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…Across This Beautiful Land!

August 22, 2006 | By | 9 Replies More
…Across This Beautiful Land!

The Missouri supreme court has ruled that a law banning sexually explicit billboards is–gasp!— unconstitutional. This should come as a surprise to no one.  But of course religious groups are stunned.  They will try to appeal.  Personally, I resent all the JESUS! billboards and the propagandistic ones that declare Pornography Destroys Families, which, as over-the-top […]

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Moral Values…hmm

August 17, 2006 | By | 17 Replies More
Moral Values…hmm

 In 2004, George Bush was reelected.  We can debate endlessly over whether or not he stole that election, but it’s beside the point for this rant.  Besides, four million popular votes seems like a big wad to steal. What we need to figure out if we want to have any possibility of turning this misdirected […]

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Stop and think about sex offender registries.

July 29, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Stop and think about sex offender registries.

In a political climate drenched with debate as well as petty fighting, many people embrace bipartisan cooperation when it makes one of its rare appearances. A no-brainer of a bill feels like a relief, and it indicates that Congress actually has the ability to conduct business in a productive way. The uncontested passage of a […]

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No fireworks for President Bush today

July 4, 2006 | By | Reply More
No fireworks for President Bush today

The Bush Administration has viciously attacked the press (e.g., the New York Times) for daring to question some of the Administration’s many abuses of power.  The current scandal reported by the NYT concerns the Bush Administration’s decision to secretly monitor bank records. Today, however, we celebrate the right of the American people to do far more […]

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Supreme Court rules against Bush and against its own Chief Justice

June 29, 2006 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court rules against Bush and against its own Chief Justice

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Bush’s proposed military trials for Gitmo detainees was illegal under both U.S. law and international Geneva conventions.  I don’t think this comes as a surprise to many observers, given Bush’s flagrant and repeated disregard for both U.S. and international law.  What is ironic though, and a bit […]

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Burning Issue

June 27, 2006 | By | 12 Replies More
Burning Issue

Once more a “we need to protect the flag” amendment is up before congress.  It could not be more politically timed.  It is soon to be July, wherein the Fourth Day thereof is our national Holy of Holies, when all the good citizens can get hammered on bad beer and blow up (mostly illegal) fireworks […]

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We must do X because we’ve ALWAYS done X

June 6, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
We must do X because we’ve ALWAYS done X

We’ve recently raised a few issues regarding justifications for bigotry.  What especially rankles some of us is the often-heard argument that people should do something a particular way (recently, the issue is preventing gay marriage) because that is the way that it has been done in the past.   What a ridiculous-sounding principle on which to […]

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We need a “Defense of Drinking Fountains” Amendment to the Constitution.

June 5, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
We need a “Defense of Drinking Fountains” Amendment to the Constitution.

Gays’ enjoyment of drinking fountains undermines MY enjoyment of drinking fountains. Therefore, we need a “Defense of Drinking Fountains” Amendment to the United States Constitution. I’m simply extending this Administration’s logic, you see.  As Mr. Bush said “Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them. And changing the definition of marriage would undermine […]

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The many faces of Christianity

May 29, 2006 | By | 23 Replies More
The many faces of Christianity

When I was a kid, I was always curious about why there were so many different kinds of Christian churches in America: Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Unitarian, Congregational, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, United Church of Christ, Reformed Church of Christ, Mormon, Quaker, Shaker, Greek Othodox, Russian Orthodox, Christian Science…the list seemed endless. It seemed […]

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