“A writer is someone who is interested in all the arts, in politics, and of course the psychology of people. Someone passionate about everything.”
– Susan Sontag, Radio France Interview (“Regarding Susan Sontag,” from HBO)

An excerpt from the latest book by Taylor Marsh:

…It’s one thing to want a traditional relationship in the old-fashioned sense of the word. That type of traditional relationship often doesn’t make room for a woman who has her own life and career going for her, too. If you’re self-employed, you have a better chance of juggling everything, but if not, some careers are very competitive, and women have to sacrifice a lot to have them, including time with their children. It’s also not like the workplace is a friendly place for women who still have most of the responsibilities at home. This can often mean the man has to pick up the slack and be graceful while doing it. The woman still sacrifices a lot for her choice to have a marriage, children and a career, which some people describe as “having it all.” […] …The age issue is critical, because in American society it’s seen as gross to hear or have a discussion about older women and men being sexually active. There is almost a cultural lust for media reports and storylines that celebrate hot, young passion. That two people over fifty would be using erotic movies, sex toys and fashion to excite one another has been traditionally seen as unseemly. Sex once was thought to be unimportant for women over fifty, which is likely why so many men over fifty were starting second families. […]

Podcast: Book introduction audio and commentary of "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Podcast: Introductory book audio reading, with commentary, from The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen – Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Taking a ‘Wrecking Ball’ to Religious Conservatism in Politics

“We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christan ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and […]

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Pentagon Budget 2013 Broken Down by Winslow Wheeler

Winslow Wheeler is one of a very determined band of defense experts who have been diligently deciphering and challenging the Pentagon budget, expenditures and priority for years.

I’ve cited Wheeler many times before, […]

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Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” is angry, and OWS’ influenced

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.

A tweet from Think Progress: “Gingrich talking about “˜vulture capitalism’… that would not have happened without #ows’ – Springsteen http://thkpr.gs/yh0NKe …”

I’ve not heard any cuts […]

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Rick Santorum: Prenatal Screenings ‘More Often than Not’ Result in Abortion

Let Rick Santorum talk, then package his hyper Christian chatter in 30-second spots, that should be the Romney campaign’s strategy.

From CNN:

“One of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing in every insurance policy […]

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Romney Still Trails in Michigan

THE MITT ROMNEY CRISIS transcends the seven straight national polls showing Rick Santorum in the lead. It goes beyond the embarrassing reality that the son of an auto executive and two-term governor has been […]

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Sunday Sermon: Jeremiah Wright, Baptizing the Dead, and Aspirin Between Her Legs

Ironically, Lawless noted, all the attention to contraception at the moment may end up boosting the overall public standing of the 2010 health care law. Free preventive health care, whether it’s a cancer screening […]

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Quote of the Year (so far)

Fresh from CPAC, tough guy Sheriff Paul Babeau, who was also Mitt Romney’s Arizona co-chair, has gotten himself sacked and out.

“All of the allegations are false except one, I am gay,” Babeu said. […]

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Mitt Romney is Struggling Because GOP Primary Voters Know He’s Hiding Something

Politico’s Maggie Haberman asks the question I’ve been answering for weeks, which also shines klieg lights on Mitt Romney’s problem: Will women vote for Rick Santorum? Of course they won’t, which is just […]

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Trial Date Set in Egypt for 16 Americans and Other Pro-Democracy Workers

NGO’s have rarely, if ever, been targeted this way and have been operating in Egypt and around the world for years.

Egypt sets trial date for pro-democracy workers – The trial of 43 people charged […]

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