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True (or False) Feminism

June 22, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Proving ones feminist bona fides has become the latest challenge for women aspiring to public office.

Is she a real feminist who walks in lockstep with traditional feminist orthodoxy? Or is she a faux feminist, i.e., a woman who has benefited from traditional feminism, become all that she could be, but, alas, thinks independently on certain sacred tenets of the sisterhood?

Happy Donor Day!

June 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

It's that time of year when America celebrates the donor we used to call "Dad."

Granted, many children still have an in-house father, but millions don't. Some fathers have become alienated through divorce. "Baby daddies" never were invited to the commitment party. Still others are anonymous in the truest sense -- mere DNA donors who made a deposit and picked up a check.

Mining Afghanistan's Future

June 15, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the dark news from Afghanistan, every now and then a sliver of light slips through the cracks.

Afghanistan, it turns out, is rich in minerals. Trillions rich. It's going to become the Saudi Arabia of lithium, they say. Thanks to vast stores of that resource, plus iron, copper, cobalt and gold, this impoverished, war-torn nation could become a wealthy nation.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

June 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Stranger than South Carolina's politics is the nearly nativist pride many take in its nastiness.

Not the good folks of the Palmetto State, but rather the politicos who work diligently to manipulate the sort of voters who, for example, would elect Alvin M. Greene to the U.S. Senate.

Who? Good question.

The Little Engine That Might

June 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon doesn't want it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it's unnecessary. Former President George W. Bush was against it, as is Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto a defense authorization bill that includes it.

Libidos Gone Wild

June 3, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- When a long-ago South Carolina legislator described his state as "too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum," he might have added, "but just perfect for a bordello!"

Perhaps it is the humidity. Throw in a cocktail, stir with human nature, and you've got that ol' fleeting magic.

Nevada Race Tastes Like Chicken

June 2, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The only thing you need to know about the upcoming Republican primary race in Nevada is: Who does Harry Reid want to win?

In another instance of strange bedfellows, the answer is the same person the tea party people are backing -- former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle. When tea partiers and Democrats are on the same team, Republicans might need to worry.

Real Marines Don't Lie

May 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- I have a thing for Marines, always have. It began a long time ago when I watched my older brother amble away in the night toward his barracks at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.

Gender and Geography

May 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The magnificent author and son of the Great Santini, Pat Conroy, began "The Prince of Tides" with these words: "My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call."

Those 13 words imprinted on my brain when I first read them years ago and have stuck with me. Somewhat oddly, they came to mind a few days ago upon the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

MapQuesting God

May 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- As thousands prayed across the nation Thursday in celebration of National Day of Prayer, the Rev. Franklin Graham held his own vigil in the Pentagon parking lot.

Oh well, it doesnt matter where one prays, right? All prayers lead to heaven. Or do they?




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