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The Gingrich brouhaha and immigration-related thoughts

November 26, 2011 1 comment

What did Gingrich say? That people who have been here a long time, worked, paid taxes, and caused no trouble should perhaps be set on the path to legalization instead of being deported when caught. A fair assessment, surprisingly brave coming from a Republican presidential hopeful who not only alienates his own base but comes out in favor of people who aren’t even allowed to vote. Read more…

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About revenge

November 19, 2011 2 comments

Hearing these days that the impossible may happen in Burma provokes more than a few reflections. The impossible? Maybe not. Who would have thought that Lech Walesa, a Polish electrician from the Gdansk shipyards, would one day become the first president of his post-communist country? Or how could black South Africans under apartheid imagine that Nelson Mandela would, after 27 years in jail, become the first democratically elected president of the country? Read more…

One of the big lies

November 12, 2011 6 comments

Gobble, gobble, gobble. This close to Thanksgiving, we could do worse than ponder our frightening propensity to swallow the most outlandish promises and accept anything anyone tells us at face value. “Anyone” meaning strangers on various print and electronic media—the very same who used to stand on the steps of the wagon marked “snake oil” that regularly rumbled into town—who tell us that they can transform us and our life if only we would let them. Read more…

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How inept can you be?

November 4, 2011 2 comments

I remember a guy once telling me, in all seriousness, of his theory about the Beatles phenomenon. The band, he said, was a creation of the CIA whose goal was to have drug use proliferate through rock concert attendance and such. The young would thus become disenfranchised and have no interest in protesting against the Vietnam war. Wow! It’s wow indeed whenever I hear a conspiracy-prone individual come up with an outlandish and always complicated theory for explaining the world. Read more…

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