Time to Stop the Insanity

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Jim Rhodes: This unnecessary Republican-induced shutdown has cost the tax payer billions of dollars; but, the Republicans keep reminding us they are the party dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

Seized for “Inactivity”

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Jim Rhodes: As for stealing bank accounts for “inactivity,” that has to be a new moral low-even for Washington. Apparently robbing unsuspecting elderly is not enough, now the banking industry wants children’s college funds as well?

Linda Le Kinff: Off to the Races

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James Rhodes: Perhaps it is her wildly colorful style or the exaggerated use of glowing women and hidden cats or maybe it has something to do with the tranquility of her work that connects with the “common man” — certainly an artist of the people.

When Teachers Are Valued

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James Rhodes: In Hanoi, university staff are poorly paid, yet theirs is a lasting bond among nation, family, individual, university and teacher.

Red State Mania

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James Rhodes: Does the fact that my combat service guarantees me socialized medicine make me more worthy to live than other classes of people? I am of the Hopi mindset that we were all created by One and that evil reigns supreme when we forget or neglect the needs of the many for the benefit of the few.

Alabama Looks at Inauguration Day

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James Rhodes: In the region there is much speculation about Sandy Hook actually being a slick conspiracy, by the Obama administration, in an elaborate scheme to subvert the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and put into motion a massive gun grab “just like Stalin and Mao.”

The Religion That Cried “Wolf”

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Jim Rhodes: To my knowledge, Vietnam is the only country where citizens have a Constitutional right to believe or not believe sets of religious dogma; elevating one faith based value system over another is simply not allowed.

Tea Growers of Phu Tho

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Jim Rhodes: We departed with the hope that we could, in some small manner, assist these hard-working tea farmers and at the same time offer Westerners a most unusual product.

Vietnamese Independence Day

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Jim Rhodes: Ironic that today, I will honor war dead from all sides and celebrate the independence Ho Chi Minh wanted to talk about in Washington but was denied.

Obamascare

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James Rhodes: Additional provisions of OBAMACARE, according to the concerned (white) Republicans: a special tax on wheelchairs and all illegal immigrants will receive 100% medical coverage.

Nuns on the Bus

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James Rhodes: Shortly after Walker’s victory, Sister Simone Campbell felt a compelling need to witness on behalf of economic justice for all. She organized a “Faith, Fairness, Family” bus tour that is underway.

The GOP’s Anti-Woman Campaign

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Jim Rhodes: Americans have been mentally conditioned for this time in history by constant Republican anti-women’s rhetoric over the past two decades carefully crafted within fundamentalist Christian dogma.

The American Taliban

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Jim Rhodes: Not since 9-11 has the United States witnessed such callous demigods hellbent on destroying individual liberty as currently being showcased in the Republican primaries.

Occupy Birmingham

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Jim Rhodes: The mainstream press has been critical of Occupy’s “failure” to provide alternative solutions, but I assure you they are being developed in spite of the built in mechanisms that guarantee failure.

Not So Sweet Home Alabama

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We have been back in the United States about two weeks now but I immediately realized why I had “opted out” of this system. I had not fully unpacked from our trip to Vietnam when my e-mail was flooded with messages from my conservative friends reminding me that the president was “black”, not really from [...]

God and Vietnam

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Jim Rhodes: Before I departed the United States last August, I read an official American government report on ‘religious persecution’ in Vietnam. This event and that report did not add up.

China, U.S. Square Off in the Eastern Sea

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What many viewed as a routine Presidential visit to Australia to finalize an agreement for a new deployment destination of American troops as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down was anything but. Australian Networks Catherine McGrath reported that “post Iraq…America would have a permanent presence in Australia…in the interest of democracy and trade protection…” Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated [...]

Agent Orange Comes Home

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James Rhodes: Several Agent Orange activist groups, many of which were involved in the Second International Conference of Agent Orange/Dioxin recently held here in Hanoi, are calling for protests at Monsanto’s annual shareholder’s meeting 24 January in St. Louis, Missouri.

Qantas CEO’s War on Unions Blows Up

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James Rhodes: Every indication is that CEO Allan Joyce caught this entire region off guard when he decided to up the stakes concerning his personal battle with the three unions that service Qantas:

Agent Orange, Gas Attacks: The Iran-Vietnam Connection

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James Rhodes: During America’s support of Saddam Hussein, over 3,000 tons of chemical agents were used against Iranian military and civilian forces, exposing over one million people, killing over 7,000 outright, and creating over 100,000 severe disabilities.

Agent Orange Years Later

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James Rhodes: I am blessed to be around victims as these and feel a moral obligation to do what we can for them; after all, this has been the only place I have ever received medical and traditional treatments for my Agent Orange conditions.

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