Tom Turnipseed

Tom Turnipseed

Tom Turnipseed is an attorney, writer and peace activist in Columbia, SC. His blog is http://tomandjudyonablog.blogspot.com/

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Sunday, November 09, 2008
Obama's Victory Brings Hope for Peace, Not Fractious Tribalism
The mandate given to Barack Obama in our Presidential election means an impressive number of Americans got over their racial and ethnic hang-ups due to an extraordinarily eloquent, confident and organized leader who speaks of peace, hope and change. Obama won in spite of his race and global family heritage that would have been insurmountable political liabilities for a lesser leader.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
South Carolina up for Grabs in November; Overcoming Lee Atwater's Legacy
Congressman James Clyburn told John O'Connor of The State newspaper in Columbia that the record turnout in South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary means the Democratic nominee has a good chance of winning the traditionally Republican state in November when the entire South Carolina...
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Creating Our Own Hell on Earth
Five years ago my wife and I discontinued using our lawn irrigation sprinkler system. Now we only water our small vegetable garden. Facing evidence of climate change, we are trying to do our part to save water. With water supplies rapidly shrinking, Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia declared a state...
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Monday, September 17, 2007
All the Children of the World
Salee Allawe, a ten-year-old child, was critically injured on November 7, 2006 while playing with her brother, cousin and some friends outside her uncle's home in Haswa, Iraq. Salee said they were playing hopscotch when US jets flew overhead and fired missiles. A US missile killed her 15 year-old brother and her cousin and blew off Salee's legs at the knees. Salee and her immediate family are Sunnis and were forced to leave Baghdad by Shiite militias. Salee's father, Hussein Allawe, took them to Haswa, a central Iraqi town between Baghdad and Fallujah, to stay with relatives.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
War Profiteering Corruption from Lexington County to the White House
A businesswoman in my home county of Lexington, South Carolina, pleaded guilty on August 16, 2007 to defrauding U.S. taxpayers of $20.5 million in shipping costs for Pentagon supplies.
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Sunday, August 05, 2007
Transportation Terror in Our Own Backyard
As I watched the extensive TV coverage of the disastrous crash of an interstate highway bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis/St. Paul while recuperating from a total hip joint replacement, I was reminded of the car crash that first injured my hip as a teenager. My Father's '63 Chevy flipped...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
George Bush and Lindsey Graham Push the Power of the President and Generals Over People and Troops
"How hard is it for you to conduct the war without popular support? Do you ever have trouble balancing between doing what you think is the right thing and following the will of the majority of the public, which is the essence of democracy?" asked Edwin Chen of Bloomberg.com at President Bush's press conference on July 11th. Bush's answer clearly indicated that presidential power upholding the military as a critical constituency is actually above the American people.
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Friday, February 02, 2007
Changing the Subject: From Bush’s Mess in Mesopotamia to the Peril in Persia
President Bush faces a rebellion among the American people and Congress against his call for a surge of troops that will escalate the killing in his Iraq war of choice. So Bush is now attempting to change the subject from the monumental mess of his making in Mesopotamia to an even more monstrous peril in Persia. Iraq and Iran are contemporary names for the ancient civilizations known as Mesopotamia and Persia. Bush lacks public and Congressional support to widen the war in Iraq.
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Saturday, August 05, 2006
A Global Pursuit of Eden Begins in Our Own Backyard
Columbia, South Carolina -- Escaping the hammering yammering of television�s incessant talking heads, who hype out-of-control war and weather, and blather on about Armageddon, I find refuge on our backyard deck where the mating songs of birds and cicadas and the flickering of fireflies soothe my soul on sultry summer evenings. Last evening at twilight, I gazed upon my vegetable garden adorned with reddening tomatoes, butternut squash turning from green to orange, and bright yellow okra blossoms becoming green okra pods.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006
At the End Of Cowboy Diplomacy: How Can We Support Our Cannon Fodder and Shell Shocked Soldiers?
I see Support Our Troops and Bush/Cheney bumper stickers everywhere. What if I put a Support Our Cannon Fodder or Support Our Shell-Shocked Soldiers sticker on my car? Would a driver of one of those big Bush/Cheney SUVs or pickup trucks run me off the road in a fit of patriotic fervor?
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