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Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Turn out the lights.  The tea party is over

Voters Tuesday sent a strong message to the once-formidable tea party:  We don’t like you and we don’t want you representing us in Congress. Tea party candidates lost big in…

America today goes far beyond black and white

America today goes far beyond black and white

America is growing too complicated and mixed — very brown, I would say. Everyone is becoming everything. And the old man was a fool not to see it. Los Angeles…

Racism and hatred of government go hand and hand

Racism and hatred of government go hand and hand

Conservatives would like us to believe that hatred of government and racism are totally separate phenomena. That one has nothing to do with the other. They’re wrong. Resentment of the…

Race is increasingly significant

Race is increasingly significant

Behind every Supreme Court decision is a sociology of ordinary life. Opinions reveal the justices’ view of what’s what in the world, how people act and why things change. Justices…

Cliven Bundy: A counterfeit hero

Cliven Bundy: A counterfeit hero

The shelf life of heroes isn’t what it used to be. Once upon a time, a hero would burst upon the scene — a Charles A. Lindbergh, a Babe Ruth,…

Lies in politics? Of course. So?

Lies in politics? Of course. So?

If you read closely, you can almost glean a laugh track from the transcripts (pdf) of the oral arguments presented to the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the political lying…

The Easter Bunny and other great lies we tell children

The Easter Bunny and other great lies we tell children

Besides the religious implications of Easter, this particular Sunday is also dedicated to one the “three great lies” that parents tell their children. That lie, of course, is claiming that…

The right to believe, or not believe, in a god

The right to believe, or not believe, in a god

A woman in New Jersey, who says she is an atheist, is suing that state’s department of motor vehicles because it turned down her request for a license plate that…

Was Robert E. Lee a patriot or a traitor?

Was Robert E. Lee a patriot or a traitor?

Questions over the “legacy” of Virginia son and Confederate General Robert E. Lee are emerging once again on the campus of the university named for him and George Washington in…

Hank Aaron and the continuing pain of racism

Hank Aaron and the continuing pain of racism

Hank Aaron, a deserving member of baseball’s Hall of Fame and the man who broke the total home runs record of Babe Ruth, made the mistake of speaking the truth…