04 May 2009

390 Years Minus 100 Days … And Counting

(See parts one and two.) In many ways, the discussion of race in America, particularly as it relates to today’s issues (the economy, health care, education), brings to mind the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Different people have a firm grasp on part of the truth in

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01 May 2009

390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 2

National Urban League head Mark Morial recently described the state of black America today as "the best of times and the worst of times." He’s right. The inauguration of the first African-American president was a moment worth celebrating as an undeniable achievement of the progress we’ve made regarding race. Many

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30 Apr 2009

390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 1

Many people – including the president himself – have mentioned the absurdity of judging Obama’s success at cleaning up messes that were decades in the making, based on his first 100 days in office. It’s equally absurd to expect the first 100 days in the administration of our first African

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23 Mar 2009

Civil Rights on Death Watch?

This has been in the back of my mind for a while now, so I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: If the California Supreme Court upholds proposition 8, it will signify nothing less than the death of civil rights in this country. Think I’m wrong? Well, which of

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20 Mar 2009

It’s Not Just Rush

 (Previously posted at the Republic of T.) It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Republicans. Trounced in November’s election, faced a popular president, and a voting public that seems to have rejected their conservative politics, now they’re stuck with Rush Limbaugh as the de facto head of their

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04 Mar 2009

Just Between You and I

File this one under, “Are You Kidding Me With This?” I didn’t see this one coming, but apparently grammarians have pounced on Obama already, just one month into his presidency. WHEN President Obama speaks before Congress and the nation tonight, he will be facing some of his toughest critics. Grammar

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24 Feb 2009

A Message to the New York Post, Pt. 1

By now, everyone’s seen it. Everyone’s heard about it. (And everyone’s blogged about it, but hey, this is the first moment I’ve had time. So here’s the one millionth billionth blog post on the subject.) All you have to do is ask someone, “So, how about that New York Post

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23 Feb 2009

What’s Wrong With Wall Street, Pt. 3

(Read parts one and two.) Whoever said it was right when he or she called the current economic downturn a “financial 9/11.” Though he may not have meant it in quite this way, it’ still an apt comparison. Because, just as 9/11 was something that didn’t “just happen” to us,

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23 Feb 2009

What’s Wrong With Wall Street, Pt. 2

(See Part One.) Being married to a psychiatrist, there just happened to be a copy of the DSM IV in the house. I grabbed it and, on a hunch, turned to the section on personality disorders, where antisocial personality disorder caught my eye first.

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11 Feb 2009

What’s Wrong With Wall Street?, Pt. 1

In my daily perusal of economic news, I have found myself more than once staring my computer monitor in open-mouthed wonder, occasionally exclaiming, “You’ve got to be kidding me,” or “What’s wrong with these people?”,or something like that. To do what they’ve been doing, you’d either have to not be

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