2003
Crowds by Captured Russian Tank
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Iraq and the Hungarian Revolution

Freedom – responsibility = Anarchy They rioted when they were free to do so. “How can they be so ungrateful?” was heard throughout the land. Are we talking about the Jews after they were freed from Egyptian servitude? Is it the anti-war protesters and their violent demonstrations in our major cities? Is it Iraqi Shiites […]

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Nov 2, 20033
Donkey
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5 Simple Rules to Be Happy

Category: 2003, Life

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, and…well, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all of his […]

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Sep 26, 20033
Bill of Responsibilities
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The Bill of Responsibilities

All we hear is about the Bill of Rights. Why has nobody created a Bill of Responsibilities? This is my feeble attempt at it and I welcome any suggestions to improve it or expand it or correct it. 1. Honor, preserve, and understand the Constitution of the United States. 2. You have the right to express your […]

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Sep 23, 20033
Vito Marcantonio
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Undermining the Value of U.S. Citizenship

Category: 2003, Corruption, Leaders

What was once a most desired and illustrious citizenship has become a laughingstock due to manipulations by power hungry politicians. In the 1950s a Communist member of Congress, Vito Marcantonio, representing Harlem in New York was continuously re-elected. Before every election he would import thousands of Puerto Ricans to Harlem. They came by the planeload […]

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Sep 16, 20033
Houston METRO Bus
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The Metro Farce: Looking Beyond Buses and Rails

Category: 2003, Infrastructure, Texas

For decades we ignored the most important issue facing any mobility plan in Houston. How do we make people use the bus, the trolley, or the train? How do we get them out of the car? We are already paying more than 80% of the operating cost of the busses, so why can’t we or […]

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Sep 4, 20033
Monorail
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Monorails and the FAT Concept

Category: 2003, Infrastructure, Texas

For the past 48 years I have been an active, alas seldom-successful participant in the Houston rail debate. Several times over the years I was able to propose the usage of Monorail as a viable alternative. This time I will not point to hidden deals, insider agendas, conspiracies and other negative aspects of proposals and […]

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Aug 15, 20033