About #theDress
Feb28

About #theDress

Of course, you’ve heard of #theDress by now. I initially thought the Tumblr post was trolling. In other words, I thought the controversy was fake. But by late on Thursday night I was convinced it was real, and I shared it on Facebook. Of course, I shared it in an attempt to explain how it could be possible. Perhaps this all-in-fun story will help us understand that, literally, everyone does not see the world the same way. I know...

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Memo To GOP Wingers: Keep Your Goddamned Religion Out Of My Life — And Government
Feb26

Memo To GOP Wingers: Keep Your Goddamned Religion Out Of My Life — And Government

A new study puts a face — and a particularly ugly one at that — on what was been increasingly obvious for many years: Christian conservatives, the folks who use their God like a cudgel to bludgeon we heathens with their neanderthal social agenda, exert an inordinate influence on the Republican Party even if their numbers are relatively small and their agenda is outside the electoral mainstream. This perversity is on...

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How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars
Feb26

How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars

I am southern, southwest-Georgia-southern. My Oscar night boycott arose in part because of the Academy’s shameful treatment of Selma. But I have also grown weary of the uphill battle for equality for women of all colors. My husband and I saw Selma on the heels of the electrifying, Tony-award winning play, All The Way, which explored LBJ’s first year as president. Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan won the 2014 Tony Award...

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They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?
Feb19

They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?

“Branding! We have to make you a brand!” “I’m not cattle,” I told my sometimes faux foil assistant Marshbaum, who had just burst into my office. “And if you think I’m getting a tattoo,” I replied, “my body isn’t a canvas.” “It’s sure wide enough,” Marshbaum flippantly replied. Before I could throw sheets of wadded up paper at him, he explained what he meant. “It’s not a fire-iron brand,” he explained. “It’s strategic marketing.” “I’m...

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Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook
Feb16

Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook

In the “it’s too wild to be true but it is” department. In Xenia, Greene County, OH, panhandling is a 4th degree misdemeanor. Greene County Herald editor Virgil Vaduva deliberately violated ordinance 13-31 on Saturday, panhandling on the sidewalk in front of the Xenia City Hall. He raised $41.98 for charity. According to this screen capture from CounterCurrentNews, in a discussion of panhandling laws on the Green...

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Germany’s Anti-Muslim Movement Spawns Anti-American Offshoot (Barbadillo, Italy)
Feb10

Germany’s Anti-Muslim Movement Spawns Anti-American Offshoot (Barbadillo, Italy)

Members of Germany’s anti-Islamization movement Pigeda have just launched a new one: European Patriots Against the Americanization of the West, aka/Pegada. The group, which is growing fast and held it’s first demonstration last month, calls the United States a ‘terrorist power,’ demands an end to U.S. spying and opposes the ‘colonialist’ Trans-Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership being...

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Why NPR Is a National Treasure
Feb05

Why NPR Is a National Treasure

We’re in between pledge seasons at NPR right now, but I hope you’ll indulge me for a moment while I sing the praises of one of our national treasures: National Public Radio. I am a young man, so you’ll forgive me for counting NPR among my most recently acquired tastes. As a boy, I caught snatches of NPR’s programming while I was in the car with my parents, or would sometimes hear it playing quietly from an old stereo in a corner of a...

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A Quarter-Century Later, How Does the ADA Hold Up?
Feb04

A Quarter-Century Later, How Does the ADA Hold Up?

The general consensus when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is that you’d either have to be wildly inconsiderate or outrageously contrarian to suggest there’s something wrong with it. But, as you might have guessed, there are some legitimate criticisms of the ADA that aren’t founded on psychopathy. When it was first introduced, the main purpose of the ADA was to make it easier for people with disabilities to...

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U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”
Feb01

U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”

On Friday, the U.S. Army used the word “chink” to describe  intelligence community vulnerability to terrorist use of social media communication. Twitter exploded with cries of race baiting. The Army deleted the tweet. chink: (1) a small cleft, slit, or fissure <a chink in the fence>; (2) a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable <his lawyers found a chink in the law>; (3) a narrow beam of light shining through...

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Can Islam and Democracy Coexist in the Same Nation?
Jan28

Can Islam and Democracy Coexist in the Same Nation?

The recent violence against those who had satirized religion and particularly Islam, perpetrated by a small group of Muslim terrorists, does not necessarily mean that Islamic ideas are incompatible with democracy. Or does it? Though a number of Muslims in France marched in solidarity with the supporters of Charlie Hebdo and denounced the attacks and murders that had occurred, many other French Muslims in interviews said that the...

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GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online
Jan28

GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online

Just six days before the 49th SuperBowl, GoDaddy revealed its heavily teased “puppy ad” in an exclusive on the NBC Today Show. (An “ad” on a “news” show means free advertising. Well played, GoDaddy.) The response was immediate and negative. Shame on @GoDaddy for their absolutely reckless and heartless Super Bowl Commercial. #nodaddy — Aracely Vega Worley (@daytrippingmom) January 27, 2015...

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What is the GOP thinking?
Jan23

What is the GOP thinking?

WASHINGTON — There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over … abortion and rape. I’m not kidding. In a week when President Obama used his State of the Union address to issue a progressive manifesto of bread-and-butter policy proposals, GOP leaders responded by taking up the...

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6 Reasons You Can’t Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)
Jan22

6 Reasons You Can’t Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)

6 Reasons You Can’t Win Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. - Wei Wu Wei 1. An interior witness acts as an impartial judge of our shifting fortunes, tracking our wins and losses. No matter what we have to show for ourselves, regardless of the evidence in our defense, questions remain, doubts persist, our Kafkaesque trial...

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The Marijuana Bandwagon Rolls Merrily Along — And That’s (Mostly) A Good Thing
Jan22

The Marijuana Bandwagon Rolls Merrily Along — And That’s (Mostly) A Good Thing

APOCALYPTIC LEAFLET IN A BUFFALO, NEW YORK STORE WINDOW (1967) There is some good news amid the torrent of police shootings, terrorist attacks a little too close to home for comfort, travails of the middle class and the blatherings of a dysfuctional political establishment: The embrace of gay rights and abolition of draconian marijuana laws have accelerated at breathtaking speed in a society in which positive change comes with a...

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The Sniper, The Warrior, What We Are
Jan21

The Sniper, The Warrior, What We Are

The synonym for sniper is marksman, sharpshooter, and even assassin. The sniper has been part of human life and warfare since we could throw objects at each other. The bow and arrow, celebrated in reality and fantasy is a sniping weapon. There is romance around the noble ranger with his/her bow and arrow. I’ve watched six films directed by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series) where the much-loved and...

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Seahawks mania grips Puget Sound
Jan17

Seahawks mania grips Puget Sound

Seattle is going a little bit crazy in preparation for Sunday’s playoff game, where the Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers, as these photos make crystal clear! From enterprising business employees (with creative tweaks to point-of-sale displays) to unusual flag locations … from individuals to groups … from landmarks to fantasy … these photos illustrate the depth of Seattle’s #12Man. Enjoy! [View the...

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What do the most popular news stories for 2014 say about us?
Jan17

What do the most popular news stories for 2014 say about us?

There were some awfully big news stories in 2014: Cuba, Ebola, Ferguson, ISIS, Malaysian Airlines, mid-term U.S. elections, Russia/Ukraine/Crimea, Sony/Korea, and the Winter Olympics. We landed a robot on a comet. High profile celebrities died (Philip Hoffman, Joan Rivers, Robin Williams). So what can we learn from this New York Times list of most visited digital content? Where the top five stories have nothing to do with world events...

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The Fascist Socialist Kenyan Muslim Libtard President
Jan17

The Fascist Socialist Kenyan Muslim Libtard President

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), like many Americans, was upset that President Obama did not go to Paris to personally show his solidarity with France, and publicly mourn the 12 journalists and the four French citizens killed in terrorist attacks. Like many Americans, both liberal and conservative, Rep. Weber made his views publicly known. However, he crossed the line of decency when he tweeted, “Even Adolph Hitler thought it more...

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Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jan17

Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

Are the French and the West reflexively lumping simple critics of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial decisions and Western policy together with the terrorists who struck Paris? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, columnist M. Saadoune comments on the way people loyal to France, Algerians and others, who oppose both cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammed and the horrifying acts of violence perpetrated in his name – are...

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Psst…Want to Watch a Video?
Jan14

Psst…Want to Watch a Video?

This will probably be one of the shortest pieces ever posted by yours truly. (I can already visualize the sighs of relief) But, hopefully, it will also be one of the most powerful and enlightening ones. No, not because it is written by me. In fact, it is not even an article and, except for this short intro, I had nothing to do with it. And, no, it has nothing to do with free speech, or with “Je Suis Charlie,” or with any of the...

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