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EDITORIAL: Yellow Stripes and Armadillos

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower once dismissed centrist politics ... "Ain't nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos." The yellow stripes ... stripes are the voice of wisdom on the road saying don't "spin" out of control.

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EDITORIAL: The problem with primaries...

... hard left or right positions to win the primaries (against centrists), will have to change their tune for the general election, and claim to be centrist, or campaign on Centrist issues and positions ... The spin from party agendas and candidates is spinning integrity right out ... we all lose.

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EDITORIAL: "We are under attack!" - A Primer on Political Spin

"Terrorism" Image + "Spin is Bad" Image = "Terrorists Use Spin" Image. Combine that with ... is how spin works, in a relational manner. ... battle plans of the left and the right political parties entrenched in their ideologies, emboldened with the ammunition of characterization ...

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EDITORIAL: "The Idiots Guide to Gerrymandering," or, "How to Win an Election Without Really Trying."

EDITORIAL: "The Idiots Guide to Gerrymandering," or, "How to Win an Election Without Really Trying."

Step One: Set your platform in such a manner as to ensure you get funding from the appropriate mix of special interests. ... Allowing sitting politicians to redistrict their own regions is sort of like storing all the cookies in your kids room and saying "don't eat any, because they are very, very tasty" ...

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EDITORIAL: “Does hot air from politicians contribute to global warming?”

“Yes”. First in the obvious way (by placing special interests above the needs of the people) and second by using characterization and ambiguity that allows wiggle room after they are elected. This is accomplished after taking office, by using “all new” ambiguous explanations of what they REALLY meant during their campaign.

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Rumsfeld and Ray McGovern

Rumsfeld and Ray McGovern

Rumsfeld allows McGovern to speak.

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