Archive - 2014

October 16th

Stomachaches

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Small town tyrannies preserve race inequities

    What a disappointment. Officials have retracted their promising report that voter registration surged by more than 3,000 in Ferguson, Missouri since August 9, when the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer touched off sometimes-violent protests.

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Rules to Vote By

    Right now you are probably asking yourself: What should I be looking for in a candidate this election year? Excellent attendance at committee hearings? The ability to write an economic plan from scratch? An affinity for poultry?

    It's time for some major-league soul-searching.

    Cribbing

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One amazing transformation

    Who would have thought:

    -- That gay rights groups' biggest concern would not be how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage but that it wasn't ruling fast enough?

    -- That the Republican response to the justices' move to let same-sex marriages proceed in half the states would be ... near-total silence?

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Olive Garden Execs Parachute Away

    Imagine the Three Stooges as waiters. Curly’s pouring hot soup in laps, Moe’s sneezing in the spaghetti, and Larry’s lighting a well-coiffed woman’s hair on fire with the bananas flambé.

    When their boss finally gives them the boot, the customers cheer. And if the wiseguys were to ask for big goodbye bonuses, everyone in the joint would crack up.

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Heel rebellion against reaction

    The clergy gathered in the second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections.

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Florida's two least-wanted vie to be governor

    Florida used to be known for oranges. Now it's known for political theater, mostly of the tragic sort.

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Fear Of Ebola Takes Political Turn

    One afternoon two weeks ago, I did my best to calm a friend who'd become fearful that her son would contract Ebola in Syria. The young man had enlisted in the National Guard. She knew the U.S. was bombing ISIS terrorists there, and that people were talking about "boots on the ground." She thought she'd heard about a Syrian Ebola outbreak on TV.

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Banning Medical Pot Makes No Sense

    A few months back, a friend of mine died of cancer. I’ll call her “Karen,” for her privacy. By the time we met, she was already terminally ill and had been for months.

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'Twould be lovely to whitewash history

    A controlling school-board clique seeks to sanitize the teaching of American history — scrub away unsightly blemishes like racial oppression and women’s liberation. Should be a piece of cake, right?

    Sure, except that the students find out about it and voice their outrage loudly.

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