Monthly Archives: October 2011

Capital Punishment: Values vs. Ethics?

(Editor’s note: 538Refugees occasionally hosts guest editorials. This one is from across the big pond. Based in London, Dee A. Mason is a freelance travel writer, and as a result relishes culture and broadening her horizons through debate and exploration. … Continue reading

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New Respect for Martin Bashir

Never been a fan of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir. He used to interject a lot religious overtones on ABC’s Nightline that I didn’t agree with. But lately I’ve been warming up to his commentary. He still makes an occasional religious reference … Continue reading

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Red Right Returning…October 15th

(Red Right Returning, a nautical mnemonic for the side of the buoy or marker on which to pilot a ship in order to stay in the channel, is a look back at the activity of the past week of the Republican candidates … Continue reading

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The Smart Ones Stayed Out of the Clown Car

Think about it. Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Haley Barbour; all politically smart cookies. They knew better than to get engaged in the 2012 presidential race. Oh…well, of course there’s Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. Not so smart but … Continue reading

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Free Forum Friday October 14th Edition

Busy week in politics. Saving it all for Tomorrow’s RRR. Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) was the biggest news beyond the political arena. It’s spread to over 1,100 communities in America and is starting to show up in foreign countries. Anybody got … Continue reading

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The American Jobs Bill; a Win Even if it Loses

President Obama is getting pretty good at playing dirty pool with the Republicans. The American Jobs bill not only uses the art of Frank LuntzSpeak, it actually is designed to create jobs. Two million of them according to the Congressional … Continue reading

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The Problem With the ‘Throw All the Bums Out’ Strategy

The Occupy Wall Street protests highlight what everyone suspected and the polls reflected; that there is a lot of public resentment towards our current climate on Capital Hill and its apparent collusion with corporate America. With polls showing record lows … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Loves Romney (Or Do They?)

The debate in New Hampshire appears to have gone to Mitt Romney. Not surprising since Romney has done a great deal of campaigning in the Granite State and only hours before the debate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie threw his support behind the former Massachusetts Governor. … Continue reading

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Red Right Returning…October 11th

In a special programming note, two significant political events occur tonight. First is the New Hampshire Republican debate that’s supposedly going to focus heavily on the economy. Most of the candidates have been avoiding the topic presumably due to lack … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake

Contrary to popular belief, Marie Antoinette never uttered the phrase, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche“. The phrase appears in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s autobiography where he attributes it to a ‘great princess’ however the dates of publication and her tenure on the throne do … Continue reading

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