Category Archives: Daily Dispatches

Waking up on Cold Mountain

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In the powerful words of Ruby, played by Renee Zellweger in the Civil War movie Cold Mountain, “They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, ‘shit, … Continue reading

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Mean America

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Being a teenager has always been tough. But being a teenager in today’s whiz-bang world of social media and anti-social media attitudes is downright dangerous. Kids are encouraged to identify with those who “hate” the same people they do, instead … Continue reading

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Cannibal Nation

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What makes people dangerous? Quite simply: people are most dangerous when they have nothing to lose. In 2009, 44 million Americans lived in poverty. By 2010, 45 million barely had enough to eat. They don’t have much to lose, and … Continue reading

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Hammers, Nails and Filibusters

By Leslie Griffith & JP Sottile Mark Twain: “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” The filibuster on the Senate floor was not about selling us anything. No powerful gun lobbies or military contractors interrupted America’s … Continue reading

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