Author Archive: Mark Tiedemann
Mark is a writer and musician living in the St. Louis area. He hit puberty at the peak of the Sixties and came of age just as it was all coming to a close with the end of the Vietnam War. He was annoyed when bellbottoms went out of style, but he got over it.
The Missouri legislature is entertaining a bill that would require a signed permission from a student’s parent(s) before the student may receive sex education. A few weeks ago, while listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR, I learned that, according to recent polls, Americans exhibit NO MAJORITY CONSENSUS on the issue of sex eductaion. In […]
I listened to an NPR essay on the way home from work today by a woman who was a 31-year-old virgin when she got married. It started me thinking about the whole subject, because I used to react to such claims with impatience and perhaps a bit of disdain. I used to think that virginity […]
Mousaui is undergoing the ritual of being sentenced by a jury. Do we kill him or warehouse him? Yesterday the defense actually presented a 9-11 affiliate (family/friend of victim/survivor) to testify on behalf of Mousaui. Personally, his insanity defense–of which Mousaui himself is vehemently opposed to–is, to my mind, beside the point. As far as […]
Former Governor of Illinois George Ryan has been convicted on all counts of basically running a storefront out of his office. He’s Republican. Not that I think Democrats don’t do the same thing, and often, but the Republicans make such a big deal out of NOT being Democrats–that they are, somehow, more ethical–that it gives […]