Monthly Archives: February 2012

Occupy, Violence, and the Stacked Deck

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Image from “Occupy Oakland violence,” November 9, 2011) Every year as the March (Vernal) Equinox  approaches, I feel my energy and enthusiasm levels rise.  Days get longer more quickly until March 20, after which they will … Continue reading

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And God’s Choice For President Is . . . .

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Which candidate does the creator and ruler of the universe want as president?  As has been noted elsewhere, at least five of the Republican presidential hopefuls have each claimed that a universal creator/ruler they all call … Continue reading

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Are You A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) This past week has had the distinct whiff of 1692 Salem about it.  Add together the Republican leadership’s firm contraception-is-bad stance, Rick Santorum’s increasingly publicized misogynistic rhetoric and the Virginia legislature’s punitive implementation of its misogyny and … Continue reading

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The Divided States of Christian America?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) 2001 was a bad year.  For almost all of us, for the obvious reason: the 9/11 attacks.  For many of us, because of the frightened and deeply counter-patriotic legislative reaction to those attacks: the Uniting and Strengthening America … Continue reading

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Don’t Tax the “Job Creators”?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) “Don’t tax the job creators” has become a GOP mantra, pressed hard in this election year. In a recent post, Occupy and the Quest for Common Sense, I dismissed as nonsense the you-can’t-tax-the-job-creators pitch, arguing that it … Continue reading

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It’s National Condom Week. Seriously.

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Back in 2008, while I continued to explain how Hillary was out-debating Obama even as the polls showed his increasing edge over her, it gradually dawned on me that he was way savvier than I was.  … Continue reading

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Occupy, and the Quest for Common Sense

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at Zuccotti Park, October 2011)  If there are certain principles, as I think there are, which the constitution of our nature leads us to believe, and which we are under a necessity … Continue reading

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Obama’s Contraception Decision and the Incompatibility of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) In what many progressives see as a slight stiffening of Obama’s President-of-all-the-people-not-just-the-loud-and-crazy-ones spine, his Administration has taken a position favoring women’s health care in opposition to the vigorously expressed wishes of some Catholic bishops.  It has … Continue reading

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Money As Debt

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) This spooky graphic adorns the cover of Ellen Brown’s 2007 book “The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free” (Third Millennium Press), a very well-written and informative … Continue reading

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Essays on Inequality XI – Taxes and Inequality

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people.  An America that attracts a new generation of hi-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs.   A future where we’re in … Continue reading

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