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Nakedness For A Better World

May 31, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Nakedness For A Better World

Have you ever noticed that certain people who drive Very Large Vehicles tend to drive slower than everyone else?  I followed a 4X4 pick-up truck of epic proportions this morning and the driver crawled along at just under 25 miles an hour on a 35 mph street.  He–there’s only one word for it–“sauntered” along, impressed […]

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We Should All Be Messiahs

May 31, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
We Should All Be Messiahs

There may be little original in this post, but then, there seems to be little original in its subject.  It’s just that, well, no one, or not many, manage to say the obvious. I was sitting before my tv the other day watching Dune.  The SciFi Channel version, not that monstrosity from David Lynch–of the […]

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Sterilize chronically abusive parents

May 23, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
Sterilize chronically abusive parents

We like to think of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as days when young children give lots of hugs to their loving parents.  We don’t like to consider that these days are also days when thousands of innocent children are beaten by their parents, their anguished cries often not heard outside of their dysfunctional homes.  Saddest of all, […]

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Falwell

May 16, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Falwell

Jerry Falwell is dead.  At 73, he passed away, at his desk, apparently still working, even though doctors have (probably) been telling him to lay off for some time.  He had heart problems. Whatever one’s personal feelings may be, it ill-behooves us to beat up on someone so soon after they have died.  Family and […]

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Reagan and the Politics of Presence

May 12, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Reagan and the Politics of Presence

After reading Erich’s post, I thought I’d put this up.  I wrote it–most of it–some time ago, for a different venue, but I’ve added to it since, and, well, along with Erich’s it might add more flavors to the stew of memory.  So. I have friends who thought it was a great thing when Reagan […]

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Obama reaches out to African-American communities with tough love

May 3, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Obama reaches out to African-American communities with tough love

The Washington Post reports on Obama’s willingness to address issues that afflict many African American communities: Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is delivering pointed critiques of the African American community as he campaigns for its votes, lamenting that many of his generation are “disenfranchising” themselves because they don’t vote, taking rappers to task for their language, […]

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Howard Zinn on patriotism

April 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Howard Zinn on patriotism

Howard Zinn recently spoke on patriotism on DemocracyNow: Patriotism to me means doing what you think you’re country should be doing. Patriotism means supporting your government when you think it’s doing right, opposing your government when you think it’s doing wrong. Patriotism to me means really what the Declaration of Independence suggests. And that is […]

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Sore or orities

March 11, 2007 | By | 9 Replies More
Sore or orities

A sorority at De Pauw University booted out a bunch of its pledges and it made the news.  Here is the link to the story. Before I continue, I wish to make my own sentiments perfectly clear.  I detest the notion of fraternities and sororities.  They are, to me, childish things which people belong to […]

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My attorney will only pay attention to my case two minutes per day.

February 27, 2007 | By | Reply More
My attorney will only pay attention to my case two minutes per day.

Missouri’s overloaded public defender system is threatening to stop taking new cases, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  This is “an unprecedented move that could put courts from St. Louis to Kansas City into turmoil.” With an average workload of 305 cases, the lawyers who represent 80 percent of the state’s criminal defendants say they are […]

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