Bill Clinton Has Obviously Never Seen “The Big Lebowski”

From October 25, 2012. Matt Bai says Bill Clinton's advice to frame Mitt Romney as an extreme conservative rather than the nihlist voters believe him to be was a mistake (here in The New York Times). Crux of the piece: "The bottom line here is that one can over-think this whole notion of framing your … Continue reading Bill Clinton Has Obviously Never Seen “The Big Lebowski”

Contraceptives and the Freedom of Conscience: Framing the Catholic Debate in Other Terms

I've been reading up on the fall-out over the Obama Administration's decision not to exempt large Catholic employers (hospitals, colleges, social service agencies) from provisions in the new health care laws requiring that enterprises of their scale provide insurance that covers contraceptives. You don't have to agree with Humanae Vitae to understand why the issue … Continue reading Contraceptives and the Freedom of Conscience: Framing the Catholic Debate in Other Terms

Marian Wright Edelman: The Rent We Pay For Living and the Biggest Problem American Children Face

“I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living -- the very purpose of life and not something … Continue reading Marian Wright Edelman: The Rent We Pay For Living and the Biggest Problem American Children Face

The High Cost of Cheap Goods: Going to Hell In a Hand-Held Device

Three Pillars Trading Company is a client of mine. I'm producing blog articles for this fair-trade, sustainable import business, and from time to time, I'll be sharing pieces of them here. My first post at Three Pillars is about the disgusting conditions that factory workers in Shenzhen, China endure while they put together our computers … Continue reading The High Cost of Cheap Goods: Going to Hell In a Hand-Held Device