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Senator DeMint Thinks 28,000 Per Year Is Enough to Pay for Health Insurance

Try to calculate how you would get by if you had to live on your own with a small child on just $28,000. It’s extremely difficult to do, and it would get even more difficult if you had to pay for the health insurance premiums that Senator DeMint tried to impose. […]

Country First, Family Second Doesn't Apply Just to Sarah Palin

This morning someone asked me to design a “Country First, Family Second” bumper sticker about Sarah Palin. I declined; the phrase made me queasy. Part of my queasiness was in reprinting the “Country First” slogan that Rowan notes is tied to totalitarianism. But mainly I have a problem with the premise of the sticker that […]

Palin Says She Will Defend Families With Guns

But I have no idea at all what makes Sarah Palin think that having weapons around is more important to families than a good economy, a clean environment and health care. […]

Ed Schultz, Partisan Hack on Sarah Palin Pregnancy Mud. Keep the Kids Out of It.

In response to news that Sarah Palin’s young daughter is pregnant, radio talk show host Ed Schultz just spent a segment huffing and fluttering about it all, then uttered the following over the air:

Well, the Republicans released a statement accusing the Democrats of mudslinging on this. I just say, if it’s mud, then why […]

Fundamentalist Mormon Abuse: Why Does It Happen?

What’s to blame for the crimes that the hearing focused on? Is it really polygamy itself, or is some other factor more fundamentally responsible for the abuse? Absolutist religious beliefs? Rural isolation? Mixture of church and state? Authoritarian attitudes in conservative families? […]

We Are Not Transcending Anything

Transcendence sounds great when you haven’t built a life yet, and you’ve got nothing to lose. Nowadays, transcendence sounds more like surrender than anything else. […]