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The Presidential Beer Party, and What It Means for America

Posted July 30, 2009 | 14:18:31 (EST)

X-Posted to The Brew Yorker.
We all know about the incident with Henry "Skip" Gates, Sgt. James Crowley, and our man, Barack Obama. Some yelling happened, some arresting of a respected Harvard professor in his own house was involved, a president trying to change our healthcare system...

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Who Needs Health Reform?

Posted July 21, 2009 | 20:34:35 (EST)

I want to talk about me for a minute, and tell you a little bit about my health this past year. Let me start out by saying, on the whole, I'm a fairly healthy guy. I got to the gym regularly, I try to avoid eating a lot of excess...

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Dear Media: Please Stop Reporting About Science

Posted June 19, 2009 | 16:08:29 (EST)

This time, you've gone too far, media. I'm having a nice day. I'm listening to Rachel Maddow and hear her ask a scientist from NASA "Isn't there some other way you can test soil samples on the moon instead of sending in a rocket?" Okay. Whatever. He kills the question...

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My Time in Operation Rescue

Posted June 10, 2009 | 14:08:09 (EST)

After the tragic death of George Tiller, I thought long and hard and decided to join Operation Rescue. It was mostly due to fear, I'll admit that. But once I joined the organization, I started really falling for it. I think it was something about the pure drive...

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Anyone Out There Who Can Explain the Gay Marriage Thing?

Posted May 29, 2009 | 13:35:43 (EST)

Is there anyone out there who can explain to me why gay marriage is a problem?

There are issues which are contentious in this country that I have a definite side on. Abortion, for example. I understand where the other side is coming from, I understand where the argument is,...

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My Neighborhood Was Almost Bombed

Posted May 22, 2009 | 08:01:44 (EST)

So.... Apparently my neighborhood was recently targeted by a group of Islamic fundamentalists. There's the scary factor, sure, but at the same time, a big part of me feels it's kind of cool.

I should probably explain that.

The area of New York where I live is called "Riverdale"....

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Journalists Present Acupuncture Placebo As Cure

Posted May 18, 2009 | 18:44:12 (EST)

Last week, an acupuncture story from the Center for Health Studies in Seattle came out, and the mainstream press hopped all over it. 638 randomized adults with chronic mechanical low back pain were split them into four groups: one which was given standardized acupuncture, one that was given acupuncture specifically...

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Swines and Birds and Homeopaths, Oh My!

Posted May 5, 2009 | 10:02:26 (EST)

With all that's been going on with Swine Flu and the scare around it, people are looking around for medicines to help protect themselves and their families. Unfortunately, they're being preyed upon by a group whose theory of medicine goes counter to everything that is known about physiology, physics, chemistry,...

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On the Conservadems: Hurray for Party Dissent

Posted April 29, 2009 | 23:27:05 (EST)

I think that before delving into this topic, it'd be a good thing for me to put my personal cards on the table. I am a socialist-leaning Democrat. I believe in unencumbered free speech, I'm pro-choice, pro-gay marriage (or anti-straight marriage, on the days when I'm feeling peevish -- note,...

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A Suggestion for Obama: RE: Jets Flying Past NYC Buildings

Posted April 28, 2009 | 09:56:49 (EST)

Okay, Barack. So that whole jet rattling office buildings as it flew right by the site of the World Trade Center thing, that wasn't you. Okay. I'll accept that, because I like you. I'll go along with this not being on your head thing. But here's a little thought...

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Susan Boyle's Success is Not In Spite of Her Looks

Posted April 21, 2009 | 15:16:15 (EST)

Let's be clear on this one. Let's be really clear for one second. Susan Boyle is not a bad singer. She's got pitch, she ain't bad. She's pretty good, for a person with absolutely no training, but she's also not transcendent. And let's now think about this for one second,...

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Detainees Bemoan New Torture Policy

Posted April 21, 2009 | 09:25:15 (EST)

Though many in the nation are thrilled that President Obama has gotten rid of the Bush Administrations torture programs, there are some dissenters. Outside of those in the old administration, clinging to a proven failure, a few of the inmates themselves have recently begun to complain.

"I can't believe Obama's...

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Dennis C. Blair: Justifing Torture Never Sounded So Sweet

Posted April 17, 2009 | 09:19:54 (EST)

Thus spoke Dennis C. Blair, director of National Intelligence:

"Those methods, read on a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009, appear graphic and disturbing. But we will absolutely defend those who relied on these methods."
Tell it on the mountain, brotha! There's shit we don't understand when...
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Gay Marriage Is After My Rights

Posted April 8, 2009 | 19:09:16 (EST)

I don't know if you've seen it yet, but if you're like me and two thirds of America, you need to see the new video from The National Organization for Marriage. It captures so perfectly the rights that are being impinged upon by gay marriage: the right to stop...

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Why Do Anti-Vaccinationists Believe?

Posted April 2, 2009 | 14:24:53 (EST)

At the end of last week, I wrote an article which was eventually titled "Vaccine Denial = Scientific Illiteracy." The article was posted on Monday and has since received a lot of feedback on either side. Though part of me expected it, another part of me was confused as...

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Vaccine Denial = Scientific Illiteracy

Posted March 30, 2009 | 16:00:49 (EST)

Last time I wrote about this subject, I made it too subtle. I thought that deliberately tagging both David Kirby and Jenny McCarthy, titling it "to David and Jenny, with Love", and then writing about how a woman's "mommy instinct" got her to kill an unarmed black man with...

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On Mocking Bin Laden

Posted March 11, 2009 | 17:58:22 (EST)

Last night on the "Rachel Maddow Show", Sbignew Berzinsky chided Maddow for making a joke about Bin Laden.

"This is a complicated problem which cannot be reduced to simple formulas, and for that matter should not be a matter of ridicule. You know your introduction to Osama was very......
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To David and Jenny, With Love

Posted March 11, 2009 | 13:29:20 (EST)

To Dave and Jenny with Love,

The following is a direct transcript from the testimony of Ms. Caroline Schwartz, speaking in her own defense in Albany, NY -- case # 1009234, The State v. Caroline Schwartz.

My lawyer would like me to inform you that...

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Spitzer Was Not "Involved" with a Prostitution Ring

Posted March 11, 2008 | 11:15:02 (EST)

While on the treadmill the other day, my eyes were drawn to the television. What can I say? I think running on a treadmill is boring, but I also don't like weather and it's my goal to be outstandingly attractive. So there I am, my iPod in my ears and...

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The Little Governor That Could

Posted February 22, 2008 | 13:49:08 (EST)

I'm trying to write a kids book. So far, the publishers aren't crazy about it. I think it's my artwork. So, I'm putting this out there for everyone else to see, that is, if you'd like to help me get this project off the ground. I think it's something we...

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