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Political Ads: America's not really listening anymore

Michael Maslansky | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Political advertising is a medium long associated with dishonesty and cheap shots--not the most persuasive stuff. But today's ad wars are wasting ad dollars. The skyrocketing sums would be better spent on talking policy without mentioning any party or any hot-button political words.

Your Obnoxiously-Political Facebook Friends: 5 Tips for Dealing With Them

Andrea Bonior | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrea Bonior

We've all got them, no matter how left or right you lean. They're the Facebook friends who can't post a single status update without making it political, or who seem to share every last bit of oversimplified propaganda they come across.

Jan Brewer's Self-Deportation Station

Erin Gibson | Posted 10.24.2012 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

Jan Brewer's fight to rid Arizona of all illegal immigrants just got a little bit easier.

My Son Gets His Revolution On

Miriam Novogrodsky | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Miriam Novogrodsky

My son, the same kid who a year ago preferred action movies to political discourse has become a one person fountain of political facts. The problem? T...

Meeting Obama

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Maria Rodale

I'm not the type that usually goes to political fundraisers. In fact, I avoid them like the plague.  Ditto any calls to my home from political candid...

Ban on Bull -- Really

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 03.31.2012 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

You'd think that in a town as politically correct as Santa Cruz, the city council would have removed a lot of other bulls before bullfrogs. How about bullets? Or bullfighting? Or bullying? So why did it choose to ban bullfrogs?

OMG You Were a Nun and You're Black?

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.06.2012 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

I spent over four years researching friendship patterns of people from all ages in order to write Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations th...

Newt - Democracy's Blessing or Curse?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Kevin Bermeister

In one fell swoop, Newt Gingrich focused the worlds' attention on all of the ignorance that has plagued Israel through more than 30 years of rhetoric ...

Occupy Wall Street: Is It a Good Strategy?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Whatever you think about the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's instructive to take a look at their strategy. Today, anyone who needs to engage the la...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

Praying for Peace and Looking for Jesus at #OccupyWallStreet

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Here are a few things I know about the Occupy Wall Street protesters: When they stand with the poor, they stand with Jesus. When they stand with the hungry, they stand with Jesus. When they stand for those without a job or a home, they stand with Jesus.

Apology in the Middle East Is a Weapon, or 'Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word'

Haggai Carmon | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

In the Middle East where honor is worth more than money and is a political weapon both sides hold, the Israeli-Turkish future relationship seem bleak.

Justin Bieber Better Than the GOP on Health Care? (video)

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


Does A Physically Active Lifestyle Make Better Citizens?

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that political engagement is just another form of movement and energy and physical activity? Could something as simple as an active lifestyle explain good and bad citizenship?

What's Wrong with America? Let Me List the Books....

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Sun Tzu writes that if you do not know your enemy, AND you do not know yourself, you are destined to fail. The United States of America is not a Repu...

TIME's Epic Distortion of the Plight of Women in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Help us push back against TIME Magazine's distortion of women's issues in Afghanistan. Tomorrow, TIME Magazine will treat newsstand customers everyw...

The Ties That Bind Soldiers and Citizens

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

Exactly 2,500 years ago this year, a war was fought that made the world safe for democracy. It's a fitting tale for Memorial Day, for it reminds us of the eternal debt we owe our warriors.

Is a Blog on the Huffington Post a Violation of ICMA Ethics?

Ron Carlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Carlee

Writing a blog hosted by the Huffington Post has elicited concern among some of ICMA's members. The complaints were not the content of the blog, but ...

There Was Only One Holocaust: Why the Misuse of Political Language Matters

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

George Orwell wrote that "political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable."

Africa Water Project Captures Difficulty Of Global Struggle

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Strong leadership is missing. A few members of Congress have been working on the water problem and Matt Damon, the actor, has made it his cause. But the issue is not getting traction.

4 Reasons Sarah Palin Loves Jews

R.J. Fried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
R.J. Fried

The Jewish people have found their Moses and her name is Sarah Palin. During Palin's pitch perfect speech at the National Tea Party convention in Nas...

so to speak: California Queen'in

Don Ringe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Ringe


Barack Obama Superstar: Do You Think You're What They Say You Are?

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jon Chattman

Now that he's the Commander-in-Chief, Obama needs to step it up, and dress the part. It's time he pimps himself out Wii Rock Band style. Would Elvis or Bono ever wear straight khakis?

"Gotcha" Legislation and Congressional Failures

Marilyn Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marilyn Barrett

Do the Congressional Rules and Procedures really permit major pieces of legislation to be slipped in for vote without the opportunity for members to review... the substance and effect of the legislation?

It's About the Students, Stupid!

Marc Lampkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Lampkin

When was the last time a teachers' union sued to demand higher academic standards? When has a teachers' union ever demanded more accountability in our classrooms?