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Tag: Rob Schultheis

DISPATCHES | Depraved New World

10/30/14 | By | More

Never in human history have so few owned so much and so many owned so little.

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DISPATCHES | ISIS Is No Mystery

10/20/14 | By | More

ISIS has ‘been “slouching toward Bethlehem to be born,” to quote Yeats, for decades.’

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DISPATCHES | When It Snows, the Cable Goes

10/09/14 | By | 25 More

And other complaints regarding you-know-who….

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DISPATCHES | We Still Have Fall

09/30/14 | By | More

The world around us is rapidly going to hell in the proverbial handbasket, but we still have autumn.

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DISPATCHES | Reading Rocks, Part II

09/25/14 | By | More

The surface of our planet is decorated with thousands of messages, clues and arcane symbols, most of them charged with meaning.

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DISPATCHES | Reading the Riddles in the Rocks

09/16/14 | By | More

An abstract geometrical petroglyph has been discovered in a cave in southern Spain that dates back to when our ancestors were still Neanderthals.

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DISPATCHES | Corporations and the Nation State

09/10/14 | By | More

Drill for oil on the Arctic Sea floor and drown the entire global industrial system?

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9/11 Talk at Wilkinson Aims to Honor Victims, Spark Discussion

09/08/14 | By | More

Is the U.S. really safer today than it was before Sept. 11, 2001?

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Dispatches|The Fading Promise, Part Two

09/03/14 | By | 78 More
Dispatches|The Fading Promise, Part Two

Schultheis on the future: “Be afraid; be very, very afraid. Or, better, be angry, be very,very angry.”

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A National Problem

08/29/14 | By | 26 More

Who gives marksmanship lessons to the Missouri police, Mister Magoo?

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DISPATCHES | The Fading Promise of Tomorrow

08/26/14 | By | 38 More

Slouching towards Bethlehem…

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DISPATCHES | The United States of Ferguson

08/18/14 | By | 32 More

In many similar cases poverty, not color, is the villain. Ever watch that nauseating television series Cops?

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Setting De Bivort Straight on Afghanistan

08/14/14 | By | 67 More

I have never read a more astounding collection of misrepresentations and outright falsehoods than those put forth by Mr. Lawry de Bivort in his comments on Afghanistan in the Aug. 13 Watch.

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DISPATCHES|Rally Around the Flag

08/14/14 | By | More

Is Schultheis the only American repulsed by those television ads using our veterans to sell?

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Ajax No Vote ‘Arrogant, Short-Sighted, Thoughtless…’

07/14/14 | By | More

How to describe the council’s inexplicable decision?

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DISPATCHES | The Press Strikes Again

08/22/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Press Strikes Again

No wonder the American press is taking a pass on the real story in Egypt, which is our nation’s collusion with the fanatical murderous cult of Wahabbism, and the wealthy Saudis who fund it.

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DISPATCHES | ‘Greedy Gun Manufacturers’ Are the Problem

08/15/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | ‘Greedy Gun Manufacturers’ Are the Problem

Schultheis addresses the letter complaining about Colorado’s gun control stance in the Aug. 1 edition of The Watch.

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DISPATCHES | The Saddest July Fifth I Can Remember

07/11/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Saddest July Fifth I Can Remember

In the past 12 years, we have seen our freedoms tossed away like so much garbage because of a single terrorist attack by a tiny group of deranged psychopaths.

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DISPATCHES | 300 Yards From Home

02/16/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | 300 Yards From Home

Skiing?  It was out of the question; on his last attempt, three winters ago, he had fallen into a tree well beside the trail and found that he couldn’t get up, no matter how hard he tried.

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DISPATCHES | We Are Racing Toward Extinction

02/11/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | We Are Racing Toward Extinction

Ours has to be the most irresponsible, reprehensible, irrational generation to ever populate the earth. 

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DISPATCHES | Notes From the Underground

01/31/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Notes From the Underground

Exploring Canyonlands, where the pictographs and petroglyphs the Anasazis left behind on the cliffs only added to the feeling one was trespassing on alien territory.

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DISPATCHES | Futbol Boots Football, Long-Term

01/22/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Futbol Boots Football, Long-Term

RG3 is just one example of the star NFL players who have been knocked out of the playoff games by injuries, or are gimping around at half their usual effectiveness; ironically, the athletes have gotten too big and too fast for limbs, joints and brains to bear.

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

01/12/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

The picture of Afghanistan Americans have gotten from the press is false through and through. 

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

01/12/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Record When It Comes to Afghanistan

The picture of Afghanistan Americans have gotten from the press is false through and through. 

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

01/03/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

I have no political  ax to grind in Afghanistan, beyond a deep and abiding affection for the country and its people. I have visited there 31 times since 1972,  making me the only journalist who saw the country before the Soviet invasion in 1979 and continued to travel there during the mujahedin insurgency, the internecine […]

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DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

01/03/13 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Media’s Flawed Afghanistan Record

I have no political  ax to grind in Afghanistan, beyond a deep and abiding affection for the country and its people. I have visited there 31 times since 1972,  making me the only journalist who saw the country before the Soviet invasion in 1979 and continued to travel there during the mujahedin insurgency, the internecine […]

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DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

12/29/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

Schultheis’ New Year’s resolutions would solve overpopulation, end racism and, for God’s sake, recycle!

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DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

12/29/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Making the Next Year Better Than the Last

Schultheis’ New Year’s resolutions would solve overpopulation, end racism and, for God’s sake, recycle!

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DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

12/21/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

A nation’s foreign policy is a reflection of its philosophy, and the U.S. gets an “F.”

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DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

12/21/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

A nation’s foreign policy is a reflection of its philosophy, and the U.S. gets an “F.”

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DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

12/13/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

In Dispatches, Rob Schultheis writes that “expecting a corporation to have a conscience is like asking the same of a Great White Shark, or a virus.”

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DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

12/13/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | R.I.P. The Truth

In Dispatches, Rob Schultheis writes that “expecting a corporation to have a conscience is like asking the same of a Great White Shark, or a virus.”

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DISPATCHES | The Last Election

09/13/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Last Election

Not to be over-dramatic, but this may be the last truly democratic election held in the United States. 

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DISPATCHES | This Time, It’s Personal

08/30/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | This Time, It’s Personal

Schultheis roars back, writing about drivers of “those grotesque ‘recreational’ sarcophagi on wheels we see on the highways these days,” and about the Republican Party’s efforts to squelch the African American vote.

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DISPATCHES | U.S. Media and the Olympics:
Uncommonly Stupid Arrogance

08/10/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | U.S. Media and the Olympics:
Uncommonly Stupid Arrogance

Every four years, American network television totally destroys the joy of watching the Games, with exhibitions of poor sportsmanship and loudmouthed flag-waving jingoism that has to be seen and heard to be believed.

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DISPATCHES | There’s No Hiding Place Down Here’

06/07/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | There’s No Hiding Place Down Here’

“I wasn’t the only [Mountainfilm] attendee struck by the way reality here in Telluride resonated with the themes of global climate change, drought and a world gone generally awry.”

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DISPATCHES | Jon Turk, a Legend Before the Days of Wii

05/24/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Jon Turk, a Legend Before the Days of Wii

There is really no one like Jon Turk, and nothing remotely like his remarkable books – Cold Oceans, In the Wake of the Jomon and The Raven’s Gift.

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DISPATCHES | A New York State of Mind

02/23/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | A New York State of Mind

In which the author rails against the New York sporting press.

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DISPATCHES | Global News Roundup

02/19/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Global News Roundup

Fantasy mea culpas and fine-art highjinks that will never come to pass …

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DISPATCHES | Laughs on the Republican Trail

02/02/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Laughs on the Republican Trail

‘Showbiz never had it so good.’ Schultheis reviews the standup comics vying for the Republican nomination.

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DISPATCHES | Life With ‘the Lousy Gift That Keeps on Giving’

01/26/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Life With ‘the Lousy Gift That Keeps on Giving’

Battling cancer and Hep C is “about as much fun as having a wisdom tooth pulled by a first-year dental student.”

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DISPATCHES | The World Turned Upside Down

01/19/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The World Turned Upside Down

Schultheis critiques the latest crop of television ads.

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DISPATCHES | What the Anasazi Must Have Felt

01/12/12 | By | More
DISPATCHES | What the Anasazi Must Have Felt

The winter of 2011-2012 is starting to bear an uncomfortable resemblance to 1976-77, and Schultheis is channeling the Anasazi…

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DISPATCHES | Occupy This!

12/29/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Occupy This!

It would take several encyclopedias to detail the signs that our beloved nation has been hijacked and set on a suicidal, homicidal course by the scions of the corporate and political world.

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DISPATCHES | Dr. Doom, Report to Surgery

12/26/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Dr. Doom, Report to Surgery

I’ve been deeply moved by the remarkable depth of concern; many of them have shown – one, for instance, stops me on the street whenever he sees me and asks, “Do you think you’re going to be able to pay me back the hundred bucks I loaned you before you relocate to the Marble Orchard?” 

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DISPATCHES | Our Crazy Mountains

12/18/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Our Crazy Mountains

Ten-million rainbows, and a flock of pelicans.

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DISPATCHES | The Age of the Stupids

12/11/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Age of the Stupids

Schultheis reflects on another “putrescent piece of product pandering.”

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DISPATCHES | Reflections in the Aftermath of Thanksgiving

12/01/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Reflections in the Aftermath of Thanksgiving

Is a race toward self-destruction the inevitable byproduct of development? Schultheis reflects on the price of so-called progress.

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DISPATCHES | On the Front in the Cancer Wars

11/17/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | On the Front in the Cancer Wars

“It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to tell me I wasn’t going to like going into the hospital, or surgery, one little bit.” Schultheis, Part II in The Cancer Wars.

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DISPATCHES | In Hell ’Twas I

11/03/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | In Hell ’Twas I

A report from the front in the war on cancer.

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DISPATCHES | Passports to Paradise

10/27/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Passports to Paradise

Coyotes and wolves and prairie dogs: Schultheis has some advice for those who say they should be exterminated.

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DISPATCHES | In Which Our Hero Survives a Vicious Medical Attack

10/13/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | In Which Our Hero Survives a Vicious Medical Attack

Schultheis’s alter-ego Wahab waves “sayonara to Napoleon the Cancer, who is no more.”

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DISPATCHES | No Longer a Bright, Shining Dream

09/15/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | No Longer a Bright, Shining Dream

Commonplace, acceptable behavior, in the Benighted Estates of Hysteria.

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DISPATCHES | Hoplites, Falling Empires and Us

08/25/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Hoplites, Falling Empires and Us

The average American probably thinks the “hoplite” is a new brand of micro-brew, but in reality it’s an ancient historical phenomenon that many scholars say is a key factor in the survival of nations.

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DISPATCHES | Report From the Cancer-Hep C Battlefield

08/20/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Report From the Cancer-Hep C Battlefield

The alliance of cancer (“Napoleon”) and Hep-C (“Hitler-itis”) “not good,” says columnist Rob Schultheis

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DISPATCHES | The Powers We Carry

08/11/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Powers We Carry

A life-changing vision from the shadowlands of long ago.

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DISPATCHES | Rediscovering an Old Fearlessness

07/28/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Rediscovering an Old Fearlessness

Thunder on the Wilsons and memories of war in Afghanistan.

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DISPATCHES | Who’s Lucky?

07/07/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Who’s Lucky?

…and the reported causes of resentment.

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DISPATCHES | Please Return Brain to Owner

06/16/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Please Return Brain to Owner

Thank God I’ve still got enough brain power left to recognize a windfall when it comes my way!

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DISPATCHES | Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ That Wasn’t

05/31/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ That Wasn’t

A shocking story about Bush Administration ties to al-Qaeda

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DISPATCHES | Running Between the Raindrops, Part 2

05/12/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Running Between the Raindrops, Part 2

“I’ve wandered through life like the village idiot with everything exploding, collapsing and disintegrating all around me, whistling a merry tune….”

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DISPATCHES | A Rare Moment in History

05/05/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | A Rare Moment in History

“This is one of those rare moments in history when change for the common good is actually possible; we shouldn’t waste it.” Schultheis on the demise of Osama bin Laden.

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DISPATCHES | The Years of Magical Thinking

04/21/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Years of Magical Thinking

Sometimes fate has a sick trick up its sleeve. Schultheis and the years of magical thinking.

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DISPATCHES | We Have Met the Enemy and It Is Us (Part Two)

04/14/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | We Have Met the Enemy and It Is Us (Part Two)

Behold the future the Tea Party is laying out for us: a third rate country controlled by a  tiny elite class of super-wealthy men and women,  a 21st century Banana Republic where those with the gold make the rules and the rest of us live out our lives in quiet desperation.

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DISPATCHES | We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us

04/07/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us

“Ignorance has never been an acceptable defense.” Schultheis laments the way things are, in this era of mass denial.

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DISPATCHES | Peering Into the Abyss

03/31/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Peering Into the Abyss

For historic perspective on the insanity of the 21st century, consider these two case histories: Alexander ‘the Great’ and Babur.

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DISPATCHES | The Navajo Reservation’s Three Mile Island

03/24/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Navajo Reservation’s Three Mile Island

“Uranium mining is only one of the ways the Navajo Reservation has been exploited for corporate profit by the energy industry and others.” Schultheis recounts the death toll on the Navajo reservation following a breach near Church Rock, Ariz., in 1979, with more devastating repercussions than Three Mile Island.

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DISPATCHES | ‘For What It’s Worth’

03/17/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | ‘For What It’s Worth’

The multiplicity of emotions stirred up by three simple words: “You have cancer.”

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DISPATCHES | The Human Body, That Marvel of Bad Design

03/10/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Human Body, That Marvel of Bad Design

“Intelligent design,” my petrified Teutonic tailbone, when it comes to the human body.

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DISPATCHES | The Worst of Times

03/03/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Worst of Times

Remembering two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Butler, who thwarted a Wall Street nod to Hitler…Tea Party punchlist includes cutting already lamentable veterans’ benefits.

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DISPATCHES | Welcome to the Dark Ages

02/27/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Welcome to the Dark Ages

History marks the burning of the library in Alexandria, Egypt, as the beginning of the Dark Ages, and now we’re doing it, again.

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DISPATCHES | Burrow Me Not on the Lone Prairie

01/06/11 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Burrow Me Not on the Lone Prairie

Now here’s a notion for keeping those Valley Floor prairie dogs in check.

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DISPATCHES | Precious Lesson From the German Soldier Who Said ‘No’

12/30/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Precious Lesson From the German Soldier Who Said ‘No’

The German soldier who refused to obey orders to kill Dutch civilians offers inspiration to us all.

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DISPATCHES | Bright Light in a Dark World

12/22/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Bright Light in a Dark World

This American sergeant is a bright light in the darkest reaches of Afghanistan.

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DISPATCHES | Thoughts on a Monday (Football) Night

12/16/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Thoughts on a Monday (Football) Night

Why the so-called War on Drugs (and other cancerous monstrosities that live only to grow) can’t stop itself.

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DISPATCHES | ‘Tis the Season…

12/08/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | ‘Tis the Season…

Let’s talk about the meaning of Christmas…

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DISPATCHES | Approaching Winter Solstice

12/03/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Approaching Winter Solstice

Contemplating the changing of the year, while humankind continues with slaughtering each other piecemeal, making piano keys out of wise old elephants’ tusks and carving the Great Blue Whales up into sashimi, clear-cutting the last old growth forests on earth as fast as we can and fishing the seas till they’re empty.

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DISPATCHES | The State of the ‘Onion’

11/28/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The State of the ‘Onion’

Let’s call it ‘State of the Onion’ – our Union is more like a chaotic grab-bag of 300 million tiny feudal principalities than a nation, and when you peel away the layers of an onion, it makes you cry.

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DISPATCHES | A Mad Hatter Tea Party’s American Dream

11/18/10 | By | More

Schultheis decries the latest from the American electorate

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DISPATCHES | A True Himalayan Ghost Story

11/11/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | A True Himalayan Ghost Story

Schultheis recounts the tale of a Himalayan trek gone wrong, almost horribly so.

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DISPATCHES | Ghosts on the Trail

10/29/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Ghosts on the Trail

Paul Fussell, in his great book Abroad, concludes that real travel is a goner, along with the strangeness, newness and sense of wonder that once made other lands magical. It seems likely he was right.

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DISPATCHES | No Empathy in the Snakepit

10/14/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | No Empathy in the Snakepit

It’s mind-boggling, and incredibly depressing, too, to see the mindless insanity of today’s rightwing rhetoric; and I say this as someone who voted for Ronald Reagan for President.

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DISPATCHES | Of Silver Linings and Opportunities

10/09/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Of Silver Linings and Opportunities

Fundraising to replace the stolen laptop of Activist-veteran Christian Ellis

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DISPATCHES | About That ‘Mosque’ at ‘Ground Zero’

09/30/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | About That ‘Mosque’ at ‘Ground Zero’

It’s not a ‘mosque,’ and it’s not at ‘Ground Zero,’ but what else is new in a world where oil is thicker than blood?

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DISPATCHES | Remembering Thomas Grams

09/16/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Remembering Thomas Grams

In Part Three of a series about friends killed in the Afghanistan conflict, Schultheis eulogizes  Durango dentist Thomas Grams, 51, who quit his dental practice four years ago to work full-time with impoverished children – most of whom had never seen a toothbrush – in Afghanistan. Grams was one of the nine nonsectarian American aid workers gunned down in the remote Parun Valley, of Nuristan province, in Afghanistan, 160 miles north of Kabul, on August 5.

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DISPATCHES | Dead Friends, Cont’d.

09/02/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Dead Friends, Cont’d.

Second in a three-part series of columns remembering friends killed in Afghanistan by foreign war correspondent/Watch columnist Rob Schultheis.

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DISPATCHES | Dead Friends, While Killers Run Free

08/26/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Dead Friends, While Killers Run Free

Schultheis remembers Durango dentist Tom Grams and other murdered Afghanistan relief workers ‘rare human beings, people the world could ill afford to lose in this age of dishonor, betrayal and selfish egomania…’

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DISPATCHES | All the News That Fits, And No-One Prints

08/05/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | All the News That Fits, And No-One Prints

If you think what passes for news today, check out Time magazine in its heyday.

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DISPATCHES | A Farewell to Dreams

07/15/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | A Farewell to Dreams

Teaser: You don’t have to be St. Germaine, Nostradamus, or the Oracle at Hemis to gaze into the future and see trouble, trouble and more trouble; the signs smack you in the face.

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DISPATCHES | The Old Man of the Mountain

07/08/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Old Man of the Mountain

The search for Bin Laden …

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DISPATCHES | They Seek Him Here, They Seek Him There

06/24/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | They Seek Him Here, They Seek Him There

They Seek Him Here, They Seek Him There

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DISPATCHES | Wasted Blood, Stolen Treasure and Lost Honor: America’s Afghanistan Endgame

06/10/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Wasted Blood, Stolen Treasure and Lost Honor: America’s Afghanistan Endgame

Behind the scenes, at the White House and Pentagon, in the first days after 9/11.

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DISPATCHES | Bringing the Afghanistan War to U.S. Audience

06/03/10 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Bringing the Afghanistan War to U.S. Audience

Restrepo, at Telluride Mountainfilm, wins kudos from old Baghdad hand Rob Schultheis.

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DISPATCHES | Growth That’s Good for Us

05/16/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Growth That’s Good for Us

Schultheis says new Mondrian Hotel is good growth for Telluride.

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DISPATCHES | Doom to Newsies

05/08/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Doom to Newsies

Fed up with the media’s coverage of the presidential race, columnist Rob Schultheis launches a barrage of rotten cabbages and frozen squid at the talking heads.

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DISPATCHES | Super Size Us, Part I

04/17/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Super Size Us, Part I

“Growth for its own sake is the philosophy of the cancer cell, the late Ed Abbey once said.

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DISPATCHES | Jesus Mia on XIAN Radio

03/18/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Jesus Mia on XIAN Radio

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the oral surgeon the other day…

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DISPATCHES | Deep Lessons Learned Long Ago, One Summer on the Rez Part Two

02/27/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Deep Lessons Learned Long Ago, One Summer on the Rez Part Two

On the Reservation, where the land wasn’t for sale, and wasn’t going to be, no-one was dreaming of an imaginary Somewhere Else, where everything would be “more fun.” The land they were living on may have been austere, even harsh, but it was home, and that was that. The earth gives strength to human beings […]

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DISPATCHES | A Summer on the Rez

02/22/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | A Summer on the Rez

One summer, back when I was an anthropology graduate student at University of Colorado in Boulder, I got a job working down on the Navajo Indian Reservation. My official title was Field Interviewer, for a cockamamie project designed to measure variables like how happy (or unhappy) young Navajos were, and why. The ethnographic genii had […]

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DISPATCHES | Schultheis: Nature on the Rampage

02/15/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Schultheis: Nature on the Rampage

I’m trying to think back into the far past and recall if I remember a chain of storms like this one, since I moved to Telluride in 18… uh, 1972. It might have been 1974 or 1977 when there was one just as long, but it was paradoxically not much of a dump: one of […]

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DISPATCHES | Pooper Bowl Sunday

02/08/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Pooper Bowl Sunday

If there is any kind of deity in the universe, could he, she or it, please, please get rid of the announcing team of Aikman and Buck before the next Super Bowl? The Patriots-Giants game was one of the best in history, and for me the matchup had the added attraction that I don’t really […]

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DISPATCHES | More Thoughts on Benazir and the War on Terror

01/17/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | More Thoughts on Benazir and the War on Terror

As I said in last week’s column, “too clever by half,” because Taliban and al-Qaeda were no more loyal to Pakistan than Pakistan was to us. The problem with doing anything about it was that important elements inside Pakistan’s military were more committed to al-Qaeda and Taliban than they were to Pakistan. Many military officers, […]

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DISPATCHES | More Thoughts on Benazir and the War on Terror

01/11/08 | By | More
DISPATCHES | More Thoughts on Benazir and the War on Terror

There’s an old British term that denotes someone who thinks they are smarter than they really are: “Too clever by half.” And it fits the Pakistani military to a “T.” No matter what noises Musharaf or other Pakistani generals make about partnering with us in the War on Terror, it’s really empty rhetoric. Even now, […]

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DISPATCHES | Schultheis:Benazir’s Death and Out ‘War on Terror’

12/29/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Schultheis:Benazir’s Death and Out ‘War on Terror’

About six months ago, I emailed friends in the intelligence community that it was increasingly obvious that al-Qaeda and company had developed a secret weapon that we don’t have an answer to, and that they had better find a way of countering it, and fast.   The suicide bomber is a cheap, low-tech weapons system […]

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DISPATCHES | Who Wrote the Book of Hate?

12/21/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Who Wrote the Book of Hate?

On Dec. 9, New York Times ran a piece on the recent CNN debate between Glenn Beck, the hate radio/TV superstar and Anderson Cooper, the liberalish television news commentator. Beck’s new book, An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems, just debuted at number one on the Times’ hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, making […]

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DISPATCHES | The Back of Beyond, Part Two

12/17/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Back of Beyond, Part Two

Ever since we passed Natural Bridges National Monument,  Highway 95 has been veering to the north,  taking us further and further away from Boulder, and after we cross Lake Powell it continues on its madcap wrong-way way.  Looking at the map, we can see that Boulder lies almost directly west of the highway bridge, maybe […]

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DISPATCHES | The Back of Beyond: Part One

12/10/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Back of Beyond: Part One

Compared to the rest of the U.S.A., even the rest of Colorado, we live in the outback. There isn’t a single traffic light in all of San Miguel County, and not one divided highway. The nearest thing resembling a quasi-urban center, and a countrified version of one at that, is Grand Junction, nearly three hours […]

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DISPATCHES | Yakety-Yak Yakety-Yak

12/03/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Yakety-Yak Yakety-Yak

Have you watched C-Span recently?  If you haven’t, check it out: it’s living proof of what ignoramuses Americans have become. A typical C-Span program runs something like this: there is a guest speaker, who is a bona fide authority on something important, interesting, newsworthy; maybe he or she is a meteorologist famous for new discoveries […]

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DISPATCHES | George of the Jungle

11/13/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | George of the Jungle

Eons ago, there was a cartoon character on television named “George of the Jungle” – he may have had his own time slot on “Rocky and Friends,” but I can’t really remember.  George was a thinly-disguised send-up of Tarzan – I never figured out why the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate didn’t sue George’s creators – […]

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DISPATCHES | The Perils of Dissin’

11/08/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Perils of Dissin’

By Rob Schultheisjavascript:OpenNewsysWindow(‘import:edit’, ‘id=doc472fb36a79ca1341693870′, 600, 570)Schultheis: The Perils of Dissin’|Dispatche… Dissing people is never a good idea, even if you weigh 300 pounds, hold black belts in several schools of martial arts, and pack a semi-auto twelve-gauge riot gun, a Fairbairn SAS dagger sharp enough to shave Sasquatch, and a squirt gun loaded with liquefied […]

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DISPATCHES | The Perils of Dissin’

11/05/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Perils of Dissin’

Dissing people is never a good idea, even if you weigh 300 pounds, hold black belts in several schools of martial arts, and pack a semi-auto twelve-gauge riot gun, a Fairbairn SAS dagger sharp enough to shave Sasquatch, and a squirt gun loaded with liquefied Ricin and weaponized Fort Dietrich anthrax, you can still get […]

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DISPATCHES | Hoist In Our Own Petard

10/29/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Hoist In Our Own Petard

There’s an old English saying, “He was hoist in his own petard,” meaning someone who ends up being a victim of their own actions. I’ve never figured out what a “petard” is – I’ve always imagined that it’s a kind of Medieval jockstrap, and being “hoist in” is the ancient equivalent of a “hoover” or […]

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DISPATCHES | The Agonies of Defeat

10/22/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Agonies of Defeat

I’m beginning to suspect that God had a sense of humor when he created the United States of America: He made it  Heaven,  but then he went on to make Americans rabid sports fans, which immediately turned Heaven into Hell. I had a special reason to think about this the other night, Thursday Oct. 18, […]

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DISPATCHES | How Ungreen Is Our Valley?

10/15/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | How Ungreen Is Our Valley?

For a supposedly “green” community, Telluride sometimes seems to talk the talk more than it walks the walk. Over the last three weeks or so we’ve seen one Tellurider call for turning dogs loose in the elk habitat above Aldosoro Ranch, another propose eradicating the prairie dogs on the Valley Floor and someone else write […]

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DISPATCHES | The First Day of Autumn

09/20/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The First Day of Autumn

Ever since I moved to the Rocky Mountains, in 1964, I discovered that I have a particularly acute feel for the seasons that you just don’t get in the denatured cities and suburbs on the East Coast. Everything non-human there – skies, weather, the flow of water, the very air you breathe – has been […]

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DISPATCHES | The First Day of Autumn

09/14/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The First Day of Autumn

Ever since I moved to the Rocky Mountains, in 1964, I discovered that I have a particularly acute feel for the seasons that you just don’t get in the denatured cities and suburbs on the East Coast. Everything non-human there – skies, weather, the flow of water, the very air you breathe – has been […]

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DISPATCHES | Maggots in Paradise

07/12/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Maggots in Paradise

“…where every prospect pleases, and only Man is vile…” Well, the poet sure hit the nail on the head with that one.  Maybe we should start issuing passports and visas to this neck of the woods, ‘cuz this summer I’ve noticed an increasing amount of Schmuck tracks and scat here in the western San Juans: […]

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DISPATCHES | Amateur Night in London

07/09/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Amateur Night in London

In bullfighting lingo, there’s a word, espantaneo. It denotes a fan who, overcome with enthusiasm, leaps into the bull ring and attempts to fight the bull, with equivocal results. That’s what we were up against last weekend, in London: Not al-Qaeda’s “A” Team, sent by Osama bin Laden and with technical advice from his coterie […]

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DISPATCHES | Rain Dancing Again

07/09/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Rain Dancing Again

This is around the time of year when I find myself studying the clouds every afternoon, trying to measure the air temperature and every ghost of a breeze, hoping that a genuine storm cell will show up over the mesas to the west or the big peaks behind town. Having experienced one or two mini-droughts […]

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DISPATCHES | Amateur Night in London

07/03/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Amateur Night in London

In bullfighting lingo, there’s a word, espantaneo. It denotes a fan who, overcome with enthusiasm, leaps into the bull ring and attempts to fight the bull, with equivocal results. That’s what we were up against last weekend, in London: Not al-Qaeda’s “A” Team, sent by Osama bin Laden and with technical advice from his coterie […]

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DISPATCHES | God Save America

06/21/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | God Save America

If you scan the news carefully, you can find the damnedest things: like the fact that the U.S. just took another giant step toward declaring war on Iran. Over the past week or so, a variety of civilian and military sources in Washington, D.C. and Kabul have accused the Iranian government of supplying weapons to […]

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DISPATCHES | The Canyons Go on Forever

06/14/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Canyons Go on Forever

I’ve been going out to the canyon country for over thirty years, since I first moved to Telluride; as soon as I discovered how close we were to the slickrock mazes, mysterious slots and lost alcoves of the Great American Outback, I started traveling out there every chance I got.   The endless dendritic sprawl of […]

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DISPATCHES | The Canyons Go on Forever

06/07/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Canyons Go on Forever

I’ve been going out to the canyon country for over thirty years, since I first moved to Telluride; as soon as I discovered how close we were to the slickrock mazes, mysterious slots and lost alcoves of the Great American Outback, I started traveling out there every chance I got. The endless dendritic sprawl of […]

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DISPATCHES | Two Double-Oh Seven

06/06/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Two Double-Oh Seven

“Where there is no vision, the people peris h.” –Ezekiel It was inevitable, I think, that the deathblow to the American Idyll would be self-inflicted. What possible enemy, aside from ourselves, was big, brutal and just-plain bad enough to kill the Planet-Wide Empire, the Corporation Without Borders, the Omnivorous Boygg, rich, sly and adaptable enough […]

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DISPATCHES | Completing the Circle

05/31/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Completing the Circle

The land was ours before we were the land’s… – Robert Frost Back in the summer of 1971,  I worked as a researcher down on the Navajo Reservation,  commuting from Boulder and spending a week or two at a time in the field. The research project was an attempt to find out how young Navajos […]

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DISPATCHES | Two Double-Oh Seven

05/30/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Two Double-Oh Seven

“Where there is no vision, the people peris h.” –Ezekiel It was inevitable, I think, that the deathblow to the American Idyll would be self-inflicted. What possible enemy, aside from ourselves, was big, brutal and just-plain bad enough to kill the Planet-Wide Empire, the Corporation Without Borders, the Omnivorous Boygg, rich, sly and adaptable enough […]

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DISPATCHES | The Great Telluride Nordic Utopian Ski Crisis

05/30/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Great Telluride Nordic Utopian Ski Crisis

One of the great pleasures of winter in Telluride is crosscountry skiing up at Faraway Ranch. No doubt about it, this is the best Nordic skiing to be found anywhere on the planet. The views are hellacious, unearthly: south, you are gazing right up at the rampart of the Wilson Peak massif and the secret […]

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DISPATCHES | Completing the Circle

05/26/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Completing the Circle

The land was ours before we were the land’s… – Robert Frost Back in the summer of 1971,  I worked as a researcher down on the Navajo Reservation,  commuting from Boulder and spending a week or two at a time in the field. The research project was an attempt to find out how young Navajos […]

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DISPATCHES | Epitaph for Old Telluride

05/25/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Epitaph for Old Telluride

Ol’ Heraklitas was right, change is as inevitable as gravity and the cooling of the universe; but that doesn’t mean it’s always OK. In fact, sometimes it’s a damned shame. In this case, a classic Telluride main street business, a community institution, is about to close down forever. The Telluride Mountaineer, the perfect, only-in-your-dreams backcountry […]

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DISPATCHES | Completing the Circle

05/24/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Completing the Circle

The land was ours before we were the land’s… – Robert Frost Back in the summer of 1971,  I worked as a researcher down on the Navajo Reservation,  commuting from Boulder and spending a week or two at a time in the field. The research project was an attempt to find out how young Navajos […]

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DISPATCHES | The Field of Nightmares

04/06/07 | By | More
DISPATCHES | The Field of Nightmares

Remember Field of Dreams? Well, the Valley Floor is going to become the Field of Nightmares, if the Town Council continues to sit on their thumbs and lets the VF condemnation die on the vine for lack of a little last oomph. I don’t think the councilmembers have any idea of the depth of passion […]

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Dispatches

03/27/07 | By | More
Dispatches

To all those people who thought I “overdid” it in my columns on the Delta jury’s Valley Floor decision:  what do you think now, after reading the affidavit from that courageous alternate juror? Still think I over-stated the case? Hmm? Actually, the shenanigans revealed in the affidavit are far, far worse than I could have […]

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Dispatches

03/16/07 | By | More
Dispatches

Like ninety-five percent of the folks who live in and around Telluride, I wouldn’t know Neal Blue if I tripped over him, and maybe that’s the problem in a nutshell.  It’s been years and years since Mr. Blue bought the Valley Floor:  plenty of time, you might think, for him to get to know the […]

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Dispatches

03/09/07 | By | More
Dispatches

“Substantial amounts of information [about Al-Qaeda's acquisition of WMDs] were obtained – so much so that some technical specialists who assessed the information discretely moved their families out of the Washington DC area in the spring of 2002.” – Sean M. Maloney, in Enduring the Freedom, writing about Al-Qaeda prisoners interrogated after the US helped […]

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Dispatches

01/26/07 | By | More
Dispatches

I had the misfortune the other night of watching an episode of the cable series Sleeper Cell, which purports to be the story of a group of al-Qaeda conspirators living and plotting doom and destruction in the United States. You don’t expect Hollywood to deal accurately with any complex global issue: case in point, the […]

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Dispatches

01/19/07 | By | More
Dispatches

If the first week and a half of 2007 is any indicator, we would do well to find our joys close at hand, because the big picture, if you want to call it that, is a big bad picture. Like many people I know, I was overjoyed at the results of the November elections and […]

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Dispatches

01/12/07 | By | More
Dispatches

Rob Schultheis It takes me a while to get into the fact that winter has arrived. A friend of mine compared me to “an old truck that’s been sitting around in the backyard for years, and you have to squirt engine additive in the carburetor, stick in a new battery, and wait for a warm […]

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Dispatches

01/05/07 | By | More
Dispatches

Two Double-Oh Seven It was inevitable, I think, that the deathblow to the American Idyll would be self-inflicted. What possible enemy, aside from ourselves, was big, brutal and just-plain bad enough to kill the Planet-Wide Empire, the Corporation Without Borders, the Omnivorous Boygg, rich, sly and adaptable enough to take on any foe and not […]

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DISPATCHES | Farewell to Charlie

12/29/06 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Farewell to Charlie

The last time I saw Charlie Fowler was, sadly, like the four or five meetings before that. He was always in a hurry, Charlie, and I was too, not half as much as him but more than enough, and our conversation, on the sidewalk in front of Maggie’s, went something like this: I hear a […]

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DISPATCHES | Turning Points and Happy Accidents

12/22/06 | By | More
DISPATCHES | Turning Points and Happy Accidents

Intermediate School Enrollment –> There are certain turning points in life you can look back on later, with either pain and regret or a smug feeling of triumph, recognizing that everything irrevocably changed from then on, for worse or for better. Cloverleaves and coin tosses, oddball arrays of the I Ching sticks, whimsical choices, two […]

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Dispatches

12/08/06 | By | More
Dispatches

“Every square foot of earth contains its own, compulsive magic.” -Lawrence Durrell Sometimes I think Durrell’s words should be inscribed on dog tags or aluminum wristbands to remind wearers of the supernatural power that lurks below the surface of even the most unpromising landscapes. We Americans would especially benefit: we tend to rush headlong through […]

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