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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Letters of Sacrifice
Jan23

Letters of Sacrifice

As I watched Jenn stretch her arm to insert yet one more letter at the top of her eight-foot tall work of honor, respect and compassion, I could not help but to ask myself: How many more “I regret to inform you” letters will have to be opened by the trembling hands of a father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter… For each tightly rolled letter Jennifer Hassin, a beautiful, talented young artist from Austin,...

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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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Goals Of The New Republican Congress: Repeal Obamacare Despite Success In Lowering Uninsured, Declare War On Math, Promote Pseudoscience To Restrict Abortion
Jan08

Goals Of The New Republican Congress: Repeal Obamacare Despite Success In Lowering Uninsured, Declare War On Math, Promote Pseudoscience To Restrict Abortion

While Republicans are probably on the verge of voting yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and will continue to make false claims that it has been a failure, Gallup shows once again how successful the law has been. The uninsured rate has fallen to 12.9 percent, down from 17.1 percent a year ago. The open enrollment period for 2015 remains open making it likely that the uninsured will fall further, especially if there is a last...

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What to expect in 2015
Jan07

What to expect in 2015

Good-bye and good-riddance to 2014. As we move into 2015, what can we learn from how 2014 ended and how we’re now “trending” in various areas? Here are a few items to watch: Look for signs of President Barack Obama’s REAL intentions. Not only were the results of the 2014 Congressional elections a “shellacking” for Democrats and Obama, a major paint job — with four coats of black and blue...

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Republican State Governments Expected To Renew The Culture Wars And Promote Conservative Pseudo-Science On Abortion
Jan04

Republican State Governments Expected To Renew The Culture Wars And Promote Conservative Pseudo-Science On Abortion

Democrats made a tremendous tactical mistake in the 2014 midterms. As the key Senate battles were in red states, Democrats ran as Republican-lite and Obama stayed quiet. As a consequence, turn out was at historic lows as Democratic voters saw no reason to turn out across the country, giving Republicans increased control in both Congress nationally along with in many state governments. (In contrast, once Obama became active after the...

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Report: Bill Cosby Hiring Private Investigator
Dec31

Report: Bill Cosby Hiring Private Investigator

Bill Cosby has recruited multiple private investigators to help discredit the women accusing him of sexual assault, Page Six reported Monday, citing multiple unnamed sources with knowledge of the comedian’s doings. According to the New York Post story, the crisis management strategy is already well underway: Cosby has successfully hired “at least one Glendale, Calif.-based...

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The Implosion of Bill Cosby
Dec03

The Implosion of Bill Cosby

The world is watching the career and reputation of comedian Bill Cosby disintegrate virtually overnight in a humiliating, seemingly-daily, public miniseries involving a flood of allegations, many decades old — but increasingly believable. Because there’s now a pattern. A reported 17 women have (so far) come forward to allege he befriended them, drugged and/or incapacitated them and in varying forms had his way with them....

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Did GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Criticize These Females for Their ‘Dress’ & Demeanor
Dec01

Did GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Criticize These Females for Their ‘Dress’ & Demeanor

…or is it just the young teen daughters of First Lady and current President of the United States, Sasha and Malia? Who I think are lovely and composed and dressed like many a young woman today. FIRST VOLLEY Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), had written this attacking the two girls who actually are just standing there listening to their father speak. [Thanks Janet Shan, one of our TMV...

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Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing
Nov29

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing: And maybe we are, state by state. It’s a ground level, individual woman’s solution to government’s (illegal?) discrimination against women. An organization in Austin is using phones and contributions to arrange for women who are under 20 weeks pregnant — and far from any abortion clinic to — get where they need to go....

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A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’
Nov11

A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’

I fully appreciate that, by now, some readers have had enough of Veterans Day stories. I agree that sometimes we are just inundated by them and I kind of apologize for contributing to such a deluge. “Kind of,” because readers can stop reading right here if they have had enough and because I just came across such a touching and eloquent coverage of an issue that is not often mentioned on Veterans Day — one that readers who are...

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Is There a Pony in Last Night’s Mess?
Nov05

Is There a Pony in Last Night’s Mess?

Last night was, without a doubt, a disaster for Democrats. But it reminds me of a story about a little boy who desperately wanted a pony for Christmas. On Christmas morning he wakes up to find a pile of horse manure under the tree instead of a pony. The child, an eternal optimist, immediately starts digging through the pile repeating to to himself, “There must be a pony here somewhere.” I don’t know if Democrats will find a pony in...

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Birth control device linked to serious harm in women; maker covered up  dangers
Oct29

Birth control device linked to serious harm in women; maker covered up dangers

By Miriam Raftery SAN DIEGO, Ca – An ABC News investigation that includes 10 News in San Diego reveals that the maker of the Essure birth control device covered up evidence that patients have been seriously harmed by the device for over a decade. The device consists of metal coils that are implanted inside a woman’s Fallopian tubes to provide permanent birth control. But the coils have punctured the Fallopian tubes in some...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women
Oct25

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Hajiya Inno Attahiru In Nigeria,...

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Joni Ernst’s Defense Of Using Guns To Defend Her Rights, And To Use Government To Impose Her Views Upon Others
Oct24

Joni Ernst’s Defense Of Using Guns To Defend Her Rights, And To Use Government To Impose Her Views Upon Others

One of the reasons that the Republicans now have a better than even chance of taking control of the Senate is that there is the very real possibility that Joni Ernst will win in Iowa. We got another example of how extreme Ernst is from the manner in which she defended carrying guns: “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls
Oct14

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

If the brutal beheadings, the mass murders of innocent men, women and children and the numerous other atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists are not sufficient reason for the civilized world to “degrade and defeat” ISIL, here is just one more reason. Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, October 14, 2014 Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”
Oct14

She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”

The short answer is no. I just returned from a trip where I coached and mentored elite female athletes competing in or preparing for the triathlon World Championships; Ironman Hawaii. Ironman is a combined 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. For the elite athletes it’s a race, not a bucket list event. For some it may be hard to wrap your head around that type of commitment. Female elite endurance athletes are stronger...

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Is The Culture War Really Over?
Oct14

Is The Culture War Really Over?

Bill Scher has an article at Politico on How Republicans Lost The Culture War. While it might be premature to say they lost and the war is over, a subject I’ll get into later, he does have some good points as to what went wrong for the Republicans. Scher makes three main points. First, Republicans stopped being savvy on abortion. Rather than taking the purist position which they actually favor, legislatively the Republicans had...

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Let Women Serve in Combat
Oct10

Let Women Serve in Combat

Let Women Serve in Combat By Jason Stanford There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. “Gays in the military,” the joke went. “Next thing you know they’ll want to be interior decorators!” Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is...

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