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Debate Forum Left 08/11/10

More Conservative Socialism By Mark Luedtke I’m sick of hearing about the so–called mosque at Ground Zero. From the way conservatives have whined about it, you would think the U.S. was surrendering to Osama bin Laden. It only took a couple of seconds of research to find out all the alarmism is a sham. First […]

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Debate Forum Right 08/11/10

The Ground Zero Mosque: Think By Bob Maistros As I like to say, this one isn’t even hard. In PR, we used to talk about a “smell test” for questionable actions. I like to apply an equally simple “Dude-what-were-you-thinking?” test to stupid ideas. Like “Dudes, what were you thinking” when your school system proposed to […]

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Debate Forum Center 08/04/2010

Secrets Secreted: Freedom Of Information Gone Too Far? Even those who may never have ventured into the cyber world of the Internet know that it is a source for a wealth of information. They would even know by now that a good amount of the information to be found on the Web isn’t always necessarily reliable […]

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Debate Forum Left 08/04/2010

We Are The Redcoats Now The U.S. government today is far more oppressive than King George III back in 1776. King George held zero political prisoners. He allowed the colonial press to operate freely. He allowed the colonists free elections. He imposed virtually no restrictions on trade. He imposed no restrictions on travel. American colonists […]

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Debate Forum Right 08/04/2010

Your Right To Know Doesn’t Supersede Our Right To Exist There was sheer idiocy on display last week as a Web site known as WikiLeaks released  100 megabytes totaling some 90,000 pages of secret tactical American military reports regarding the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. These documents were released by WikiLeaks in conjunction with newspapers […]

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Debate Forum Center 07/28/2010

Are Americans receiving news or is opinion pretending to be news? Now more than ever it appears that historically traditional news sources have been blurring the line between hard news and opinion. The classic textbook “who, what, when, where, why and how” journalistic approach to news delivery appears to be the exception and not the […]

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Debate Forum Left 07/28/2010

There’s No Such Thing As Unbiased News By Mark Luedtke Many Americans and most journalists have a romantic notion that, in the past, news organizations had integrity and published or broadcast unbiased news. That’s a delusion. There’s no such thing as unbiased news. Ben Franklin was one of the most famous newspapermen in the colonies […]

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Debate Forum Right 07/28/2010

Journolist Proves Media Corruption By Ashley Stinnett When news first broke that The Daily Caller had obtained documents and other such evidence asserting that a left-wing journalist Web site had plotted to cover up controversial stories revolving around then-candidate Barack Obama’s pastor as well as conspiring to destroy the lives of anyone who opposes their […]

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Is Israel’s Naval Blockade Of Gaza Legal?

Israel’s Naval Blockade Of Gaza The Monday, May 31 predawn raid of a flotilla attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza has drawn international criticism and calls for Israel to end the blockade. Israel says the blockade is meant to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas fighters, not keep aid from the reaching […]

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Primary Shows Growing Anti-Washington Sentiment

Anti-Washington Sentiment In a symbol of the growing anti-Washington
sentiment across the country, last week’s Primary Elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky 
and Arkansas produced results that have the Washington establishment nervous. As each polit-
ical party attempts to analyze the results in order to prepare for the mid-term election in November, 
one thing is certain: It’s an anti-Washington, […]

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The Stealth Nominee; Obama Picks Elena Kagan For Court

The Stealth Nominee The Stealth Nominee; Obama Picks Elena Kagan For Court President Obama recently nominated Elena 
Kagan to be the 112th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The nomination was met with mostly praise from Democrats and cautious skepticism from Republicans. While there is no emerging […]

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Drill, Baby, Drill or Spill, Baby, Spill?

Drill, Baby, Drill or Spill, Baby, Spill? On Thursday, April 22, the Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig that had burned for 36 hours in the Gulf of Mexico, sank. The fire went out as the giant platform, operated by Transocean Ltd, and owned by BP, sank below the surface about 42 miles off the […]

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New Arizona Immigration 
Crackdown Stirs Emotional Reaction

New Arizona Immigration Law The recent tragic death of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz made national headlines and brings new attention to the problem of border security. The killing of the third-generation rancher by suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel has become a flashpoint in the immigration debate as residents of border states and politicians […]

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National Day of Prayer – Unconstitutional?

National Day of Prayer In 1952, in a unanimous act by both Houses of Congress, the “National Day of Prayer” (NDP) was enacted into law and signed by President Harry Truman. In 1988, a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by Ronald Reagan further established the first Thursday in May as the day […]

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Obama Focuses On U.S. Nuclear Policy

Obama Focuses On U.S. Nuclear Policy It has been a busy period recently for the Obama administration regarding the issue of nuclear proliferation. The administration released the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), in which is set forth when U.S. policy authorizes the use of nuclear weapons in the event of attack. The review raised some […]

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The Curious Case of Rifqa Bary

The Curious Case of Rifqa Bary Imagine yourself at age 17 being compelled to leave home out of fear of death… from your parents. This scenario describes Fathima “Rifqa” Bary, a Sri Lanka native who ran away from home last year.  Over the past year, Bary’s situation has been newsworthy if not sensationalized in the […]

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