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Entries by Joseph A. Palermo from 02/2013

Desiline Victor and Black History Month

| Posted 02.13.2013 | Black Voices

When President Obama paid tribute to Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old African-American woman who was forced to wait hours to cast her ballot last November, he was highlighting not only the Florida Republican Party's voter suppression efforts but the tortured history of race relations in America.

Kerry and Hagel, Vietnam and Iraq

| Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush's war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

Sequestration Zzzzzzz -- Californians Have Seen This Movie

| Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

When fiscal crises become the "new normal" the public begins to remember that they elected politicians to do a job. And part of their job description is to take care of the public purse and not to create problems where none exist.