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Reverse Discrimination: Really About Justice

Originally published July 30, 2010 on Open Salon

A friend recently sent me a link to an article on Talking Points Memo (TPM) entitled "Commission on Civil Rights: Protecting America From (Reverse) Racism," the gist of which is that the US Commission on Civil Rights is currently following the concerns of its Republican majority and is…

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Unfashionable Music -Burt Bacharach

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It’s hard in the…

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A WHOLE MONTH'S VACATION

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Searching for Ridiculous (OS Archive - 2010))

My husband grew up in the land of Silly. His family's motto:  Avoid all debate, no point in argument, do what you're told. Otherwise, invent puns and other wordplay to pass the day, bring them to the dinner table, and let laughter ensue.  

That paragraph is obviously not written by one of them.

As youngest, Husband was tutored by the best Punster Dad, encouraged by three older Sisters in all things witty, and was named Best Retorts or Cutest Quips or something like that…

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Added by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Sexual Violence in "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"

JULY 22, 2010 4:46PM

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I recently finished reading Stieg Larsson’s wildly popular…

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Ten Lost Romantic Gems of the '60s

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Without resorting to research, I…

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Guilty Pleasures: The Carpenters

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I was…

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Learning to Lose

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   “She knows there’s no success like failure

     And that failure’s no success at all” –B. Dylan

Love Minus Zero/No…

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"Where are your shoes!?" (OS Archive - 2010)

We were standing in the cathedral parking lot, waiting for the camp bus to arrive. The heat was rising up from the black asphalt in waves and I felt myself sink into that semi-trance state a muggy August in Georgia seemed to produce in me. It was more miserable than usual that year -- wouldn't cool down at all. Most of the other parents waited in air-conditioned SUVs, while I'd hopped out of our car, choosing to suffer the heat rather than seem unexcited to see our son again. A…

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Self, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

JULY 4, 2010 9:46PM

Self, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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A Conversation with Captain Trips

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Jerry…
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What I Believe About Israel

Originally published on June 29, 2010 on Open Salon

A lot of people have been commenting to me about Israel, oddly enough in response to a post that isn't primarily about Israel (and not in response to that post's immediate predecessor which is primarily about Israel). I'm going to clarify what I think. Let me know if this makes sense to you.

 I believe that Israel has the right to exist.

 I believe that  Israel has the right to defend…

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Bach and the Beatles

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My Ex-Husband is Here -- a Saving Grace (OS Archive - 2010)

I saw you last night, for the first time in years.
You turned up unexpectedly
although I knew you were coming to town...
 
You look older --  
your hair is thinning, your middle's thicker.
 We had just come back from the lake, the house was a mess.
 
I just couldn't spend a minute getting ready for you.
 
I'd spent the previous week talking to myself --
reminding…
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Added by Anna Herrington on June 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

(Ex) Political Junkie in OS Rehab

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When I started blogging a few months ago, I swore on a stack of Bibles (well OK, old New…

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Added by John Manchester on June 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why Is There Error?*

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Why Is There Error?*

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THIRD GRACE UPDATE - VANESSA CARLTON

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So,  my third grace Vanessa…
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Added by John Manchester on June 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

J.S. Bach Part 2: A Pilgrimage to Leipzig

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I Had a Father's Day Breakfast Once.... (OS Archive - 2010)

In car on the way to breakfast with Mom, Dad and two sons:

Youngest Obsessa-Boy:  "...and with my $3.82 I just saved from last week I can get the new fork on my mountain bike..."

Dad:  "What kind of fork, a Specialized or Kona?" 

Mom/Me, thinking:  I wonder if my saying 'Jewish friend' on that comment seemed like saying 'my White friend' or 'my Muslim friend' more?  Is that a race or religion comparison..??   ...and either way that didn't…

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Added by Anna Herrington on June 20, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

DeFence of "SELF", a Justification

JUNE 18, 2010 10:19PM

DeFence of "SELF", a Justification

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Added by Betty Deeds on June 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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