Recess is Right!

Congress is fleeing Washington for what is customarily referred to as “summer recess”.  Recess is right!  Congressional members have been acting like school children, unable to play fair or learn to cooperate with one another. RECESS.  Isn’t that for a break after co
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Add My Voice to a Change in the Gun-Purchase Laws

 I am adding my voice to the growing chorus of public leaders who are calling for changes in the gun-purchase laws.  Let us be clear, the majority of people are not asking to strike down the right to possess a firearm as granted through the Second Amendment and nor am I.  Rather what
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Events in Egypt. To Be Continued…

The unfolding events in Egypt have given rise to wide-reaching punditry and speculation about what each and every movement means.  And such is the reality of the information age. Regardless of how quickly information is made available through the internet, individual movements in and
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What Can We Learn?

The election that resulted in the historic win for Aung San Suu Kyi, marks a significant shift in the political future for Myanmar.  Also known as Burma, this country has signaled a willingness to embrace a democratic reform at such a pace that can only be called breathtaking. Suu Kyi
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Yankin’ Your Chain

Please, everyone stop with the game set in place by Rush Limbaugh.  As an old friend of mine used to say, “He’s yankin’ your chain“.  But it is more than that, Limbaugh is manipulating; and doing a fine job at that. Limbaugh need not be given the platform to &#
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Enemies or Competitors?

During the Chinese Vice-President’s visit to the United States the bi-lateral relationship did not appear to be fractured or at risk of flaring in to open conflict.  In fact, it did appear that Vice-President Xi had established a warm and genuine relationship with his counterpar
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What Price Would You Pay for Freedom?

In Syria, the price for freedom is one’s life. I attended a function this weekend for the Syrian American Council where the pragmatic view of the battle for freedom in Syria was sobering. The key speaker, Mr. Mohammad Al Abdallah was matter of fact when he said, “This is w
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Democracy, Culture, and Capitalism

Let’s be clear.  Democracy is a governing system, the form of which in the United States has supported free expression in the market and business sectors. The United States had the great advantage of timing…as a new nation in the latter part of the 18th century it formed a
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The Intrigue of Kepler-22b

Why do we care about a new planet? NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered more than 1,000 new planets that fall within the range of a “habitable zone“, but 22b looks most promising. This planet is 2.4 times the radius of Earth and the enduring question is, “Could
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It’s not like fast food, folks!

The noise in the media about the Egyptian unrest this week provides a moment for historical context. In France free elections led to Napoleon’s rise for nearly two decades, a disastrous war and consequential bloody massacres. France underwent the organic process toward democracy
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