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Dan Shafer is a long-time technology writer, political commentator and sports fanatic who has been on the Web since before it was called that and who has one of the longest-running blogs. A long-time liberal activist, Dan has recently begun turning his pen and attention to spiritual issues and challenges facing humanity.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008(6 comments)
DNC Needs to Stand Up to Corpstream Media on Debates
The corpstream media have decided not to allow Americans to hear the viewpoints of all Democratic Presidential candidates. They couldn't get away with this without the support of the DNC. It's time for the national party to draw a line in the sand and refuse to allow any candidate to participate in a debate that doens't include all candidates.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 Check Out This Book for Depth on Email Scandals in BushWorld
I recommend a newly releaed book "Where Have All the Emails Gone?" by my friend and colleague David Gewirtz. It provides excellent reporting and detailed technical understanding for the lay reader of the issues behind the millions of missing emails in the Bush Administration in volation of Federal law.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008(8 comments)
We Need a Leader, Not a Manager
With the nation at a crucial crossroads on multiple fronts, emphasizing a potential President's resume for managerial experience seems short-sighted. We should, rather, be examining their potential as leaders who can attract followers and then inspire those followers to help create and accomplish a vision.
Sunday, December 23, 2007(4 comments)
Newt and "American Solutions": Great Data, Horrible Conclusions
In a talk to the Jewish National Fund in mid-November, Newt Gingrich took the position that it is essential that America "defeat" its "enemies" and that a huge majority of Americans support that position according to some private polling he and his association did. Dan Shafer takes Newt's key points apart one by one and offers a cntrasting view of the data and of reality.
Thursday, December 6, 2007(32 comments)
Why Risk a Mormon Priest in the White House?
An ex-Mormon turned interfaith seeker and teacher explains why Gov. Mitt Romney's Dec. 6 speech does nothing to eliminate justified concerns about having an active, dedicated Mormon in the White House.
Sunday, September 9, 2007(4 comments)
Electability: Excuse for Not Thinking
Mainstream media, hiding behind the notion of "electability" is severely limiting the range of choice and the value of the debate in this country as it moves toward electing its next President. Electability is not a title to be bestowed but rather a character trait to be earned on a level playing field.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 A Potent Alternative to Impeachment
There may be a place for impeachment, but perhaps a Constitutional Convention can provide more lasting, deep and meaningful in an America now dominated by an Imperial Presidency that considers itself above and beyond the reach of the Constitution and of laws in general.