The GOP’s Shameful and Opportunistic Reaction to France

November 17, 2015 2:09 PM0 comments

While the civilized world draped the colors of the French flag after the gruesome terrorist attacks, the GOP showed their own true colors. Instead of mourning the victims and calling for sensible solutions, by morning power hungry Republican demagogues slithered out of the woodwork to exploit fear and manipulate their […]

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GOP Candidates Bow Down Before Bigots at Hate Conference

November 11, 2015 5:40 PM0 comments

There used to be a time when sane politicians ran away from the insane. They would avoid embarrassing situations where they were photographed with loose cannons or people with loose morals. In today’s Republican Party the script has been flipped. The candidates line up to fete the outrageous and the […]

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‘Extraordinary Hearts’ As Best Seller, Part 2

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The collection of my 100 short essays in the best-selling book, Extraordinary Hearts: Reclaiming the Central Role of Gay Sensibility in the Progress of Civilization, (Lethe Press, 2013), speaks in depth to some fundamental conundrums that LGBT people face in the current period. We (we LGBT people) are truly in […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: The Next ‘Keystone’ Debate

November 10, 2015 3:01 PM0 comments

Unless a Republican wins the the Presidential election in 2017, the 7-year debate over whether to build the Keystone pipeline is probably over. Gone will be the endless TV and newspaper ads describing the dangers of either building or not building it. Waiting in the wings, however, is another energy/climate […]

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White Flight From Political Reality is Deadly

November 4, 2015 8:22 PM0 comments

Decades of white flight from political reality is having devastating health effects. A new study by two Princeton economists showed the mortality rate for whites 45 to 54 years old with no more than a high school education increased by 134 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 to 2014. According […]

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U.S. Death Rate’s Alarming Rise

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The major piece of evidence, perhaps the most astonishing yet, showing the effect on ordinary Americans of our nation’s deepening economic and cultural decline was reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It reports a startling increase in the death rate of middle aged, predominantly […]

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New Report Condemns Conversion Therapy for Kids

October 28, 2015 6:05 PM0 comments

In the latest catastrophe for the “ex-gay” industry, a new government report was released that warned about the dangers of conversion therapy for minors. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s report examined the evidence and concluded there is no efficacy for conversion therapy and it can lead to […]

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‘Truth,’ the Film: Why It Matters

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A film on limited screens across America now, “Truth” is a powerful indictment of how partisan political pressure brought down the nation’s most revered television journalist and his team to ensure the re-election to a second disastrous term of George W. Bush in 2004. Starring Cate Blanchett, in another Oscar-worthy […]

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Dear Moderate Republicans: Frankenstein has Arrived

October 21, 2015 6:07 PM0 comments

The first clue: Teabaggers calling themselves the Tea Party. In retrospect, it is astounding that not one GOP leader stood up and asked, “don’t you already belong to a party – it’s called Republican?” From the outset, this weird breed of irascible cranks was a distinct species that had little […]

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‘Extraordinary Hearts’ As Best Seller, Part 1

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I am heartened by the continued success of my book, Extraordinary Hearts, on the Best Seller rankings for LGBT-themed works. Twice in recent weeks it has gone as high as third in that category, and it continues to hover around the Top 10. This is important because the content […]

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