Month: January 2007

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Is Maureen Dowd Necessary?

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On January 31, 2007
Ugh. What’s frustrating is not only that this shallow, misogynist claptrap is filling up op-ed space at the Times, but that Dowd is often portrayed as a liberal and sometimes even as a feminist. …or, to put it another way, the Times is the organization that fired Molly Ivins but continues to sign Dowd’s paychecks. […]

The Exception Trap

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On January 31, 2007

The South Dakota legislature is planning to reintroduce an abortion ban that (unlike the law overturned by initiative last year) includes exemptions for rape and incest. Jessica Valenti notes that 

Via Thers, I see that Paul J. Cella and Maximos–RedStaters who articulate Strom Thurmond’s political views in prose that suggests that they think Josh Trevino could use a little more pomposity–have put forward a “reactionary catechism.” Apparently, one central feature is that Jim Crow was a just social order: ΒΆ A healthy polity will have […]

Mythical Spit

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On January 31, 2007

Jack Shafer has a terrific piece debunking the myth (recently seen in Newsweek) that Vietnam vets were routinely spit on: In researching the book, Lembcke found no news accounts or even claims from th

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