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SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 8:27AM

Left Speechless - 7 Recent Republican Comments on Rape

Speaks for itself...
Compiled by Gawker's David Pearson 

1. Todd Akin     Congressman Todd Akin Missouri's 2nd District

Position: Missouri representative, senate candidate

Kinds of rape distinguished between: legitimate and illegitimate
Experts cited: "doctors"
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AUGUST 15, 2012 6:25AM

American Progressives Could Learn from Filipinos




     We American progressives can be a fairly impatient lot. When the Affordable Care Act did not wholly and instantly supplant the absurd medical insurance/health delivery system we had (andRead full post »

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JUNE 4, 2012 7:01AM

People's Massacre: "Would You Take a Bullet for Someone?"



 This was originally published, under a slightly different title, at Martha Nichols, Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Langosy, Editor

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  Dr. Robert Spitzer


     I find that, somewhat to my surprise, I am in favor of demeaning, lasting  punishment for people who have deliberately used their training, expertise, and position over time to bully and harm. I find, too, that I amRead full post »

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MAY 12, 2012 8:19AM

Brooklyn D.A. Shields Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Child Abusers




Full Disclosure:

We're members of a Modern-Orthodox shul (synagogue). It's filled with religiously observant Jews (although we, ourselves, do not observe the laws having to do with, say, all that it means under Jewish Law to abstain from work on the Sabbath, nor do we observe th… Read full post »

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MAY 8, 2012 6:52AM

Russia, Striving Hard Against Homosexual Propaganda

    Nikolai Alekskeyev
     Russians should not have bothered to bury Leningrad: it should swiftly strip St. Petersburg of its name and happily swap it yet again for...oh, why not? -- Read full post »
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JUNE 21, 2011 6:57AM

Not-So-Tiny Hypocrisy


     This one's not so tiny; not tiny at all.


     Well over thirty years back, in the time before we were married, T. introduced me to two gay women, then in their early fifties, Patty and Rachel. They wRead full post »

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MAY 20, 2011 6:29AM

I Caused The Church Scandal


     Imagine my surprise when I read the other day that the Church now blames me for its priest-pedophilia scandal. Me 'n the 600,000 others who attended Woodstock. And who favored tie-dyed tees. And rode that train, whether or not weRead full post »

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MAY 4, 2011 1:04AM

Cowards - The Effort to Rehabilitate Water-Boarding


     Some of the praise the president has received since he announced the stunningly courageous and successful move against Osama bin Laden has been qualified. Most pointedly, in an effort to make it appear that kudos should extend equally to Mr. Bush, many of that manRead full post »

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APRIL 13, 2011 7:40AM

Does The Catholic League Speak for Abuse Victims?

                   On Monday Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times. Called 'Straight Talk About The Catholic Church'

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MARCH 31, 2011 6:45AM

Carry a Big Stick--When I Was Ordered to Paddle Students

            In the early '90s, when I was named one of four Deans of Students at Green Valley High, then the newest suburban high school in Clark County, Nevada, I was issued a large paddle. The tan, wooden paddle's handle was about hRead full post »

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DECEMBER 28, 2010 6:31AM

2010's Most Incredibly Important Top-Ten Momentous Moments

     Even occasionally respectable publications such as The New York Times and East Texas Large-Mouth Bass Fishing come out with their Top Ten Events of 2010. They list items such as the passage of health care reform, Massachusetts' Scott Brown's election to the SenRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 7:35AM

When I Invited the neo-Nazi to the Jewish Sleepaway Camp


              By the 1970s it was likely that nearly every Jewish child in America had had an opportunity to meet and question, at school, synagogue, at a YMHA, a Survivor, whether of AuRead full post »

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OCTOBER 18, 2010 3:08PM

Nancy Pelosi--A Brief Profile in Power and Sanity

      She may lose her position as Speaker and, conceiveably, she may lose her congressional seat. If she does, it will be a palpable loss. We have health reform, even if imperfect, because a woman, this woman, is Speaker. When Scott Brown of MassachusetRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 6:30AM

When I Gave My Special-Ed Student Elvis and a Rifle

     Tall, rail-thin and very pale, Gary was nineteen, nearly twenty, and a high school special-ed senior when we met in 1988. Try as he had, Gary hadn't graduated. His disabilities primarily lay in reasoning skills and reading comprehension. These challenges,Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 8:05AM

When I Helped Take Two Girls From Their Mother


     I've told you that a reason I added administration to humanities teaching was to get closer to families and to help children and parents work out problems and, together, plan their futures. On occasion it meant my serving, inadvertantly, asRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 7:34AM

September, Abiding

      I did not, any more than most of you, suffer on that morning, and well less than some of you. Suffer is too strong a word, for me. No one I immediately knew was in the towers, on the planes. I don't for a moment see myself in the emotionalRead full post »

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AUGUST 26, 2010 7:01AM



     My son, Graham, was just four and, as he is now at twenty, boldly independent. We lived in a great building across from the PhiladelphiRead full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2010 7:48AM


     In the late '80s we moved from Vermont to Vegas to be with Tamar's folks as her dad battled and beat throat cancer. I also needed work and Clark County Schools were hiring quicker than casino croupiers collect sadsack cash. I taught English in aRead full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2010 4:16AM


     We adopted our son, Graham, now twenty, in late January, 1990, when he was five weeks. Tamar and I, then 32 and 39, respectively, were living in southern Vermont and had consulted a Burlington-based agency with a stellar history and credentials. It also enjoyed Read full post »

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AUGUST 11, 2010 5:57AM


     Cathy Hadley was among the finest teachers who ever worked for me in my years as a Middle School Division Head. She taught fifth graders at a terrific pre-k-12, 300 year-old Quaker private school in Philadelphia. Cathy was as gifted and quick and nuanced a teacher as I'vRead full post »


      Chances are increasing incredibly fast that you know a child struggling with one or another form of autism. The stats in a minute, but a recent Centers for Disease Control report has put me in mind of one of the saddest and wrenching decisions I everRead full post »

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JULY 21, 2010 4:26AM

"THE CRAYON OF COLOR"--Drunk on Political Correctness


     As a general rule I prefer direct speech and I avoid euphemism. Politically-correct language and cultural euphemizing make me itch underneath. I'll tell you a tale, very short and too-true.

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MAY 28, 2010 4:11AM



     There is a Heterosexual Problem in America.
     And yet, today: how refreshing--
     Senator Joe Lieberman [CT] did not, today, at least, anneal his nose firmly to Arizona's Jo… Read full post »