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- Barbara O'Brien is the author of Rethinking Religion: Finding a Place for Religion in a Modern, Tolerant, Progressive, Peaceful and Science-affirming World, available at Amazon. She is the resident expert on Buddhism at About.com and also blogs at The Mahablog.
MY RECENT POSTS
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He-Man Woman Hater’s Club
June 30, 2014 08:55AM
- What If Banks, Not Abortion
Clinics, Needed Buffer Zones?
June 26, 2014 09:12AM
- Beyond the Libertarian
June 14, 2014 11:01AM
- 9/11 Museum: Too Soon for
June 10, 2014 07:55AM
- From Birthers to Wimpers
May 04, 2011 12:27PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Carl Richardson wrote,
"I hate too call it an illness
October 02, 2012 02:26PM
- “Thanks very much for
this. I've been there. Yes,
is something like
October 02, 2012 07:58AM
- “"Movements" suggest
moving, and moving suggests
May 07, 2012 12:30PM
"I, happen to
be, a "right of center"
May 04, 2011 08:20PM
- “Although I'm no
fashionista I generally enjoy
October 29, 2010 04:08PM
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This weekend the International Conference on Men’s Issues was held in a VFW hall in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. It was originally going to be at the DoubleTree Hilton in Detroit, but some feminist groups protested and the terrorized He-Men chose to move the venue, adding that… Read full post »
The Religious Right’s war on abortion is so out of control I say it qualifies as a full-blown social pathology.
As I write this, there is a case before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing the constitutionality of abortion clinic “buffer zones,” or laws that keep anti-abortion protest… Read full post »
One of the points I try to make my My Book -- Rethinking Religion: Finding a Place for Religion in a Modern, Tolerant, Progressive, Peaceful and Science-affirming World -- is that we all live in a fog of cognitive bias and we all tend to navigate the world by means of… Read full post »
Patrick Smith complained that the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan confuses ideology with history.
"Nations are eternally manipulating memory and history, fair enough," he writes. "But the manipulations now on display in lower Manhattan, purporting to express what it means to b… Read full post »
The whizzes at RedState posted an exclusive video that was supposed to justify the manhandling of Lauren Valle at the Paul-Conway debate this week. But in fact, if you watch it closely, you can see Lauren Vale running away from a man who appears to be Mike Pezzano, the guy who… Read full post »
The health care “debate” among progressives has crumbled into a fight over the mandate to purchase insurance. This is the wrong fight. We all need to refocus and look at the bigger picture.
At Firedoglake, Jon Walker writes that the Senate bill with a mandate is unacceptable because the… Read full post »
We may be selling the original Manichaeism short — I wouldn’t know — but the word has come to refer to a way of looking at the world through a two-color prism that sorts everything and everyone into two piles — good/bad, right/wrong, light/dark, us/them. You might remember th… Read full post »
Yesterday I saw a blurb that defined the clash over climate change as a struggle between science and ignorance. But these days what major issue isn’t essentially a struggle between knowledge and ignorance? Whether you’re talking about climate change, health care reform, national security… Read full post »
By now you may have heard that the man being sought in connection with gunning down four Lakewood, Washington, police officers is an ex-convict who was freed by then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
… Read full post »
Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing this m
This is a follow up to the recent “Malpractice Reform for (Doctors Who Are) Dummies” post. Over the weekend I found more ammunition for my argument that physicians are misinformed if they think tort reform is essential to reducing their malpractice premium costs. Further, while the high… Read full post »
When I meet someone who says he was in lower Manhattan on September 11, I apply a little test. Yes, I was watching from an office building on West 17th Street, I say. A high-rise. We had a clear view. Where were you, exactly?
If the answer is… Read full post »
How come all the righties against health care reform who tell me to “read the bill” — very obviously haven’t read “the bill”?
For that matter, they seem unaware that there isn’t any one “bill” but several versions of bills floating around in Cong… Read full post »
The AMA’s slow and begrudged support to the contrary, many physicians seem ambivalent about health care reform. They are holding out for federal tort reform, which they believe is key to lowering their malpractice insurance costs.
The doctors’ perspective was expressed this weekend in th… Read full post »
Former Bush speechwriter and neocon apologist Michael Gerson writes,
… Read full post »
It is extraordinary — just extraordinary — that George Will should write a column urging American and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan without mentioning the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It is as though Walter Lippman
I spent many hours over the last few days researching my last post, "What the Right Won't Admit About Tort Reform." Today I found this recent editorial from the Washington Times about health care and tort reform, which says,
To be blunt, this mollycoddling of lawyers is legislative malpractice. In st… Read full post »
Tort reform is an issue continually raised by conservative pundits and angry anti-health reform hoards. Indeed, if you do a news google for "health care reform" you will no doubt find a bounty of recent editorials, like this one in the Nevada Appeal, and on Sarah Palin's Facebook page, thundering… Read full post »
The Right did its best to whip up fake outrage over the way Democrats conducted themselves at Senator Edward Kennedy’s funeral. It was politicized, see, because people who spoke at the funeral brought up the Senator's long work toward health care reform. And righties just can't stand politiciz… Read full post »
First, you should know that the FreedomWorks special ops unit
kidnapped invited me to an undisclosed
location for discussion has treated me very well. I must say, that
sodium pentathol stuff does clear your mind! And now that
I’ve agreed to tell the truth about Obamacare, my hosts
I reached menopause just as the first warnings about dangerous side effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were trickling into news stories. So I never took HRT. The hot flashes were a nuisance, but I figured they wouldn’t kill me. Eventually they faded away.
I saw a news program on… Read full post »
This is from the December 15, 2003 issue of the American Conservative, by James Bovard:
… Read full post »
When Bush travels around the United States, the Secret Service visits the location ahead of time and orders local police to set up “free speech zones” or “protest zones” where people oppo
Here’s a video of the riot outside last night’s Tampa town hall meeting. If you listen, at one point you can hear someone by the doors who appears to be a police officer trying to explain that the hall was filled to capacity and that allowing more people in would be a… Read full post »
Sometime this week, the last scraps of asbestos and other toxic substances will be removed from the Deutsche Bank building on 130 Liberty Street, lower Manhattan, according to officials. And by early 2010, the ruined building will be entirely demolished, they say.
We were also told the… Read full post »