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Kim C. Maynard

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I have degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Oregon. I am a photographer and dabble at travel writing, spending considerable time in Mexico, Canada, Belize and Guatemala and traveling the U.S.. I have criticized modern Journalism for many years, believing that Journalism has become both politicized and corporatized to a degree that lessens its impartiality and weakens its impact and credibility. The best Journalism these days seems to come from small publications and journals and yes, even internet blogs and websites.

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Occupation: Travel writer/Photographer
Expertise: Photography, Music: playing and songwriting
Affiliations: www.veteransagainsttorture.com founding member www.veteransforpeace.org 2 chapter founding member International Travel Writers and Photographers Association
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Journalism: 10-20 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 1, 2010
Kim's Rating
3.0

This is interesting, but there is not enough information here for an educated review.

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 1, 2010
Kim's Rating
4.1

This is well written and adequatly researched. Some points, for example, that the Bush tax cuts account for one quarter of the deficit this year, deserved more attention. That is a huge amount and the article downplays this by stating that the tax cuts "account for only about 25 percent of the deficit...." As a whole the article avoids talking points and is clear and concise.

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Kim reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2010
Kim's Rating
4.0

It is a quality piece of journalism. The writing is crisp, sentence placement evokes ire or consternation or even anger when read. This is better then editorializing as each reader can bring their own emotionalism to the article. This is sparse, factual, and not overwitten. Nicely done.

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Kim reviewed this story - May 30, 2010
Kim's Rating
3.5

A bit like a 5th grade primer on the ocean, with some oil rig data stuck in to make it timely. It's possibly useful and I't give it a "B" in the 5th grade.

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Kim reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2010
Kim's Rating
4.0

I would like to say that I am shocked to note that mainstream media has not covered this story. I would like to say that. But of course I can not. Mother Jones magazine is revered by the left and renounced by the right. Both views have some validity, but no one can argue that Mother Jones covers stories ignored by the more conventional media. This article exemplifies that view. This is well written and not overtly biased. This also brings to mind the fact that conventional media has suffered a great failure in the death of investigative journalism per se. Thankfully there are vehicles like Mother Jones, Harpers, and yes, Rolling Stone, that fill some of that black hole of responsible journalism.

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Kim reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2010
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4.0

Clear, succinct and spot on. The article conveys the truth of how Democrats have crafted a largely Republican health insurance bill, not health care bill, that supports a Republican agenda while rallying Republicans in opposition and and weakening Democrats.

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Kim reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2010
Kim's Rating
4.0

This is an enlightening piece when pared with the statements of Cantor, which make it sound like a targeted attack, though it doesn't overly alarm him, implying that the targeted attacks on Democrats are being overblown and played out with far too much emotional brouhaha. From the police reports it sounds as if the bullet was fired from so far away that if it actually was targeted at Cantor the shooter would be one of the gratest marksmen ever. Who knows, maybe the bullet came from some right-winger shooting at an eagle a mile away.

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Kim reviewed this story - Mar 22, 2010
Kim's Rating
3.8

It's adequate journalism. It covers the story in a solid and terse fashion, though I believe it was the CBO that stated the $1.2 trillion savings, not just the Democrats. What is missing here is any of the Republican brouhaha that would make the piece more what? Vibrant? Entertaining? Realistic?

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Kim reviewed this story - Dec 29, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.5

Scott Ritter continues to be a voice of sanity standing tall amidst the mass of journalistic lemmings all headed over the same cliff. Again. Had a few Journalists paid more attention to Ritter in 2002, the lies about Iraq's WMDs may never have gotten a toehold in the ever-ready-for-war minds of Americans, though that image doesn't account for the contortions of the Bush Administration bent on capturing the Iraq gamepiece.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.4

This article has the dubious distinction of both overstating and oversimplifying the case. The author seems to believe that Republican legislators would somehow speak honestly to their constituents about the offered Public Option without resorting to claims of encroaching Socialism and the impending total collapse of health care provision to our grandmothers in order to provide abortions for illegal immigrants. Okay, it probably wouldn't go that far. But the likelihood of Republican Legislators offering a fair assessment to their constituents is even a greater stretch.

Opt out is probably better than opt in. What would be best is if Democrats paid Tom DeLay a couple million dollars to take over the party leadership and use his skills to get them in line. Love him or hate him, DeLay knew how to get things done.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 11, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.3

This is to good journalism what the Ford Falcon or the Chevy Bel Air are to good cars. Sufficient for the task, but little more. These are the same simple answers to the same simple questions. What we're talking about here is something akin to the creation of Social Security or Medicare or the EPA or food stamps or welfare or...well you get the picture. This is a big, capital BIG deal. This is one of the most important issues in American legislative history, yet journalists act as if it is some piddling triviality not deserving of any real in-depth spelunking.There is much below the surface here that deserves to see the light of day.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 11, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.0

Minimalist Journalism in the extreme. Says little quickly with few words.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 11, 2009
Kim's Rating
1.0

Again the lie that "the WH handed out white coats. And the focus on Tort reform...less than %1 of health care excess costs. While talking about solutions one of their Doctors said that "Medicare could start covering people at age 55" but they are against a government run program? Excuse me? And of course, the final point, take care of yourself. Duh.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 11, 2009
Kim's Rating
1.0

It wasn't the WH that handed out the jackets but a medical association that coordinated the gathering. As for Tom Price, let him list just 100 of the "thousands of...colleagues" he has spoken to who oppose the Democrats'legislation and this might be more cogent. And of course there is no questioning of Rep. Boehner's mention of a "government takeover" of healthcare. One more badly "Post-ed" report.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.5

What seems to be missing in all these health care articles are explanations, in depth, of all the different "whys." Why do they want to maintain the doughnut hole. Even 50% of it. Why does this or that "undermine the essence of this agreement?" Why couldn't they move forward? Why do any of these folks get to have anything to do with this issue if they receive even one penney from the insurance or pharmacy industry? Why do these people seem more concerned with the feelings of drug company CEOs than they are with the health and well-being of their constituents? Why are they called politicians?

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.0

Well written, simple, factual and objective, though fairly narrow in scope. Probably as much information as the average American is capable of handling these days without screaming or holding up some inane sign protesting some unconnected irrelevancy.

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Kim reviewed this story - Oct 3, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.3

My sense of this article is that it is aimed at a specific target audience. Some parts, the tips suggested toward the end, are good information for anyone. Other parts are a bit too "new age" for some, a bit complicated for others. For a rural audience with not much education, traversing the various levels of conscieousness presented here just might lead some readers to wonder if we're all on the same mountain. I suspect the author knows the audience this article will reach, and with that consideration in mind, the article is well written and informative.

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 30, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.3

This article reminds me of Judith Miller's crafting of reality before the Iraq invasion. The authors seem to accept without equivocation that Iran is lying and is bent on deceiving the world in its mad rush to build a nuclear weapon. They also have decided that, per their lead paragraph, "TEHRAN’S disclosure...has derailed the Obama administration’s already faltering efforts to engage with Iran." That's the gist of their article. Their crumb of peace at the end is that if Iran admits to being bad and agrees that they should be punished then we might just be willing to talk to them. Missing of course is the evident fact that Iran is a signatory to the NPT, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, (unlike Israel) and ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 25, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.1

A well written, well crafted story. But because it is in "The Nation," it probably won't hold sway witn anyone to the right of Barney Frank. Some of the best reporting these days shows up in "Rolling Stone," or "Harpers," or "The Nation." Like "Ramparts" of years past these magazines cover the news as if it were the complex and unruly beast that it is. A good Journalist like Ann Jones knows when to let the beast off the leash and simply, and vividly, tell us where it goes. If only the people who need to read this would.

Why are we in Afganistan again? What was it? To seek out and destroy training camps? Certainly can't find ole' Bin. But training camps for what? Those that attacked us were trained in flight schools in the U.S.. I supose someone back in their homeland of Saudi Arabia could have taught them how to use box cutters. Again...Why are we there? Anyone?

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 25, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.5

Shafer provides a fair, if not somewhat bland overview of the suddenly everywhere story of ACORN's fall from grace, a fall that, following many months of relentless bashing from the Right, was a mere stepstool from the hard, cold ground. While the story appears factual, this is the stuff of screen plays and made for TV Monday night specials, opposite footbal. I would have liked to see a little bit more about why, while under such intense scrutiny, the ACORN management didn't. Manage that is. Overall a calm and reasoned read.

The Right was out to hang ACORN, because gave voice to the poor and disenfranchised, and because the voices of these same poor are seldom raised to the benefit of the Right. ACORN abligingly stuck out their neck and handed them the rope.

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 25, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.2

It's clear from the start that Daphne Bramham is passionate about the subject. Sadly, the writing does not do the subject, or Daphne, credit. I can't comment on factual errors but the grammatical errors doom the piece and lessen its credibility significantly. For example: "...by plain-clothes police officer" should read "by a" or "officers." A quote selected: "The right to be one's self through words is a pillar of a civil and democratic society," sounds lofty but I haven't any idea what it means. Suffice it to say the article has many problems. Not the least being consistency. Daphne presents a scenario that is, and should be alarming, but then towards the end throws in "None of this is surprising." Really? Then what's the ... More »

I accept the need for security in high profile, high media focused events. I do not accept that security should be a top down, police, FBI, intelligence agent orchestrated effort. True security comes from citizen involvement, and that means treating people with respect. Treating people from the start as if they are criminals, as if they are guilty of something, does more to create, than solve problems. Contrary to Fud's law, if you push people hard enough, they will push back. I ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 8, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.3

This is certainly one of the fairest assessments I've yet read on the health care debate. Unusually, for me, I wish it were longer and included more background. I would like to see more on just why the people with the power are just that, the people with the power. They represent some of the least populous states, and therefore a tiny fraction of the country, yet wield inordinate control over the outcome of one of our nation's most important policy decisions. That aside, the piece is well written and makes some of the perplexing issues a bit less vague. It isn't visionary, but it is illuminating.

I'll never understand why the WH didn't push right from the start for a single payer system, fight and fight for it, and then settle for a government run optional program. When Republicans want 1,000 missles they start by asking for 5,000. In the end, the Democrats usually let them have 2,500. If Democrats wanted 1,000 they'd start by asking for 500, hoping they could work up to 1,000, and they'd end up getting 250 and think they did well.

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 5, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.4

Journalists who cover this sort of story should find a better day job. It is nothing but sensationalism and slam, bam, make the headlines and run newscopy. It is a bone thrown out by the right wing and the idiotic press grabs it and runs for home. They should stay at home and play tiddly-winks against a wall and we'd all be better served.

What Jones said about Republicans? I'd just say, prove him wrong. What he said about 9/11? I'd say say the same thing. Otherwise shut up and go away.

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Kim reviewed this story - Sep 5, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.1

It's not really journalism at all. It is basically a review of the Glenn Beck show and tells how much money he makes and that a lot of people watch his show. A real journalistic review would look at some of his statements and compare them to reality. An actual journalist might broaden the story to include the money behind the mouth, the reason behind the rat fest, the constant attacks, the continual negativity. But that would be work. That would take the efforts of a real journalist.

Rent "Network" again. We have reached the point of insanity that, when I first watched "Network" I laughed at. What a foolish, funny movie. Not so. We have outdone the insane and now see it as commonplace and acceptable. It isn't acceptable, and it is insane. Americans who watch this crap should be put away in small rooms with many sharp objects and no supervision.

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.2

The presentation is novel: The reporter as TV viewer, commenting on a program, Morning Joe, that the reporter routinely watches. This approach fits well with the American palate when it comes to digesting news. In this context the premise of a single payer system for health care comes off as a simple and logical program. While this is not completely factual, it is credible and worthy of discussion. People who read Truthout and The Nation are part of the Choir regarding the single payer whisper campaign. For them this is a feel good article. While everything here is presented well, the real question is "to whom" is it presented? The end of the spectrum needing this information, this viewpoint, this discussion, will likely ... More »

In all the health care debate Single Payer is the biggest loser, because it is not discussed, not debated, not presented in any detail or described in any functional or operational frame. This has really cheated the American public from actually discussing Health Care, and all because those in the pocket of the Health Care Profiteers have won the "Message War" once again and labled anything that doesn't generate profit from pain as "Socialism." How is it that the thieves and ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 18, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.7

The article is on par with what passes for journalism these days. Facts are stated and quotes quoted. But there is no in-depth reporting. Again standard fare. For example: Grassley says: "...you have every right to fear," but no one evidently takes time to ask him "Fear what?" The final paragraph is a bit obtuse, closing with a whimper. There is also very little in the way of discovery or explanation, i.e., what exactly, or even remotely, does the provision mean. What would be included in this counseling. I know quite a bit about the provision, but I certainly wouldn't have gleaned much from this article, beyond the fact that Grassley seems to know less about the issue than the reporter who wrote this.

I have to credit the Republicans for their ability to control the message. Any and every message. No matter what the Republicans put out there it gets air time, media play, and bloviating push into the lexicon of the moment. "Death Panels" and "Socialism" drips from the lips of every knuckle-dragging reprobate in the land mere moments after some Republican honcho utters the words. For shame. So unAmerican. So, well, Rovian.

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 15, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.9

This is quality journalism in much the same way that a sheep is quality clothing. Some of the ingredients are there, but it would take some imagination to call it whole cloth. Calling Rick Scott a "...former hospital executive" is like calling Bernie Madoff "an investor's friend." Scott's company, Columbia/HCA was fined $1.7 billion for rampant fraud, a fact conveniently omitted. Not to appear unfair the A.P. ended the article with a quote by David Axelrod that they must have lifted from a book on "The most boring statements ever uttered." Once again the A.P. amazes me by once again not amazing me. Maybe A.P. stands for "Almost Publishable." As an aside, mention of "Clear Pitches" and "knockouts" makes it sound ... More »

Back when I was in J-School the A.P. was the epitome of responsible Journalism. I think those people all quit and were replaced by androids who do nothing but cut and paste official statements put out by their corporate masters. Virtually all coverage on this issue, a subject critical to the future health of our Nation, both physically and economically, is presented as a game or a contest, or some "he said, she said" poke you in the eyej, slap the back of your head foolishness. ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 4, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.7

To begin with the article is boring. A fifth grader with a pencil and notepad could have most likely gotten not only better quotes, but provided more in-depth coverage in the process. This whole piece could have been, and probably was, compiled by using nothing but press releases, barring the one Grassley quote: "Most of our caucus feels that just simmering for people's reflections would be a good thing to do," which makes no sense at all. The only other highlight was the quote by Enzi about feeling his reputation endangered at rumors that he might possibly have been actually doing something bipartisan with real living Democrats. The rest of the article is typical blah, blah and blah. Times must be tough when ... More »

Health care in America is a mess and getting worse by the minute, deliberations included. Americans don't want to face the fact that we can't afford to take care of all our citizens at the level of care currently in place. Something has to give and if Americans are good at anything, it is NOT giving up stuff. But if we are going to insure everybody we can't all get MRIs everytime we get a headache, or get all our ugly warts and moles removed by having our Doctor pretend they're ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 4, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.6

The article is well written though a bit flat. It somehow just misses capturing that sense of hard outrage lying simmering just below the factual surface. This may not have been the best style, a fairly standard AP type of construction, for this story. "Just the facts" is okay for wire stories but this needed a more personal touch to connect on an emotional level.

The American Political process is ruined. Our politicians are bought and paid for by whomever and whatever big money force occupies and runs their particular piece of the state they represent. If it's not the money moguls calling the shots, it's the ideologues with their righteous causes. It's all about power, and isn't that just so American. The fatal flaw of Capitalism has always been the fact that, in the end, everything is for sale. You don't need to fight America to ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Aug 2, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.1

The best thing to say about this article is: "Well, that's one view." This is not surprising, coming as it does from the pen of one of the convicted Iran-Contra players. Elliott Abrams' integrity is so compromised that it is difficult to read anything he writes without instinctively covering certain vulnerable body parts from his all-expected pokes and jabs and kicks. Abrams inevitably throws those punches like some mad puppet in the hands of a crazed speed freak during a Punch and Judy show gone badly awry. Abrams calls President Carter's view of Israel "very hostile," says President Clinton "butted heads with Mr. Netanyahu" during peace talks, turning the world leaders into Rocky Mountain goats fighting over territory for ... More »

There is an easy solution to the Israeli (and all those around Israel) situation. " Hugh Laurie: All we gotta do" on YouTube has the solution. But of course that's comedy. What's happening in the middle east is not. I can not see far enough into the future to a time when there might be peace in the region. Part of the reason is people like Abrams with their own special interest agendas who continually fan the flames of discord and dissent. It's not as if people don't already ... More »

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Kim reviewed and starred this story - Aug 1, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.9

Stunning article. Dave Phillips deserves much credit for the depth and breadth of this article. Sadly, its length along will be daunting to most Americans. If there is any Journalistic justice Phillips series, of which this is Part 1, will receive enough recognition that more than the few who believe wars have consequences will be compelled to read and contemplate what he has documented about these latest Casualties of War. Well done Dave.

War changes people. I was a combat infantryman in Vietnam in 1968-69 with the 1st Air Cavalry. The most amazing thing was the realization, many years after the fact, that I was so changed, so different, and so completely oblivious of what life without the ever present, imminent threat of violence, was like. I never felt with any certanty that I would live through any given day. I knew to the core of my being that if I were attacked, threatened, pushed too far, I would fight to ... More »

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Kim reviewed and starred this story - Jul 31, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.9

Stunning article. Dave Phillips deserves much credit for the depth and breadth of this article. Sadly, its length along will be daunting to most Americans. If there is any Journalistic justice Phillips series, of which this is Part 1, will receive enough recognition that more than the few who believe wars have consequences will be compelled to read and contemplate what he has documented about these latest Casualties of War. Well done Dave.

War changes people. I was a combat infantryman in Vietnam in 1968-69 with the 1st Air Cavalry. The most amazing thing was the realization, many years after the fact, that I was so changed, so different, and so completely oblivious of what life without the ever present, imminent threat of violence, was like. I never felt with any certanty that I would live through any given day. I knew to the core of my being that if I were attacked, threatened, pushed too far, I would fight to ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Jul 30, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.0

Sparse and to the point this article stays on topic, provides context, and, not surprisingly, doesn't preach. More could have been added about the concerns of our founders regarding separation of church and state, having fought against religious repression as a significant aspect of the formation of our nation . Then again, these facts are known to most and the point, that McHugh doesn't seem inclined to abide by our Bill of Rights should, and is, enough said. Well put.

Separation of church and state are essential to the health of our nation and our political system. Injecting religion into politics undermines our legal system. Our beliefs pertaining to religion must not be subject to government authority, and likewise, the authority of our secular government must not be subjugated to some groups religious concept of proper governance. Most of our founding fathers were deists, but not Christians. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were clear about ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Jul 30, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.0

Wow. Reading this article is like a drug trip in itself. As I drifted and floated down some two thirds of the way through the article I realized I had completely forgotten what the original discussion was about. I think the author eventually brought us back on topic, though five minutes later I couldn't remember any of it and ten minutes later I was scrounging around the kitchen looking for munchies. At least it was entertaining. Mildly.

If any of you remember who George Shultz was, (hint...he did about every job possible for Nixon and was Secretary of State for Reagan) old George said, more or less, that the only way to stop gang violence, organized crime and the like was to legalize drugs. All of them. Things would be hectic for a while, and then after a few years it would be no big deal, except crime would be cut by about 75%, prison population would be cut in half, and we would end gangs and organized crime. But ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Jul 2, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.0

I have a few issues with certain aspects of this article. Regarding the story of the woman with kidney cancer, I don't see where her "living on food stamps" adds anything to the story. I found several other problems. Twice in the story the authors mention things that President Obama did not say. He did not promise (as he has in the past) not to tax those who make less than $250,000, and he did not promise (as he has in the past) that people could keep their present coverage if they wanted. I suspect there are many other things that President Obama did not also say. It would seem more credible if the authors focused on, and provided a more thorough examination of what the President said, and not what he did not say.

I believe that President Obama has to walk a very fine line when he talks about health care options. I have a pretty good idea what a public option would accomplish in a few short years and I believe the outcome would be better for the vast, vast majority of Americans.

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Kim reviewed this story - Jun 28, 2009
Kim's Rating
4.4

There is almost a "letter from home" style to this story that I found compelling. The author writes in a very straight-forward fashion, a sort of day-in-the-life presentation, and is clearly knowledgable and well connected both in and to Iran. This is certainly factual from the authors' point of view and presents well the opinions and viewpoints of those Iranians the author knows and has a connection with.

I believe the Iran situation is being used as a political hot potato in the U.S., to further certain political agendas. I found it interesting to listen to John McCain...who not so long ago wanted to attack Iran, even joking about "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran" now bemoaning the belief that President Obama isn't doing enough to defend the poor helpless Iranians. Their supreme leader seems to have made the decision just as our supreme leaders did back in 2000. The heavy handed ... More »

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Kim reviewed this story - Jun 26, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.5

As a snippet of news analysis this seems fine. It is what it is.

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Kim reviewed this story - May 31, 2009
Kim's Rating
3.0

Not exactly. The article focus on the issues behind the lawsuits mentioned, not on the issue before the court, the issue actually ruled on. In Ricci v. Destefano, the court was asked to determine whether the city was within its legal right to not certify the test. The court drew on precedent to rule that it was. In Maloney v. Cuomo the court again ruled using precedent. To do otherwise would have been the dreaded judicial activism. A little more research would have ferreted out this information. Eigher that, or the author chose to ignore this.

At this point all indications are that Judge Sodomayer relies on precedent and is a judicial moderate. We'll find out more in time. She does appear to be in favor of campaign finance reform however, a somewhat moderate stance, though there are those on both sides of the aisle who do.

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Kim reviewed this story - May 30, 2009
Kim's Rating
2.0

This article borders on slander and is not acceptable coming from a "journalist." Look at the lead paragraph: "President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge." First, Judge Sotomayor never said ..."a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge." What she said (buried nine paragraphs later) was: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that ... More »

I too would hope that someone with rich life experiences would make better decisions than someone who has been sheltered or lived a life of privilege. When taken in context, she was speaking to a Latina audience about what her background and experience brings to the court, it is pretty tame and right on target. While I would have a problem with the first statement, the second, what she actually said, seems only logical. The AP should be called out on this sort of biased reporting.

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Kim reviewed this story - May 16, 2009
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3.8

Silverstein makes a compelling case, though I come away not quite convinced. It seems that the problem with the court today is too much politics. At least when it comes to choosing justices. The push has been to place ideologues on the court, justices who view the court as a means of securing social, moral or ethical beliefs in a paradigm backed by law. This does little to benefit the whole, and does more to curb the evolution of law than promote it.

I think the first change should be in the panel of politicians who question and interview judicial candidates. This group should be as unbiased and as nonpolitical as is possible. Questions for this group should, at least in part, be drawn from legal scholars.

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