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A More Fitting Name for the Budget Deal: WTF Politics

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:44 PM

The recent sham of a "budget deal" is so absurdly unfair, so grotesquely counter to the stated interests of everyday working Americans and so blatant in its favoritism to Wall Street, the rich and big business that it is hard to believe that we are not actually reading The Onion....

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A Farmer's Take on Ferguson

(10) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 10:35 AM

My wife and I grow produce on our small organic farm, nestled among the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Much of what we grow is sold directly to people whom we see every Tuesday and Saturday at the Abingdon Farmers Market. That makes the simple sale of a head of cauliflower...

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It Ain't All Duck Dynasty Out Here

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:32 PM

By now we've all heard of Arizona's SB 1062, the bill that, if signed by Governor Jan Brewer later this week, will legalize discrimination against the gay community, and for that matter, most anyone else, if such discrimination is motivated by "religious beliefs." It has already passed both Houses of...

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The New Pharisees

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 1:52 PM

Strenuous loathing of Barack Obama is now standard fare for GOP pundits and presidential candidates, so it comes as no surprise to hear their attacks on the president's religion and religious views. From Rick Santorum's "phony theology" characterization, to Cal Thomas' dismissal of his "social gospel," to Mike Huckabee's claim...

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The General Welfare

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 8:30 AM

"He's a vulture capitalist." -- Rick Perry, on Mitt Romney's activities at Bain Capital.

"If we identify capitalism with rich guys looting companies, we're going to have a hard time protecting it... because people look over and say, 'How come I lost all my savings and you stayed...

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Walmart and the End of the Local Food Movement

(41) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 5:06 PM

I had just come in from picking bell peppers when I read the news of Walmart's pledge to buy at least nine percent locally-raised foods by the year 2015. Perhaps I should have been heartened, since this represents potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in market for local farmers around...

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