Monthly Archives: August 2014

After the Supreme Court Ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway Ruling: It Appears Atheists, Agnostics, and Some Faiths May Be “Getting the Shaft” with the Town’s New Prayer Policy

By ELAINE MAGLIARO On May 5, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in the Town of Greece v. Galloway case “that local governments can, under certain conditions, open their meetings with prayers—even if those supplications to the deity are Christian most … Continue reading

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Second Life

By JAMES KNAUER This is the second of a three-part series dealing with life, its constituency, and some prophesy regarding its future here on Earth. You can read part one here. I am related to a plant pathologist, Dr. Skinner, … Continue reading

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POETRY FRIDAY–“I, Too, Am America”: The Poetry of Langston Hughes

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro Back in August of 2013, I did a post about the poetry of Langston Hughes for Res Ipsa Loquitor. The impetus for my doing that was the—at times contentious—discussions we had been having about race, racism, … Continue reading

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The Killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and John Crawford III: It’s Not about Race…It’s Never about Race!

By Elaine Magliaro Back in March of 2012, Charles Pierce wrote a post for his Esquire Politics Blog about the death of Trayvon Martin and the people who came out in support of his killer, George Zimmerman. In his piece … Continue reading

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New York Times Comes under Fire for Declaring Michael Brown to Be “No Angel” in Its Profile Article of the Dead Teenager

 By Elaine Magliaro The New York Times has come under fire for an article that it published yesterday about the life of Michael Brown—the unarmed teenager who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, recently. Jack Mirkinson (Huffington … Continue reading

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Mr. Conservative: Congressional Candidate from Minnesota Once Called Female Senators “Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes” and Disparaged Native Americans on His Blog

By Elaine Magliaro Jim Hagedorn, the son of retired congressman Tom Hagedorn, was a “surprise victor” in last week’s Republican primary in Minnesota. The Star Tribune reported that Hagedorn “pulled off an upset in his party’s 1st District primary for … Continue reading

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Billie Holiday, Abe Meeropol, and “Strange Fruit”—the Famous Song about Lynching Black People in America

By Elaine Magliaro Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was a famous American jazz singer and song writer. One of her “most iconic” songs is Strange Fruit, which was first recorded in 1939. Elizabeth Blair (NPR) called the song … Continue reading

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Oregon GOP Congressional Candidate Asks Residents to Send Him Their Urine

By Elaine Magliaro Sometimes, I just have to shake my head when I read the news these days. That’s actually what I did the other day when I read an online article about Republican Congressional candidate Art Robinson of Oregon. … Continue reading

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POETRY FRIDAY: Fractured Nursery Rhymes

By Elaine Magliaro Here are some of my original “fractured” nursery rhymes. Note: The poem Jack and June was included in a children’s poetry anthology titled My Cat Is in Love with the Goldfish and Other Loopy Love Poems. The … Continue reading

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Public Schools for Sale?: Diane Ravitch Talks with Bill Moyers about the Privatization of Public Education

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro NOTE: I originally posted this article at Res Ipsa Loquitor on June 8, 2014. I think it bears re-posting at Flowers for Socrates. Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University, a historian … Continue reading

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