Category: Politics - page 8

Elections, Journalism, Tea Party

Calling All Goons

Big Government Republicans I always thought of my father as a reasonably successful businessman, but he characterized himself, and those of us in the small business world, as “goons.” I remember this term feeling slightly at odds with the life he had built for us:  he employed all of his children in the family business..

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The Approved Uglies

Keep the List Small, Please Certain conversations are not allowed, nor are certain associations. We don’t seek out the company of pathological liars.  We don’t invite women who have a habit of hitting on married men to dinner parties.   We don’t invite Holocaust deniers to speak on public platforms, (unless you’re Columbia University.)  We..

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The Office Supply Singers

I suppose I make an odd culture warrior.   I don’t fit the James Dobson brand.  I hate the war on drugs, along with its serial abuses against the Bill of Rights.    I don’t think the church talks enough about sex,  and it certainly doesn’t do a very good job celebrating the sort of..

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GLAAD: Conviction Control

Doing the Dictators Proud Here is what I still find startling about the entire GLAAD public communications manifesto: removing sexuality and religion from the discussion for a moment, the precedent of any group declaring a preemptive ban on criticism feels creepy and totalitarian. Imagine yourself unable to express, say, any negative opinion about Republican leadership..

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Pajama Boy Religion

“God Hates Rural Jackasses” Or… A Few Thoughts on Pastor Michael Hiltzik’s Recent Sermon in the Los Angeles Times If you never grew up in a religious community, you might not understand how religious you really are.   Even if you claim to be a proud, free-sailing atheist, you do have a religion;  you do..

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