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Among the Cannibals by Paul Raffaele

Perhaps not for the overly squeamish, Paul Raffaele’s book, Among the Cannibals, is sure to entice readers seeking an interesting travel narrative. Raffaele’s treatise on cannibalism is, in part, an evidential response to William Arens’ 1980 book “The Man-Eating Myth,” but also a lively, entertaining travelogue. While Arens claims that cannibalism is a myth borne … Continue reading

Barack Obama: Advancing a Common Humanity in Berlin

The visuals were phenomenal: Senator Barack Obama, the Brandenburg Gate, over 200,000 people listening attentively, cheering for an American leader as they used to. But what did he say? Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC, said the speech was heavy on rhetoric. But Chuck Todd, Political Director and Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, … Continue reading

Coleman Campaign in Trouble over False Advertising

The Minnesota DFL has now filed formal complaints against the Coalititon for a Democratic Workplace (“CDW”) and Minnesotans for Employee Freedom (“MEF”). The complaints charge the groups with violating Minnesota election law, which prohibits false political and campaign material, and is based on ads produced by the groups regarding The Employee Free Choice Act. The … Continue reading

Sen. Norm Coleman on FISA

In a new television ad put out by the CDW, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) is being portrayed as the candidate who will protect your privacy. However, he took a very decisive stand against privacy when he voted in favor of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act (“FAA”) bill earlier this week. Although his Democratic … Continue reading

Franken v. Coleman re The Employee Free Choice Act

With a $10- to 20-million ad campaign designed to confuse voters about the Employee Free Choice Act (“EFCA”) underway, a bit of clarification is required. During a debate on the House floor last year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had this to say (courtesy, MissLaura at DailyKos): “The Employee Free Choice Act is the most important labor … Continue reading

The Nonfiction Five Challenge

For whatever you like to read, haven’t read, want to read or need to read, there is a “challenge” out there. There is a 1% Well-Read Challenge (read 1% of the books listed in 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die), the New York Times Notable Book Challenge, the Classics Challenge, the Anything Agatha … Continue reading

Norm Coleman v. Al Franken re Energy

Last week, Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) told workers in St. Paul, Minnesota that he will work to pass a comprehensive energy plan that includes promoting renewable sources, increased offshore drilling and the expansion of nuclear energy programs. Challenging Coleman’s seat in the US Senate (best known as “Paul Wellstone’s seat”) is former comedian, satirist, author and … Continue reading