Marriage Equality, Nullification, and Impeachment, Missouri Edition

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am

After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.

Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.

Todd Akin, Rush Limbaugh, John Ashcroft, and Mark Twain

By: Monday August 20, 2012 4:15 pm

To people here in Missouri, Akin’s comments were not terribly surprising. Akin is a known commodity — known to be highly conservative and well in keeping with a non-trivial slice of the Missouri electorate.

Like Br’er Rabbit telling Br’er Fox not to throw him in the briar patch, Claire McCaskill ran ads on Fox News during the GOP primary fight, calling Akin “too conservative for Missouri”. With an endorsement like that, conservatives in the GOP primary race were happy to hand Akin a victory with 36% of the vote.

An Empathy Machine

By: Sunday April 15, 2012 9:30 am

Rhonda, the heroine of Mary Pauline Lowry’s magical novel, The Earthquake Machine, is a young woman lost in the borderlands of late adolescence, family dysfunction, sexual identity and the mysteries of love, desire and friendship. On a river trip with friends and chaperones along a real borderland, the Rio Grande, Rhonda lights out for the territories – in this case, into Mexico.

New Edition of Huckleberry Finn to Censor “N” Word, Replace with “Slave”

By: Tuesday January 4, 2011 8:35 am

I wish this was some kind of a joke. The publishers of the next edition of Mark Twain’s classic Huckleberry Finn plan to replace the “n” word with “slave.” In my book, changing loaded, powerful words in a literary classic to better “express it in the 21st century” is no better than George Lucas “updating” the original Star Wars films to some bastardized, unrecognizable iteration of itself.

Of Petrified Giants and the Credulity Crisis

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 9:30 am

America has a Credulity Crisis. It’s not that we have too little of it, it’s that we have way too much, and a credulity glut is the last thing a democracy needs.

Robbery: The Passionate Fashion of the Swells

By: Sunday November 14, 2010 9:30 am

It is all the fashion in Washington, D.C. One simply must sport a terrible dislike for Social Security and wish with all one’s heart that the money be given instead to the very, very rich, where it will become, I guess, High Society Security.

Huck, Tom, Barack & John: Sound Hearts & Deformed Consciences

By: Sunday August 17, 2008 10:00 am

Mark Twain said that in his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck’s sound heart defeated the deformed consciences of Tom and society. But America loves its Tom Sawyers. The question is, can Barack Obama win as Huck Finn?

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