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As we celebrate birth of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence this weekend, we shall do so knowing Thad Allen and the U.S. Coast Guard have just declared the exact opposite.

They are suspending the First Amendment in order to (more…)

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“Flip a coin, what shall we talk about? Heads I tell the truth and tails I lie.”

–The Refreshments

George W. Bush’s weeklong trip through Europe wasn’t only about glamorous dinners and leisurely jaunts to old school castles. The President’s so-called “farewell tour” was a ploy for him to take one last stab at rounding up an entourage to have our backs in our impending squirmish with Iran.

Thus far, this last ditch attempt to convert “the unwilling” into fellow warmongers has come up short, akin to the Hail Mary that gets batted down at the line of scrimmage; an air ball at the buzzer, heaved from half court. (more…)

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Today John Edwards officially dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, giving his concession speech in a New Orleans neighborhood destroyed by Katrina. Behind him they were fixing houses, or constructing new ones from scratch. For awhile, New Orleans had been the perfect backdrop for Edwards’ hopeful message–that we are now or will soon be recovering from what was lost on Bush’s watch. But like most poetic political landscapes, it’s spirit eventually was betrayed by the words spoken in the foreground.


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