Category Archives: current events

Legislating through Compromise

“Can’t we just compromise, Mom?” snarled the teenage girl. “We can compromise on a curfew, on how often you clear the table, on when you can take the car,” replied the mother, “but we cannot compromise on how you answer … Continue reading

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What Do We Do Now?

The election is over, but the horrific campaign exacerbated the divisions in our country. Rich vs. poor. Black vs. white. Male vs. female. White vs. Hispanic. Gay vs. straight. Fat vs. thin. Isolationist vs. globalization supporter. It’s up to sociologists … Continue reading

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Lies, Exaggeration, and Fishing

My father was an inveterate fisherman. He’d rather have been out on the water with a pole in his hand than anywhere else. When he returned home, he would always say, “You should have seen the one I hooked. But … Continue reading

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Politically Correct Language: Courtesy or Weakness?

I’ve heard several politicians sneer recently that they were going to tell it like it is and not be concerned with politically correct language. Isn’t it funny how we come up with a label that spins an issue to suit … Continue reading

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Pathology in Belgium

The explosions in Belgium are the work of charismatic, egotistical, morally-dead men. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Them Claim Responsibility

The images become ever more horrible: Three killed during a shooting in TelAviv One killed and more injured when gunmen opened fire near a Mosque in Mogadishu Eight killed and more than 20 wounded during an attack on an Indian … Continue reading

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Language is Alive

“What up, cuz? Let’s get blacked out because I’m finna hit a lick for an elbow during vulture hour, so get your strap. We’ll wait in the cut and roll up on him.”

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Before you go to vote tomorrow…

Find a nonpartisan voters’ guide and read it. Smart Voter, a project of the League of Women Voters of California, is a good place to start.

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The Presidential Language Register

Originally posted on the Tembua website on July 7, 2010. Recently I heard President Obama say he was looking for some ass to kick. The issue isn’t that I object to the language. I told our children (once they were … Continue reading

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Unemployment and Immigration

Originally posted on the Tembua website on June 5, 2010. I was at the meat counter discussing steaks with the butcher. As I took my meat and turned to leave, a very nervous middle-aged woman approached the counter. It was … Continue reading

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