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Rick Siegel

Entries by Rick Siegel

Make September 12 'National Unity Day'

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 10:55 AM

The current political environment is riven with partisanship and the subsequent polarization of the country lends itself to an air of pessimism, cynicism, and distrust. Whether it is the result of or in reaction to the systematic dysfunction in our governmental institutions and processes is debatable, but what is beyond...

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Now We Can

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 3:47 PM

I recently received an email from the Obama transition team. Yes, it requested a contribution, but it also included an invitation to comment on the potential meanings of the upcoming inauguration. I had a few that seemed worth sharing.

As long been touted, the swearing in of President Barack...

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With Thanks To Those Who Brought Us Here

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 2:24 PM

As would be expected when something as unlikely as an African American becoming President of the United States, many deserve our gratitude.

Thanks to General Electric, who despite being entrenched as a corporate leader of the military industrial complex, gave a voice to MSNBC, giving progressive thinkers a place to...

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"That One" Statement More Rude Than Racist

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 11:57 AM

In an interview broadcast on Larry King on Wednesday night, Michelle Obama stated that Senator John McCain did not personally offend her referring to her candidate husband as "That one."

Good. It is a clear reach to label those words as overtly racist. Even if it truly was...

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Biden Holds His Emotions In - Almost - The Whole Night

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 5:20 AM

I watched the entire debate. Twice in fact; the second time more concerned with listening to what the candidates actually said than sharing on-line barbs with my Facebook friends. Yet for me, the one moment that epitomized the evening wasn't any of the words they spoke, but a Joe Biden...

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How I Solved My Mortgage Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 3:18 AM

In 2003, I had a cash-flow crisis. I will spare you the details if only because telling the story requires a drink or two... along with a cache of anti-depressants.

What I do want you to know, however, is how that journey affected my mortgage and more important, how the...

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Time To Pick The Smart One

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 12:36 PM

Among the many things I blamed my parents for was their insistence that I be 'smart.' For most of my life, I sensed 'smart' was not nearly what they cracked it up to be. I was wrong.

I had my reasons: in elementary school, it was the strongest, not the...

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This Bi-Partisan Inquiry Is Cleary Partisan

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 8:38 PM

So now five Alaskan state legislators have filed a lawsuit to block the investigation into whether Sarah Palin abused her power in firing a state trooper.

Let's put aside that according to an attorney who unsuccessfully tried something similar on behalf of a former Alaska State House speaker, because as...

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Democrats, Stop Your Worrying

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 1:36 PM

Dear Democrats,

Please, stop your worrying. More important, please stop telling people how worried you are about whether Senator Obama is blowing it or not, that only serves to raise everyone's anxieties.

Yes, many Americans like Sarah Palin right now, and a good portion thinks that the media has...

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There Is No Room For 'Fans' In Politics

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2008 | 5:05 PM

Probably because my dad was a New York Yankees fan, I became a Yankee fan. At first it was easy. My first baseball memory is watching the great Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Whitey Ford play in the 1964 World Series.

Rooting for the Yanks became a lot harder after...

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Contradictions and Confusion at the RNC

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 9:36 AM

Even to my own surprise, I watched the Republican National Convention with the same zeal that I watched the Democrats' the week before.

Perhaps I was revisiting my past. I grew up idolizing New York Republicans Jacob Javits, John Lindsay and Nelson Rockefeller. I started to wonder...

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My Weekend With Sarah...

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 5:08 PM

Like many 51 year old men, I'm always happy to be introduced to a 44 year old ex-beauty queen, especially one whose interest in politics may be deeper than, such as, U.S America.

I'd been flirting for more than a year with an older woman, Hillary Clinton. But now with...

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