Professor Keck's Reality 101


Michigan, USA
December 31
Mary Keck is a writer and blogger. Her articles have appeared on Open Salon, The Public Intellectual, and The Huffington Post. She is currently a columnist for The Times Herald where she writes about nature, outdoor recreation, and wildlife.

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MARCH 15, 2012 9:44PM

What if Sandra Fluke were a Woman of Color?

Limbaugh Fluke

In the wake of the Sandra Fluke vs. Rush Limbaugh media frenzy, we’ve begun to ask some very interesting questions. On Aljazeera’s Listening Post, for instance, one viewer noted that while pressuring advertisers to disassociate themselves from Limbaugh was a smart m/… Read full post »

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MARCH 10, 2012 11:56AM

Women Lead Defense of Maldivian Democracy (Updated)

Recent upheaval on the subject of birth control in the United States serves as a reminder of the way religion can be used as a tool to infringe on the rights of women. While this return to battles already won may be unwelcome, females in the U.S. can rest assured that they… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 8:24PM

An Arab Spring Without Support (Updated)

Many believe the “Arab Spring” first blossomed with Tunisia’s 2011 elections; however, a Muslim country protested its way to democracy three years before. In the Republic of the Maldives in October of 2008, the people of a beautiful island nation toppled an authoritar… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2012 11:55AM

Maldives in Critical Condition


When seeking solutions to a problem, it is common sense to start where the problem is at its most severe. In other words, the patient in cardiac arrest gets treated before the one who has lost a limb. That’s why Mitt Romney’s recent statement expressing a lack of concern/Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 5, 2012 2:23PM

An Open Letter about Pfc. Bradley Manning (Updated)

General Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff of the US Army
101 Army Pentagon, Rm. 3E672
Washington DC 20310-0200 

February 5, 2012

Dear General Raymond Odierno,

I would like to share my appreciation for your service to the United States. Without honorable and courageous individuals like youRead full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2011 4:06PM

OWS: A 21st Century Revolution (Updated)

Bill Maher whined about pronouncing “Occupy Wall Street" last Friday night on his show. For him, five syllables across three words are a mouthful with too much substance and not enough sound byte.  His jibes reflect the anxiety pundits experience trying to categorize OWS.  Some say it… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 2, 2011 9:05PM

Support Our Troops

As I drive through my county, I notice a sign outside a flower shop, “Welcome Home Sergeant Ben Hartmann,” and I’m relieved to know one of our own has returned. When I pull into the parking lot at the local grocery store, I see yellow ribbons on bumpers that read, “SupportRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 4:18PM

Women Making Faces (Updated)

If you’re a frequent user of Facebook, you’ll know what profile picture I’m talking about. The photo is taken from a phone that’s been lifted high above her head. When it’s posted, her face is front and center, a sultry smile on her lips, and you can see right down her… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 1:40PM

The Poor Rich

The impoverished and unemployed whiners just don’t seem to get it. If someone working for a Fortune 500 company can’t fly their daughter to her birthday party in a helicopter where her three-foot cake, live band, and brand new Hummer await, that would just ruin her sixteenth birthdayRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 1:49PM

A Shameful State

 I touch the pound of hamburger, the bread, the juice, and the macaroni and cheese in my grocery cart, adding up the total in my head. The price for the shrink-wrapped boxes of mac-n-cheese is a better deal in the long run, but I’m buying for the next two weeks and… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 10:56PM

Obama's Stand-up Routine

For a president who believes "that we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that we sell all around the world," Barack Obama has a funny way of showing it. The administration's poor investment in Solyndra may not only give the presid… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 1:26PM

A Tale of Two Betrayals

Many would say that we lost one of the good guys when Anthony Weiner resigned in shame from the House of Representatives. When he was in office, he wasn’t afraid to point out the hypocrisy we regularly see on the congressional floor. His passionate defense of basic rights comes to min… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 4:39PM

Poor Choices (Updated)

Today, I went to the grocery store planning to write a check that would not be covered by the funds in my bank account. I had little food, I didn’t have enough gas in my tank to get me to work the next day, and I knew I wouldn’t see a… Read full post »