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(from the archive) Book Review: The Much Too Promised Land

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(from the archive) Book Review: The Much Too Promised Land

3 February, 2009

By Bryan Lower

2008, Bantam Books

Aaron David Miller’s experience in the State Department gave him an inside perspective on American foreign policy in the Middle East. In his book, The Much Too Promised Land, he imparts his insight on the diplomatic puzzle that refuses to be solved.

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Write for me

Write for me

15 July, 2009

By Bryan Lower, editor, Grindstone Journal

Grindstone Journal wants to hear from you

Grindstone Journal is committed to publishing diverse points of view on many topics. I am always looking for fresh ideas and perspectives. If there is something on your mind, I would be very happy if you would send it to me.

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(from the archive) THE FRAME: The states' rights fallacy

(from the archive) THE FRAME: The states’ rights fallacy

20 May, 2009

By Bryan Lower

Power to the people, not the states.

With regressives down and out in America, the political right has attempted to find a new angle that will capture the hearts of the electorate. So far they have met with little success. The “tea bag parties” were skewered by comedians, and cries of “socialism” have fallen on deaf ears. Sticking with the regressive motto “If you can’t look forward, look backward,” they are taking a play from their old playbook: states’ rights.

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Sotomayor Watch: The Empathy Doctrine

Sotomayor Watch: The Empathy Doctrine

14 July, 2009

By Bryan Lower

As the Senate Judicial Committee hearing on Sonia Sotomayor begins, Republicans unveil their message.

In Washington DC, senators from both parties are kicking off a contest the outcome of which has already been determined. As Senator Lindsay Graham (R- South Carolina) said, “Unless you have a complete meltdown, you will be confirmed.” Despite the ultimate anticlimax, Republicans are taking their opportunity to get their digs in.

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I Wonder if They Speak French and Eat Cake

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I Wonder if They Speak French and Eat Cake

13 July, 2009

By James Nimmo

Senator Inhofe’s office turns away peaceful protestors

(OKLAHOMA CITY) Senator James Inhofe’s OKC staff is AFRAID of opposite-party constituent crowds and allergic to grass– grassroot ideas, that is. So it would seem judging by the rejection (I started to type “reception”) a crowd of 50 Oklahoma taxpayers received Thursday at GOPer Senator Inhofe’s tax-paid office digs in 50 Penn Place, Oklahoma City.

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(from the archive) Sally Kern and Oklahoma's Bad Rep

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(from the archive) Sally Kern and Oklahoma’s Bad Rep

13 March, 2008

By Bryan Lower

Oklahoma has always had an inferiority complex. Texas is bigger and richer. Arkansas has produced a president (and perhaps another, if Hillary Clinton gets to the White House, and if you consider her to be “from” Arkansas). Even Kansas has a claim to fame, though it is usually mentioned when people aren’t there anymore. Sometimes I think the emphasis Oklahoma places on football is a way of showing the rest of the country that we are good at something!

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