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Author Archives: Dave Helfert

Discrimination isn’t part of religious freedom. Never was. Still isn’t.

JanBrewer_PresObama The “Religious Right” may characterize this as a matter of religious freedom. But where in any religion, especially Christianity, does it even suggest that treating some people as less than others is okay?

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Using One Frame of Film to Review a Whole Movie

imax We live in a media-marinated society in which no problem is too large, too complex or too nuanced to be completely resolved in 60 minutes, including commercial breaks.

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Gov. Rick Perry’s New Eyeglasses Haven’t Improved His Vision

perryrick Texas Governor Rick Perry has recently taken to appearing around the country at political events and in television interviews wearing stylish dark-rimmed eyeglasses. And, while, according to some observers, his new specs made him look smarter, he continues to display a profound case of myopia.

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Retreat Hell!

tea The far right’s immediate reaction to overwhelming rejection of Tea Party priorities by the American public has been to take a step back, shake their heads a little and get ready for the next fight in January. And make no mistake: there will be another fight in January.

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Just Sorting Things Out

shutdown As approaching deadlines raise the heat, the sheer volume of political messages — in both quantity and loudness — grows daily. But like jalapeño peppers in a pot of chili, simply adding more ain’t always better.

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“What Are You Laughing At? You’re Next!”

teaparty The wacky Tea Party plan to force the Obama Administration into delaying or scuttling full implementation of the healthcare law passed in 2010 by threatening to close down the entire government didn’t work.

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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

guns There are too damned many guns in America. We have an estimated 310 million privately-owned firearms in a country with a total population of approximately 315-million. The three real problems:

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It’s about freaking time!

President Obama Obama expressed wonder that making sure 30 million people don’t have health care is “the one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment.”

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