Archive

July 16th, 2015

Heresy Or Heritage

            That flag is down in South Carolina but the brouhaha continues. It took a long time to get to this point so we can expect the hullabaloo to be with us for many months, even years, to come. The diehards will see to that.

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Have faith in the melting pot

            If, among a certain subgroup of white Americans, there is an inherent fear of the Latin-ization of the United States, is there a parallel unease among some Hispanics? If not quite a fear, per se, then perhaps an aversion to becoming white?

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Blame Boehner for House GOP's Confederate flag fiasco

            The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.

            It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side of the debate, rose. "I have an amendment at the desk," he said.

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A Bias More Than Skin Deep

             I will never forget the October 2013 feature on National Geographic’s website:

            There was a pair of portraits of olive-skinned, ruby-lipped boys, one with a mane of curly black hair, the other with the tendrils of blond curls falling into his face.

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Ralph Reed sees a role for religious right in 2016

            For more than a quarter century, Ralph Reed has been a leader of the religious right political movement. The first executive director of the Christian Coalition, in the 1990s he became the public face and lead strategist of the movement. In 2006 he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Georgia.

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A ‘Lost Boy’ Battles AK-47s With Education

            If there’s a world center of despair, it may be South Sudan, enveloped in an increasingly brutal war in which children are raped and then burned alive. But against that grim backdrop, one local man has undertaken a journey that is an affirmation of hope, inspiration and the transformative power of education.

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What BP Taught Takata

            On Thursday, the office of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., released a letter from Kevin M. Kennedy, an executive vice president at Takata, the company whose defective air bags have killed at least eight people and wounded more than 100.

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The Laziness Dogma

            Americans work longer hours than their counterparts in just about every other wealthy country; we are known, among those who study such things, as the “no-vacation nation.” According to a 2009 study, full-time U.S. workers put in almost 30 percent more hours over the course of a year than their German counterparts, largely because they had only half as many weeks of paid leave. Not surprisingly, work-life balance is a big problem for many people.

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Sanders Is a Fighter, But Not in the Fray

            Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of Vermont -- the whitest state in the nation.

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How to remember all the people running for president in 2016

            Today, we are all Rick Perry.

            At least insofar as we are being confronted with a list that has too many items in it for us to remember with ease or convenience. The list of candidates for president in 2016.

            But never fear! I have come up with a couple of mnemonic devices that may or may not be helpful.

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