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Obama in Libya: The Horror! The Horror!

Posted March 31, 2011 | 19:55:15 (EST)

I never thought I'd quote from Heart of Darkness to take issue with a black guy.

Then I listened earlier this week to President Barack Obama's speech on the Libyan intervention. My thoughts kept drifting to Joseph Conrad's unforgettable description of a late-nineteenth century colonialist warship shelling...

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Anonymous Online Commenting: A Culture of Cowards

Posted March 17, 2011 | 04:30:00 (EST)

Nothing lasts forever, the saying goes, unless it's online.

Since hearing the news, I've been rather blue about Christopher Hitchens' esophageal cancer -- in part because he's among the finest intellectuals we've got, and in part because the diagnosis is another thing keeping mortality in the foreground.

To...

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Happily Ever After

Posted March 3, 2011 | 11:13:08 (EST)

President Obama has said his opinion on gay marriage is "constantly evolving." Social conservatives were hopeful -- evolution is only a theory, after all.

And during Obama's first two years in office, their hopes were answered. The President cultivated something of a reputation for indifference regarding gay rights -- an...

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America's Creationism Problem

Posted February 17, 2011 | 03:52:35 (EST)

America needs a Plan B, in case God flakes.

President Barack Obama agrees, stressing science's pivotal role in securing America's future, and so do the courts, which consistently find the teaching of Creationism in public schools unconstitutional.

But a recent poll found that only...

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The State of the Union's American Exceptionalism

Posted February 3, 2011 | 01:12:54 (EST)

I've long suspected that Republicans get their history from Elseworlds comics.

So it was no great surprise when Michele Bachmann told a crowd in Iowa last month that the founding fathers ended slavery, or when Sarah Palin told a Fox News reporter last week that the...

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Say 'No' to Ivy League Frat Boys

Posted January 20, 2011 | 13:00:40 (EST)

The times I've pitched this column to friends, the response has been mostly negative. Something vague about it not being worth it.

Probably so. But some things need saying.

To the point, then?

Cornell's Greek system is a lump on the student body, and it's high time we hack it...

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Give 'Em Hell, Barry!

Posted November 30, 2010 | 23:54:06 (EST)

This President is soft on progress.

Yes, he inherited an economy driven to the brink by Republican irresponsibility and, yes, preventing a second Great Depression was priority one.

The problem is that President Obama too often values consensus over conscience, overestimates Republican decency and, as a result, sells...

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Hello, 21st Century Yellow Peril

Posted October 29, 2010 | 17:20:42 (EST)

First a black President, next the Chinese overlords.

Last week, a conservative organization called Citizens Against Government Waste unveiled "Chinese Professor," a peculiar attack ad shot almost entirely in Mandarin with subtitles.

The commercial, set in "Beijing, China 2030 A.D.," depicts a futuristic American dystopia where,...

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The Big O's Mojo Has Been Here All Along

Posted October 15, 2010 | 16:08:03 (EST)

Will the president have to sprout wings?

For the past six months or so, there has been a peculiar narrative developing about the Nov. 2 congressional elections: Democrats are going to lose the House and Senate, and it's all Barack Obama's fault.

The president has failed to live up to...

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