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Sad story of a wasted 'campaign': Process over substance

Sad story of a wasted 'campaign': Process over substance

By Sol W. Sanders For those of us who opposed the re-election of the President precisely for his announced effort “to transform” America into something tradition had never favored, there has been an even deeper and troubling election result. Most of the post-election blather has been just that. Exit-polling has always been extremely unreliable and […]

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The Economy? No, 'urban geopolitics' drove 2012 election outcome

The Economy? No, 'urban geopolitics' drove 2012 election outcome

Gregory Copley, Global Information System The U.S. national elections of Nov. 6,  demonstrated convincingly that voter patterns in major Western societies were now dominated by urban electorates and urban — rather than national — priorities. The fact that President Barack Obama was swept back into office in the U.S. Presidential elections, highlighted the transformed voting […]

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Post election America: Divided, broke but still dynamic

Post election America: Divided, broke but still dynamic

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — America appears to have crossed the political Rubicon. On the one shore, that of the red states, people are rooted in more traditional values, religion, individualism and entrepreneurialism.  On the blue shore, people embrace different oft trendier values, cherish political correctness and secularism,  often do favor entrepreneurialism, but […]

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That other election: The metrosexual male vs the teetotaller square

That other election: The metrosexual male vs the teetotaller square

By Sol W. Sanders There is another parallel shadowy election tomorrow – no candidates, no poll counting, and no definitive victory or defeat. It’s the little acknowledged cultural war playing out, a fierce contest hardly talked about publicly – at least not identifying it with each candidate. Using labels of another day, the presidential contestants […]

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The New York spirit: Hurricane Sandy tested us and we came through

The New York spirit: Hurricane Sandy tested us and we came through

By Ed Koch On Sunday, October 28, at 4:00 p.m., I joined the parishioners at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn in honoring my friend and their fellow congregant, Frank Macchiarola. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had bestowed upon Frank the Papal Honor of Knight Commander of the Holy Order of St. Gregory the Great. […]

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Boob tube culture: What if the U.S. electorate had been educated to think?

Boob tube culture: What if the U.S. electorate had been educated to think?

By Lev Navrozov I am going to say something I know may not be popular with the readers. I spent half of my life in Stalin’s Russia. I was born there, got married there, and I never knew what the television set looks like. My mother would say, “Why do you need to watch television […]

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Tale of an unforgettable fight and the 'forgotten war'

Tale of an unforgettable fight and the 'forgotten war'

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com You know how little the Korean War weighs on the consciousness of American readers when you see a documentary and read an entire book about a famous American boxer and his epic battle with his Korean challenger and find virtually no mention of the “forgotten war.” That omission in “The Good […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Trivializing evil is a GOP mistake

FAITH MATTERS: Trivializing evil is a GOP mistake

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It is disconcerting that probably the most compelling statement made in this year’s disagreeable U.S. election campaign has received virtually no public attention. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois warned Catholic voters of planks in the Democratic Party Platform “that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.” He meant abortion and same-sex marriage. […]

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Processed politics: The curse of conventional conventions

Processed politics: The curse of conventional conventions

By Sol W. Sanders Call me masochistic, but I watched both conventions. Chalk it up to nostalgia for a mistaken youth as a politics junkie. Back then, we bet on whether the “Roll Call of the States” might trip up FDR’s dumping left-wing populist Vice President Henry Wallace for Harry S. Truman. Or savored the […]

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When Irene hit, Vermont — not government — showed what people can do

When Irene hit, Vermont — not government — showed what people can do

By John J. Metzler BRANDON, Vermont — It’s been a year since Tropical Storm Irene unexpectedly crashed into Vermont, causing unprecedented flooding and damage throughout much of the Green Mountain state. Yet despite Irene’s wrath across much of the Northeast, Vermont’s near singular resilience and steadfastness in the face of the storm remains an enduring […]