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Another Candidate for President?

November 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

After the Supreme Court’s opinion last year in Citizens United, which effectively declared that corporations can be treated as humans, I urged that votes be given to dogs, as well. Now, having observed the Republican frontrunners, I realize I may have done my dog a disfavor. It shouldn’t just be votes for dogs. Porschy should […]

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The Legacy of Torture: What would Main Street do?

May 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

There is heated debate in Washington these days over what to do about our country’s recent unsavory dabbling in torture as an information-gathering strategy. As with many other instances during the George W. Bush administration in which legitimate duties of government (such as statesmanship) became conflated with and ultimately displaced by punishment, pure and simple, […]

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A Modest Banking Solution

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Friends, family, and acquaintances are raising questions about whether President Obama  can accomplish  what we helped elect him to do. Will the wars end in Iraq and Afghanistan? Will clean energy really be funded? Will Bush-era wiretap and other privacy violations be sufficiently curtailed?  Will single payer health care get endorsed or merely sidelined? Will […]

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GOP Convention: Beyond American Gothic

September 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I don’t know much about Alaska, but–riot police activities in St. Paul during the GOP convention notwithstanding– I have heard that Minnesota is a progressive, child-friendly state. And the federal government is sort of progressive, too, when it comes to protecting children. For example, it is against the Mann Act to bring a minor across […]

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Fire Numbers II: Executive Attention

July 18th, 2008 · No Comments

On July 17, President George W. Bush visited California to view damage from the recent wildfires in the state. Speaking in Redding, California, the president said: “One, I always come to make sure that the federal government is coordinating closely with the state government. I know Governor Schwarzenegger well enough to tell you that if […]

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Fire by the Numbers

July 10th, 2008 · No Comments

All you gotta do is call? We Californians love firefighters. They save homes and lives. In fact, with the evacuations in Paradise and the recent fire threats to coastal cities and hamlets, we would like to see more of them here. California’s National Guard reports an additional 200 of the state’s guard members have just […]

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Too Much Expediency

April 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Hard choices lie ahead for our country. For years, working at a feminist news service I helped to found, I would have couched the choice in gender terms: A woman would do better. Now, I am not so certain. As women in America, we have still not achieved equality on a lot of fronts. Anyone […]

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Mr. Gore Goes to Washington?

April 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Presidential contender Barack Obama will recruit former Vice President Al Gore to help tackle global warming in a potential Obama administration, according to an April 2 AP report carried in the Huffington Post. This may be good news for many voters concerned about the environment who have paused quietly on the sidelines throughout the current […]

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New Skins for Old Sins?

March 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s all over the news. The Vatican has been busy naming some new sins to bring that old bunch of seven big ones up to date. This is a wonderful idea, but why should the Vatican have a monopoly on the concept? I decided to help out the Pope by proposing a few more sins […]

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Super Eve

February 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

The day after tomorrow is Super Tuesday–a day in which some 40 percent of delegates for the summer political conventions will be apportioned, grasped, or at least groped or pleaded for. Due to a change in primary dates, we in California are faced with the possibility of having our primary votes count for the first […]

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