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Taps for Larry Craig? Maybe not.

My 9-year-old twins learned about stereotypes in school last week. Ever eager to share social messages they receive while in the hands of the state, knowing that hours of rollicking fun will result, they vomited the latest rhetoric gleefully into my lap. 1821

We’ve fallen! And we won’t get up!

There's been much hand-wringing over the news that the United States lags behind 41 other nations with regard to life expectancy. Oh my, they say. How could the richest nation in the world be surpassed by lesser mortals? We're #1! We're #1! 1660

Ward Churchill unholy heretic

In bygone days of God's absolute truth, we used to burn heretics at the stake, to keep their heresies from infecting fragile minds with ideas against the prevailing wisdom. Today we recoil in horror at the torturing of scientists who would suggest that the earth revolves around the sun. How medieval! In UN-lightened times, heretics might have advocated for peasant rights or regional autonomy. In modern times, could you recognize a heretic if one bit you in the ego? 1501

The real war on Christmas

  A rabbi in Seattle wanted to put a menorah in the municipal train station to accompany a display of Christmas trees. Was he thinking the trees were another faith's religious symbols? Did he mean to ask to juxtapose a dreidel instead? 822

Executions in Iraq

Americans are shown nothing of the deaths taking place in Iraq. We hear that people have been taken captive, some may be released, but later bodies turn up with their hands tied behind their back, many having been tortured with electric drills and other methods unfathomable to us.   We may be told of these things, we're certainly not shown them. The picture above was taken as two captives were being executed in the middle of the highway in broad daylight. 511

Oh, Lord, not Kumbaya!

My muse is upset because everyone is making fun of Kumbaya.   Relax, Kumbaya is safe. The story you read in the Gazette, Oh Lord, not Kumbaya, syndicated from the Dallas Morning Herald, is a rather underhanded loaded question. You know the classic example: "When did you stop beating your wife?" Whether you never stopped or never started, the load is delivered, you do. (But you don't.) 721

Comparing the death tolls

In the aftermath of bombings and indiscriminate attacks in Iraq which reached record numbers on Thanksgiving, I read that the combined Iraqi civilian casualties raised the Baghdad death toll to 202. For the day. For Baghdad. The count starts anew each day.   Meanwhile the US soldier death toll is 50 and climbing, for the month. For all of Iraq. Why the differing units of measure? Why not consider weekly totals for both Americans and Iraqis, to facillitate comparison? 709

Let OJ say he did it

My favorite argument of Michael Moore's was in his book Downsize This. He had a chapter about the OJ trial. Moore's conclusion? OJ didn't do it because the rich can't be bothered to do anything themselves. OJ couldn't pick up late night drive-through burgers. Was he going to traverse Brentwood to give the time of day to a blonde who was sleeping with someone else, actually a waiter? 656

Ted Haggard crucified

If today's bombshell doesn't prove the existence of God, nothing will. Perhaps Pastor Ted should have listened to God's inerrant words a tad more closely. Maybe he should've spent some time memorizing the verse clearly stating that "pride goeth before a fall." Biblically, pride is considered arrogance. And I'd say there is something inherently arrogant about a man who claims to speak for God on a daily basis, to millions of people. Yet this same man can very conveniently ignore many of Jesus' words, you know those that are written in red, like "blessed are the peacemakers..." 547

Ted Haggard New Life Church

This is FABULOUS! We find out tomorrow when his accuser takes a polygraph test live on a Denver radio talk show, but the preliminary report is that Ted Haggard, fundamentalist scourge of lesser sinners, will be borrowing a page that wasn't even in Brother Swaggart's play book.   It's not that Ted Haggard is gay. Who isn't? Or, who says it's wrong to be gay?   It's not that Ted Haggard paid for sex. For some that's the only sex they want. Who says it's wrong to pay someone to have sex with you?   It's not that Ted Haggard did/does methamphetamine. Who hasn't or wouldn't if they were stupid enough?   It IS that Ted Haggard has been condemning gays and standing in the way of their equal partnership rights, all the while being gay. For me there is absolutely not much worse than a gay bastard! 546

Did Kerry tip his hand?

Did John Kerry tip his hand by conceding early? Perhaps we are better off knowing he was going to betray us. But what now of efforts to recount the election results? 55

Republicans didn’t trust Kerry

Doesn't Kerry's prompt concession kinda make him look like a SHILL? He and the Democratic party hijacked the grassroots progressive movement and sold us down the river. 53

Olympics politicized

The Olympic looks like a rich man's game. An exclusive country club of photogenic faces, the exceptions of which stand out rudely against the art-directed scenes and so are avoided by the cameras. 42

What if you were a friend of Valerie Plame?

Put yourself in someone else's shoes for the moment. Let's say you are the wife of a mid-management engineer employed at a manufacturing facility in the Middle East, or Africa, or anywhere in the world. 35

Did Oscar really boo Michael Moore

At Michael Moore's Oscar Night speech, WERE THE OSCAR BOOS FAKED? Say you were programming the Oscars. Say you were able to intimidate all of the celebrities from speaking out against the war. 31

The RealNews toolbar

The RealNews toolbar (www.newstoolbar.org) as a non-portal frameset which can provide a temporary selection of news sites to your browser, without your having to have the bookmarks, nor even suffer traces of the websites in your browser history. 27

The economy stupid

Are we in a recession? Could it be a depression? A crash? Does the economy have a hope of recovery without help? The Bush administration doesn't want to call the EMTs just yet, they prefer to tone down the rhetoric: 23

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