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PSA: When it Comes to Sex Ed, Less Isn't More!

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:24 PM

OK. Seriously now -- all man-boob jokes aside -- here are some numbers to think about this election season:
  • By age 19, seven out of ten teenagers will have had intercourse. And Eighty-two percent of teen pregnancies are unintended.
  • Between 1995 and 2002 the teenage pregnancy rate in the US steadily declined. Contraceptives accounted for 86% of it.
  • But in the mid-2000s, when abstinence-only sex education was introduced, teenage pregnancies began to rise again.
  • Now, one in four teenagers receive abstinence-only sex education without any instruction in contraception. In 1995, it was one in thirteen.

Education matters. That's why a group of us came together and decided to make a Public Service Announcement on the importance of comprehensive sex education in America's schools. We began our multi-platform campaign by writing Op-Eds about it. We got together with experts from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other groups well-versed in the forces aligned against informing kids about their own health to organize a workshop and round table at the University of Southern California. And we did what we do best: we made a short, snappy hard-hitting video with donations from the Internet and our committed cast and...

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Inventing Division -- Why Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Won't Join Forces

(12) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 2:26 PM

When the Flagler College sophomore Logan Guidry, 19, saw the Occupy Wall Street protests spread across the world, he thought: "Let's bring it to our town." He cobbled his friends together and began to organize the first OWS protest in their small historical seaside town of St Augustine,...

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The Campaign Against the Campaign Against Health

(9) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 5:36 PM

This post was co-authored by Jamie Ruddy.

This week a few brave politicians stood up to protest the political attacks aimed squarely at women's health. Henry Waxman and Diana DeGette publicly rebuked the House and Energy Republican members for smearing Planned Parenthood by launching audits into 'misuse of...

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Innovation in Action at 40th Anniversary Pleasure Chest Party

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 6:27 PM

Today the Pleasure Chest of Los Angeles is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Hosted and produced by LA's "real life Jessica Rabbit," Lenora Claire, the party and the place expresses the essence of what this town is all about. Take just one of the many activities that Claire is...

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Pimp My Art: Ten Questions for Jason Alper

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 11:40 AM

The man who put Sacha Baron Cohen in the iconic flouriest Mankini (Borat), glistening sweatpants (Ali G) and bondage fetish gear (Bruno), has some new clients including Ms. Mona Lisa and a Laughing Cavalier. In an oil-based art show opening on Monday (September 27th) at the Guy Hepner...

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Review: The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

(12) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 5:18 PM

It's about time somebody made a documentary about the so-called "Real America" ever since Sarah Palin consecrated it as the foundation of her failed vice-presidential bid. Naturally, the "lamestream media" has left it to Mrs. Palin define this nation within nation. Like all things Palin, it's...

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Obama's Message Catastrophe

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 10:19 PM

As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President's Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government -- I don't. Not because I'm not mindful of the massive...
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Health Care to Suffer Fate of Welfare, Not Medicare or Social Security

(10) Comments | Posted December 20, 2009 | 11:55 PM

The latest installment of conventional wisdom to emerge from liberal writers who support the current health care bill argues that the best entitlement programs come from bad bills. This caterpillars-into-butterflies narrative boasts Medicare and Social Security as the templates for how this flawed bill could form the cornerstone for single-payer,...

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Liberals Admit Mistake: Presidency Doesn't Matter After All

(10) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 2:36 PM

Liberals' disappointment with Obama's abandonment of progressive policies has brought two responses: Put pressure on Obama in effort to push him to the left, or defend his rightward shift as a 'pragmatic' necessity. Both came into sharp relief this weekend as many in the liberal blogosphere sharply condemned Matt Taibbi's...

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America's Gay Leadership Crisis

(4) Comments | Posted August 17, 2009 | 10:20 PM

The leadership struggle for civil equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans is in crisis. A glut of organizations, with competing interests and shifting priorities, of professional lobbyists pitted against grassroots activists, splintered over race and religion, jostling for influence whilst shirking responsibility, has created an unprecedented leadership...

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Ensign Scandal Reminds Us of the Double Standard Placed on Gays and Lesbians

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 2:47 PM

The John Ensign scandal, like all those that have come before it, has been framed by the perpetrator and their defenders, as personal matters requiring respect for privacy from public scrutiny. They talk of their personal misgivings, the task ahead of rebuilding their relationship with their wife, children, constituents, staff,...

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The Left isn't Leaving Obama -- Yet

(15) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 4:55 PM

Over the last week, pundits and journalists alike have declared that the showdown between Obama and The Left has begun. As the FT's Edward Luce announces: "The liberal backlash against President Barack Obama has begun with many prominent left-leaning economists in the US attacking the administration's plans to bail...

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Will Obama's Presidency End the Progressive Movement?

(13) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 5:12 PM

The progressive movement has had it easy. There's been a lot to mobilize for and unite against. Now what?

History doesn't offer much comfort. The conservative movement grew most when it was exile from the Republican Party. National Review was born under moderate Eisenhower. The grassroots conservative movement flourished...

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Why the Conservatives Won't Crack-up, But the Left Probably Will

(9) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 9:23 AM

The predictions of the conservative crack-up anticipating John McCain's defeat appear to have come to fruition. We hear of the post-election GOP power grab among the Governors in Florida, contenders for the chairmanship of the RNC, or the future presidential nominees racing to Iowa. Conservative politicians, pundits and intellectuals are...

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Obama: From "Shouldn't" to "Did"

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 12:10 PM

"Obama should be running away with this," so said the conventional wisdom. Economic crisis, an unpopular president, two on-going wars, "should" have placed the Democratic nominee 10 or 20 points ahead in the national polls. Instead, so the story went, Obama's race, his pastor, his inexperience were dragging the Democrats...

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