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.

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Raise Your Hand If You Want Permission To Know Something

April 30, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Raise Your Hand If You Want Permission To Know Something

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 […]

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Virginity

April 20, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Virginity

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 […]

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Death To The…

April 20, 2006 | By | Reply More
Death To The…

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 […]

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But I Thought Money Was Speech!

April 18, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
But I Thought Money Was Speech!

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 […]

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