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Newt: Hypocrite, or Opportunistic Hypocrite?

Newt Gingrich now admits he was having an extramarital affair while he led Congress in impeaching President Clinton for getting a few blowjobs from a consenting adult Ho hum, another “family values” hypocrite. Ted Haggard, Ralph Reed, Mark Foley, Lou Sheldon, Bill O’Reilly, Paul Crouch, Rush Limbaugh, Randall Terry, Robert Livingston (who was supposed to succeed Gingrich as Speaker of the House)—the list of “family values” leaders whose family values include divorce, infidelity, gambling, and embezzlement is getting so big, they could form their own political party. Oh wait—they already have. Republicans really face a dilemma this Presidential season: three…

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Sex Offenders? Torture & Hanging Are Next

Ohio wants to be the first state to require sex offenders and child predators to have special fluorescent license plates. The reason is the same old excuse behind the rest of the billion-dollar let’s-segregate-the-molesters industry: “helping families make informed decisions for themselves and their children,” as State Senator Keven Coughlin of Cuyahoga Falls says. Decisions about what? “Quick, change lanes, we don’t want to be behind a molester.” “Honey, don’t wear that belly blouse and mini-skirt outside, there’s a molester’s car parked across the street.” I’m still trying to get data on other laws that publicly tag molesters after they’re…

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Challenging the Faith-Based Payoff

Certain words brand you as a screwball in America today: conspiracy theorist. Elvis sighting. Pacifist. Atheist. Yes, atheist. On Sunday, ABC News noted a pending Supreme Court case, which is testing the constitutionality of the Bush Administration’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. This is the Jesus-fueled gravy train that’s been giving away billions of taxpayer dollars to explicitly religious groups for the delivery of social services. Catholic Charities of New York, $2,500,000 just last year. Roseland Christian Ministries, $800,000. You get the idea. President Bush has also made a fundamental change in the way this taxpayer money can be spent by…

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Fight the Anti-sex Religious Right, Not Capitalism

OK, let’s agree that the major drug companies are in it for the money. Or, if you prefer, that they’re blood-sucking capitalists. Exactly like the makers of cars, gameboys, and everything else we wear, drive, eat, and use. That agreed, the sudden vicious attack on Merck, maker of the HPV vaccine Gardisil, is a classic example of progressive people shooting, er, vaccine-ing themselves in the foot. As we wrote last year, here’s a vaccine that could wipe out the majority of cervical cancer in our lifetime; all we’d have to do is vaccinate girls before they become sexually active. Sex-phobic…

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Porn? “That’s Just Like A Man”

A reader named Janet has sent a vitriolic response to my criticism of the concept “victims of porn” in Sexual Intelligence. She says, “You totally missed the real victims…there is no pornography without the object of lust…this sends so many girls down a path of self-destruction, eventual shame and abuse in the porno world…where their self-esteem is forever damaged. They typically end up like Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole…confused, sad, and powerless to end their own misery.” This is a great example of the confusion and sex-negativity in the anti-porn world. They believe that lust is dangerous; that working…

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Airport Scanner Discovers Familiar Truth

The country’s first full-body scanning machine has been installed in the Phoenix airport. Used in secondary screening, it automatically looks through passengers’ clothing for guns and explosives. If the phone booth-size thing works out, it will soon appear in New York, L.A., and other airports. [Note to younger readers: a “phone booth” is where folks used to go to have the private conversations we no longer have.] Some people are fine with the new machine, enjoying the illusion of increased security. But others, of course, feel upset that the people operating the machines can “see” their bodies. According to The…

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