Heather Michon

Heather Michon
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AUGUST 31, 2010 9:55AM

Wait One Cotton-Picking Minute

Poor Rick Sanchez.

In the middle of a piece with correspondent Jessica Yellin yesterday on his CNN show “Rick’s List,” he made a classic excited-Rick-Sanchez statement:

"He is the cotton picking president of the United States! If the president of the United States doesnRead full post »

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AUGUST 25, 2010 9:50AM

The Most Exciting Primary You Didn't Hear About

While the focus of the national media last night was squarely on the primaries in Florida and Arizona, it's a five-way race for the Democratic gubenatorial slot in Vermont that has turned out to be the most exciting of the lot.  With a party "unity rally" just hours away, the race… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2010 11:12AM

One Baby In Pakistan

Here's something they probably didn't cover in Journalism 101.

CNN's Sara Sidnar has been one of the network's lead reporters in the Pakistan floods (which is finally beginning to get some coverage here in the U.S. now that the humanitarian crisis is coming into full bloom), and this morning she posteRead full post »

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AUGUST 16, 2010 10:22AM

We Should Embrace the "Ground Zero Mosque"

I may be alone here, but I'm finding the debate over the building of a  mosque-that-isn't-a-mosque at an-area-somewhat-near Ground Zero just plain wearying.

In a summer of real news -- floods, fires, landslides, earthquakes, oil spills, and grinding economic gloom and doom, things that cause rea… Read full post »

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AUGUST 12, 2010 8:12AM

"They Won't Listen To Me:" Captive Sarah Shourd's Ordeal

**BREAKING NEWS, 9 September 2010: Sources inside Iran are saying they will release one of the three hikers on Saturday. It is most likely Sarah Shourd.**


It’s a moment every woman fears: finding a lump in her breast.


Sarah and Shane in Happier Days

Now imagine enduring that moment while in a… Read full post »

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AUGUST 10, 2010 3:05PM

If A Flood Decimates Pakistan, Does The Media Hear It?

I revive my little blog today to ask a question: what is the point of the modern American media?

Does it exist merely to tell us which vapid celebutant flashed her crotch at the paparrazi the other day?

Or to keep us up to speed on what dumb bunny thing Sarah… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2010 9:55AM

Yes, Boycott BP


Boycott BP.

It's so simple and elegant. Not all of us can go to the Gulf to pick up tar balls or hose down oiled pelicans. Some of us can't afford to donate much to help those whose livelihoods are suddenly covered in toxic gunk. But we can drive… Read full post »

Absurdist debates over curriculum: it's not just for Texas anymore!

France's powerful teachers' union, the SNES, is petitioning the Sarkozy government to reverse their decision to add the fourth volume of former president Charles de Gaulle's wartime memoir, Mémories de guerre, to the reading li… Read full post »

British Petroleum announced late last night that they would keep the live feed going during today's tricky "top kill" procedure, after hinting all day that they would kill the feed.

The announcement came with a warning: "Throughout the extended top kill procedure – which may take up to two day… Read full post »

Because SB1070 wasn't enough controversy for one legislative session, Arizona has also passed SB2281, which has been widely interpreted in the media as a "ban" on ethnic studies courses in state schools. Ethnic studies are not, in fact, outlawed by SB2281. The law lays out restrictions, with… Read full post »

I arrived in Phoenix for a visit with family on Friday and was somewhat surprised that I didn't see the Gestapo checking papers at the Arrivals gate at Sky Harbor. For the last couple of weeks all the news about Arizona led me to believe a scorpion-infested police… Read full post »

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MAY 7, 2010 10:26AM

The Activist Roots of Mother's Day


An unjust war being waged in a far off country. A mother moved to political action in the name of peace. It's a story as fresh as the morning headlines, and probably as old as warfare itself.

   Political activism seems a world removed from the hearts-and-flowers sentiments of… Read full post »

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APRIL 23, 2010 11:32AM

Censorship in South Park?




I have to confess: I'm a long-time South Park watcher. Like, since 1997.

I'm not sure why, really. Being over the age of 14, I don't find great humor in foul language or bodily fluids. Trey Parker and Matt Stone tend to hit at easy targets with… Read full post »

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APRIL 14, 2010 9:50AM

Getting Beyond the Johnny Reb Jihad

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As we approach the midpoint of "Confederate History Month" here in Virginia, the almighty ruckus kicked up by Governor Bob McDonnell's proclamation shows merciful signs of slowing from full-on boil to a gentle simmer.

Unfortunately, the heat has been turned back up a couple of degrees, thanks/… Read full post »

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APRIL 6, 2010 10:47AM

Westboro Baptist Church Explains It All

Taking a break from harassing grieving military funerals, the Westboro Baptist Church is rolling into the fair Shenandoah Valley later this week to blame 34 people for their own random, violent deaths. Just days before the third anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, "church" members will picket… Read full post »

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MARCH 22, 2010 10:31AM

The Gall of NARAL, Et Al.

I've been getting "EMERGENCY ALERT" e-mails from NARAL Pro-Choice America all week, including this one on Saturday:

Heather, late last night we learned that Rep. Bart Stupak has reached new lows in trying to force his abortion-coverage ban into the health-care bill.

He filed a new resolution yeste

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Stewart Udall, who served as Secretary of the Interior under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, died at his home in Santa Fe last night at the age of 90, according to his son, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico.

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing a bookRead full post »

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MARCH 18, 2010 8:12AM

In Defense of Dennis, Reconsidered

"I now officially hate all politicians."

This was my first thought yesterday when I read the news flash on The Huffington Post that Rep. Dennis Kucinich had reversed his position and would now vote "yes" on the health insurance reform bill now making its torturous way to the House floor for… Read full post »

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MARCH 17, 2010 11:25AM

Dennis Kucinich Changes His Tune

Well, I still like him, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich just made me a liar.

He has dropped his opposition and will vote "yes" on the health reform bill when it comes before the House for annointment in the coming days.

"In the past week it's become clear that the vote on… Read full post »

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MARCH 12, 2010 9:58AM

Now Let Us Praise Dennis Kucinich


Dennis Kucinich (photo via Alternet.org)


Rep Dennis Kucinich (via Alternet.org)

I have to admit: I adore Dennis Kucinich. In the 2008 primaries, my heart belonged to Hillary, but my philosophy was pure Dennis. He was the anti-Barack, the anti-Hillary, way the anti-Edwards...the guy that wouldn't say things he didn't… Read full post »

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MARCH 9, 2010 8:24AM

Sarah Palin Is Of No Importance

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The Sarah Palin Hypocrisy Watch revved up to full throttle Monday as a quote from a speech the former Governor gave in Calgary over the weekend hit the news wires: "We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now,/
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MARCH 5, 2010 9:11AM

Bart Stupak Rides Again

To torture a metaphor on this fine Friday morning:

With President Barack Obama now ordering his troops to pass health insurance reform within the next few weeks, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) has climbed back on his high horse and is threatening to run the whole process off the cliff unless… Read full post »

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MARCH 3, 2010 11:20AM

Better To Be A Teen Mom? Author Hilary Mantel Says Maybe

Award-winning British novelist Hilary Mantel has raised the hackles of her country's teen pregnancy prevention campaigners after an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, saying that the modern approach to childbearing has formed around the male life cycle, and that women may well be better off to have… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 26, 2010 9:51AM

"Would You Believe Me Anyway?" James Frey's Second Act


When Oprah Winfrey delivered her nationally televised spanking of disgraced pseudo-memorist James Frey back in January 2006, Maureen Dowd hailed it as a triumph: "It was a huge relief," she opined, "after our long national slide into untruth and no consequences, into Swift boating and swift/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2010 3:02PM

"Planned Barrenhood:" Bob Marshall's Anti-Women Rhetoric

I should be used to it by now, but sometimes the nerve, the sheer tug-on-Superman's-cape-spit-into-the-wind gall of politicians, takes my breath away.

Case in point: Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13th District).

At a press conference last week with a group called Virginia Christian Action, Marsha… Read full post »