jEFFSTANA on May 16th, 2009

Good analysis of purported surveys by Gallop & Pew showing public sentiment for abortion has shifted away from a woman’s right to choose — from Ed Kilgore at The money quote: [snip] ‘abstract hostility towards abortion may well disguise a more sympathetic attitude when it comes to actual women making actual decisions about a […]

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jEFFSTANA on September 6th, 2008

Ironically, the theme of the Republican Convention was “service”. Yet these same Republicans demonstrated no reservation when denigrating those who organize and aid communities disenfranchised from political power. A leader as “public servant” is always oxymoronic for enablers of the wealthy. Perhaps “private servant” is a more appropriate term for they who mock grassroots involvement […]

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jEFFSTANA on June 19th, 2008

“Support the troops”, well duh, it should be a no-brainer. Then why would people affix a magnetic ribbon to their vehicle proclaiming the need — as if there is some question whether this is a good or a bad thing? What is the basis of these constant reminders or rather, what is the underlying message? […]

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jEFFSTANA on September 4th, 2007

Remember Ted Haggard? Founder and pastor of Colorado Springs “New Life Church” and president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Ted got caught with a male prostitute in an amphetamine-fueled sexual adventure which cost him his leadership position and six-figure salary. After spending a whole three weeks undergoing “restorative therapy” from which Haggard emerged and […]

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jEFFSTANA on August 26th, 2007

The below included essay was received as email and is a very good read as far as it goes. It is important to understand the implications for our democracy, when authoritarian belief systems are tolerated or ignored. Fanaticism is a mental negligence — a ceding of rational thought and strategy to raw emotional belief. Whether […]

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