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New Year’s revolution

Print this articleFirst, the disclosure: I just ate a hunk of red velvet cake that was enrobed in thick, butter creme frosting. It was part of my birthday leftovers; it was good, and I am a grown-up who can make … Continue reading

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A business is a business is a business

Print this articleOnce upon a time, a man applied for a job. He was a good worker, had mouths to feed, and just wanted to earn a paycheck. Thing is, he was a Christian and all of the businesses were … Continue reading

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Negative Nellie

Print this articleNegative Nellie is an advice column dealing with the daily minutiae of life, and is especially for those who are weary of serious discussions on meaningful topics, such as what to do about Syria, how to tackle unemployment and how to save … Continue reading

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Rape culture thrives at victims’ expense

Print this articleReviewing movies on Netflix is one of those things you know you shouldn’t do — one, it is an exercise in vanity, and, two, it is a waste of precious sanity points as you start wading through other … Continue reading

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Say no to the surveillance state

Print this articleIn June it seemed as though the world hadn’t quite figured out whether to hail Edward Snowden as a whistle-blowing hero, a traitorous snitch, or some mixed-up dude with delusions of grandeur. But the fact is, the U.S. … Continue reading

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Role reversal

Print this articleStay with me on this one. I spent eight years of my life furious with the way George W. Bush and Dick Cheney got away with ignoring, and in some cases, eviscerating our constitution. Eight years being stunned … Continue reading

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Female outrage: The outtakes

Print this articleSuppose a man slides between the sheets and starts getting it on with you in a dark room, before you realize he isn’t your boyfriend. You file a rape report — someone sexually assaulted you, after all. But … Continue reading

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Not a mandate, but a message

Print this articleThe bloom is off the post-election rose. Not two weeks after President Obama’s re-election, we had delusional whiners signing petitions to secede (or, as some fans spelled it, to “succeed”), and would-be president Mitt “Foot-in-Mouth” Romney complaining Obama … Continue reading

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Heartburn season

Print this articleThis column may read as though it has been hijacked by the comic strip Non Sequitur’s Obvious Man. Plus, there is inherit hypocrisy in criticizing others for failing to discuss substantive issues instead of, uh, discussing those issues yourself. But … Continue reading

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Honesty, please, in the gun debate

Print this articleI swore I wasn’t going to do this. But on July 20, I woke up to again find my state in the headlines. Another coward, another killing spree, more lives needlessly lost, more innocent people injured, physically and … Continue reading

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Big Gulp? I’ll drink to that!

Print this articleSoda has no nutritional value. The substance, hilariously described in one radio ad that pimped a car with larger cupholders as “bubbling … tooth-rot,” has many nutritional deficits. It should not be the only option in school vending … Continue reading

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The ducks are singing!

Print this articleImagine if the thought of your freedom was so frightening that others passed laws to control you — laws that probed into your most intimate, personal decisions, and dictated what advice others could give you regarding those decisions. … Continue reading

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An inch and a mile

Print this articleQuestion: What do you get when you give any politician or authority an inch? Answer: Two inches of greater latitude for whoever comes after him — until you reach the place where we now find ourselves: miles from … Continue reading

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The head-in-the-sand approach to child abuse

Print this articleBy now, we’re all achingly familiar with the Penn State sex-abuse scandal, its horrific allegations of child rape, and how all of it toppled a legendary coach. For a moment, though, let’s forget about Joe Paterno, loathesome as … Continue reading

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Time to kill the death penalty?

Print this articleThe government cannot run a post office, rein in Wall Street predators, figure out a sensible immigration policy, end wars, or even agree how to keep itself funded. Were your neighbor this incompetent, you wouldn’t trust him to … Continue reading

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Perry watch: Pledge and consequence

Print this articleOh, what fun. Regressive Ricky is in the race — and, snark aside, it looks as though the gentleman from Texas might have a fightin’ chance at the White House. Cringe. OK. That was the last time for … Continue reading

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First they came for your fat kids…

Print this articleDid Dr. David Ludwig of Harvard go all Jonathan Swift on us, when he suggested fat kids should be removed from their parents’ care? Not quite. As it turns out, the media blew out of proportion his and … Continue reading

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Value personal sovereignty? Watch it

Print this articleIt is easier to exploit fear than to appeal to reason. If you’ve been reading my past few columns, you’ve probably begun to recognize a pattern. I wish that weren’t so — which is to say, I wish … Continue reading

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My body is not your business

Print this articleI’ve got news: My body is not your business. On the serious side, I’m talking to the South Dakota Legislature, which in March passed a law requiring women to listen to an ideologically based spiel about abortion before … Continue reading

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Meet the Regressives

Print this articleA woman’s work is never done — not when it comes to guarding hard-won civil rights and advances in equality of the sexes. If you think we’ve left behind in the dustbin of history the days of the … Continue reading

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Beware the little black [Face]book!

Print this articleHas Facebook replaced “the little black book”? Marriage crusaders and others given to artificial moral panic seem to think so. Facebook, we’re told, is being used by cheaters to facilitate their cheating. Or, as Rev. Cedric Miller essentially … Continue reading

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A mosque in a hard place

Print this articleImagine Bible-burning parties. Imagine they’re not only called for, but enthusiastically advertised – by religious leaders. Imagine the rest of the country reacting with vehement opposition to your new church because they don’t like where it’s being built, … Continue reading

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FLDS sect’s victims also have rights

Print this articleI don’t care about Warren Jeffs’ civil rights. That is, I don’t care as much about them as about the rights of women who are allegedly abused, and men who are used and discarded under the watch of … Continue reading

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And there she wasn’t

Print this articleTwo years. On May 14, 2008, I was in my yard with my best friend, Domonique. There she was, wearing her harness and leash as she had hundreds of times before, since our move transformed her from an … Continue reading

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With (Wall Street) friends like these …

Print this articleThe steps the government took to rescue AIG were motivated solely by what we believed to be in the best interests of the American people” — Timothy Geithner, Newsweek, February This is one of the biggest lies to ever trip off a … Continue reading

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The year in dumb

Print this articleWhen it comes to dumb, too often, we’re spoiled for choice. 2009 was no exception. The high — er — low lights of the Year in Dumb, in no particular order, are: Judge Racist: In October 2009, Louisiana Justice of the … Continue reading

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Truly ‘domestic’ terrorism

Print this articleTina. Sarah. Amina. Noor. All died young, violently, at the hands of their own fathers, over perceived sexual misconduct — and in the United States of America. They have more than that in common. Like thousands of women … Continue reading

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While there is time

Print this articleFor the world, Sept. 14 is the day actor Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer. For me, it’s the day after I learned my 71-year-old father had been diagnosed with the same deadly disease. He’d complained of stomach … Continue reading

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Whom are you calling ‘elite’?

Print this articleAlas for Cal Thomas. The syndicated commentator was the latest, as of mid- September, to take the easy route — by slapping an emotionally charged label on the people with whom he disagrees, a label which, further, is … Continue reading

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Too much (useless) information

Print this articleThere was a time when the stories of Everyman were few and far between — and such as existed were most often told by folks several tiers up the social ladder, with their own spin. How times have … Continue reading

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Excuses, excuses

Print this articleDear South Carolina: Had an awesome time down in Argentina in my love nest with my mistress;the one my decidedly better half told me to dump. I know y’all didn’t know about that, or that I was even in Argentina, on account of me … Continue reading

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Media-made ‘experts’ are hazardous to your health

Print this articleDump your Jewish friends. You read me right — dump ’em. Only, it’s not really dumping. It’s for your own self-preservation, so that makes it OK, even laudable. Relax. I’m just taking a page from the book of … Continue reading

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A burger by any other name …

Print this articleTurn on the TV today and you’ll notice a lot of marketers are devoting their 30-second slots to telling you what their products are not, rather than why you should buy them. Yes, it seems that a type … Continue reading

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On-line rumors are more than bad ‘Netiquette’

Print this articleRelentless advertising, absurd “analysis,” and an exceptionally loud noise machine — yup, it’s election season. We can expect one thing: it will get worse before it gets better. This is what happens when there is a 24/7 news … Continue reading

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Extremism and the culture defense

Print this article“I don’t approve, but it’s their culture.” Oh, if only it were possible to fine everyone who says that a dollar or two — then there might be enough money to help people who find themselves victimized by … Continue reading

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Thou shalt not touch: The soldier as sacred

Print this articleFirst, the disclaimer. I do not hate America. I’m perfectly aware that a Wahabbist nutjob brainwashed several disaffected men into murdering more than 3,000 innocent people. And, though I disagree with the ever-changing premises behind the (unrelated) Iraq … Continue reading

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Yup – still obsessed with sex

Print this articleLet’s get one thing straight. I don’t care if Larry Craig is gay, bi- or hetero as the day is long, and I don’t care what he was or was not doing in the privacy of a bathroom … Continue reading

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Me and my X-rated fantasies

Print this articlePsst! Wanna know a secret? Married people are morally superior to single people! And, guess what else? Married people with kids are morally superior to everyone! Whaddya mean, you already knew that because it’s been beaten into your … Continue reading

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End the Food Police state

Print this articleTwo words. Stop it. That’s right — cease, desist, knock it off already. Stop freaking out over fat kids. Seriously, is any refrain in the Public Nanny’s “think of the children!” battle cry more obnoxious than the words … Continue reading

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The New Age of age

Print this articleAct your age! We’ve all heard it — and, along about the age of 25, I found myself saying it. But it no longer elicits an exaggerated sigh and grudging obedience from the younger set. Thanks to rabid … Continue reading

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