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Wars: Always Bad

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the war in iraq

It has now been ten years since President George W. Bush committed the United States of America to military action in Iraq. That war was a mess in a lot of ways. But so is every other war, pretty much. Like remember these?

Barbary War
The first of many half-assed US incursions into Libyan territory.

War of 1812
Do you even know what happened in this war? There were some trade things and lingering bad feelings from the Revolutionary War, but what was solved? Nothing. Nothing changed. Nothing ever changes.

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March 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

Dennis Rodman And Kim Jong-un Are Friends And That Is All

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Dennis Rodman Kim Jong un

This week former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman went to North Korea. Why? It’s kind of unclear. He went along with a few of the Harlem Globetrotters and a video crew from Vice magazine for a feature to be shown on HBO later this year. So that’s part of the reason. Also because Kim Jong-un, the baby faced autocrat who has been ruling the country since his father died in late 2011, really loves basketball.

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February 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What’s The Matter With Arizona?

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This weekend a Congresswoman from Arizona was shot. Probably you heard about it. It was really, really awful. The Congresswoman, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), survived, despite being shot in the head at point-blank range. Six other people were killed, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old child.

I’m not from Giffords’s district, but I grew up in Arizona. Until last year I held an Arizona driver’s license and I still feel very connected to that place. It’s wrong to assume that what one crazy person did outside of one grocery store is indicative of anything about a state with a population of millions, but in this case I feel it’s not purely coincidental. This tragedy could have happened in Minnesota or New Hampshire or anywhere, really, but it didn’t. It happened here. Last year, while the House voted on health care reform, a handful of representatives’ offices around the country were vandalized. Rep. Giffords was one of a them. The front door to her district office was shattered. And she was one of the politicians in the “gun sights” of Sarah Palin’s PAC last November — imagery that is too tragic, now, for any “I told you so” moments. Again, it’s not correlative, and I don’t want to assume anything about the motivations of Jared Loughner, the alleged killer, but something is rotten in Arizona. And it really, really disturbs me.
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January 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm