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All the World’s a Stage

All the World’s a Stage

Did you see the president’s press conference on Tuesday? The one where he tried to convince us that he isn’t treasonous, but only careless with language? It was an absurd piece of political theater and it was punctuated by a dramatic, mid-monologue plunge into darkness. I don’t know who’s directing this show, but he or she has a wicked sense of humor. Look at cast member Maria Butina, indicted this week on suspicion of being a Russian spy. Butina charmed…

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Twenty Men Who Should Never Have Guns

Twenty Men Who Should Never Have Guns

Any man who has ever hit a woman or romantic partner. Any man who has ever threatened to hit a woman or romantic partner. Any man who has ever continued to pursue a woman after being told she wasn’t interested. Any man who has ever called a woman “a stupid bitch” or some equivalent insult. Any man who has ever said to a woman, “you’d be pretty if you’d just smile/lose weight/wear makeup/wear a dress.” Any man who considers the…

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Give us your tired, your poor…(just joking! lol)

Give us your tired, your poor…(just joking! lol)

I have nothing new or noteworthy to add to the reports of children being separated from their parents at our nation’s southern border. Outrage from all sides of the political spectrum is at a fever pitch, as it should be. But I’m confounded by the gleeful cruelty displayed by the people supporting this policy. From the president’s word choices (infest?) to Jeff Sessions highly selective Bible-thumping to former campaign chair Corey Lewandowski’s mocking of a child with Down syndrome to the…

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Who’s Crazy Now?

Who’s Crazy Now?

In yesterday’s town hall meeting about gun violence, the NRA’s Dana Loesch called the Douglas school shooter “crazy” and an “insane monster.” These aren’t clinical terms, of course. Loesch isn’t a mental health professional. It is possible this teenager might have benefited from better mental health screenings and intervention, but Loesch isn’t qualified to judge. Anyway it can take months to get an appointment with a therapist. You can buy a gun in an afternoon. Loesch argued that all we…

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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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Our American Values are Killing Us

Our American Values are Killing Us

On Wednesday evening, a man shot and killed three people inside a Wal-Mart in Thornton, Colorado. The victims were ordinary Americans doing the most American thing of all—shopping at a big box store in the suburbs. We don’t know if they were there to buy clothes for their children or groceries for their next meal. Maybe they were getting started on their Christmas shopping. The suspect in the shooting is also an ordinary American—a middle-aged white man with a string…

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There Is No Such Thing as a Lone Wolf

There Is No Such Thing as a Lone Wolf

I was raised in a home with guns. My father had hunting rifles, the kind you might use to shoot a deer or a squirrel. He used his to shoot both, though he hunted less and less as I grew older. In later years he used one of those rifles to shoot a snake that was threatening a neighborhood dog. Daddy never owned the sort of gun meant for killing people—no handguns or military style assault weapons. He didn’t shoot…

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The Bad Guys Next Door

The Bad Guys Next Door

In 1997 in Pearl, Mississippi, a teenager opened fire on his high school classmates, killing two and injuring many more. I watched the news footage from my job at the public television station in Austin, Texas. I’d grown up just a few miles from where the shooting took place. I had cousins in Pearl and I spent time there as a child. The news of the shooting shocked me and it shocked my coworkers. Someone asked, “Where would he get the gun?”…

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