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You should not have a gun

I heard about the shoot­ing in New­town, Con­necti­cut, hours after it hap­pened. I was fly­ing East that day, and had­n’t checked in with the news. I don’t know any­one involved, but I have two boys in ele­men­tary school, one a six-year-old first grad­er. I have been sad, con­fused, and angry in turns, some­times all at […]

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The best elections links of the day (if you’re happy right now)

Here we go: The Time Karl Rove Took on the Fox News Deci­sion Desk The vin­di­ca­tion of Nate Sil­ver Oba­ma’s vic­to­ry speech or, “Where’s that guy been dur­ing the 2012 cam­paign?” Ras­mussen is 24th out of 28 polls in accu­ra­cy list. Tied with Gallup. The deaf­en­ing silence at UnskewedPolls.com Dick Mor­ris pre­dicts a Rom­ney land­sli… […]

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My thoughts on the election

So, the elec­tion is over. And I am pret­ty pleased with the results. I don’t have any­thing real­ly grandiose to say about it, no procla­ma­tions or pre­dic­tions, but through­out the night (I was up until 1 am local) and this morn­ing I have had some ran­dom thoughts. There may be pro­fan­i­ty below. There will def­i­nite­ly […]

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I voted. Also, donuts.

Last night we got togeth­er with some like-mind­ed neigh­bors to kvetch about the elec­tion. It was tons of fun, and we are eter­nal­ly grate­ful to the host for track­ing us down (she showed up at our door with an invi­ta­tion, based on our yard signs). Then this morn­ing we got up before the crack of […]

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The Legacy of Nine Eleven?

Dri­ving to work today, I drove by a home in our neigh­bor­hood where they had mount­ed a huge Amer­i­can flag on a flag­pole attached to a tree. I thought of all the peo­ple who had their lives tak­en from them on 9/11/2001, and all the peo­ple who had some­one ripped from their hearts on that […]

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Good TV tonight

I absolute­ly love it when my wife claps at the tele­vi­sion. It express­es a kind of deep-felt pas­sion that my… what, my per­son­al­i­ty, won’t let me deliv­er. I fall instead at the snarky end of the spec­trum. Tonight, she was in fine form as William Jef­fer­son Clin­ton deliv­ered (what might have been) the best speech […]

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Shopping at jcp this week end

I think I might need to shop at jcpen­ney more now (and we’re going clothes-hunt­ing this week end). It used to be the place we went last, usu­al­ly for a win­ter coat, if we’d bombed out else­where, but I’ve been try­ing to think more favor­ably about them recent­ly, giv­en their Apple-alum CEO. This may just […]

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This is not the religious freedom you are looking for

Atten­tion, reli­gious con­ser­v­a­tives decry­ing the gov­ern­men­t’s crack­down on your reli­gious free­dom: you’ve got it all wrong. See, you think reli­gious free­dom means you have the right to prac­tice your reli­gion wher­ev­er, and when­ev­er, you like. Not true. Reli­gious free­dom actu­al­ly means “free­dom from reli­gion.” Let me explain. Clear­ly, you are free to prac­tice what­ev­er reli­gion […]

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Go Vote

If there was one, sin­gle thing we could do to make our coun­try bet­ter, this would be it: ensure that every eli­gi­ble vot­er has the right, and under­stands the duty, to vote. Every vot­er, every vote. Can you imag­ine the upheaval if our rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment was actu­al­ly elect­ed by every­one it rep­re­sent­ed, not just the […]

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One of the reasons I hate the conservatives

I was bitch­ing this morn­ing to my wife about the recent O’Donnell/Coons debate where she insist­ed the Con­sti­tu­tion did not pre­clude the gov­ern­ment from influ­enc­ing reli­gious pref­er­ence, and about the con­ser­v­a­tive reac­tion to what she said (She’s right! It does­n’t actu­al­ly say “sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State” in the Con­sti­tu­tion!), and my sev­en year-old could­n’t […]