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Cult-like politics threatens all of us

Cult-like politics threatens all of us

A disturbing number of political movements in this country act more like a cult. Tea Party supporters defend the extremism of their movement with cult-like zeal, bombarding those who dare question their movement with invective-filled emails, threatening boycotts and waving signs that call opponents “socialists” or “communists” or “traitors.” The same overzealousness can be found […]

American ‘kill team’ targeted, murdered Afghan civilians

American ‘kill team’ targeted, murdered Afghan civilians

In 2010, a group of maverick American infantry soldiers, battle weary after six long, hard months in Afghanistan, decided to abandon the rules of war and formed a “kill team” to murder and mutilate Afghan civilians, Rolling Stone magazine reports in a stunning, blockbuster story.   The kill team apparently operated while American Army officers, […]

NATO assuming command of Libya air strikes

NATO assuming command of Libya air strikes

NATO will assume command of all aerial operations in Libya from the U.S.-led force that has been conducting air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, officials said Sunday. NATO jets on Sunday already began enforcing the no-fly zone, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced. Diplomats said the full transfer of authority would take several days. “NATO allies […]

What if hell doesn’t exist?

What if hell doesn’t exist?

What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions and emptiness of daily life? Those ideas are receiving fresh scrutiny from some believers after a prominent evangelical pastor questioned the traditional […]

What happens when America doesn’t matter any more?

What happens when America doesn’t matter any more?

America led the military charge into Libya. Now it’s looking for someone else to take over but doing so is neither easy or backed by tradition. The United States has, for many years, been the “go-to” military power to lead international military actions and while pressure is building on President Barack Obama to abandon that […]

The GOP’s invasion of the intelligence-snatchers

The GOP’s invasion of the intelligence-snatchers

Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich may have said it best: “Never before in modern history have the Republicans considered a more bizarre group of characters, who bear more resemblance to the denizens of the bar in “Star Wars” than to serious leaders,” Reich says in a public forum on Politico.Com. “Their candidacies will only […]

GOP’s lunatic fringe launches attack on public education

GOP’s lunatic fringe launches attack on public education

Fringe Republican presidential hopefuls have launched a war against the American public school system and told a home schooling rally in Iowa this week that government wants “absolute control” to “indoctrinate” children.   Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a perennial loser in the Presidential sweepstakes, told the cheering crowd that the “the public school system is […]

School cuts turn Wisconsin Republicans against Walker

School cuts turn Wisconsin Republicans against Walker

A growing number of Republicans in embattled Wisconsin are showing buyer’s remorse over their votes for GOP Gov. Scott Walker. They’re not happy with his attempts to destroy the public school system in the state. “He’s trying to balance the budget on the backs of teachers,” Bar Feest of suburban Milwaukee told The Associated Press. […]

NATO lead in Libya does not end U.S. combat role

NATO lead in Libya does not end U.S. combat role

Does turning command of the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO mean a quick exit for the United States from the expensive offensive that President Barack Obama launched without Congressional consultation or approval?   Not really. NATO may be calling the shots but the effort still depends on heavy involvement by American sea and air […]