Entries from August 2012

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Next Time You’re Asked to ‘Like’ the Pledge of Allegiance

A recent Facebook meme presents you with a picture of white elementary school children making the Pledge of Allegiance and invites you to “LIKE if you did this every morning and think that they still should!” So far it has nearly half a million “Likes” and over 30,000 “Shares.” But consider: The generation (the so-called […]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Akin Medievalism

By now infamous, Republicon Congressman Todd Akin’s medical discourse on rape and pregnancy– “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I […]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Jeremiads Incoming!

We were once a great nation, but we have strayed from our founding principles and now stand at the edge of the abyss. We face certain ruin unless we return to our founding principles. If that rhetorical formula sounds familiar to Americans, it should. It’s called the “jeremiad” (after the biblical prophet Jeremiah), and it […]

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Ya Gotta Eat: Fast Food, Slow Justice

My first foray into gay activism occurred in 1976 while I was at the University of Illinois, and a group of us from the Gay Student Alliance met with the management of the local Sambo’s Restaurant, the only place open after the bars closed. After spending several hours twirling, twinkies, drag queens and our retinues […]