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(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Full Bumpers And Empty Gestures
Most everyone in America "supports the troops". But what does that really mean? Does displaying a $3 magnetic ribbon made in China really support the troops? Does countering with anti-war bumper stickers really support the troops? Or do both actions simply make the drivers feel good about themselves as if they are "doing their part" to support or resist this war?
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 19, 2007 Bush's Views On Health Care Make Me Sick
Mr. Bush apparently has no philosophical objections to the number of children equivalent to the entire population of the state of Oregon going without health care. Why should he? We all know that he also has no philosophical objections to the number of Iraqis he's killed equivalent to the entire population of Austin, Texas.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Listening To Voices
Sometimes I find it comforting to step outside of our own immediate historical experience into the past, to learn about problems that never change, remember what wiser men and women before us have said, and bring back some of that inheritance.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 15, 2007 Doctoring Science
Last Tuesday, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona gave testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During his testimony, Dr. Carmona, who served as Surgeon General from 2002 until 2006, spoke of his experience working within the Bush administration.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 13, 2007 A Nation Of Heroes
In the aftermath of September 11th America became, to itself, a nation of heroes. Six years on we still fling the word hero around amply, carelessly, in every direction.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 8, 2007 Intelligently Designing Politicians
These are heady days in the world of science. Rapid advances in robotics, computers, and nanotechnology all promise less work and better living. Genetic engineers tell us we can expect designer children and designer pets within the decade. And perhaps best of all, scientists are offering cautious hope of designer politicians.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 7, 2007 Do Parents Matter?
In our incessant media world of confusing and often contradictory advice, few are more vulnerable than parents. Across all forms of media, various self-described "parenting experts" contradict each other, and often even themselves. Parents are then left confused and uncertain as to what is considered the "best advice".
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2007 In The Ambulance Together
We need a universal and affordable system of health insurance - available to everyone regardless of how much they earn, where they work, or even whether they have a job. Comprehensive health care reform is long overdue. By squandering time, we're narrowing our options.
SHARE Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Remembering Our Freedoms
This year perhaps more than any before we would do well to use the opportunity of the anniversary of our nation's Declaration of Independence to remind ourselves of the freedoms, unique in all the world and modeled since, for which untold Americans over the past 231 years have fought or even given their lives.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 2, 2007 Here We Go Again
Make no mistake. The current posture and policy of the Bush administration is leading our nation inexorably toward a ruinously self-defeating conflict with Iran, a conflict that will have grave consequences for the Middle East, the United States and the world. And once again, everyone is busily pretending that it is not happening.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2007 What Does Freedom Mean Anymore?
It is worth remembering during this week divided by an Independence Day holiday that as Americans we are united by freedom, perhaps even as many freedoms as there are of us. But what does the common man actually believe about freedom today? Does freedom today mean the same thing as written and fought for over two centuries ago?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 28, 2007 Over The Horizon
Has anyone else noticed how often White House Press Secretary Tony Snow uses the term "over the horizon" when answering questions regarding the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq? It makes one want to break out in song...
(21 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Hoping Against Indifference
Heretofore all too seldom, several authors have been read in recent weeks expressing sentiments of hope against and despite all that so many more authors have so richly and explicitly detailed as going wrong with our world. I find such hope refreshing...
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2007 How The Christian Left Can Get It Right
If the spiritual and Christian Left is to win the 21st century conflict between Christianities, it must talk more, much more, about spirituality and about Jesus. While protecting separation of Church and State is of utmost importance, it does not require that religion be banished from public discourse.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 22, 2007 Will Any Candidate Champion America's Children?
What of the largest sliver of America than does not vote, involuntarily that is? Why does no candidate at least pretend to pander to their needs, to champion their cause? Of course, that unrepresented group is America's children.
(22 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Bring 'Em Home
This war that our leaders have concocted has sapped our military strength, our credibility, our economy, our disaster preparedness, our morale, and our moral standing in the world. It has increased the threats America faces, and reduced the military, financial, and diplomatic tools with which we can respond. It is long past time for this gigantic distortion in our national priorities to be called to an end.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Taguba, Torture, And Abu Ghraib
In the June 25th issue of the New Yorker magazine, Seymour Hersh interviews Army Major General Antonio Taguba about Abu Ghraib, and the administration's complicity with torture and human rights abuses.
(23 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2007 On Writing In The Age Of New Media
We should be especially curious, in this the Age of Image, why writers nonetheless go on writing, why they still spend so much of their spare time conceiving ideas, nourishing them and helping them grow, and laboring to deliver them as words that few others will ever see when put to paper or screen.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2007 Abortion Contortions
Anyone pro-choice following the Republican debates anyone? must admit to a bit of schadenfreude at watching front-running presidential aspirant Rudolph Giuliani twist himself into Clintonesque contortions over the issue of abortion.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 14, 2007 The REAL Domestic Terrorism Threats
Why does no one cover the terrorism that does affect us personally, that exists in our daily lives, and is steadily on the rise? You know the terrorism I'm talking about, the kind perpetrated by a certain type of person with a certain type of personality, known as the 'Rules Don't Apply To Me' personality.