Exposure has a tendency to work…Anthony Weiner excepted

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:30 am

Yes, actual real-world experiences with family members who could be or are plaintiffs or criminal defendants has a tendency to open the eyes of your ivory-towered conservative jurist.


The true value of hard work is not earning enough

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:30 am

Well, what a thorough surprise.

Late Night: The War on Women is a Democratic ‘Playbook’

By: Monday November 11, 2013 8:00 pm

I think part of the problem is how we’re defining “attack” ads. Is anything that mentions a Republican candidate’s position on an issue an “attack?” If you go out in front of God and everyone and say “I don’t actually believe ladies are really people, at least not so that they can make the kinds of full decisions about their bodies that I can make about mine” and someone, you know, records it and shows it on TV, is that an “attack?”

A Man Can Have a Fine Voice, but This Does Not Keep Him From Making a Fine Corpse

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:00 pm

I last saw my father on Sunday, 7 March 1993. We did not see each other often, but we talked with relative frequency and were repairing a fairly entrenched rift in our relationship that began 10 years prior when he left our family for another woman after moving us—your grandmother, aunt, and I—to a shit small hovel of an antiquated old southern town in Alabama split between the poles of old blue blood southern aristocratic antebellum money and dirt floor poverty.

Abortion Rights Are at a Crossroads: This Is NOT a Time to Lay Low – It Is Time for Massive Uncompromising Struggle!

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 10:30 am

Across the country, people are waking up to the state of emergency facing the right to abortion. As legislators in Texas push hard to close down 37 of 42 abortion clinics statewide, new laws in North Carolina would close four of their five remaining clinics. Meanwhile, Ohio’s recently passed budget could close as many as three abortion clinics. North Dakota, on August 1st, may become the first state to effectively ban abortion. Already Mississippi’s last abortion clinic is merely an appellate ruling away from closure. We could go on.

If we do not reverse this trajectory now, we will condemn future generations of women and girls to forced motherhood.

Hey, have you heard this one before?

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 1:30 am

Modernity vs. religious bigotry is not solely a phenomenon here and a few other places, it’s an age-old worldwide conflict.

Late Night: On the Road to Dystopia

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

A couple of things that always struck me about the writings of Asimov et al is the inherent optimism each of these authors showed in their writings. It seems, in their “future histories” that there is/will be a dystopian interlude that humanity has to struggle through, maybe even more than one. I have always found these to be optimistic that we will reach the stars and do so before we kill ourselves and all living creatures.

A Very Good Question That Deserves an Answer

By: Saturday October 13, 2012 9:00 am

Religiously speaking, the answers given at the VP debate by Paul Ryan and Joe Biden to the question of how their personal faith relates to their work as politicians were striking. The difference between the two candidates — and the parties and platforms they stand for — could not have been starker. Ryan spoke with absolute certainty that he/his party/his church are absolutely correct when it comes to banning abortion, while Biden expressed both his own personal beliefs alongside respect for those who hold other views and the concomitant right to act on their religious views.

But while abortion was the specific example Martha Raddatz used to frame her question, it is hardly the only one. The editors of the Jesuit magazine “America” pose another very good question themselves, that deserves an answer from both Obama and Romney. If no one brings it up at the town hall-style debate next week, I’d love to see Bob Schieffer ask it at the foreign policy debate that follows.

TIME Magazine Doesn’t Give a Rat’s Ass about Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

By: Sunday August 1, 2010 6:30 am

In the Spring of 1978, Afghan minister of social Affairs, Anahita Ratebzad, wrote, “Privileges which women, by right, must have are equal education, job security, health services, and free time to rear a healthy generation for building the future of the country … Educating and enlightening women is now the subject of close government attention.” Soon afterward, the United States spent about a billion dollars to help keep her vision from coming to ligh

PA Pres. Abbas to “Step Down”; Was Suppressing Goldstone Worth It?

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 7:58 am

I got frustrated by the way few people in the media seem to be considering that Obama’s pressure on the Palestinian leadership to suppress the Goldstone report on Israeli and Hamas war crimes in Gaza has destabilized Palestinian politics in a manner beneficial to extremism. You’d have to basically say in public that it would have [...]

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