Political

Racism, Tragedy, Comedy: Sorting Out the Sordid Donald Sterling Fiasco

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The NBA went into a feeding frenzy last week (and with it the American media, followed by the American public) over an audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling saying blatantly racist things to his fifty-years younger, alleged mistress. The cascade of events that followed could only have been dreamed up by some […]

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The Black Hills Are Not For Sale: Our Invisible Neighbors

August 18, 2013
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My trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota was amazing, no doubt about it. In a recent blog post, I describe some of the highlights of my experience there. Yet, there is an even more amazing story to be told about the  Black Hills. In 1868, the United States government signed a treaty with […]

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It’s The Culture Of War, Stupid!

December 23, 2012
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Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows That too many people have died? The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. -Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ In The Wind” In the wake of the slaughter of 20 children and 6 staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School […]

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Thoughts On Sandy Hook

December 16, 2012
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The events in Newtown, CT are so sickening and difficult to comprehend. I’ve been trying to make sense of it all by reading quotes from fallen leaders and studying random facts from various sources. What I haven’t been able to do is understand the full impact of what’s happened and where we need to go. […]

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In Search of a Charismatic Leader

April 8, 2012
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A The Daily Garriga classic! When I first realized that Diane Ravitch would be a guest interviewee on The Daily Show, I got really excited. If you don’t already know who Diane Ravitch is, you should. You see, there is a major political push happening right now to break up teachers unions. As with any political […]

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Occupy Your Country!

October 24, 2011
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This weekend I made a quick trip from Maryland to Georgetown. As I trekked along K Street NW, I unexpectedly drove past the Occupy DC contingent camped out at McPherson Square. Only 3 blocks away from the White House, the place was jam packed with peaceful protesters and their tent homes. I’ll admit it, I […]

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In The Name of God: Morality and Capital Punishment

September 26, 2011
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On September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was put to death by the state of Georgia. A three-drug cocktail was used. First, pentobarbital put Davis in a coma; second, pancuronium bromide paralyzed his body; and finally, potassium chloride stopped his heart. Within 15 minutes Davis was dead. A somber end to a saga that lasted more […]

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