Fraser Sherman

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Having graduated college with a degree in biology, no interest in grad school, and no interest in a science career, Fraser Sherman decided he’d try writing.

It turned out he liked it. And he was even reasonably good at it. Over the next couple of decades, he sold articles to Newsweek, The Writer, Dragon Magazine (yes he played D&D. Want to make something out of it?), Air & Space and more specialized markets such as Painting and Wallcovering and Gulf Coast Condo Owner.

Because he wanted to use his skills to make the world a better place, he also wrote about politics. Liberal by philosophy and living a very conservative northwest Florida community, Fraser began by replying to letters in the local paper that asserted women were unfit for anything but motherhood, Christianity should be the law of the land and anyone who wasn’t a Republican was probably a Communist pedophile Satan-worshipper. The best compliment he received was from a conservative friend who said "I know you're wrong, but I just can't figure out where!"

In 2000, after juggling writing and assorted day jobs for years, he finally found the opportunity to write full time, as a reporter for Northwest Florida’s Destin Log newspaper. That included a twice-a-month column, so he kept writing about politics. Over the following decade, he actually wrote more than full time. He sold fantasy short stories to Realms of Fantasy, Tales of the Talisman, and Allegory, among other magazines. He also wrote two film reference books, The Wizard of Oz Catalog and Screen Enemies of the American Way (his first film book, Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan, came out in 1999).

Then in 2008 at a Mensa convention in Denver, he met an attractive young woman from Durham, Norch Carolina ... and had to leave early so he didn't get her contact information. Fortunately LeAnn contacted him online. He thought she was flirting (she wasn't) and emailed back. The flirting got underway, and they graduated to phone calls, then visits ... and in 2010, Fraser moved from Florida to Durham to live with LeAnn. They married in 2011.

Fraser now writes full-time, with short stories in Drabblecast, Big Pulp, New Myths and five different anthologies. He's also completed a fourth film reference book, Now and Then in Time, covering time-travel films. And of course, he writes a twice-monthly column for AND Magazine.

As of August 12, 2017, Fraser's 131 articles like "Let's Not Compromise" have totaled 13.5M views and shares.

Fraser's 100 most recent articles: (Search for more)

JAN 14 2017
AND Magazine
The Left

Let's Not Compromise

Compromising on equality is always a mistake
"The anti-equality wing never treats compromise as anything but a temporary cease-fire"

DEC 20 2016
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The Left

Equality Is Awesome

It's a shame so many people hate it.
"Equality isn't extreme. it's a middle-of-the-road, compromise, moderate position."

DEC 17 2016
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The Left

Real Americans

They're not just white
"Black Americans have worked to build this country for as hard and as long as whites"

NOV 18 2016
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The Left

Cyrus the Great

Delusions of persecution rationalize support for Trump.
"American Christians are not enslaved Israelites."

NOV 06 2016
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The Left

Trump and Masculinity

His concept of manhood is an ugly one
"Trump seems to define his manhood by the hotness of the women around him"

NOV 05 2016
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The Left

Insults and Women

Some slurs are wrong regardless of the target
"Coulter pretends the only issue is Trump's language, not that he's bragging about sexual assault."

OCT 19 2016
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The Left

the Rape Police

Yes, consent really matters
"Limbaugh's admitting up front he doesn’t give a flying fig about the woman’s consent."

SEP 09 2016
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The Left

Tacos and Terror

Why some people fear Latinos
"Part of the current terror is the fear that Latinos won't WASPify themselves enough."

AUG 30 2016
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The Left

the Box Made Of Rules

Isn't it time to let women get out of it?
"Natural differences aren't consistent across the board"

AUG 14 2016
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The Left

Smoke Without Fire

Conservative feelings do not define reality.
"I heard arguments that even if conservatives were wrong, their suspicions proved how evil Obama was."

JUL 29 2016
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The Left

the Reframing Delusion

Republican voters know what they're doing.
"Reframing the issues isn't a Jedi mind trick"

JUL 19 2016
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The Left

the Bodies Pile Up

Can we try not shooting either side?
"If I were cynical, I'd say screams of outrage from Walsh and King are a double standard."

JUN 27 2016
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The Left

Tolerating Intolerance

Why yes, I can support the rights of both gays and Muslims
"Anti-Muslim bigotry isn't based on Islamic views on homosexuality."

JUN 09 2016
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The Left

No Guarantees With Trump

Checks and balances may not restrain him.
"An order from the Oval Office packs a lot of weight, even if the order is illegal."

MAY 25 2016
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The Left

Sorry, not Our Fault

Liberals didn't create the Trump voters
"Politically incorrect - a wonderful phrase that pretends cliched bigoted sentiments are daring"

MAY 06 2016
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The Left

the Man Card

Clinton's more than her gender
"There's apparently no symbolism to having white guys in charge"

APR 30 2016
Wise Alf
Interest

Секс как шоппинг

Почему мы боимся это признать?

APR 22 2016
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The Left

Sex As Shopping

Why giving it away freaks people out.
"The man, on the other hand, gets cool points because he obtained bargain sex."

APR 07 2016
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Columns

Punishing the Mother

A lot of pro-lifers are fine with that
"Consider the simple fact that the law already punishes mothers for getting abortions."

MAR 25 2016
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The Independent

Oppressed By the Poor

Once again, conservatives say the poor are vile
"No political insider really wants an outsider to come in and shake things up."

MAR 10 2016
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The Independent

Divisive Discrimination

Talking about bigotry is still controversial.
"When Moses declared that his people weren’t taking that any more, that was divisive."

FEB 24 2016
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The Independent

As Bad As They Are

Our enemies' evil cannot excuse our own
"Trump’s argument is that it’s okay to enjoy being the bully or the torturer"

FEB 01 2016
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The Left

Islam's not a Religion?

That's the new anti-First Amendment argument.
"Religions fighting for government power never works out well for anyone except the winner."

JAN 23 2016
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The Left

the Polite Society

Shooting people is not the path to good manners.
"Texting and inconsiderate driving are ill-mannered, but they don't deserve the death penalty"

JAN 23 2016
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The Left

False Prophets

They're revving up for Hillary.
"They just pick themselves up and repeat the same predictions for the next Democrat."

NOV 30 2015
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The Left

Christian Terrorism

Some conservatives say it doesn't exist
"In the 20th and 21st century, pretty much everyone has adopted terrorism at some point."

NOV 20 2015
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The Left

the Fear Endures

America has always freaked out about immigrants.
"Catholic immigrants were the sleeper agents of the 19th century."

OCT 28 2015
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The Left

Dealing With Feelings

Emotions don't prove who's wrong
"An argument that crops up repeatedly is that when men snap and shoot things up, it's women's fault"

OCT 19 2015
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The Left

the Feminist Apocalypse

Conservative fears of independent women
"Civilization will collapse, and Earth will be drawn into the sun and destroyed"

SEP 24 2015
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The Left

Men On Top

Aren't we ready to be side by side?
"Secular arguments against women voting boil down to too many women voting liberal"

SEP 14 2015
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The Left

Cosby Rape Apologists

A look at some bad excuses
"Condemning someone for drugging women to get sex isn't a matter of Puritanism"

AUG 31 2015
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The Left

Here He Goes Again

Dick Cheney distorts reality again with an editorial.
"Negotiating with Iran hardly represents a massive violation of American norms."

AUG 11 2015
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The Left

The Conversation

Some conservatives insist we have it on their terms.
"I'm capable of grasping that people who disagree with me aren't necessarily blind to the truth..."

JUL 23 2015
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The Left

Defining Disloyalty

Wesley Clark thinks he knows it when he sees it.
"It's very easy for even decent governments to assume anyone who questions them is an enemy..."

JUN 25 2015
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The Left

Everybody's Not Doing It

Criticizing evil isn't an act of vanity
"Some people blow the whistle, even at personal cost."

JUN 10 2015
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The Left

The Terrible Terror

The petrifying fear of false rape accusations
"Judges used to warn rape juries that rape is "an easy charge to make but a hard one to disprove,""

MAY 27 2015
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The Left

The Democracy Alternative

There's really no substitute
"The U.S. is one of the very few where a post-revolutionary leader peacefully gave up power."

MAY 15 2015
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The Left

The Hate Beneath

States' rights aren't the issue.
"Claims that opposition to gay marriage is all about the legal procedure don"

APR 30 2015
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The Left

Violence Begats Violence

Violence in Baltimore didn't start with the protests.
"The bar for launching a revolution has to be set high, but how high?"

APR 08 2015
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The Left

Render Unto Caesar

Public servants have a duty to serve everyone
"I would say the government has a compelling interest in demanding its employees serve all citizens"

MAR 30 2015
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The Left

Not Poor Enough

If the poor don't suffer, where's the fun?
"How can the tale-teller feel superior if he considers that somebody might be genuinely struggling"

MAR 19 2015
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The Left

Rape Isn't Beautiful

I Don't Think God Uses Rape To Get Women Pregnant.
"If a rapist can be God's chosen instrument, why not an abortion doctor?"

FEB 22 2015
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The Left

Fifty Shades of Silly

No, "Fifty Shades" has not proven feminism a lie.
"This is a feeble argument for proclaiming the death of feminism, or proclaiming anything."

FEB 12 2015
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The Left

Not That Similar

Fighting gay marriage is not like fighting slavery.
"The enemy threatens him with criticism, not death."

JAN 30 2015
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The Left

Erotic Liberty? Cool.

Sounds like a good thing to me.
"We've had gay marriage in some states for more than a decade and preachers are not being silenced."

JAN 14 2015
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The Left

Feel the Feminists

Apparently they're mightier than I imagined.
"How exactly did feminists exert their power on a hierarchy that"

DEC 30 2014
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The Left

Lifestyles Are Irrelevant

Yet another weak argument against gay rights
"Presumably religion is just a lifestyle too"

DEC 24 2014
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The Left

More Torture Excuses

Torture defenders are always in the wrong.
"If your ethical benchmark is "better than Saddam Hussein," you"

NOV 28 2014
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The Left

Parallel Earths

Some conservatives can
"Women speaking of rape, rape threats and harassment have always gotten flak."

NOV 14 2014
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The Independent

Now That's Funny

Jody Hice thinks theocracy creates smaller government.
"The last thing theocrats want is people governing their own lives."

OCT 29 2014
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The Left

Rape Threat Cowards

A woman spoke, the men weren't pleased, she's now a target.
"For some men, the thought of any woman speaking up... is all it takes to justify attacking her."

OCT 14 2014
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The Left

Miscarriage Isn't Murder

But some extremists want to treat it that way.
"Christine Taylor was charged with fetal homicide because she fell down the stairs while pregnant"

SEP 26 2014
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The Left

Hypocrites Among Us

It's fun to see them exposed and mocked.
"It's one thing to fall short of a standard..."

SEP 11 2014
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The Left

Here We Go Again

We just can't resist an excuse for war.
"Humanitarian intervention is often a contradiction in terms"

AUG 27 2014
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The Left

Even the Wicked

Michael Brown's morals are not the issue
"There's no definition of "just" that covers a death sentence for shoplifting or underage drinking."

AUG 13 2014
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The Left

Divided We stand

It is not questioning injustice that divides us
"Any time the oppressed try to get out of Egypt or win justice from pharaoh..."

JUL 31 2014
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The Left

War on Women?

It's a reasonable metaphor
"Many Republican politicians, pundits and activists operate in the same sexist mindspace"

JUL 18 2014
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The Left

Bury It Deep

Sometimes a cover-up looks like the best choice.
"Deny the incident, silence the victim, pretend it never happened."

JUN 26 2014
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The Left

To Bigotry No Sanction

Freedom of religion was one of the Founders' best ideas.
"All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship."

JUN 11 2014
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The Left

The Truth Isn't Out!

Sandy Hook truthers: An American tradition of paranoia
"Once you start going down that rabbit-hole, it’s easy to avoid coming out again."

MAY 28 2014
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The Left

The Right Side Won

The Confederacy was not about freedom
"The Confederacy was founded on the opposite idea, that blacks were inferior"

MAY 15 2014
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The Left

Save the Women!

Some conservatives pretend that's their goal
"Guys abandoning women didn’t start with the availability of birth control"

APR 29 2014
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The Left

The Castrating Television

No strong men on TV? Oh, please.
"Five seconds with TV Guide would prove it's nonsense."

APR 14 2014
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The Left

Religion as Politics

If you play the game, expect to be tackled
"If you want to turn your religion into public policy, expect flak."

MAR 27 2014
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The Left

Not so Manly

For some warhawks, we're never strong enough.
"I doubt there's any nation on Earth that sees us as peaceful"

MAR 12 2014
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The Left

Let Chivalry Die

The sexism's just too heavy.
"Men certainly can't be expected to think about women as individuals"

FEB 23 2014
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The Left

Don't Be Such Haters

Why do conservative antifeminists loathe men so much?
"Apparently in Patton's world we men are all lecherous, selfish rakes."

FEB 18 2014
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The Left

That Love of Freedom

Kansas defends religious freedom, sort of.
"Like abortion-related conscience clauses, its view of freedom seems suspiciously one-sided."

JAN 30 2014
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The Left

Not the Same at All

Slavery is an overused metaphor
"What captures the essence of slavery better than free food, taxes and happy marriages?"

JAN 09 2014
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The Left

Terrorism and Immigration

The two are not synonyms.
"Terrorism isn't some sinister foreign ideology, it's as America as apple pie."

JAN 09 2014
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The Left

They Like to Watch

Obama's surveillance program is bad, but it isn't a surprise
"Governments always think they're justified watching everything we do"

JAN 03 2014
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The Left

Not a Christian Nation

The First Amendment applies to every faith.
"I'm sure Fischer envisions this as a triumph for Christianity, but he's deluding himself."

DEC 24 2013
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The Left

Excuses for Rapists

They're never good, but some people love to make them.
"If a man rapes a woman, he's not treating her as a prostitute, he's treating her as a rape target."

DEC 19 2013
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The Left

Mandela and Hope

Some hopeless causes aren't so hopeless.
""Nelson Mandela didn't create utopia" isn't really a fair standard."

DEC 08 2013
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The Left

No Consequences!?

How dare women have sex with no pregnancy?
"What kind of fiends are the Dems to support women having sex without consequences?"

NOV 26 2013
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The Left

Voting is a Right

Some Republicans wish it wasn't
"Suggestions the poor shouldn't vote because they're parasites plays into stereotypes"

NOV 04 2013
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The Left

Blame the Woman

A man goes crazy. Some people think they know why.
"This is the kind of bad advice people give to battered spouses."

OCT 16 2013
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The Left

Let's Be Less Nuanced

Punishing rape isn't mindless
"All I'm judging is Polanski's decision to rape a child."

OCT 04 2013
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The Left

Evolution Works

Creationism is fine as religion but it ain't science.
"It takes evidence to win, and creationists don't have any."

SEP 20 2013
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The Left

More bad excuses for war

Iraq or Syria, the bad arguments never stop coming.
"Try imagining any circumstance in which someone bombs us and we don't take it as an act of war."

SEP 07 2013
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The Left

Scary Black Man

It's like they're suggesting something about Obama and race.
"Nobody screamed about how Clinton was plotting to unleash his evil black armies on white America"

SEP 02 2013
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The Left

Who Needs Logic?

Consistency is not a hobgoblin for right-to-lifers.
"By their logic, tax cuts for the rich are a massive hand-out for the 1 percent."

AUG 09 2013
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The Left

Cry Me a River

Anti-gays need some cheese to go with their whine
"Gay marriage could lead to conservatives being... criticized!"

JUL 26 2013
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The Left

Hooray for Profiling?

Treating all black men as criminals does not make sense.
"George Zimmerman wasn't someone worried about his personal safety."

JUL 12 2013
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The Left

The Wrong Theocracy

Opponents of shari'a aren't concerned with freedom
"Christian theocrats want government to impose their standards on everyone, of every faith."

JUN 05 2013
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The Left

The Stigma

Depression is not a sign of personal weakness.
"Munro sees a sinister conspiracy by the head-shrinkers to sap our moral fiber"

MAY 28 2013
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The Left

The Real Nanny State

National security is our nanny. And she ain't Mary Poppins.
"You don't think Nanny should let America commit suicide, do you?"

APR 03 2013
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The Left

War Stories

We fall for them again and again.
"Centrifuges, mobile weapons platforms, they couldn't have any purpose but building super-weapons"

MAR 21 2013
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The Left

Hooray for suffering!

Some pundits are happiest when America's miserable.
"I freely agree that when peace and prosperity abound, people get frivolous"

MAR 05 2013
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The Left

Rights at Risk

Ending abortion is only step one.
"North Dakota police charged a woman with "reckless endangerment" for painting while pregnant."

FEB 17 2013
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The Left

Bipartisan Baloney

The right answer isn't always in the middle.
"As a liberal, I'd prefer Obama compromise as little as possible."

FEB 10 2013
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The Left

What is it good for?

Endless war is good for business and government, bad for us
"We're breeding people who want to attack us faster than we're killing them."

JAN 18 2013
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The Left

At last the truth is out!

Political paranoia makes sense of everything
"Sandy Hook "truthers" have taken to the Internet to argue the school shooting was a fake."

JAN 06 2013
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The Left

Rape is a choice

It's not biology, it's a cold-blooded decision
"Rapists plan. They think it through. They put drugs in the victim's drink, try to get her alone"

DEC 27 2012
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The Left

Hammers and nails

Don't look for God's will in Sandy Hook tragedy
"Sincerity has nothing to do with truth, in or out of religion"

DEC 17 2012
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The Left

Happiness is a warm gun?

There's a reason mass murderers pack heat.
"Guns make it much, much easier for people to kill people."

NOV 12 2012
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The Left

Bitter White Men

The traditional white establishment was not a good thing.
"Being a real American is less and less equated to being white or Christian."

NOV 01 2012
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The Left

Mandate, schmandate

It doesn't matter if the next president has a mandate?
"Nor do I know of anyone who ever thinks a winning opposition candidate has a mandate."

OCT 25 2012
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The Left

Down with Women?

Are we being pushed back to the 1950s?
"Do Republicans think rape only happens to loose women who dress loose and therefore have it coming?"

OCT 25 2012
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The Left

Not So Natural

Conservatives can be flexible in defining human nature
"I think we all know that for millions of teenagers, abstaining from sex isn't all that natural."