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A Requiem for the Gulf

(Author’s note: I wrote this a few months after the BP blowout in the Gulf. On the fifth anniversary of that tragedy, there is little to be hopeful about as we continue to deny the damage we cannot completely see and ignore the obvious evidence.) “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he…

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Our Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You

by Ken Zornes On April 15th millions of American will take part in that annual ritual of filing their federal income tax returns. Another significant event on that day will be overlooked by most of us, save for those attending major league baseball games where every player on every team will be wearing jersey number 42.…

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Busting Breitbart’s Ass on the Border

The Internet tends to be exactly like the people who use it: entertaining, informative, and stupider than anyone might have imagined. The latest example of ignorance comes from Breitbart, Texas, whose managing editor Brandon Darby traveled along the Rio Grande to inform us Mexico is on the other side of the river. Darby starts his…

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A Simple Solution to the Great American Measles Scare

In an era of profound medical advancements in drug therapies and technologies, the U.S. finds itself immersed in a controversy over the very basic issue of vaccines. An increasing number of parents have made a decision to not have their children vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella. Their rationale for this choice comes not from…

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The Little Tubes of Terror

The timing was a thing of pure political beauty. President George W. Bush was only a few days away from speaking to the United Nations’ General Assembly about Iraq’s renewed efforts to acquire banned weaponry. And, in a month, the president was going to Congress to seek a resolution approving of a war against Iraq.…

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Remember Bill Mason

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Martin Luther King When Bill Mason and his family arrived in Alice, Texas in July of 1948, he was looking for a location that would remove them from…

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When All the Victories Died in Sorrow

The latest ruling on Penn State got me agitated the other day when someone mentioned the recent court case. The NCAA was sued for fining the university $60 million and taking away all of Coach Joe Paterno’s football wins. And in the interest of retaining whatever controlling authority it still thinks it has left, the…

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Adventures of a Young Man: That Time in Cuba

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain Our delegation was supposed to be about culture and history but nobody ever went to Cuba without a political intent. The organization was a Latino group from America and they had already made many public statements about normalization of relations with Cuba but they…

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Remember When We Listened to the Radio?

“Remember when we listened to the radio and I said that’s the place to be? And how about the job as an FM jock the day you married me?” – Harry Chapin The town had two exits off of the Interstate and I thought it was the perfect location to launch a career as an…