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By James Bordonaro on October 18, 2011

Israel's policy of swapping terrorists and criminals with Hamas in exchange for the release of Sgt. Gilad Schalit is very dangerous to the United States and nearly as much of a weak link in the global war on terrorism as Pakistan's duplicity in supporting attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan.

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By James Bordonaro on June 6, 2011

Congressman Anthony Weiner has finally admitted that he sent an inappropriate sexual photo to a supporter via Twitter after having lied to the media about having his Twitter account hacked. His situation is similar to former Republican Congressman Chris Lee (also from New York) who resigned after sending a shirtless photo to a prospective date on Craigslist.

This is not a quid pro quo. Weiner should resign regardless of Lee's problems. Although he has now admitted his indiscretions, he must be held to a very high standard and should resign.

By James Bordonaro on April 26, 2011

Comedian John Stewart, host of Comedy Central's cable TV program, has been a significant force in moving legislation on medical care for 9-11 responders sickened by the toxic materials in the air following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Now, after securing funding nearly 10 years later, Stewart alerts his views to a complete travesty of legislative overreaching.

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By James Bordonaro on March 28, 2011

In case you missed the President's speech tonight ....

The United States is part of a broad ______________ (any noun describing forced unity) engaged in a ___________ (ridiculous noun) to defeat the regime of _________ (any obnoxious Middle East dictator) who is brutalizing his people and presents a clear danger to the vital interests of ______________ (any multi-national oil company).

Therefore, I have called on our military to enforce a __________________ (focus group tested buzzword) while our coalition partners contribute on the ground. Let me stress, in this action the United States has the backing of many Arab partners such as _____________. (other obnoxiously wealthy Middle Eastern dictatorship)...

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By James Bordonaro on January 11, 2011

Former Governor Palin has taken pains in the past to castigate pundits who have labeled her son, Trig, as retarded. Trig Palin is (in the most current sociopolitical appropriate term that I'm aware of) a person with Downs Syndrome. Mrs. Palin is not alone in her condemnation of the "R Word." One of the most eloquent objections to the term that I have observed in the media was made by Tim Shriver, head of Special Olympics, as part of the organization's publicity campaign to remove the term from common usage as demeaning to individuals with disabilities.

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By James Bordonaro on December 7, 2010

The President's "deal" on extending the Bush Tax Cuts presents an opportunity for Progressives to join with the financial conservatives of the Tea Party movement.

If the Tea Party is serious about reducing the size of government and controlling spending now is the time for them to take to the streets again and show their true colors. Progressives don't want a continuation of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy. Republicans voted against tax cuts for those families making less than $250,000 (which I strongly disagree should be considered "middle class) and then, Republicans rejected tax cuts for those who make $1,000,000 or less. All so that the super rich (literally millionaires and billionaires) can save hundreds of thousands of dollars. You've got to admire their moxie!

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By James Bordonaro on November 12, 2010

Long time ABC newscaster, Ted Koppel, is out with an Op-Ed in the Washington Post in which he bemoans the left/right divide in cable news.

As much as I respect Ted Koppel, I think he's got it wrong. There is a big difference between the anchors and reporters of FOX News and those of MSNBC. Keith Olbermann began as a sportscaster. He was one of the few mainstream media TV broadcasters who was willing to challenge the Bush administration's justifications for war with Iraq. FOX's gig is and always has been partisan attacks, MSNBC's weeknight lineup is ostensibly designed to rebut FOX's hyperbole. MSNBC does occasionally cross the line (their election coverage being a prime example) into one-sided infotainment. But, you didn't hear Olbermann or Rachel Maddow declare President Bush was a racist even before he was sworn in like Glenn Beck did. Furthermore, where is the current "balance" on FOX? Admittedly, FOX used to have Alan Combs but since his departure they haven't taken much effort (perhaps Juan Williams but he's not really what one would consider a thinker) to put forward alternative viewpoints. Contrast that with MSNBC's Morning Joe program hosted by former Florida, Republican congressman, Joe Scarborough. So, I'd argue that there is a qualitative difference that Koppel glosses over. Additionally, there is no mention of CNN's role in the devolution of TV news. Are we supposed to believe that Koppel thinks Anderson Cooper to be unbiased. Or does Ted Turner get a free pass because he was cable TV's first news network? Perhaps if Mr. Koppel's generation of newscasters had been better investigative journalists they would have held the public's attention longer. I seem to recall they "missed the boat" on that whole Gulf of Tonkin thing.

What Koppel fails to inform his readership is that the Republican Party has moved far right.

By James Bordonaro on November 3, 2010

The former president is out with his memoir (Decision Points) of his years in office and notes that his lowest personal point was when rap singer, Kanye West, said he didn't care about black people during a live fund-raising telethon because of the manner in which he responded to Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans. (See this for a full description of the story.)

He says it was even worse than all the criticism he received over the Iraq War and putting forward the false rationale that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

So, coupled with the lack of introspection he exhibited in a 2004 press conference when asked to identify any mistakes he might have made during his time in office, I guess that's all we really need to know.

Kanye was wrong. The President does care about black people - just self-absorbed Hollywood, elitist, rap stars with gold chains around their necks. A bigger question still exists as to whether he cares about his own legacy.

By James Bordonaro on October 27, 2010

The recent outbreak of cholera in Haiti which has killed more than 300 people is bringing international attention back to that island nation. Unfortunately, this epidemic has been predicted for months now and despite the best efforts of numerous NGOs and the donation of billions of dollars (special kudos is given to Bill Clinton in that aspect) the world hasn't been able to put Haiti back together or even in a position to have avoided the latest crisis. The remainder of my post is a cut and paste from an comment on a story about the continuing rise in the death toll and the shortsighted reaction of some residents of that country to an effort by Doctors Without Borders to open a new health clinic to treat cholera patients. Here's the link to the story.

Basically, I was responding to those who commented that Haiti's people were 'ignorant' and we as a country should pull out and cut our losses. I do agree that Haiti is poorly served by its leadership and trust my wife's perception of the on-the-ground realities of economic and social inertia and stagnation which have been made worse by the over-reliance on temporary aid from NGOs. I'm also not willing to let Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma off the hook for delaying US aid already appropriated by Congress. So, here are my thoughts in that context.

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By James Bordonaro on September 30, 2010

Fox Sports has managed a new low in tastelessness. To preface my remarks, let me say that this is not a political attack as it seems (although I haven't kept up with corporate 'mergerdom') that MSN (parent company to the progressive/liberal leaning network MSNBC) is affiliated with the right wing Fox network to produce content for their website. Still, it's called Fox Sports and presumably Fox's editors have control over content.

Back to the tastelessness.

The latest low comes in the form of a story (link posted here) involving an NFL player who, along with his girlfriend, a cheerleader, was attacked by a former boyfriend where they were pistol whipped and the player had to jump from a second story window to save his life. A truly horrible home invasion! But apparently that wasn't "sexy" enough of a story for Fox as they decided to embed photo essays of other NFL cheerleaders performing on the field as well as trampolines. It reminds me of that line in the song, Everything Zen by Bush ...There's no sex in your violence." At Fox Sports I guess they've taken that mantra to heart and are determined to turn tragedy into soft core porn.

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