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Cathedral ban on Soup Runs: Because feeding the homeless just encourages them

February 28, 2011


Today BBC has reported on a potential ban of soup runs near the Westminster Cathedral. For the American among us, soup runs are instances of distributing free food to the homeless outside on public property. Kind of like a soup kitchen, except quite public and not confined to poor neighborhoods. However the Cathedral is displeased […]

Women aren’t people: fetuses are (at least in Iowa)

February 26, 2011


There are moments in history that provide cultural clarity into our grim future. This has been one of those weeks, as two devastating bills are currently being presented in Iowa (not to mention Nebraska). The first being House File 153, which states that life begins at conception, and that this life is afforded the same […]

Glee’s at it again: “Comeback” reinvents the fat high schooler trope

February 21, 2011


While Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) at first seemed a cop-out on Glee, she has since proven to be perhapsthe most subversive and unique character on the roll. The episode “Comeback” (aired 2/15/11) finally gave Lauren the depth she needed to begin chipping away at the enormous negative stigma surrounding obese characters (and ultimately real women) saturating […]

Exiles in Eden: a human approach to the housing crisis

February 15, 2011


We’ve all heard about the housing crisis for years now (at least since 2007), but what we seldom hear about is the individuals and the family units that are impacted by the foreclosures daily. That is the subject of Paul Reyes’ book, Exiles in Eden, and of the talk he gave at Goucher College last […]

Misdirection and Switch: GOP’s Plan to Outlaw Abortion

February 8, 2011


Misdirection and Switch aren’t just methods of performing slight of hand. With the GOP’s HR3 “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” the mystical maneuvers are being carried out in Congress. The HR3 bill previously stated that abortion could not receive funding through the government or tax benefits except in cases of forcible rape. The GOP […]