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Please respect Karl Rove’s right to publicly rant about family values while privately destroying it. Twice.

Famed Republican strategist Karl Rove got divorced last week, Politico reports.

Spokeswoman Dana Perino said, “Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week. The couple came to the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close relationship and a strong friendship. There will be no further comment and the family requests that its privacy be respected.”

Karl married Darby Hickson in 1986. They have one son, Andrew. Rove’s previous marriage to a Houston socialite ended after a […]

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It may have flown under the radar with all of the election hullabaloo, but William F. Buckley Jr. died last week. He’s often been viewed as a paragon of conservative thought. And to some extent, this is true – this is half of an interesting debate he had with Noam Chomsky in 1969, and it shows an intelligent, witty, and even charismatic man.

(You can see part 2 here.)

However, as often seems the case with retrospectives of prominent conservatives, it’s more hagiography than biography. Buckley, and his magazine National Review, were staunch opponents of the civil rights […]

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The politics of universities

On February 22, 2008 By

It’s pretty well recognized that college professors as a group are more liberal than the population at large. The unexplored question was always “why?” People like David Horowitz would blindly speculate that it was hostility towards conservatives that drove them from academia, but nobody actually tried to learn why there weren’t more conservatives in academia. Until now.

Politically conservative professor Matthew Woessner – an Ohio State graduate and asst. professor of public policy at Penn State – has conducted a scientific study into political orientation and higher education with his wife (a liberal professor at Elizabethtown, and also an […]

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Teen pregnancy on the rise

On December 6, 2007 By

AP, via MSNBC:

In a troubling reversal, the nation?s teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials who had no immediate explanation.

The birth rate had been dropping since its peak in 1991, although the decline had slowed in recent years. On Wednesday, government statisticians said it rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.

[S]everal experts said they have been expecting a jump. They blame the increase on increased federal funding for abstinence-only health education programs that do not teach how to use condoms and other contraception.

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Jenna Bush, that’s who. Yes, the President’s (blond) daughter. When asked by Diane Sawyer if she supported her father’s “abstinence-only” plan.

No, I mean, not at all, first, because I?m not part of the administration. You know, I?m just my father?s daughter. ? I think that when we?re talking about keeping kids safe, and we?re talking about Ana and other kids that are living with HIV or other STDs ? kids need to have education; they need to be educated in order to make the right decision for themselves.

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The Senate was unable to muster enough votes to overcome a filibuster. A sham “non-binding” GOP bill was also shot down.

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No comment needed except… 1) Wow! and 2) It will be interesting to see how this story will play out alongside the presidential primary election cycle. Surely there will be a hailstorm of commentary on that over the next few days.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Polk County judge on Thursday struck down Iowa’s law banning gay marriage and ordered the county recorder to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied at the Polk County recorder’s office for a marriage license, and for the first time the application was accepted. The process of granting a license to marry in Iowa takes three days.

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Go figure.

Historical evidence, including legal documents and gravesites, can be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual relationships hundreds of years ago, said Allan Tulchin of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

If accurate, the results indicate socially sanctioned same-sex unions are nothing new, nor were they taboo in the past.

?Western family structures have been much more varied than many people today seem to realize,” Tulchin writes in the September issue of the Journal of Modern History. “And Western legal systems have in the past made provisions for a variety of household structures.?

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From yesterday’s Cinci Enquirer blog:

Two women convicted of falsifying election petitions to meet quotas for bonuses were put on probation and ordered to do 200 hours of community service, but a judge said they were minor players in a much larger ?mean-spirited campaign.?

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman reiterated Monday what he said last month when Lois Mingo and Precilla Ward pleaded guilty to charges of election falsification: that State Rep. Tom Brinkman, who headed up the petition drive for the unsuccessful effort last year to repeal the city?s gay rights ordinance, should be charged.

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Matt Naugle loves gay sex

On June 13, 2007 By

I’m not exactly sure what Matt Naugle’s problem is, but he seems unable to resist implying that Ted Strickland is gay, and prefers younger men. Let’s not forget the innuendos about Strickland’s vacation with a staffer, and that his wife may not even live with him. Of course, all of these “allegations” are implied rather than said directly, and all done without any shred of evidence. Not that it matters in the final analysis – I couldn’t care less if we had a gay governor.

One might think that Naugle does this to attempt to discredit Strickland with the […]

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Jesus, Mary & Joseph!

On June 6, 2007 By

This is INSANE.

Feminism is a minority social movement, whose members murder innocent children in order to obtain sexual gratification.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! I absolutely refuse to link to this trash; but I will provide a link to Feministing’s excellent rebuttal. Of course, this asshat’s (aka “Mike Adams”) most offensive comment might not have been the one above – it might be this:

I have come to the firm conclusion that I?ve not been nearly harsh enough in my treatment of feminists. And today I plan to start treating them the way they deserve to be treated.

What exactly […]

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