Acting Stupidly Would be an Improvement

Remember the halcyon days of 2009, when the country was embroiled in the first racial controversy of the brand new Obama presidency? You know, when the Cambridge, Massachusetts police thought that the world-renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested for essentially breaking into his own house because the front door was stuck?  Those were the good old days when it was possible to accuse the president of playing the race card (as if racism was ever a gentlemanly card game), when...

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Chris Christie – Hey, Wait: I’m the Big Mouth.

[caption id="attachment_59437" align="aligncenter" width="663"]  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) - (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)[/caption] Poor Chris Christie. After five years of berating people on YouTube, telling teachers, members of the armed services and other assorted citizens of New Jersey who just want their voices to be heard to essentially shut up, and after creating this persona of a man who tells the facts as they are (not just as he sees them, but as the ARE),...

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The Pendulum Swings Back to the Right

[caption id="attachment_59381" align="aligncenter" width="685"]  (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] Remember the last couple of weeks of June, when the country seemed a bit more liberal after the Supreme Court had wondrously ruled in favor of marriage equality, the Affordable Care Act and housing? And then the Confederate flags came down? Slap. It didn't happen overnight, but the country seems to have rebounded from that initial leftward-leaning stance...

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The JV Get Their Minutes

[caption id="attachment_59313" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Photo  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)[/caption] Those of us who grew up in the era of summer reruns have had the most difficult time with both the new media and political environments. There just is no downtime anymore, what with 24-hour news cycles and the panicked reaction of the main television networks to phones, Netflix, YouTube and on-demand programming. So it makes perfect sense that we will have a summer jammed to the gills...

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The Most Important Election of Them All

Well, yes and no. Aren't all presidential elections the most important election in history? It certainly feels that way, especially if you listen to the media buzz that emanates every four years. The future of the country is at stake. The direction of our foreign and domestic policies will be set by the voters in this election. So it shall be in 2016, but this time there is some truth to the hype. We've just witnessed a few Supreme Court decisions that have profoundly changed the country's...

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The Conservative Court Turns Left

The same court that brought us corporations as people, unlimited political money, abortion restrictions, a step backwards in voting rights, and unequal pay has now thrown some serious bones to the left in the form of a stronger Affordable Care Act and a right to gay marriage. I'm sure that wherever they are, David Souter and Sandra Day O'Connor are smiling just as broadly as President Obama and millions of formerly marginalized United States citizens are across this land. It just goes to show...

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Education By Dummies

Politicians can talk all they want about how changes to the American education system such as the Common Core, new testing rubrics and teacher evaluation systems will vault us into the top tiers of learned nations over the next few years, but, really, that's not going to happen if what's happening in Arizona and other states doesn't get fixed. Consider: At least 30 states spent less per student this school year than in the year before the economic downturn began, and 14 states, including Arizona,...

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