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Entries from November 2007

Giving Thanks… That I Don’t Still Live in Seattle

November 20th, 2007 · 8 Comments

The Seattle Public Schools have felt it necessary to remind their teachers that Thanksgiving is not a time of celebration, but for some, it is a time to mourn “500 years of betrayal.” Never mind that the first American Thanksgiving was celebrated a mere 361 years ago.   Or that there is no cultural or […]

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Tags: Education · Political Correctness · Race

“Patriotic” Puritains

November 10th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Local curmudgeon James Bennett has undertaken a mission here in Reno to purge or purify all the impure patriots in town. It seems that most flag displays used by local citizens are actually unpatriotic.

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Patriotism

Journalist Shield Laws – How to Unconstitutionally Help Our Enemies and Keep the Public Ignorant

November 9th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Today’s Reno Gazette-Journal has an opinion piece from Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center lauding the “journalist shield law” that is now under consideration in the US Senate. Ironically, for being the Executive Vice President of an organization dedicated to educating the public about the First Amendment, Mr. Policinski badly misunderstands both the words […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment

Cry Me a Euphrates River

November 5th, 2007 · Comments Off on Cry Me a Euphrates River

Several hundred U.S. diplomats vented anger and frustration Wednesday about the State Department’s decision to force foreign service officers to take jobs in Iraq, with some likening it to a “potential death sentence.” I couldn’t believe this when I read it. It really, really made me angry. The only real reaction to it (that I’m […]

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Tags: Diplomacy · Iraq