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Barack and Hillary Coming to Grand Forks

Things are pretty exciting here in Grand Forks right now. Several weeks ago we found out that Senator Barack Obama will be speaking at the North Dakota Democratic Convention on April 4th. Then we found out yesterday that Hillary Clinton was feeling left out, and decided to make an appearance later that night. I can’t […]

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Boeing and Politicians: Make the Air Force Buy Our Crappy Overpriced Tankers

Anytime a politician latches onto an issue they believe is politically valuable to them, you can be sure that the concepts of common sense and reason lose all meaning. The latest example: Politicians trying to overturn Northrop Grumman’s $40 billion contract to produce the next-generation Air Force supertanker. This controversy erupted exactly a month ago […]

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Playing the Presidential Election Scenario Game

I watched tonight’s coverage of the Super Tuesday results with more interest than I’ve in politics for years. It’s fascinating (fun?) to still have both the Democratic and Republican races as close as they are right now. While it looks like McCain is well on his way to clinching the nomination sometime soon, the contest […]

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About That Economic Stimulus Plan That’s About to be Passed…

You know, the President’s plan that’s supposed to give hundreds, or even thousands of tax rebate dollars back to American families? The one that’s supposed to keep the U.S. economy from going into the tank? It won’t do much, if anything, to help the economy, and is the latest Washington example of “well, we have […]

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Voting in this Country is a Mess – Let’s Fix it Already.

I recently read a couple of really interesting articles about two big voting/election issues the United States is currently facing – the system we use to elect our politicians, and the process we use to do it. And while the status quo falls short on the trust and transparency we should all demand, there are […]

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Rolling Stone Magazine on the War on Drugs

It’s been years since I read an article in Rolling Stone, but they recently published a fascinating one on their website that I highly recommend to everyone. It’s called How America Lost the War on Drugs, by author Ben Wallace-Wells. In it, Wells chronicles the terribly the United States’ terribly costly and ineffective war on […]

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I’m Officially a Ron Paul Supporter

I have become extremely disenchanted with national politics over the last several years, which might come as a shock to you based on how engaged I was back in the 2002 and 2004 election cycles. A lot has changed since then, yet too much remains exactly the same. It seems that regardless of who’s in […]

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Why Africa Needs Your Investment, Not a Handout

I recently came across a very interesting online article from German magazine Spiegel, titled “For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!“. In it, James Shikwati, a Kenyan economics expert, details how massive foreign aid to African nations is not only ineffective, but damaging to the receiving countries. Mr. Shikwati says that aid money creates an […]

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The Final Word on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Drama

I think this very clever video is pretty much the final word on Boston’s embarrassing Aqua Teen Hunger Force Light-Brite scandal. The city government’s response to this episode has been unbelievable, and has done nothing to provide real security to Boston. And, the Massachusetts Attorney General (Martha Coakley) seriously needs an education on what really […]

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Bill Richardson in 2008?

I have respected Governor Bill Richardson for a while now – even during my hardcore Republican years. He’s the John McCain of Democrats, which I consider to be a good thing. Richardson is easily the most qualified Democratic candidate as of yet. He spent time in the State Department early in his career, served in […]