Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Poem for National Poetry Month: “Hatred” by Wislawa Szymborska

SUBMITTED BY ELAINE MAGLIARO Back in 1999, US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky read Wislawa’s Szymborska’s poem Hatred on the PBS Newshour Poetry Series. Unfortunately, the video of Pinsky’s poetry reading is no longer available—but the text of the poem is … Continue reading

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A Mark Fiore Video Cartoon: “Tradition”–On Having an Originalist Respect for Our Roots

SUBMITTED BY ELAINE MAGLIARO In the following cartoon video, Mark Fiore ponders what life might be like in this country if we lived in the same kind of society Americans did at the time our Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution. … Continue reading

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THE DIVIDE: Matt Taibbi Talks about Unequal Justice in the Age of Inequality

BY ELAINE MAGLIARO Back in February 2011, Matt Taibbi wrote an article for Rolling Stone titled Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? In his article, he said that “financial crooks” brought down the world’s economy—yet the feds were doing more … Continue reading

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Ain’t She Dead Yet?: Octogenarian Phyllis Schlafly Writes Op-Ed Explaining Why the Gender Wage Gap Is a Good Thing

BY ELAINE MAGLIARO Phyllis Schlafly is a career woman who built a highly successful career “out of telling other women that they should not have highly successful careers…” Younger women may not know of her—but many women of my Baby … Continue reading

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“Right-Wing Hack” Laura Ingraham Hired by Major Network’s News Division

BY ELAINE MAGLIARO Guess which major network’s news division just hired “right-wing hack” Laura Ingraham as a news contributor? ABC! George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s This Week, made the announcement last Sunday. Politico reported on Monday that Ingraham will continue … Continue reading

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The Tenth Post in the “Oh My Achin’ Head” Series: Republican Candidate for Congress in Virginia Thinks That Sometimes Incest Is “Voluntary”

BY ELAINE MAGLIARO Bob Marshall, a senior Republican member of the Virginia General Assembly, is running for an open seat in the House of Representatives. He’s a political candidate who has already gained notoriety “for his long track history of … Continue reading

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In Honor of National Poetry Month: War Poems

By Charlton “Chuck” Stanley I first became interested in war poems when I discovered the work of Wilfred Owen. He was killed exactly one week before the Armistice was signed in November 1918. That first poem of his I read … Continue reading

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In Celebration of National Poetry Month: “I Am the People, the Mob”—a Poem by Carl Sandburg


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EDIBLE FLOWERS: A Recipe for Elaine’s Champagne Mango Martini

BY ELAINE MAGLIARO               I LOVE champagne mangoes. When they’re available in our local market, I buy a half dozen or so. I like to keep them on hand to eat as a snack … Continue reading

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From “The Nation”: Kurt Vonnegut’s “Why You Can’t Stop Me from Speaking Ill of Thomas Jefferson”

BY ELAINE MAGLIARO Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors—and his book Slaughterhouse Five is one of my all-time favorite books. I was pleased to see an article written by Vonnegut in the April 14, 2014 edition of The … Continue reading

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