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Those Cartoons: My Kids Are Going to Junior College!

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I am an adjunct community college political science professor (adjunct means part time junior college teacher in search of a full time job, at least until this letter!). I teach introductory International Relations, American Government, Political Science and other courses at a highly diverse (multinational, multi-religious, multilingual) community college outside Washington D.C. A major part in all of my classes is media literacy where I require students to analyze current political events using a variety of media sources including broadcast, print, and internet sites of their choice. I encourage a comparative approach by requiring dual sourcing of major stories in order to

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The Joys of Heterogeneity

The temporary shutdown of parts of the federal government is a good argument for the permanent shutdown of parts of the federal government. When one of his colleagues voiced frustration with the slow pace of conservative reform in the 1990s, Newt Gingrich replied, “Rome wasn’t burned in a day.” That’s ... Read More

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"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done."      -- Winston Churchill, 1946 London During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, "These Americans ... Read More