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“Veterans: Heroes and Healers “- Veterans Day Ceremonies at Vietnam Veterans Memoral State Park, Angel Fire, New Mexico

11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour 2006 ….. I was privileged to be present for the Veterans Day Ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico, which is located 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque, 75 miles northeast of Santa Fe, and 28 miles east of Taos. The event was hosted by the […]

Bush and Republicans At a Low

The latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken right after the mide-term elections between Thursday and Sunday, show that by a nearly 2-to-1 margain respondents “want Democrats to have more influence than President Bush on the direction of the nation.” Nearly half said the country will be better off under Democrats; 16% said it will be worse […]

New Congress to Identify Pork Sponsors

If you want to sponsor pork in the new Congress you’ll have to own it. The incoming Madame Speaker of the House has made it clear there will be no anonymous pork on her watch. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her first agenda item after being elected House speaker will be a vote to […]

In Denial, Bush Stands By Bolton

Still in denial, while claiming to desire to work with the Democrats in the wake of the Congressional shift in power, Bush is standing by John Bolton, his nominee for U.N. ambassador. He oblivious to the opposition from “Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy,” Bush aides said yesterday. Meanwhile, Harry M. […]

We’ve Dropped the Ball

Remember Afghanistan? Some of us have not forgotten… Insurgent activity in Afghanistan has risen fourfold this year, and militants now launch more than 600 attacks a month, a rising wave of violence that has resulted in 3,700 deaths in 2006, a bleak new report released Sunday found. In the volatile border area near Pakistan, more […]

How History Will Judge Donald Rumsfeld

Summed up neatly in a NEWSWEEK piece about Donald Rumsfeld fall from grace is one line that tells all — “Things didn’t quite work out as planned.” Now Rumsfeld himself has been thrown out after six stormy years, a chastened if still-proud man who will spend the rest of his days grappling with the judgment […]

An Uneasy Alliance – The Netroots and the Democrats

The N.Y. Times takes a look at the relationship between bloggers and the Democratic party. It’s an uneasy alliance they note, peppered with attitudes, unique personalities and the drive to make a change in the way “campaigns raise money and find votes.” The results of the mid-terms demonstrated that the netroots are not ready for […]

The Architect’s Failed Plans

When an architect draws up plans they had better be right or the structure will fall like a house of cards. Somewhere along the way to the ’06 mid-term elections, Karl Rove, the Architect made a few miscalculations and the results were the downfall of the Republican party. How did the man they call Bush’s […]