iOS app Android app

All The Blog Posts

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Rick Santorum's Political and Biblical Mistake

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted February 19, 2012 | Religion

Sen. Rick Santorum has made a serious mistake.

On Saturday, the presidential hopeful was addressing a group in Ohio when he made the unfortunate assertion that Obama's agenda is:

not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about...
Christopher Lamb

Kids And Strangers: When Do You Know If A Stranger Is A Pedophile?

Christopher Lamb | Posted February 19, 2012 | Parents

My wife, 10-year-old son, and I live in Mt. Pleasant, a suburb of Charleston, S.C., on a street where nearly everyone has at least one child between the ages of 7 and 12. Every afternoon seven or eight boys are in my next-door neighbor's yard playing football and not inside...

Lauren Bush Lauren

Teddy: The President and the Bear

Lauren Bush Lauren | Posted February 18, 2012 | Impact

Two years ago, I got an invitation to a holiday charity event called Teddy Bears for Kids to be hosted at the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America. I was intrigued, and quickly turned to Google to find out more about this organization...

Fritz Lodge

The Arab Spring in History: Taking the Long View

Fritz Lodge | Posted February 21, 2012 | UK Culture

Beneath the white marble dome of Cairo's opera house, tucked into the quiet and secluded district of Zamalek, around 50 young Egyptian university students, many with hair pulled back under modest and brightly colored hijab, shuffle into the small auditorium to take their seats. They have come today to celebrate...

Carla Buzasi

The Week That Was: A Sunday Sun and Scotland

Carla Buzasi | Posted February 18, 2012 | UK Politics

No matter how many press releases you pen, how many interviews you give, or how much spin your experts can generate, sometimes there's no substitute for appearing in person, something Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron took to heart this week, flying into and out of London respectively to rouse the...

Aaron Belkin

GOP Deceptions About Gas Prices

Aaron Belkin | Posted February 19, 2012 | Politics

"...Our return to Bush-era gas prices is because the economy is rebounding..."

Well, here they go again. With nothing positive to campaign on, GOP strategists have decided to launch a messaging war against President Obama, blaming him for the high price of gasoline. According to the New York...

Kirsty Lang

In Praise of Meryl Streep

Kirsty Lang | Posted February 18, 2012 | Entertainment

I was a young BBC reporter when I first met Margaret Thatcher on a cold Scottish hillside. She was standing in front of the wreckage of the Pan Am airliner that had exploded over Lockerbie. As the news pack surged forward, I was knocked to the ground, prompting the British...

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Street Artist "Cake" in Studio

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted February 18, 2012 | Arts

The New York Street Artist Talks About Agony, Painting and UFOs

Inside out. The words capture the dynamic of an artists journey to the canvas -- and the Street Artists trip to the wall. Cake, her street name, has been hitting New York streets for five years with some of...

David Finkle

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Does and Doesn't

David Finkle | Posted February 18, 2012 | Entertainment

Ever since the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth-Harold Prince Merrily We Roll Along opened in 1981, rolling along merrily is one thing it hasn't done. A hodge-podge of notions about lost dreams, eroding romance and the ever-present perils of show business very freely adapted from the unsuccessful 1934 George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart...

Daoud Kuttab

Did Hamas Cave-in for Practical or Financial Reasons or Both?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted February 18, 2012 | World

After months of hibernation, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict seems to be getting more attention of late. Despite the volatility of the situation in Syria and Egypt the most recent agreement reached in the Qatari capital received a lot of media attention. It also seems to have touched a number...

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

Stan Kenton & His Daughter Leslie's 'Love Affair'

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted February 21, 2012 | Books

"I don't know if I ever went to sleep or not. The next thing I knew his massive body was on top of mine. In a rough voice he started to repeat my name: 'Leslie. Leslie. Oh, Leslie.' His hands stroked my body in ways that frightened me. It felt...

Robert Hughes, Jr.

Why Do Happy Newlyweds Eventually Divorce?

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted February 18, 2012 | Divorce

In recent years, there have been several studies that suggest that some happy and satisfied newlyweds were still getting divorced. Paul Amato and Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott's 2007 research is one such example; they found that there was a surprising number low-distress couples that were splitting up.

These findings...

Chris Kelly

Rick Santorum Ruins The Best Man

Chris Kelly | Posted February 18, 2012 | Politics

"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country." -- Rick Santorum

Someone should take a group of women and make a frank and clear-eyed study of abortion. Specifically, the aftereffects of having to...

Orlando Jones

Top 17 People Jeremy Lin SHOULD NOT Be Compared to... and Why!

Orlando Jones | Posted February 18, 2012 | Comedy

Linsanity is sweeping the nation and everyone seems to have an opinion about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. They're comparing him to a lot of people.

Well, here's some people we should not compare him to:

1. Plaxico Burress -- Because when Lin shoots in New York...

Paul Guest

Thoughts on Interpretation

Paul Guest | Posted February 20, 2012 | UK Culture

An interpretation is an explanation of the meaning of another's artistic or creative work: an elucidation: An interpretation of Mahler's 2nd Symphony, for example.

In the symphonic repertory the interpretation falls, mainly, to the conductor. The conductor, of course, is only one part of the generic question of interpretation; he,...

Laura Prudom

Supernatural Recap: The Winchesters Must Face Their Past Mistakes in 'Repo Man'

Laura Prudom | Posted February 18, 2012 | TV

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 7, Episode 15 of The CW's Supernatural, entitled "Repo Man."


Whenever there's an A-grade episode of Supernatural these days, chances are that evil genius Ben Edlund is the man behind the...

Marcia G. Yerman

Eve Ensler Unveils "One Billion Rising"

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted February 19, 2012 | Impact

It hasn't exactly been a stellar start to 2012 for American women. Rick Santorum's theory that birth control is "harmful to women" would have Margaret Sanger spinning in her grave. Then there was Fox pundit Liz Trotta's question to those who have been raped in the...

Aisling Carroll

I Put My Body On eBay

Aisling Carroll | Posted February 18, 2012 | Women

With one eye open and one closed -- it feels like an energy saver -- I stare at the eBay page and click on "Sell an item." I slump low in my chair and type out my ad: "Broken (but spirited) body seeks new owner." I weigh inserting an exclamation...

Laura Prudom

Nikita Recap: Carla Unearths the Secrets of Division's Creation in "Origins"

Laura Prudom | Posted February 18, 2012 | TV

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 15 of The CW's Nikita, entitled, "Origins."


It would've been tough to beat last week's action-packed installment of Nikita, which threw so many twists at us it was hard to figure...

Suzanne O'Malley

Quitting Smoking Harder for Poor -- American Heart Month: Day 18

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted February 18, 2012 | Healthy Living


"Quitting smoking is the single most important step smokers can take to improve their health," according to Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. Quitting is also significantly more difficult for the poor than for their better-off...

Ryan Doyle

Linmania: Racist?

Ryan Doyle | Posted February 19, 2012 | Canada

Jeremy Lin is the most popular man in the NBA, perhaps in all of sports right now. Explanation: Because he is Asian-American.

Why we pretend this is a bad thing is completely beyond me.

Earlier this week, undefeated boxer and notorious big mouth Floyd Mayweather said the excitement...

Peter Worthington

Exposed: How Britain Muzzles the Press

Peter Worthington | Posted February 18, 2012 | Canada

There's probably no one in the cut-and-thrust world of competitive journalism that doesn't admire and envy the enterprise (and bankroll) of the London Sunday Times when it launched its Insight Team way back in 1963.

The brainchild of innovative and courageous editor, Harold Evans (knighted in 2004), the...

Blake Bromley

New Counter-Terrorism Strategy Overlooks Most Obvious Breeding Ground

Blake Bromley | Posted February 18, 2012 | Canada Politics

On February 9, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews released Canada's counter-terrorism strategy entitled Building Resilience Against Terrorism. The headline of the Globe and Mail's response read, "Ottawa's new anti-terrorism strategy lists eco-extremists as threats."

Despite the Globe's attention-grabbing headline, the Counter-Terrorism Strategy does not focus on...

J.S. Vijaya

Hey Toews: Do You Feel Lucky?

J.S. Vijaya | Posted February 18, 2012 | Canada Politics

How does one even begin to respond rationally to the typical Tory bully boy theatre performance where Canada's public safety minister referring to his critic openly stated, "He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers."

For those of us who are interested in preserving...

Paul Barter

Steve Jobs Knew What Women Want

Paul Barter | Posted February 18, 2012 | Canada Business

To use the Twitter vernacular, female-driven technology is "trending." The IT sector is no longer dominated by men, and companies that ignore this trend are doing so at their own peril.

About a decade ago, 80 to 90 per cent of total IT spending was in the enterprise...

Karen Selick

Higher Courtroom Security Won't Protect Against Injustice

Karen Selick | Posted February 18, 2012 | Canada

I happened to catch a few moments of SunNews TV the day that the Kingston, Ontario courthouse was shut down due to a bomb threat during the Shafia trial. The reporter was marveling over the low level of security he had observed at that courthouse up until then....

Brian Levin, J.D.

Gary Carter: Loss of a Baseball Legend Rekindles Lessons From Youth

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted February 21, 2012 | Sports

There are certain losses that just simply tug at your heart because they symbolize not just the passing of a vibrant iconic person, but a bit of our youth as well. For long suffering Mets and other baseball fans from the 1980s the sad loss of Hall of Fame catcher...

Anne Chertoff

Vera Wang Shares Her Top Wedding Planning Tips And Launches A Wedding App

Anne Chertoff | Posted February 18, 2012 | Weddings

Vera Wang, the iconic wedding gown designer, recently launched a wedding planning and design app to help brides with more than just the search for their dream dress. The app, Vera Wang on Weddings, includes 1,000+ images of everything from cakes and flowers to real weddings and stationery...

Douglas Anthony Cooper

The World's Most Dangerous Hobby

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted February 21, 2012 | Canada

I admit to sneering when I first encountered the vast international community of flashlight addicts. Who are these losers, I generously wondered. These "flashaholics." Perhaps the nerd equivalent of, say, those neurally healthy folk who have sex with plush toys? Only less interesting?

That was a month ago.

Since then,...

Mara Opperman

Right Guy, Wrong Ring?

Mara Opperman | Posted February 18, 2012 | Weddings

You've waited all your life for this moment -- the man you love gets down on one knee, takes out a small box, opens it and lets out the magic words, "Will you marry me?" As you're about to shout out, "Yes!" you take one look at that ring and...

Louise Phillips

Are the Lib Dems Giving Up More Than the Tories in Government?

Louise Phillips | Posted February 20, 2012 | UK Politics

Having reasonably successfully given up drinking for January, I've been considering repeating the experiment for Lent. However, having recently got engaged, and with lots of celebratory drinks in the diary, I can foresee this not panning out exactly as I planned (apparently the chap had planned to ask on our...

Esther Williams

Christianity Under Attack? Or Do We Just Need to Speak Louder?

Esther Williams | Posted February 21, 2012 | UK Lifestyle

I've got something to tell you. I'm an enthusiastic practising Christian who attends (a packed) church every week. And, I'm not particularly worried about the rise in 'militant secularism', as people are entitled to believe what they like. This means if my belief system offends you and you feel it's...

Lindblad Expeditions

Discoveries Of The Deep: Aboard National Geographic Explorer (VIDEO)

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted February 18, 2012 | Travel

"What on earth is that thing!?"

Hunching closer over the joysticks and toggle switches that control our Remote-Operated Vehicle (ROV), I stared into the monitor that showed what the little robot submarine was seeing on the floor of the Arctic fjord, hundreds of feet below me. Gently urging the ROV...

James Zogby

Anthony Shadid: A Man for Others

James Zogby | Posted February 18, 2012 | World

New York Times reporter, Anthony Shadid died unexpectedly this week. With his passing we lose America's finest reporter on Arab World issues -- at the time when Americans need his work more than ever. The importance of Shadid's writings to Americans and Arabs cannot be overstated. His reporting was unique,...

Marie-Claude Ducas

Mon garçon suit des cours d'éthique et culture religieuse à l'école. ET de catéchèse à l'église. (Et c'est très bien dans les deux cas)

Marie-Claude Ducas | Posted February 21, 2012 | Canada Quebec

Côté religion, je suis comme une bonne proportion de Québécois: une « catholique » sur papier qui, dans les faits, ne pratique pas vraiment. Je ne fréquente l'église que dans de rares occasions (Noël et/ou Pâques parfois, et aussi, hélas, quelques funérailles ...) Quand même, j'ai fait deux choses que...

Gretchen Rubin

To Be Happier, Write Your Own Set of Personal Commandments

Gretchen Rubin | Posted February 18, 2012 | Healthy Living

One of the most challenging -- and most helpful and fun -- tasks that I've done as part of my Happiness Project is to write my 12 Personal Commandments. These aren't specific resolutions, like make my bed, but the overarching principles by which I try to live my life.

Carré Otis

The Inner Journey of a World Traveler

Carré Otis | Posted February 18, 2012 | Healthy Living

Long ago in my life there was a yearning. I struggled to find my way. I searched, wondering if this "thing" was outside of me? Perhaps it was a "place" I might someday arrive at. If only I could have more of "this," do more of "that," experience more of...

Mark Hyman, MD

Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted February 18, 2012 | Healthy Living

Gluten-free is hot these days. There are books and websites, restaurants with gluten free menus, and grocery stores with hundreds of new gluten-free food products on the shelf. Is this a fad, or a reflection of response to a real problem?

Yes, gluten is a real problem. But...


7 Superfoods That Help Improve Cholesterol

EatingWell | Posted February 18, 2012 | Healthy Living

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

If you have high cholesterol you aren't alone: Nearly half of all American adults have high cholesterol. Not all cholesterol is bad, though (find out what you can do to raise your "good" HDL cholesterol). Your...

Diana Butler Bass

The End of Church

Diana Butler Bass | Posted February 18, 2012 | Religion

Something startling is happening in American religion: We are witnessing the end of church or, at the very least, the end of conventional church. The United States is fast-becoming a society where Christianity is being reorganized after religion.

In recent decades, untold numbers of people have left the Roman...

Mark Sissons

Heli-Skiing Canada's Backcountry (PHOTOS)

Mark Sissons | Posted February 18, 2012 | Travel

"Never been glade skiing in the wilderness before? Just don't look at the trees and you'll do fine," instructs the man who will hold my life in his hands for the next seven days.

Perched on a windswept ridgeline, I digest his advice while the Bell 212 helicopter that just...

Conde Nast Traveler

First-Class Travel: What's Inside Airline Amenity Kits (PHOTOS)

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted February 18, 2012 | Travel

One of the best parts about flying in the front of the plane is that the airlines dole out amenity kits packed with all those little things that make long-haul flights more comfortable -- toothpaste, earplugs, eye masks, moisturizer, lip balm and even cozy socks.

And you can bet that...

Daniel  Leconte

Le moment Poutine

Daniel Leconte | Posted February 18, 2012 |

Pour les délicats, Poutine a une sale gueule, des goûts de chiottes, un langage de caserne et un diesel à la place du cœur. Pour les réacs, qui ont tété très jeune au biberon de l'anti-communisme primaire, c'est un ancien guébiste, pire tu meurs! Pour les nostalgiques du grand soir,...

Marc Marchant

Barcelona - Fitness Holiday with a Difference!

Marc Marchant | Posted February 21, 2012 | UK Lifestyle

The past decade has seen a rapid rise in the popularity of fitness holidays, boot camps and yoga retreats. Whether it's learning to kite surf in Tarifa, hiking in the Alps or doing asanas in the Himalayas, there's almost certainly a holiday out there for you, that's both enjoyable and...

Daniel  Leconte

Le moment Poutine

Daniel Leconte | Posted February 18, 2012 | France

Pour les délicats, Poutine a une sale gueule, des goûts de chiottes, un langage de caserne et un diesel à la place du cœur. Pour les réacs, qui ont tété très jeune au biberon de l'anti-communisme primaire, c'est un ancien guébiste, pire tu meurs! Pour les nostalgiques du grand soir,...

Alyson Schafer

Top 3 Digital Parenting Questions Answered at Social Media Week

Alyson Schafer | Posted February 18, 2012 | Canada Living

This past week, I had the great fun of participating in Social Media Week by sitting on a panel called " The Social Family" to discuss how social media is impacting our families. The panel moderator, Rebecca Brown of Bunch Family did a great...

Matt Wilstein

The Best Late Night Clips of the Week (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Matt Wilstein | Posted February 18, 2012 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert was only able to deliver a couple of shows this week, but he did have at least one great segment on the Colbert Report along with a surprise appearance on Jimmy Fallon. The week of cable hosts appearing on broadcast shows continued, with

02.19.2012 > < 02.17.2012