Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 6:41PM

Morals and Money

We’ve heard lots of moralism about the economy recently from both ends of the political spectrum.  Wall Street is guilty of greed and homeowners in trouble are guilty of irresponsibility. Instead of offering a cogent systemic analysis of how we got into this financial mess, and the best wa… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 12:26AM

Sarah Palin's Jewish Problem

David Brickner, the leader of Jews for Jesus, was invited to speak last month to the faithful at the Wasilla Bible Church, Sarah Palin's fundamentalist congregation.

In his talk at Wasilla on August 17, 2008, with Palin in the audience, Brickner described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 5:49PM

Kenyan Witch-Hunter Exorcizes Demons from Sarah Palin

This video of Kenyan witch-hunter Thomas Muthee exorcising witches from Sarah Palin at her church in Wasilla, Alaska, is unbelievable.

Muthee, who founded of the fundamentalist Word of Faith Church in Kenya in 1989, gained notoriety when he determined that a local Kenyan woman known as “Mama Ja… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 9:13PM

Palin's Florida Rally Shows Support Among Old, White People

The McCain-Palin campaign is making a lot of noise about the large crowd that came to cheer Sarah Palin at her appearance in Lady Lake, Florida, last week.  Local fire officials estimated the crowd at 25,000 to 30,000, while the McCain-Palin campaign claims an audience twice that size.&nbs

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 12:24PM

Reading the 2008 Election

I read several newspapers and numerous blogs every day, but I think my understanding of the 2008 presidential election has been shaped most deeply by a few books I read many years ago. 

Here’s a short list of books that were written long before Sarah Palin entered our collective conscious

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 10:43AM

Sarah Palin, Lipstick and the Bible: Beware the Wages of Sin

Now that lipstick has become the symbol of the Sarah Palin campaign, perhaps we should look more closely at the what the Bible and Christianity has had to say about this fundamental cosmetological device.

It is clear that the Bible isn’t very happy about cosmetics in general, condemning in seve… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 12:52PM

Can You Predict the Next Lie from the McCain-Palin Campain?

The CNN headline said: “Rove: McCain Went ‘Too Far’ in Ads.”

(I had to read it several times, thinking there must be something wrong with my eyes.) 

The latest lie from the McCain-Palin Lie Machine is a Spanish language ad that calls Barack Obama responsible for the

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 11:08AM

The Books Sarah Palin Would Burn

In Monday’s Salon.com, Alex Koppelman debunks an e-mail that is circulating that purports to contain a list of books that Sarah Palin wanted banned from the public library when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.  According to Koppelman, “The list is fake” and “Palin n… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 8:48PM

John McCain Feels Your Pain in the Housing Crisis

Few Americans have suffered as much from the housing crisis as has John McCain.

While the liberal media and the Democrats have jumped all over McCain for owning at least eight homes (and for not knowing how many he owns), the terrible toll that the housing crisis has taken on

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AUGUST 28, 2008 1:19AM

Biden's Call for Military Force Offers Hope for Darfur

Anyone who has seen The Devil Came on Horseback, the heart-breaking documentary film about the genocide in Darfur, will recall ex-marine officer turned unarmed observer Brian Steidle’s comment that “If these photos were seen”  — that is, the photos that Steidle himself to… Read full post »

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AUGUST 26, 2008 1:50AM

Bring 'Em Home: End the War in Vietnam

More than 30 years after the last helicopter carried the last American out of Saigon at 07:53 on April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War is still being fought in the American media and the presidential campaign. 

The subtext of the McCain campaign’s constant references to McCain’s Vietnam WRead full post »

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AUGUST 22, 2008 4:06PM

Disaster Capitalists Staking Out US Banks

Disaster capitalists are staking out the U.S. banking industry. 

Private equity firms have long wanted to move into banking.  And given the financial crisis that many banks are now facing, isn’t this a good time to allow private equity firms, with their billions of … Read full post »

The New York Times has a weekly real estate feature called “Property Values” that shows “What You Get for…” a certain a mount of money. 

This week the Times shows you “What You Get for…$10 Million” and it pictures palatial estates in Newport… Read full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2008 7:54PM

The View From Saddleback

I would have liked Obama to have taken the opportunity to speak at Saddleback Church about the crucial and positive role that faith institutions and people of faith have played in many of our most important national struggles: abolition, civil rights, nuclear disarmament, and opposition to the wars i… Read full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2008 7:04PM

Why Obama Needs to Pick Hillary Clinton as His V-P

Barack Obama is close to picking his vice-presidential running mate.  For both political and substantive reasons, it ought to be Hillary Clinton.

First the political reasons.

Hillary Clinton’s 17 million votes show that she would bring enormous political power to the ticket, far more than

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