(5 comments) Thursday, May 16, 2019 White Men and Identity Politics: Bill Maher Edition
The charge of "identity politics" against the 2020 Democratic field of presidential hopefuls - an apparent obsession of comedian Bill Maher - is the real identity politics.
(18 comments) Sunday, May 12, 2019 The #SexStrike and What Rapists & Anti-Choicers Have in Common
While an appealing response to draconian anti-choice laws that endanger women's lives, the idea of a sex strike glosses over the real life and death consequences of forcing women to give birth against their will. It also fails to fully confront the hypocrisy of "Pro-Life."
(6 comments) Thursday, September 27, 2018 Nothing Has Changed Since Anita Hill
The Kavanaugh hearings are riveting, not the least because of the shared experience of so many women, Dr. Ford brings out into the open. Sadly, the response here to #MeToo seems as cruel as the laugher that has haunted Ford all these years.
(6 comments) Sunday, January 14, 2018 Examining the "Victim-Blaming" Charge Aimed at Mayim Bialik: A Question of Choice
The feminist critique of Mayim Bialik's op-ed - crediting her dress and behavior for her escape from the worst of Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood - is well founded, if somewhat simplistic. But the dichotomy of "victim-blaming" vs. "free choice" needs to be re-examined, in the light of societal pressures for women - and girls - to self-sexualize.
(21 comments) Wednesday, October 18, 2017 MSNBC, Racism and Misogyny Aren't RW "Identity Politics!"
For the second time, with a second host, MSNBC has inexplicably allowed the irresponsible equation of Trump's brand of tribalism with so-called "identity politics on the left." Why these otherwise admirable hosts remained silent in both cases, is a mystery.
(3 comments) Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Former Sen. Danforth Destroys His Own Credibility on Trump and Republicans
After confronting his fellow Republicans in the Washington Post for their uneasy embrace of Donald J. Trump, former senator John C. Danforth destroys his own credibility in his interview on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. In so doing, he loses his moral authority on the matter.
(10 comments) Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Sessions on Wrong Side of History Amidst Opioid Epidemic
While the sirens are sounding on the escalation of the opioid epidemic, Sessions' approach is counterproductive. Adhering to the racist underpinning of the Drug War, he gets in the way of a possible solution: medical cannabis.
(9 comments) Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Hiding Behind Children
The image of Russian orphans is used by both the Trump and Putin camps to obscure the effort to repeal a Human Rights law. It is not the first time Trump et al, have hidden behind children, and revealed their own hypocrisy.
(25 comments) Friday, November 11, 2016 A Conservative Argument for Reversing this Electoral Travesty
There is a campaign to urge the electors of the Electoral College - who meet December 19th - to vote for the winner of the popular vote in this election. In addition to being more democratic, such a move is urgent in the particular case of this "winner." While liberals decry his racism and hatred, perhaps an even stronger argument can be made by conservatives for his threats to national security. I urge them to join.
(17 comments) Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Comey's Revelations Demand Urgent Action by DNC Superdelegates
FBI Director Comey's statement on Hillary Clinton's email use - while not rising to the level of indictment - can only be seen as politically devastating. Between the end of the primaries and today, the standard argument from Hillary supporters to critics of her, has been to stifle that criticism in fear of a Trump win. With this report, it is HRC's carelessness that is the threat to Democrats in 2016.
(16 comments) Friday, May 6, 2016 Trump, The GOP, and Rape
Candidate Trump moves seamlessly from accusing Mexican immigrants in general of being rapists, to shrugging off his coveted endorsement by an actual convicted rapist. Regardless of the merit of Mike Tyson's conviction, in both cases, Trump follows a GOP tradition of using rape as a tool of patriarchy and white privilege, without actually being concerned about the crime of rape.
(1 comments) Friday, April 29, 2016 Bernie's Inequality Message for Trump Voters
While Trump is trying to bring Sanders voters into his camp, it is Sanders who has the greater argument for Trump voters to join him. Unfortunately, Trump's appeals to "aggrieved entitlement" are easier to grasp in our post-Fox-News environment, than are Sanders' economic arguments.
(16 comments) Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Why Trump is the Perfect Vehicle for Today's GOP
Trump has been called a clown, a populist, a misogynist and a racist; yet the mainstream media still scratches their heads over his rising popularity among the Republican electorate. Here I argue that it is the delegation of undocumented immigrants and women as resources rather than people, that makes Trump the perfect spokesman for the Right at this time in history.
(29 comments) Friday, July 24, 2015 When "Lefty" Advocacy Organizations Sell Out
It's frustrating these days to be a vegan and an environmentalist (some would say they are one and the same.) Some of our most trusted advocacy organizations have become too cozy with powerful interests. This article owes a debt of gratitude to the podcast "Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden," and the documentary "Cowspiracy."
(26 comments) Friday, June 19, 2015 Fox News: Domestic Terrorist Just Another Liberal
Fox News, as well as at least two Republicans, have tried mightily to turn an obvious act of racist terrorism into some kind of anti-Christian liberalism - simply because the recent murders in Charleston, SC took place in a church. In doing so, these Religious Right apologists blame all civil libertarians for this attack.
(3 comments) Thursday, June 4, 2015 Deconstructing the Fox Duggar Interview
The cringe-worthy interview by Fox's Megyn Kelly of the Duggar parents, was about as softball as it gets. They skirted the most pressing legal issues, and further muddied the waters by contradicting media reports on key points. In the end, their hypocrisy went unchecked, unsurprisingly.
(10 comments) Saturday, March 7, 2015 Testimony to Maryland Legislature on Cannabis Legislation vis Americans for Safe Access
The state of Maryland is considering joining Colorado, Washington state, Washington, D.C., and other states in updating their laws with respect to cannabis. While a medical marijuana law has already been passed in Maryland, this testimony stresses how a "recreational" law would be useful to patients, due to the fact that policy often lags behind science. SB 531 may be added to the list of laws mentioned.
(5 comments) Friday, February 13, 2015 Cannabis Dreams and the Sixteen Year Diagnosis
The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is a very difficult one to make, and can be life-changing to hear. Getting this diagnosis at a time when the benefits of medical cannabis are becoming better known, and laws are changing, is both a blessing and a curse. This article chronicles one personal story, alongside the national realization - helped along by Dr. Sanjay Gupta - that we may have been misled about a powerful plant.
(17 comments) Saturday, May 24, 2014 What Erectile Dysfunction Ads Say About Our Culture and Our Health
Ads for medications that treat Erectile Dysfunction are everywhere. The fact that they play on men's insecurities and stereotype and insult women is bad enough. But they also mislead men to focus on the symptom of a larger problem; one that may be addressed with a healthier diet, rather than pills.
(7 comments) Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Privilege of Religious Majorities: Pivoting on Piety
The recent church-state case on legislative prayer, is a step backward for those of minority religions. It harkens back to a case where I personally protested. In both cases, the privilege of choosing how sacred to take your sectarian prayer, is a taken-for-granted luxury of the majority. Unfortunately, it seems that the justices forming the majority opinion, could not empathize with religious minorities.