Monthly Archives: November 2008

Father Greeley, Century, Georgia Run Off

Wayne Holst, a Canadian colleague, has a list serve he sends out weekly with information and reprints, Recently, he included an update on the condition of Chicago’s Father Andrew Greeley, the Catholic priest and novelist, who has been in a coma … Continue reading

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007 is Back With a New Enemy: US Imperialism

by James M. Wall The latest James Bond film, The Quantum of Solace, has a vision so different from previous incarnations, that few, if any, film critics noticed the change.   Why?  Because the critics for mass culture outlets focused on the film’s … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving With The Obamas

by James M. Wall The Obama family visited a Chicago south side Food Center at the St. Columbanus Catholic Church, where they handed out packets of food.  Huffington Post ran the story on Thanksgiving Eve, complete with a slide show and a … Continue reading

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Columnist: Have Bush/Cheney Resign; Let Pelosi Take Over

by James M. Wall I know, I know, it sounds like a West Wing episode. (It was, once; Speaker John Goodman took over, briefly.) But it could work and it’s constitutional. New York Times columnist Gail Collins says she is serious. … Continue reading

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Obama Good on Appointments But Bad on Afghanistan

by James M. Wall President-elect Barack Obama wants the next eight years to be an era of audacious, not cosmetic changes. Do his early appointments reflect audacity or is he giving away too much to the cosmeticians? And what about Afghanistan?  Is … Continue reading

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Positive Signs For Obama’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Track

                             Abbas and Livni at the 2006 World Economic Forum.   by James M. Wall     According to a report posted on TimesOnLine, President Elect Barack Obama has set … Continue reading

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Should The Left Worry about Rahm Emanuel?

by James M. Wall                                       The Hippocratic Oath is usually attributed to Hippocrates, a Greek physician born in 460 BC on the island of Cos, … Continue reading

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Life’s Circle: From King in Memphis to Obama in Grant Park

by James M. Wall Barack Obama’s election night victory speech included a stirring echo of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final sermon, delivered in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before he died. King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God … Continue reading

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Yes, Mr. President-Elect, This is Truly an Amazing Country

by James M. Wall Attracted by a Google listing the morning after the election, visitors to this blog linked to a piece I posted two weeks before the election: A Response to an Obama Victory: What an Amazing Country.  Following … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Tuesday and Remember “Wag the Dog”

      Bruce Meets Sasha at Columbus Ohio Rally      AP Photo from Huffington Post By James M. Wall (Special note: this posting was inspired by questions from readers outside the US, and by younger members of my family … Continue reading

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