Archive for June, 2008

  • Pop Quiz: What do Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and the United States have in common?

    The false hope of the death penalty

    Pop Quiz: What do Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and the United States have in common?

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  • Despite the controversy surrounding the 17 pregnant girls at a Massachusetts high school, both sides of the political spectrum agree it’s a tragedy.

    Better sex education should be a family value

    Despite the controversy surrounding the 17 pregnant girls at a Massachusetts high school, both sides of the political spectrum agree it’s a tragedy.

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  • President Bush has called for more domestic oil exploration, asking congress to allow drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Preserve and off the coasts. While some, including the president, say this will drive the cost of gas down, it isn’t exactly the golden ticket to the energy crisis.

    Let's put the next refinery in Crawford…

    President Bush has called for more domestic oil exploration, asking congress to allow drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Preserve and off the coasts. While some, including the president, say this will drive the cost of gas down, it isn’t exactly the golden ticket to the energy crisis.

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  • I’m really not a “the glass is half full” kind of girl. I don’t like to pretend things are great when they aren’t. But there is a bright spot to rising gas prices. Two, actually.

    The bright side to rising gas prices

    I’m really not a “the glass is half full” kind of girl. I don’t like to pretend things are great when they aren’t. But there is a bright spot to rising gas prices. Two, actually.

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  • I wonder when it became a character flaw to have poise. I wonder why Barack Obama’s knowledge of pop culture (the fist bump or brushing the dirt off his shoulder, for example), good looks, and commanding presence on stage are somehow reasons to believe he’s all flash and no substance.

    You say Barack-Star like it's a bad thing

    I wonder when it became a character flaw to have poise. I wonder why Barack Obama’s knowledge of pop culture (the fist bump or brushing the dirt off his shoulder, for example), good looks, and commanding presence on stage are somehow reasons to believe he’s all flash and no substance.

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  • While watching Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton give their historic speeches to close the democratic primary season, I was conflicted. Not because the end to their epic battle was bittersweet, or because I would rather see either one of them in the White House than McCain, but because of the crowd’s reaction: a standing ovation.

    Why I hate standing ovations

    While watching Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton give their historic speeches to close the democratic primary season, I was conflicted. Not because the end to their epic battle was bittersweet, or because I would rather see either one of them in the White House than McCain, but because of the crowd’s reaction: a standing ovation.

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  • “They said this day would never come” is one of Barack Obama's favorite sound bytes. I’ve heard him recite it in person twice, once in Austin in 2007 and again in San Marcos just a few months ago.

    Obama can stand on his own

    “They said this day would never come” is one of Barack Obama's favorite sound bytes. I’ve heard him recite it in person twice, once in Austin in 2007 and again in San Marcos just a few months ago.

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  • I must admit this New York Times column calling for Clinton to deliver a speech on gender struck a chord with me. I particularly enjoyed when author Anna Holmes said, “sexism is so pervasive as to be almost invisible and so accepted that to mention it is to risk being accused of hypersensitivity.” Too often women refuse to speak up against sexism or, even worse, they fail to diagnose it out of fear of being labeled a “feminist.”

    I'm not a Clinton supporter, but…

    I must admit this New York Times column calling for Clinton to deliver a speech on gender struck a chord with me. I particularly enjoyed when author Anna Holmes said, “sexism is so pervasive as to be almost invisible and so accepted that to mention it is to risk being accused of hypersensitivity.” Too often women refuse to speak up against sexism or, even worse, they fail to diagnose it out of fear of being labeled a “feminist.”

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