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No Country for Children

No Country for Children

Yesterday as I watched the news about yet another school shooting, I tried to feel something other than anger. I know that anger is not the healthiest emotion. It raises the heart rate, spikes the stress hormones, produces a flood of negative reactions from brain to gut, but anger is my default with these shootings now. What else am I supposed to feel? I’m angry with the shooter, sure, because I wish he’d found some other way to express his…

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The Best of the Worst

The Best of the Worst

The White House has always been a high stress work environment, but the Trump White House seems like a poisonous snake pit. It is best avoided by anyone hoping for a career post-White House. Before John Kelly took his current position as chief of staff, he was a widely respected Marine General who’d devoted his life to serving his country. Now, he is the man who allied himself with wife beaters and white supremacists, who called young immigrants “lazy,” and…

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He Looks Like a Nice Guy

He Looks Like a Nice Guy

Another man down in Washington White House staff secretary Rob Porter is out after multiple allegations of domestic abuse made the news this week. The White House has known about these allegations for months, but they kept Porter on until the accusations became public. Now they claim they didn’t really know. In a Washington Post article about the mess, a White House spokesman said Chief of Staff John Kelly felt “misled by Porter, saying he downplayed his ex-wives’ accusations in conversations…

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How To Sell Body Parts for Fun and Profit

How To Sell Body Parts for Fun and Profit

Did you read about the funeral home in Montrose, Colorado, that is being investigated by the FBI for selling body parts? My niece, who recently moved to Montrose, sent me this link to the story. An investment idea, she suggested. The most surprising fact of this story, in my opinion, is that selling body parts is perfectly legal. Also, did you know you don’t need a license to work as a funeral director, embalmer, or cremationist in Colorado? You need…

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The State of the Tabloid Union

The State of the Tabloid Union

Now on Stage, Stormy Daniels: A Strip Club and a Presidency Meet After Dark ‘He’s not God’: In the wake of porn-star allegations, most evangelicals stand by Trump TRUMP EATS MCDONALD’S BECAUSE HE’S AFRAID OF BEING POISONED ELSEWHERE These are recent headlines from actual newspapers and magazines. It used to be we’d only see headlines like these on salacious tabloids in the checkout line at the supermarket. But now, these sorts of headlines are delivered by The Gray Lady and…

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Listen to the Girls

Listen to the Girls

Who cares what some girl has to say? Literature is full of stories about girls trying to get someone to listen to them. Take Cassandra, cursed to spout prophecy no one would ever believe. Why? Because she wouldn’t hook up with Apollo. Or take the girls from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, powerless until they started pointing fingers as a group. Or the girls from Megan Abbot’s The Fever, overlooked and ignored until one after another succumbed to a mysterious illness. Even…

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Hold Your Nose, Mitch McConnell is Making Promises

Hold Your Nose, Mitch McConnell is Making Promises

“You’re a liar and your breath stinks.” This is a thing people used to say when I was in high school. Maybe they still say it. I have no idea where this insult originated or why lying would cause bad breath, but I always assumed it was because the words coming through a liar’s mouth were rotten. If there’s any truth to the old insult, I’ll bet the halls of Congress smell like garbage. And I’ll bet the worst stench…

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This is a Dark and Stormy Mess

This is a Dark and Stormy Mess

Let me start by saying that I don’t care a whit if the current president had sex with a porn star. They’re both adults and if Melania has a problem with her husband’s fidelity, she can deal with it. I’m much more concerned with the women he forcibly groped and kissed, and with the teenage girls he walked in on while they were changing for their beauty pageant appearance. I’m much more concerned about his blatant racism. Frankly, I’m more…

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Age is No Excuse for Hatred

Age is No Excuse for Hatred

In the same week that our president was spewing some of his worst racist comments, Edgar Ray Killen drew his last breath at the state penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi. Killen is the notorious klansman behind the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He was not convicted for the brutal crimes until more than 40 years after the fact, and even then he was only declared guilty of manslaughter. He spent about a dozen years in jail…

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Mouthy Women Unite

Mouthy Women Unite

This week in Louisiana, a teacher was arrested for speaking at a school board meeting. Let that sink in. The teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, spoke out against a proposed raise for the school superintendent. The school board voted to give the superintendent the raise and Hargrave spoke up again, complaining that the superintendent was getting a raise while teachers continued to live with low pay and limited classroom resources. It’s a common complaint in school systems, where teachers are expected to…

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