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Jayne Lyn Stahl

Entries by Jayne Lyn Stahl

Obama State of the Union: Rallying Cry Against Economic Disenfranchisement

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 9:16 AM

Mr. Obama is getting high marks on Tuesday's State of the Union as well he should, but the overarching principle, and recurring theme throughout the speech is that of a presidency that has pledged to address the gaping problem of economic disenfranchisement.

A pivotal moment came when the president introduced...

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We've Got Your Back, Mr. President

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 5:51 PM

A very special thank you goes out today to President Obama for keeping his pledge in the wake of the horror that was Sandy Hook a month ago, and stepping forward with concrete, specific proposals, as well as a plan to make inroads in curtailing gun violence in this country.

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Immunity From Prosecution Still on the Menu?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 2:57 PM

When President Obama met with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai on Friday, all eyes were on an endgame for troop withdrawal. The focus was on the president's stated goal, as The New York Times reports, that effective this spring U.S. troops would "play only a supporting role in Afghanistan."...

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Mr. President: Sign An Executive Order Banning Military-style Assault Rifles

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 8:52 PM

This week, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House, joined a chorus of other elected officials calling for legislation prohibiting access to assault weapons. As the New York Times reports, Ms. Pelosi says, "If lawmakers balk, take the issue to the public."

Pelosi continues saying...

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I Agree With Republicans

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Okay, I've gotta admit, I agree with Republicans. It's not enough to raise taxes. We've got to cut spending, too, so let's tell Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE, and all the other defense contractors who eat up billions annually in taxpayer revenue that we're cutting their funding by, oh, say, 39.4...

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McConnell's Curse

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 2:33 AM

Like everyone else in the world right now I'm a bit preoccupied the new year, but like many I've also been preoccupied with the fiscal cliffhanger.

As we're reportedly on the verge of some kind of agreement to keep the economy from freefall, the one figure who keeps resonating with...

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Dial "S" for Stupid

(43) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:01 PM

Okay, so nobody wants to come out and say it, but what NRA leader Wayne LaPierre said Friday about having an armed police officer in every school along with an armed volunteer force to protect children from future nightmares like the one we all lived through one week ago today...

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Mental Health Apologists Are Enablers

(14) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 12:49 PM

Like many Americans, I'm devastated by the murder of twenty children, and six adults at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut yesterday.

Like others, for years now, I have been calling for stricter gun control legislation. Understood that Connecticut already has tight restrictions on firearms, but what happened yesterday...

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What Does U.S. Recognition of Syrian Opposition Forces Really Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 7:56 PM

President Obama told Barbara Walters on Tuesday's 20/20 that the U.S. is prepared to formally recognize the Syrian rebels, the New York Times reports, thereby turning up the heat on Syrian leader Assad to step down.

But, what the Times calls a "once-disparate band of opposition groups" also...

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32 Years and Counting

(7) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Yesterday marked the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon's murder in front of the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, and not much has changed. Congress has failed to enact any gun control legislation since 1994.

The revolver that was used to shoot John Lennon was a .38 caliber five shot Charter...

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Cliffs Notes for the Fiscal Cliff

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 10:59 PM

I have a confession. I haven't been paying as much attention as maybe I should to this latest soap opera from the no drama Obama administation, so I'm wondering if anyone knows if there are cliff notes that might explain what exactly is at stake.

There are fellows like Grover...

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This Year, Election Day Is Veterans Day, Too

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 5:02 PM

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be voting not just for a chief executive, but for the commander-in-chief, and given that the U.S. has been involved in the longest war in our history, the stakes have never been higher for service members, veterans, and their families.

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The Choice: Recovery or Reversal?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 1:42 AM

Never before have the differences been starker between President Obama and his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, while the nation held its breath and watched entire sections of the New Jersey coast disappear, a popular lifelong Republican governor, Chris Christie, and his neighbor, former...

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Romney to the Rescue, Again

(10) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:52 AM

When Mitt Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts back in 2003, he inherited a fiscal calamity not unlike the one that faced Barack Obama in 2009.

Prominent members of the GOP, and even a sitting president, urged Romney to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor, a...

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Mitt Romney Discovers Greece

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:51 PM

Mitt Romney discovered Greece. The GOP presidential candidate mentioned the cash strapped nation twice during the third-and-final debate last week, saying that's where the U.S. is heading with Obama at the wheel.

Gov. Romney is right in suggesting that the U.S., like Greece, is suffering now because of what the...

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Monday's Debate: Ask Yourself, on What Planet?

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 4:05 PM

As you watch Monday night's presidential debate, ask yourself on what planet will people elect a commander-in-chief who has no experience serving in the military, or whose vice president has no experience serving in the military, and both of whom combined have no foreign policy experience either?

True, President Obama...

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Six Questions for Mitt Romney

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Six questions come to mind for Gov. Romney in the aftermath of Tuesday's second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York:

1) Did you avail yourself of the "tax amnesty" program, and is this why you refuse to release your tax returns from 2009, and before?

2) You...

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The Romney Campaign Needs Truth Infusions

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 3:54 PM

Paul Ryan ended the one and only vice presidential debate last week just as he began it, conveniently stepping on the facts.

Ryan stepped on the facts when, referring to Gov. Romney, he asked, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a job creator in the White House?"...

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Rip Van Romney

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 3:41 PM

Which fairy tale character slept hundreds of years? Rip Van Winkle, right?

Well, Mr. Winkle now has a political counterpart: Rip Van Romney.

Rip Van Romney slept through the revolutionary war. He slept through the signing of the Declaration of Independence. After all, had he been awake, he would have...

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Dial 2 for Travel: The Lost Art of Customer Service

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:04 PM

The other day, while contemplating a trip to Big Sur, I contacted an organization that is commonly associated with roadside service, and asked for their travel agency department. After surfing a menu of possible extensions, I was told to "dial 2 for travel."

As an eternal optimist, I thought, "What...

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