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Is the Pope Catholic?

about 1 year ago

Everyone is agog about the gay-friendly sentiment Pope Francis expressed on his flight home from Brazil. "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will,” the pontiff said, “who am I to judge? They should not be marginalized. They are our brothers." Three thoughts. One: Believe the hype ...


Is Your Pension Safe? Check this Map

about 1 year ago

If you are one of six or so million state or federal employees in the United States, recent events may be getting you a little worried about your retirement security. The potentially devastating fallout for pensioners in bankrupt Detroit is dominating the airwaves. Here is an excerpt from a ...


Too Sexy for My Boss

about 1 year ago

I’m a proud native Iowan, but the news out of my home state involving a lustful dentist and a “stellar” but “too attractive” dental assistant has me hanging my head. The boss, James Knight, fired Melissa Nelson because he "didn't think it was good for him to see her wearing things that ...


The Quiet Racism in the Zimmerman Trial

about 1 year ago

“It isn't a racial event”, George Zimmerman’s attorney told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed because “two people...misinterpreted each other’s actions.” Juror B-37 agreed, saying that “George would have reacted the exact same way” if Trayvon Martin were ...


Curious Images from a July 4th Parade

about 1 year ago

This year my family and I spent the Fourth in Ashland, a lovely city of 26,000 with a famous Shakespeare festival in the verdant hills of southern Oregon. It was my first real Fourth of July parade since my childhood in Iowa. New York City, my home now for over a decade, is big on ...


Why Google Won't Hire You

about 1 year ago

School’s out! Here is an end-of-the-school-year post in three strands positing that much of what we do in school is a monumental waste of time, creativity and intellect. Strand one: recruitment insights from Google In a recent interview in the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, a senior vice ...


The Anxiety of the Supreme Court Justice

about 1 year ago

Put yourself in the sensible black shoes of one of our nine Supreme Court justices for a moment. Next week, you will hand down decisions on four huge cases concerning the Voting Rights Act, racial preferences in higher education and same-sex marriage. No matter how you rule, you will make a lot ...