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07January

Je suis Charlie

After the tragic attack in Paris, freedom of speech seems more precious than ever.  How anyone could become so twisted as to think that killing cartoonists, including an 80-year-old man, is in any way an honor to Muhammad, is beyond me.  While Charlie Hebdo is a publication that is centered around cartoonists, let’s not forget the others killed in this horrific terror attack, from editors to policemen.  

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31December

The Year in Crazy: 2014

2014 saw everything from a mooching rancher and his well-armed militia buddies fighting off the federal government to the killing of an unarmed black man sparking a nationwide conversation on race.  Corporations went from having free speech to now having freedom of religion, too.  Money continued to pour into our elections and campaign advertising continued on it’s downward (or upward, depending on your perspective) spiral.  There were way too many guns, bombs and crazies in 2014, a trend that will probably continue in 2015.
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23December

Dear Leader 2

Now that Sony has completely caved to cyberterrorist demands, let’s see what movie they’ve chosen to run in place of The Interview.  Sure, Kim Jong Un is a nasty despot, but do we really think North Korea is capable of attacking movie theaters all across the United States?  Methinks Sony Pictures just wants this whole thing to go away and is using terrorist bluster as an excuse to turn the page.
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17December

Citigroup Democracy

Now that the secret back room dealings are done and the latest budget bill passed Congress (of course, at the 11th hour), we can see the thumbprints of Wall Street once again.  Actually, more than thumbprints, Citigroup actually wrote part of it.  They managed to gut “Section 716” of  Dodd-Frank.  Sounds obscure and weird so who cares, right?
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10December

Cheney’s Torture Anthem

Even though Dick Cheney isn’t the only one responsible for the stain of torture on the United States, he’s the most, shall we say, colorful?  If you think the awfulness of Bush-era torture is behind us, think again.  Thanks to the just-released Senate torture report, we now know of all kinds of new and awful ways the CIA and Bush Administration screwed up the hunt for Al Qaeda and disgraced this nation.
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