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War is a racket…would you like to buy some surplus military hardware?

War is a racket…would you like to buy some surplus military hardware?

by Patrick Devlin In Sonny Boy Williamson’s song called “Decoration Day” he sings that his deceased wife asked him before she passed to bring flowers to her grave on every Decoration Day. Already a holiday of remembrance for the nearly half a million Civil War dead when the song was recorded in Aurora, IL in 1938, Sonny Boy’s wife asks him that he pay respects to her while he is at the graveyard on Decoration Day honoring the memory of our fallen soldiers. The years tick by, the number of fallen ‘warriors’ (in today’s parlance) rises unabated and we stand […]

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A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

by Patrick Devlin If you ask an attorney if torture is OK, if broad based warrantless wiretapping is allowed, if wealthy private corporations can be absolved of felonies just because they are wealthy corporations, if American citizens can be executed with a no charges leveled against them or trial – it really doesn’t matter what political party they are affiliated with – a member of the bar will generally agree that none of the above statements make sense, and in fact, these statements actually contravene our laws, our treaties and our constitution. But, if you are asking these questions of […]

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Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

by Patrick Devlin After a long day of anti-comedy at work I sat down determined to be info-tained by watching the comedy news. The Daily Show had ended but I consoled myself that I was not too late for the Clobert Report (better show, anyhow). I turned on the TV as Colbert was introducing the show and, not yet paying full attention – I thought I heard that his interview guest was going to be Hillary Clinton, and I said to myself, “shit, don’t really need that”. I did decide to stay for the pre-interview skits and turn the channel […]

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Beautiful, delicious summer

Beautiful, delicious summer

by Patrick Devlin Been thinking of having a summertime picnic – and as it always is with a picnic, trying to determine what yummy summertime portable food to bring, what other equipment to pack – and most importantly : the setting. I’ve picnicked on the banks of Amphitheater Lake on the top of Wyoming’s Grand Teton, on the iron-stone shores of Lake Superior, in the springtime groves of the Hudson River Valley’s fragrant blooming apple orchards, on the banks of the Flathead River in the Great Bear Wilderness, watching the sun sink below Midwestern farm fields and the Mississippi River, […]

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South African church leaders have seen this all before

South African church leaders have seen this all before

by Patrick Devlin Christian church leaders in South Africa have extended their support for the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week, an effort to publicize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The South African Council of Churches urged its member churches to “campaign for greater awareness on all Palestinian struggles in general and the plight of Palestinian Christians in particular,” and requested that member congregations “dedicate Sunday services on March 16th during the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign to reflect and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The ecumenical group made the […]

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Supreme Court agrees that Uncle Sam can kick those damn kids off property granted to him by the public

Supreme Court agrees that Uncle Sam can kick those damn kids off property granted to him by the public

by Patrick Devlin The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in a case involving Americans’ freedom to petition the government on a public highway that is “controlled” by the US military, deciding that a citizen could be permanently barred from protesting at a US military base. In the case before the court, John Apel was appealing his arrest for protesting the US Military’s use of nuclear weapons on a public highway that traverses Vandenberg Airforce Base, a nuclear weapons facility in California. Apel’s contention was that he was immune from prosecution because he was protesting on a public byway and […]

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when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

by Patrick Devlin The people’s pope ventured again into precarious doctirnal waters when he recently made comments suggesting that he believes that human ‘fundamentalism’ has been a barrier to advancement. The pope shared his analysis with 120 priests who are the leaders of Catholic religious orders in a meeting in Switzerland this past November. Responding to queries regarding how the new leader of the church wants his priests to approach the communities of the faithful as well as those who may consider becoming Catholic, the pope proposed his analysis stating, “It is a hermeneutical question: reality is only understood if […]

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