...
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May.02.2009
"The only difference between a derelict and a man is a job." commented Godfrey. My Man Godfrey (1936) Directed by Gregory La Cava derelict  1. adj. abandoned, neglected, left to fall to ruin  2. n. a human wreck
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May.02.2009
Sitta Sings the Blues
My muse is Scheherazade, teller of tales for One Thousand and One Nights in order to save her own life and those of the women in the harem.  My Scheherazade is from the artist Hani El-Masri.  She appears to be the ancient (as opposed to classical) Middle Eastern Aphrodite.   Hani was kind enough to...
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Apr.29.2009
Hold my hand! Tight!" demanded Kerasina of her older cousin, Amber, as they peered determinedly between the rows of statues and ornamented stonework standing silently in memory of the dead.   "Keri, we're going to see our ancestors today," she whispers excitedly to the decidedly...
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Apr.23.2009
These ideas are from The Nation's monthly feature (10 things you can do . . ) The war in Afghanistan is a quagmire bordering on a catastrophe. With a current price tag of $2 billion a month, this drawn-out conflict took the lives of 155 American soldiers and 2,118 Afghan civilians last year--the...
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Apr.22.2009
 I've written a few pages of a story with the POV of a child living with a mom who is sick with depression;  how the child feels about her mom, how the depression effects the family and how it effects her feelings for her mom.  I'm trying to do it with humor.  Maybe there is a market for this type...
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Apr.21.2009
First let me assure you I do not know any of the people appearing in this anecdote.  They are total strangers, and you did not hear these facts from me, OK? It turns out that early to bed, early to rise can be a bad habit!  I realized this when my daughters (one was preteen, the other a new teen)...
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Apr.21.2009
"The planet is some kind of organized intelligence. It's very different from us. It's had 5- or 6-billion years to create a slow moving mind that is made of oceans, and rivers, and rainforests, and glaciers. It's becoming aware of us, as we are becoming aware of it, strangely enough. "...
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Apr.20.2009
Battleof Issus 333 BC Megas Alexandros battling King Darius
Megas Alexandros and the Royal "We" (Meros A) How does an empire treat the citizens of conquest during the battle for occupation, the occupation and after the fall of the empire?  Isn't it possible to gauge the degree of civilization held by the empire by answering these questions? From...
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Apr.19.2009
My grandfather's snores sounded like a true believer marching off to war.  Each snore was like a confident crashing step and so rhythmic you could set the seconds hand of your watch by it.  Not the second hand of a watch, the seconds.  The windows in the old farmhouse would quiver from the noise...
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Apr.09.2009
Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses by Alberto Rios Mr. Teodoro Luna in his later years had take to kissing His wife Not so much with his lips as with his brows. This is not to say he put his forehead Against her mouth - Rather, he would lift his eyebrows, once, quickly: Not so vigorously he might be...
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Apr.09.2009
I never imagined that I would leave my interview tipsy. But after I asked Mr. Manousos for his permission to interview him the bottles of tsikoudia kept coming and as we all know you cannot say no to a Cretan. Mr. Manousos is the one of the owners of the tavern "to Steki tou Karzi" at...
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Apr.08.2009
     Here is a movie for those who enjoy strong female characters in suspenseful adventures and movies involving religions which embrace shamanism.    We first see a young couple helping a man of Central Asia origin escape from a rusting prison.  We don't know who they are or why they are acting...
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Apr.08.2009
It is not at all certain that a merely moral criticism of society may not be just as "revolutionary" - and revolution, after all, means turning things upside down - as the politico-economic criticism which is fashionable at this moment. Blake was not a politician, but there is more...
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