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Jennifer Nix

 
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My Public Option

By: Tuesday October 6, 2009 6:02 am

If a public option has worked for my disease for the last 36 years, why aren’t more Americans clamoring for the same health security I have? Maybe it’s because they’ve never heard of it.

Of Books and Blogs

By: Friday October 6, 2006 6:43 pm

I started reading Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City yesterday, and I know what will be consuming my weekend. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, get thee to a bookstore or an online retailer and be prepared to get hoppin' mad. And ready yourself for discussions of the book here at [...]

No More Dancing Bears

By: Monday October 2, 2006 6:11 pm

Know much about dancing bears? These poor creatures are held in captivity and all but starved to death. Their noses and palates are pierced clean through, then muzzles and chains are attached. And when their masters yank those chains? The bears dance, just to make the excruciating pain stop. Thankfully, this horrific cruelty has been outlawed in [...]

Foley: “We Track Library Books Better Than We Do Sexual Predators.”

By: Friday September 29, 2006 6:22 pm

Republican Mark Foley in happier times, at the American Council of Life Insurers 1999 Capitol Challenge invitational. That’s all I’m sayin’. JN Nothing like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Representative Mark Foley was the chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. That headline is a reference to Foley’s statement when he introduced new [...]

We the Blogs

By: Monday September 25, 2006 5:59 pm

Well, kids. I’m back. Thank goodness for your optimism and tremendous insights on Friday night. You pulled me back from the  brink, after my depressing dinner with some of the centrist and monied Dem gentry. Thank you kindly for your heroic efforts in the comments section. You fortified me so that when I saw this piece [...]

Hey, Funders. Opportunity’s Knocking

By: Friday September 22, 2006 6:21 pm

Last night, I found myself in a private dining room at an upscale San Francisco eatery with four Democratic funding luminaries: a Bay Area venture capitalist, a honcho from an online auction site that shall remain nameless, a member of the Democracy Alliance and a Bay Area developer. I was, by the way, looking very forward to [...]

And If They Were American Nurses?

By: Thursday September 21, 2006 5:30 am

Imagine, if you will, that: “Five American nurses and a British doctor have been detained and tortured in a Libyan prison since 1999, and that a Libyan prosecutor called at the end of August for their execution… on trumped-up charges of deliberately contaminating more than 400 children with HIV in 1998. Meanwhile, the international community [...]

People-Powered Publishing to the Rescue

By: Wednesday September 20, 2006 11:37 am

Update: Please use the donation link to the right of this post. JN  Regard the current conventional wisdom about what has become of media coverage of PlameGate. These would be the pearls of one Rem Reider from the American Journalism Review: There are many ways to characterize the media’s response to the news that former Deputy [...]

The Moral Bankruptcy of the Ruling Party

By: Friday September 15, 2006 1:28 pm

  After a week like this, how can any American lump all politicians and both parties into the "they’re all corrupt" bin? Let me just do a quick round-up of what the morally bankrupt party that controls the executive and legislative branches of our government has been up to lately. This is merely what has caught my attention, [...]

Promotion Ain’t a 4-Letter Word

By: Wednesday September 13, 2006 5:30 am

  I have been evangelizing for the past couple of years about the need for progressive books to do well in not just the marketplace of ideas–but in the damn marketplace itself. On the left, we seemed to have a strange aversion to buying, supporting and promoting books, and films, because somehow these activities are perceived to have the stink of [...]

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