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On September 17, at a rally for Ken Cuccinelli, Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, local party official John Whitbeck told a “joke.”
In his “joke,” Whitbeck said that it was an old tradition for the “head of the Jewish faith” to meet with the new pope and present him with a piece of paper, which [...]
If you enjoyed the first season of the YouTube series “Ask a Slave,” featuring Lizzie Mae, personal housemaid to President and Lady Washington, you’ll appreciate the second season, which is now underway.
Here’s my favorite episode so far.
…instead of buying silly toys and games for your kids, give them a gift that truly says you love them– weaker public employee unions.
That’s right. Scott Walker is running for reelection as governor of Wisconsin. And here’s his campaign’s latest pitch for contributions.
The New York Times has picked up on the brouhaha over recent remarks by London Mayor Boris Johnson which had even Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calling him a “careless elitist.”
Mr. Johnson is no scientist, but he has stepped into the kind of debate over the relationship of I.Q. to race and poverty that has [...]
According to The New Republic, about 5,000 of these handbills were distributed around Dallas at the time of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the city on November 22, 1963.
Any resemblance to the far (and sometimes not so far) Right’s attitude toward a current American president is, of course, not coincidental at all.
Dallas was at [...]
As I wrote here last July, I’m not a fan of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which I still think is “much too complex and doesn’t do enough to hold down inflated medical costs.”
And events of the past several weeks– including the infamously malfunctioning website and President Obama’s now-discredited promise that everyone who likes [...]
On its 150th anniversary, my sister sent this mashup of the greatest speech ever delivered by an American.
Even in this form, the powerful simplicity and truth of the words come through.
The final sentence of the Gettysburg Address is usually recited with the emphasis as follows: “…government OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people…” [...]
On the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht– the brutal and murderous Nazi pogrom against the German Jews, their homes, their synagogues and their businesses– Der Spiegel reports on how foreign diplomats in Germany described the awful events at the time.
Despite the often-truncated form of the reports and the detached language of the diplomats, these are impressive [...]
You may recall my post last August about E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor here in Virginia, who said, among other strange things, that by supporting same-sex marriage, “the Democrat party” was “going in an anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-family, anti-life, and even anti-Israel direction and that this was no longer a party that any [...]
Posted: November 7th, 2013 under Stateside.
As expected, the State of Texas (Rick Perry, governor) appealed the ruling of a federal judge that blocked key parts of the states restrictive abortion law from taking effect.
The result: A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting today.
A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of [...]