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A Rabid Dog Will Bite

A Rabid Dog Will Bite

The media is atwitter with news about a forthcoming book that contains damning information about the president and the president’s inner circle. Much of that information comes from a man who was, until very recently, part of that inner circle. Steve Bannon spilled his rotten guts to Michael Wolff, the author of the soon-to-be-released tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Trump is furious and doing the only thing he seems to know how to do—sending out barely…

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I Need a New Story in the New Year

I Need a New Story in the New Year

Do you think we are being pranked? Is it possible that we are currently embroiled in some sort of elaborate and absurd political theater? Maybe in 2018 someone will pull back the curtain and reveal that 2017 was one big joke. I mean, who could have predicted that a horse-riding, gun-toting, mall creep would be a legitimate Senate candidate in 2017? Or that the current presidential administration would produce more guilty pleas and cooperating witnesses than a season of Law…

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A Teaspoon of Dogma Spoils the Cake

A Teaspoon of Dogma Spoils the Cake

Q: When is a cake more than a cake? A: Never. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case against a Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a gay couple. The baker, Jack Phillips, says he isn’t a bigot and that he’d be happy to sell the couple brownies or cookies or some other baked goods, but he can’t sell them a wedding cake because his religious beliefs lead him to think marriage…

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Roy Moore Isn’t Going Anywhere

Roy Moore Isn’t Going Anywhere

Roy Moore, the Republican running for U.S. Senate in Alabama, has now been accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl and engaging in inappropriate relationships with other underage girls. None of the women making the accusations were looking for fame or revenge or even justice. They were sought out by a hardworking reporter from the Washington Post who was merely following the rumors that popped up everywhere she went. Moore’s predilection for young girls was an open secret in Alabama….

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Are you there, God? It’s me, Bill

Are you there, God? It’s me, Bill

(This week Bill O’Reilly announced that he is “mad at God.” Here’s how I imagine his prayers are going this days.) Dear God, Are you there? Are you paying attention to me? I am aggrieved, God, and confused. I have spent my entire career telling women how to live and how to look. I showered them with my attentions. I sent some of these women helpful examples of pornography and dirty jokes. And what thanks do I get? Not to…

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Are You With Us? We Can’t Hear You

Are You With Us? We Can’t Hear You

In the year 2000 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declared that employer-provided health insurance must cover contraception. It was clearly discriminatory to deny women coverage for a safe, widely used, highly effective preventive medication. This was a solid decade before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went into effect, eight years before Obama was elected. But this week, Trump announced he would roll back the ACA mandate that insures contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive healthcare provisions. Trump and the…

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The Pastor and Mattress Mack

The Pastor and Mattress Mack

Hurricane Harvey continues to bring out the best in many people. Over the past five days, we’ve seen footage of hundreds of citizen-led rescues. These are men and women who climbed aboard their boats and went searching for their stranded neighbors. These are the people who formed a human chain to pull a driver from his sinking car. Even as Mother Nature does her worst, it is gratifying to see humankind do its best. One particularly uplifting story comes from…

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Who Do I Think I Am? Let Me Tell You

Who Do I Think I Am? Let Me Tell You

Last week I wrote a blog post about hypocrisy. It struck a nerve. Most of my posts get fewer than 100 views. When a post edges up over 200 views, I celebrate. In the first few days, “You Said This Was What You Wanted” registered nearly 40,000 views. My website crashed and crashed again. The last time I looked, the number of views had topped 87,000. I’m gobsmacked. This is what you hope for when you send your writing out into the…

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