jEFFSTANA on January 4th, 2013

Sam Harris discusses firearms as a viable defensive choice in 21st century America in his post on Jan 3 2013. Some background: I too enjoy shooting sports and have been trained and licensed in the legal use of handguns for self defense. That said, I believe Sam Harris overreaches in his promotion of lethal force […]

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jEFFSTANA on August 18th, 2010

It’s easy to fault right-wing blowhards as they expound on any number of knee-jerk propositions. Criticizing polemic closer to the stone is a more nuanced effort. I often follow David Safier — an Arizona local — at his site: Blog for Arizona. Another noted blogger posting on the same site goes by the nom de […]

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jEFFSTANA on July 27th, 2010

You have to wonder at the motivation which inspires some folks to run for office. Take first term AZ representative Republican Debbie Lesko, representing District 9 in the Arizona House. To find a similarly short-sighted Luddite, one needs look no further than U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ-02), a neighboring Republican who spouts parables expressing unfailing […]

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jEFFSTANA on July 26th, 2009

Perhaps we can generalize about lying in American politics. Not so much a cherry-picking of existing facts to lend credibility to a particular belief system, but a full-blown invention of events in the absence of evidence. Welcome to the Republican Party and the continuing saga over our President’s origin of birth. The “birther” phenomenon is […]

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jEFFSTANA on July 6th, 2009

Words printed at the base of the Statue of Liberty — worth remembering when the red state folks push the meme that patriotism is only about swinging a big stick — before protecting our borders from foreign culture trumped safeguarding the inalienable rights of all men. The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of […]

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