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Column: Conservatives’ Women Troubles

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Grab your smelling salts and brace yourself—I’m going to talk about sex. Not graphically, the children don’t need to leave the room or anything. But I’m going to talk about the idea of sex as an underlying basis for policy. In the wake of the truly misguided Hobby Lobby decision, which endowed a legal entity […]

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Freedom for Hobby Lobby’s Religion

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Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working-women of childbearing age birth control coverage though their company’s insurance plan. They called it a victory for “religious freedom.” I would like to see those applauding this newly discovered corporate-conscience to also stand up for other religions’ freedom: Islam, Flying Spaghetti Monster or Scientology. […]

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Column: Bring Us More Dick Cheney…and Liz

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OK, you liberal-leaning, kale munching, Kerry voters, stop telling Iraq War privateer Dick Cheney to shut up, pipe down or otherwise go away. We need this. We need this so bad—it’s as if we planned it. It looks like liberals, taking a cue from Disney’s iconic villain revival, Maleficent, dug up Dick Cheney and nepotism […]

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My Evergreen Column About the Latest Mass Shooting

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My condolences go out to the families of the victims at fill-in-the-blank. I know the gun-manufacturing industrial complex has dubbed the wake of a tragedy as an inappropriate time to talk about their product. So lets just eulogize the lives of the people lost to a fill-in-the-blank with his/her/their arsenal of fill-in-the-blank. They were innocent victims who didn’t deserve […]

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Column: E-Cigarettes Should Be E-Regulated

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Photo by Ken Hawkins Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public parks flick their butts on walkways they cede their […]

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Column: Our Religion of the Founding Fathers

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The Founding Fathers are all things to all Americans. “The American people having healthier life that [‘s what] our founders wanted for them,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said last month about Obamacare. Other self-described patriots sneered, “George Washington wanted Obamacare, Pelosi says.” And “No, Nancy, the Founding Fathers Would Not Have Supported Obamacare.” Senators […]

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Column: Casual Racism v. Institutionalized Racism

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We as a nation have become really good at punishing casual racism. Casual racism, you know, using the N-word, or saying overtly cruel things about black people in the presence of a recording device. Robert Copeland, an 82-year-old town police commissioner in New Hampshire, resigned this week after he unapologetically described President Barack Obama as […]

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Column: The Six Degrees of Hillary Clinton Game

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Photo by Marc Nozell Here’s how to play: Find a horrible tragedy anywhere in the world and in six degrees or fewer—blame Hillary Clinton. Several hundred Nigerian schoolgirls are kidnapped by the terrorist cult, Boko Haram. The media pays absolutely no attention to it. Weeks later after a social media campaign to highlight this appalling […]

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Column: A Divide and Conquer ‘Gaffe’

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Journalist Michael Kinsley is the namesake for the Kinsley Gaffe. In a 1988 interview he said: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” A recent example is Todd Akin (R-MO), the then-candidate for Senate in 2012. On St. Louis local television he was asked […]

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Column: How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

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Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy? Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea. Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak. Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable liberal loquaciousness. This […]

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Column: The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

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It was 2007 and we were all gathered around the kitchen table. It was my husband; his parents, Frank and Rachel (not their real names); and me spending a Sunday afternoon catching up. Everyone, it seemed at that time, had just bought a house. Their modest three-bedroom tract home, they were a year from paying […]

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Column: A Truce on Moral Superiority

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The distinction of liberal or conservative often hinges on the association with the word “hypocrite.” To liberals, being a hypocrite is a mortal sin. There’s nothing worse than being accused of not living up to the standards you ascribe to. Hypocrite is a dirty word to call a liberal. It’s even worse than calling them […]