Category: Culture

Oklahoma is worth the wait

A poem to progressives plotting mass exodus By Lauren Zuniga, November 18, 2010   There is a sick pit in your stomach. A plantation in your front yard. The static flicker of black and white. An absurd talking picture, where sepia skin is now villain. You are not sure who to trust anymore. Everyone walks …

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The triumph of fundamentalism

The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah By Michael David Lukas, Dec. 1, 2018   It’s the question that Jewish parents instinctively dread. A few months ago, I was sitting on the couch with my 3-year-old daughter, watching YouTube videos about animals in space, when out of nowhere she looked up at me and asked: “Dada, can we …

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Old grievances

Pastors, Not Politicians, Turned Dixie Republican By Chris Ladd, Mar 27, 2017, 09:16am   “White Democrats will desert their party in droves the minute it becomes a black party.” Kevin Phillips, The Emerging Republican Majority, 1969 Thirty years ago, archconservative Rick Perry was a Democrat and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. Back then there were …

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Well-orchestrated hysteria

In U.S. Media, Israel Is Untouchable By Gideon Levy, Dec 02, 2018 4:01 AM   Marc Lamont Hill is an American writer and lecturer in communications at Temple University in Philadelphia, and also an analyst with CNN. In a speech last week at a United Nations conference he called for “international action that will give …

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This and that

Dear editor: As I write this, the dust of Tuesday’s election has not yet settled.  Either our nation’s lurch towards full-blown fascism continues unabated, replete with swastikas and flag-waving, cross-burning white supremacy, and out-in-the-open Christianist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry.  Or perhaps – and hope springs eternal – reasonable voters have turned out in numbers that shout …

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Weaponized Bibles

This guerrilla endorsement (of an unnamed Arkansas progressive) was submitted the evening of October 1st or 2nd, and published this morning, October 8, in the Sentinel Record.  Except for capitalizing “legislature” in the third sentence, they printed it exactly as submitted, which means I got away with mocking holier-than-thou state senator Jason Rapert’s “monumental erection” …

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Really?

Dear editor: The year was 1978, it was about 1 a.m. and I was on old Highway 88, taking a shortcut from Highway 70 west to Highway 270 west near Lake Hamilton. I was coming home late from a trip. As I was slowing to round a sharp curve on the very small road, a …

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