Category Archives: Sex and Politics

Sex and the Single Republican

“Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things. One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for … Continue reading

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A Wink and a Smile

Maybe the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin settled all the questions about her – or raised new ones. There were, of course, the initial reactions, but it takes at least a day for people to think … Continue reading

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Obama and his Day of Pigs

In April, 1961, President Kennedy had that Bay of Pigs disaster – a half-assed amateurish invasion of Cuba which failed spectacularly. You might remember it – if you’re an old geezer. CIA director Allen Dulles, deputy CIA director Charles Cabell, … Continue reading

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A Quiet Friday in August

Friday, August 8, should have been a quiet news day. Click on the cable news channels – this regular host or that is on vacation, and that makes sense. The party conventions are two weeks off and congress is in … Continue reading

Posted in Cindy McCain, Economic Issues, Edwards, Edwards Admits to Affair, Hillary Clinton, Journalism, McCain, McCain and the Press, Obama, Objective Journalism, Offshore Drilling, Oil Crisis, Reporting versus Opinion, Russia and Georgia War, Sex and Politics, Social Conservatives, Summer Olympics in Beijing, The McCain Brand, The Oil Crisis, The Olympics, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | Leave a comment

Understanding American Enthusiasms

It was the radical sixties – college days – and some of us were stuck in the middle of Ohio. There was no trekking off to San Francisco with flowers in our hair – whoever had a car could get … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Certainty, Conservative Thought, Cultural Notes, Evangelicals, McCain, Moral and Ethical Matters, Obama, Ohio, Religion and Politics, Sex and Politics, Social Conservatives, South Carolina, Values Voters | 2 Comments

The Uses of the Past

It’s hard to escape the past. It tugs at you like some monster in the dark, something you cannot quite see, pulling on your leg, trying to pull you under the dark waters, where you will surely drown. You want … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Cultural Notes, Foreign Policy, McCain, Obama, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex and Politics, The Uses of History | 2 Comments

On Drinking Bleach

It’s just a given – values voters, as they are called, vote Republican, even if voting Republican in not in their economic interest at all. That’s what that Thomas Frank book, What’s the Matter with Kansas, was all about. The … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Notes, Evangelicals, Kansas, Moral and Ethical Matters, Press Notes, Religion and Politics, Republicans, Republicans and Sex, Sex and Politics, Social Conservatives, The Power of Narrative, The Problem with Democrats, Values Voters | 2 Comments