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Jaime Franchi

Jaime Franchi
New York, US
July 07
Misses Write
Freelance writer living in New York. My work can be found in the NY Times, "Big" Salon, Punchnel's, Fictionique, The Broad Side, and on JedMorey.com, where I am a regular contributor. Follow me on Twitter at JaimimiMama. www.JaimeFranchi.com


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SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 10:58PM

Bradley Manning is Dead

Bradley Manning is dead.

The confused and conflicted boy who was perhaps naively idealistic and relentlessly patriotic, who believed in the USA with a conviction that brought him to the fire-filed deserts of Iraq – while most of us sat in our houses and read about it in the newspapers –… Read full post »

Remember the John Grisham novel “A Time to Kill,” when the defense attorney pleads the case of a black man who is on trial for killing two white men in rural Mississippi in front of an all white jury? He takes the courtroom through an exercise where he asks everyone to… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2013 12:34PM

The Day in Question

I don’t know how your mind works, but inside mine is a courtroom.  On the most difficult nights, when sleep fails, attorneys plead their arguments, present their evidence, and rarely, if ever, rest their case.  Sometimes I worry that I’ve been too hard on my children and lawyersRead full post »

MAY 24, 2013 10:22AM

Scout's Honor



I’m going to preface this by saying that I am no Angelina Jolie.  While you might find yourself tempted to draw comparisons between me and that sexy orphan saving-woman of the world, try to remember that although there are some striking similarities, I’m just your averaRead full post »

MAY 23, 2013 10:04AM

The End of the Beginning


I respond “Yes” to everything: every Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Lia Sophia party invitation that comes my way. It’s not that I wouldn’t rather drive a nail through my eyes than sit in a neighbor’s living room listening to a well-rehearseRead full post »

  1. Chris Christie’s lap band and his weight before or after. I care more about what comes out of his mouth than what goes in it.
  2. Where Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried. I saw a group collecting money to ship him to Russia. Sorry childhood cancer, I’ve got more important things to
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FEBRUARY 23, 2013 9:24PM

Ugly Tax: A Vomit-Whore Love Story

In our twenties, my sister's birthdays meant limo rides from Long Island into “the city.” Seven to ten girls, whomever my sister and I were close to at the time, most repeaters, but always some new blood. The girls were always much cooler than I ever was - my relation toRead full post »
FEBRUARY 14, 2013 7:33PM

Gun Control: Something Bigger

Originally Published on JedMorey.com


It seemed unfair and even cruel to open brightly wrapped presents by the fire this past Christmas when there were twenty sets of parents in Connecticut grieving and devastatingly un-merry.


With thRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 8, 2013 3:12PM

What? Too Soon?

President Obama was inaugurated a couple of weeks ago, and here we find ourselves, a relatively teensy snippet of time into his second term. With immigration reform and the debt ceiling pressing, the gun control debate spiraling into ever more shrill pitches, and pointed looks into his use of drone sRead full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2013 3:22PM

Bill O'Reilly Was Right



In the aftermath of the President’s inauguration, I can safely let the sigh escape from my chest, a deep exhale of relief that we escaped a Romney/Ryan administration and their consequent taking of the country back(wards).  From the administration of Reagan onwards, momentumRead full post »

JANUARY 21, 2013 10:28AM

A Sensible Approach to the Gun Debate

Originally published on www.JedMorey.com - http://jedmorey.com/2013/a-sensible-approach-to-the-gun-debate/ 


The tragedy in Sandy Hook has brought the national conversation to gun violence, which inevitably leads to the seemingly insurmountable differences between those who advocate fRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 1, 2012 12:06PM

No Wake

We always knew the name Surf Street was dead on.  When we were little, a sign that spelled “No Wake” was attached to the telephone pole at the top of the street, for when boats would pass through from Shore Road.  I’d never seen boats float by our front window, butRead full post »

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OCTOBER 26, 2012 11:21AM

Common Ground

“Well, that’s the problem with liberals: they attempt to make a point without knowing the FACTS.  They are uneducated and brainwashed and just vote the way the liberal media tells them to.” 


This has been the basis of most exchanges this election year in what is quiRead full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 2:12PM

National Coming Out Day: My Secret Vice


It’s the day when we encourage our countrymen to rid themselves of shameful feelings,  self-hatred, and fear and wave the flags of their sexuality in the faces of those who might judge them, and stand proud.  On National Coming Out Day, we celebrate those who are marginalized bRead full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2012 7:17AM

Romney Flips Us the Bird



For all intents and purposes, Mitt Romney came away the winner of the first Presidential campaign of the season.  He was clear and articulate, well prepped, and came out swinging. It was Obama’s debate to lose and he did.  


Which sucks.


We watched Obama conRead full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2012 3:12PM

Did you watch Homeland last night?

Did you watch Homeland last night?  Here's my recap:

http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2012/10/homeland-season-two-season-premiere  Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 3:16PM

But will we remember?




As the pictures go up on Facebook et. al. of the towers and we are counseled not to forget, I wonder what it is about us that holds on so strongly.  I get that this was important, that the towers were not only physical structures that held theRead full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2012 9:52AM

The Stench of Paul Ryan's Deceit




One thing I hate is a liar.  This isn’t a sweeping generalization of something everyone hates, like saying, “I hate Bernie Madoff,” or “I hate yogurt.”  This is a specific bug in my bonnet that stemmed from my early childhood.  

 … Read full post »

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AUGUST 21, 2012 12:18PM

Todd Akin’s Arrested Development




The question took me by surprise.  I knew that one day, I would have a heart to heart with my child, sit him upon my knee and speak to him honestly about how babies are made.  But I wasn’t prepared for the question to come as I wasRead full post »

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AUGUST 16, 2012 11:07AM

Obama/Biden's Stance Against Faux Indignation



How many times have I sat by these past few years, outraged by the ridicluousness of the lies told by the right?  How many times have I watched Obama cave to their demands -  extending their tax cuts, giving in on Guantanamo Bay - only to watch his stoneRead full post »

AUGUST 15, 2012 4:21PM

My Number One Fan



Something peculiar has happened to me.  Being a mother, I might have been prepared for this eventuality.  After all, I know how it works: you plan and prepare, you read all of the books, you do the research, and when you finally feel that you are ready (and oftentimesRead full post »

AUGUST 6, 2012 11:33AM

After the Dust-Up Settles



So I’ve been on Open Salon for over a year now, and as far as I know, I’ve never gotten to be in a dust-up or a flounce or a beta (what is beta?  What are beta days?  The older the beta? Either way, it seems I missed them.)Read full post »

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JULY 30, 2012 7:23PM

The Day I Uninvited My Father to Paris


 Until I was about five years old, I fell asleep after the refrains of my father’s rage-filled voice ushered in what I figured to be equivalent to what all children heard.  I simply could not rest my little head upon my pillow until my father slammed into the room IRead full post »

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JULY 12, 2012 10:27AM

A Less Perfect Union: Is Racism Now Socially Acceptable?




In the wake of Mitt Romney’s address to the NAACP and his continued provocations at the expense of the African American population, a question needs to be asked: Since when has blatant racism become socially acceptable?  After deriding the NAACP about Obamacare, he hasRead full post »

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JULY 9, 2012 5:28PM

Peggy Noonan Misses the Proverbial Boat





To commemorate this past holiday weekend and perhaps to salvage some credibility for the Republican party, Peggy Noonan, former assistant to President Reagan, published an article in The Wall Street Journal this weekend focusing on “three immigrant stories thaRead full post »