The Second Coming of Barack Obama

Obamaone1by dollarsandsense123 Having apparently decided that the hole isn’t nearly deep enough yet (which is to say: they haven’t struck oil, but they do seem have located a big fat […]
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Why LA Rocks Steady

Los Angeles rocked and rolled its way through a 5.8 earthquake shortly before noon today. In California, that’s considered a good middling-size shake — enough to throw stuff off bookshelves, […]
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Of Madmen and Martyrs: A Unitarian Take On Knoxville

We are an odd group, we Unitarians. Conventional wisdom says that we’re soft in all the places our society values toughness. Our refusal to adhere to any dogma must mean […]
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All Hat and No Cattle

My dad, who died six years ago today, was a cowboy. A real one, complete with beat-up Stetson and muddy ropers and a Ford pickup and an ancient blanket-lined Levi’s […]
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Broken Bridge Conservatism, Redux

It’s not just Texas. Rick blogged yesterday on the collapsing roads and bridges of Denton County, Texas. Unsurprisingly, it’s happening in other places, too. From today’s Arizona Star: PHOENIX — […]
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What’s Missing from the Nuclear Power Debate?

Ah, you optimistic soul. Did you really think the nuclear power debate died after Three Mile Island brought the reality of its dangers home to insurers, investors and utility companies? […]
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McCain’s Croc of Hooey

Marc Ambinder at theatlantic.com notes that Crocs (which are probably what your children are wearing right this minute) seem to be a perennial favorite when GOP presidential candidates come to […]
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Why The Right Isn’t Future-Ready

Over the course of my master’s program, I’ve had some tortured conversations with my dean over the direction my research is taking. He’s been poking at me (and, being an […]
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Decline and Fall of America’s Energy Empire

The current debate over offshore oil leases has put America’s gargantuan energy appetite back on the discussion table this week. I’ve tried to stay out of it so far for […]
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Real Men Don’t Type

Twenty years ago this spring, the small software company I was working for hired in a new vice president of advertising to be, among other things, my boss. The guy, […]
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Why Change Happens: Ten Theories

One of the grandest — and most frustrating — things about carrying on the great democratic conversation via blog is finding out how many of your fellow citizens (including many […]
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Reclaiming Mother’s Day

Progressives have always loved holidays, which may be why we’ve created so many of them. There are Saturdays, of course, brought to us with no small help from the early […]
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Outright Barbarism vs. The Civil Society

I live in a nice place. I mean that literally. It took some getting used to. After 20 years in Silicon Valley, where people put a premium on being direct […]
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Jeremiah Wright: What (Else) Is Going On

Jeremiah Wright is everywhere this week — and the media doesn’t quite know what to make of it. Mostly, they’re stuck so hard in the election horse-race narrative that they […]
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How Dangerous is The FLDS?

One of the trickiest parts of dealing with the extremist right is figuring out whether a given group is just harmless garden-variety crazy — or harboring the special kind of […]
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How to Kill An Army: A Scenario

John McCain, who from the early 1980s worked hard to establish himself the one of the Senate’s shining champions of Vietnam veterans’ issues, completed his betrayal of the Iraq-era troops […]
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When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution

“Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy There’s one thing for sure: 2008 isn’t anything like politics as usual. The corporate media (with […]
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Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part I

2008 is shaping up to be the election year that we finally get to have the Great American Healthcare Debate again. Harry and Louise are back with a vengeance. Conservatives […]
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Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part I

2008 is shaping up to be the election year that we finally get to have the Great American Healthcare Debate again. Harry and Louise are back with a vengeance. Conservatives […]
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