Bonnie Erbe


June 2007


Toying With Voluntary Segregation

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What's missing from the coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on school desegregation is a discussion of why race is still a factor in our largely segregated public schools. After all, it's been a half century since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. Shouldn't a half century of ...

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Supreme Court
education

Play Taps for Immigration Reform

Well, I'm ready to call the Senate's second go at immigration reform a failure. Two reasons for this. First, the polls. If senators are watching the polls, as indeed they must be, a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds the bill musters an infinitesimal 22 percent level of support from American voters.

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immigration reform

A New York Candidate Trifecta

OK, folks, it's official. There will be three presidential candidates (two major party and one indy), and they will all be from New Yawk.

Of course, it's not yet official, official. But with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's jettisoning of his second major party affiliation last night, the odds are ...

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2008 presidential election

Inflation on the Rise

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Is it getting a heckuva lot more expensive to live in the United States, or is it just me? For the longest time I've wondered why consumer prices seem to be spiraling ever upward and yet most media outlets pay little attention, with one exception: gas prices. Now I may have found out why.

The ...

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inflation
economy

Hollywood's Abortion Timidity

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The New York Times, Salon.com, and a Wall Street Journal online blog have all discussed various social implications of the smash comedy hit, Knocked Up. This flick tells the story of a young, single television reporter who gets pregnant following a one-night stand with a bona fide pot-smoking,

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abortion
Hollywood

Visionless and Tone-Deaf

Despite the likelihood that today's Senate vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would fail, the fact it took place at all is proof of President Bush's tone-deafness and lack of vision.

They said his father lacked "the vision thing." But jeez, this guy lacks vision, period. It's ...

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Gonzales, Alberto

Parties' Religious Seesaw

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Since the genesis of political parties, political machines have shifted positions on major issues along with society as they waxed and waned in popularity. We're about to witness another such seesaw move—this time on religion.

First, some background on recent partisan shifts. After the Vietnam War,

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2008 presidential election

Porn Is No Liberator

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A proliferation of pornography on the Internet has set up a debate about the effect on young women: Is in-your-face sexuality empowering, allowing girls to act like boys, or does today's hypersexualized society lead to more mental health disorders for girls?

Consumer Internet usage tracker "comScore ...

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Cheney Is Arrogance Personified

Arrogance, secrecy, imperiousness. These are the hallmarks of Dick Cheney's two-term tenure as vice president. Should we be surprised? Not at all, given how he secured the post in the first place. Remember? When asked by the Bush campaign in 2000 to "evaluate" possible running mates, he ended up ...

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Bush, Rice Tack Progressive

Funny that two high-level members of the Bush administration should "come out" on international progressive issues on the same day. Do I smell a whiff of low public-approval ratings giving the president and his secretary of state permission to reverse their former hard-line stances?

The president ...

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