God, Inc.

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It’s funny; all we’re hearing from the wingnuts lately is about the War on Religion. It used to be confined to Christmastime, this war; every year, rightwing bloviators like Bill O’Reilly could be reliably counted on to make wishing someone “Merry Christmas” the upfront and blatantly hostile equivalent of “make my day.”

The war started early this year, with the right’s latest bugaboo:  birth control.… [Read more]

America and the Titanic – 100 Years Later

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April 15, 2012 will be the one-hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the gigantic ocean liner billed as being “unsinkable.” The Titanic left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City with a crew of approximately 885, including the Captain, Edward John Smith.… [Read more]

He Went There

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As we listened to the racist code words coming from the Republican presidential candidates, the “food stamp president,” the “gangsta president,” the “Chicago thug” president, my friends and I joked about setting up a pool to pick the date when one of the Republican presidential candidates would slip up and actually use the N-word.

As the weeks have gone by, the Republican candidates have been dropping like flies, leaving the field smaller and smaller.… [Read more]

SCOTUS: A Vote of No Confidence

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I found the following poll this morning:

“I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? What about the U.S. Supreme Court?”[Read more]

Don’t Fall Down

Red Tape

This is the last installment in what has turned out to be a series of articles detailing my experiences as an employee in a right-to-work state. I didn’t write these stories to complain or to get sympathy – although at this point, I wouldn’t turn down any kind of sympathy. This has been a tough time in my life, and I hope that my story will serve as an illustration of the extreme imbalance in employer-employee relationships.… [Read more]

Right to Work? The Game is Rigged

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Two weeks ago, I was fired from my job. It was undeserved, unexpected – and unexpectedly brutal.  I wasn’t fired because I was lazy or because I stole or because I was watching porn on my computer or because I took a nap at my desk.

California is a “right to work” state, which ostensibly means that workers cannot be forced to join a union as a condition of employment, but what it means in reality is that basically an employee can be fired for any fanciful reason your employer can cook up, and there are very few exceptions.… [Read more]

Apologies and Regrets: My Letter to My Employer

Jobless - Unemployed

I’m sure you all know just exactly how crappy the economy is these days; I have been experiencing my own personal recession since February, 2009, when I was laid off from a long-term job that I loved. Since then, I’ve been riding the rollercoaster from hell and I can’t seem to get off.  I was actually hired less than 2 weeks after my initial layoff, and I soon found out that I was the fourth assistant my new employer had hired – in less than 2 years.… [Read more]

This is America on Wingnuttery

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What I’m going to write here is going to sound like it came straight from The Onion or from Saturday Night Live, but I assure you that this is true:

A proposed law in Arizona could give employers the right to fire women who use birth control. The bill, which sailed right through the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee, grants employers the right to ask for proof that contraceptives are being taken for non-contraceptive reasons.[Read more]

Game Change: The Embarrassing Legacy of Sarah Palin

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I watched the HBO movie “Game Change” this weekend.  I thought Julianne Moore did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of Sarah Palin, along with an almost uncanny resemblance. Woody Harrelson did a great job as her political Svengali, Steve Schmidt, but this is not a movie review.

I’ve read that Sarah Palin hated this film, and has done nothing but whine and play the victim since it became a reality.… [Read more]