Monthly Archives: December 2014

“Taking Down the Tree” and Other Poems by Jane Kenyon

By Elaine Magliaro The late Jane Kenyon is one of my favorite poets. I return to her work time and again. I read her poem, Let Evening Come, at the funeral of my beloved father-in-law in 1998. Kenyon was the … Continue reading

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Midterm Mandate: A More Popular Obama?

By Mark Esposito Even the President joined the “Amen Chorus” from the Right. The Midterms were about change and disgust with the status quo. “I hear you,” the President said, but what exactly did he hear? Seems he heard an … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Economic Policy, Economics, Government, Health Care, Immigrants, Investing, Liberals, Media, Neoconservatives, Political Science, Politics, Presidents, Racism, RNC, Society, Stock Market, United States, Wall Street | 22 Comments

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Confirms He Spoke at White Supremacist Conference in 2002

By Elaine Magliaro News broke this week that House majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), spoke at a conference hosted by the white supremacist group European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) twelve years ago. Huffington Post reported today that Louisiana political blogger Lamar … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin’s Speech at The National Book Awards: “We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.”

By Elaine Magliaro Ursula Le Guin is an award-winning American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories. Her preferred genres are fantasy and science fiction. Le Guin has also written poetry and essays. Harry Kunzru (The Guardian) wrote last month that many … Continue reading

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Grace Under Pressure: An American Christmas Message By A Man For All Seasons

By Mark Esposito Chuck Stanley has written an eloquent article about two honorable men who met in a lethal engagement and emerged with their dignity elevated. I felt the same way when I read this piece of writing from Nashville Police … Continue reading

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A Mark Fiore Political Cartoon Video for the Holiday Season: “Driving While Brown…and Furry”

Posted by Elaine Magliaro I just came upon the following Mark Fiore video this morning. Although it’s a few days past Christmas, I thought some of you might appreciate viewing this holiday “seasonal” political cartoon brought to us by Truthdig. … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush: The Hard-Core Right-Wing “Moderate” Conservative Republican

By Elaine Magliaro Last week, Mike Spindell wrote a posted titled Jeb Bush Is Not Who You Might Think He Is. Mike said that one of the political traits of the Bush family is presenting its members as “folksy” and as moderate … Continue reading

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