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The Lebanese Rapper Who Was Mistaken for a Terrorist

In 34 days, there were five suicide-bomb attacks by al Qaeda affiliates active in Lebanon. Checkpoints have sprung up on the roads, unfamiliar cars arouse suspicion, and public buses have started to display signs kindly asking passengers to remove...<p><i>Hussein Sharaffedine, a.k.a. Double A the</i> …

Are Liberal Policies Failing Black People?

Tanner Colby, author of <i>Some of My Best Friends Are Black</i>, a book about the failure of racial integration, thinks that while Republicans are awful on race, many liberal policies haven't particularly helped African Americans.<p><i>Tanner Colby. Image via his web site</i><p>A great deal of the discourse …

Meet the Blazers

Understanding how Portland’s Fab Four make such sweet music<p>There were supposed to be only four Beatles in the NBA this year. But somebody forgot to …

A Letter from a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother, and vice versa

<b>Dear Stay-At-Home Mum</b><p><i>Some people have been questioning what you do at home all day. I know what you do. I know because I’m a mum and for a while I</i> …

That Viral Letter From a Stay-At-Home Mom to a Working Mom Is Making Me Angry

A blog post called “A Letter From a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother, and Vice Versa” has almost 300,000 Facebook likes at the time of this …

Tolerance Is Such a Dirty Word!

Whether you worship in a mosque, temple or, like me, tend to ponder life during walking meditation, share you insights with others. Unshared experience only leads to false interpretation of others, further building the walls of prejudice<p><i>It is time now for parents to teach young people early on that</i> …

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Why I Worked With Roman Polanski, Even Though I Was Sexually Molested as a Child

I worked for a man who raped a 13-year-old girl. I knew he had raped her, everyone knew he had raped her, and I was eager to get the job. I did not …

Forget Pre-K. American High Schools Are a Disaster.

Every once in a while, education policy squeezes its way onto President Obama’s public agenda, as it did during last month’s State of the Union …

The Uniting Principles Glenn Beck Should Have Talked About

Incivility can be fun. It was for Glenn Beck, he recently admitted in a Fox News interview. Looking back on his career at Fox, he apologized for the divisiveness he promoted, wishing that he "could have talked about the uniting principles a little more." Rather than a conservative warrior in the …

Why Straight Men Are Right to Be Afraid of Homosexuality

To be a homophobe in 2014 is, increasingly, to find oneself on the fast track to social scorn. In an environment of growing acceptance, we condemn …

All About the Woman Whose Life Was Ruined by Obamacare and Had No Choice but to Appear in a TV Ad

Earlier today I congratulated the well-funded educators at Americans for Prosperity for an ad campaign that attacked the Affordable Care Act by …

How the Seattle Seahawks Humiliated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos

The front page of the <i>Denver Post</i> website put it this way: “For Super Bowl starters, the Broncos suffered from a horrific case of stage fright. …

Bizzle’s Response to “Same Love” Reflects the Narcissism of Today’s Homophobia

Rapper Macklemore took heat from both the left and right for singing his pro-gay anthem, “Same Love,” at the Grammys last month. Now, in the latest …

90 Percent of Spending Growth Has Come From the Rich

"More broadly, about 90 percent of the overall increase in inflation-adjusted consumption between 2009 and 2012 was generated by the top 20 percent …

How the Liberal Embrace of Busing Hurt the Cause of Integration

I.<p><i>“There is no place in the movement for the white liberal. He is our affliction.”—James Baldwin</i><p>Five years ago, while fervently supporting the …

Women Should Mention The Matrix While Men Should Talk About Crafting, and Other Online Dating Tips

As we approach Valentine’s Day, <i>Wired</i> has crunched loads of data provided by OkCupid and Match.com in order to identify the attributes of the world’s …

For Reformed Addicts, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Is Terrifying

I cried when I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman. The news scared me: He got sober when he was 22 and didn’t drink or use drugs for the next 23 …

No, Being Gay Is Not a Choice

Last Wednesday, Brandon Ambrosino—continuing his swift ascent as chief homophobia apologist of the gay blogosphere—wrote a vacuous and meandering …

What Pro-lifers Can Learn From the Declining Abortion Rate

The abortion rate has fallen again. It’s at its lowest level since 1973, the year <i>Roe v. Wade</i> was handed down. What’s causing the decline? Should we …

Creationism Vs. Science: Debating Reality

Last night, science advocate Bill Nye “debated” with creationist Ken Ham, the man who runs the Creation Museum in Kentucky. I was torn about the …

What if We Have Four Basic Emotions, Not Six?

Video<p>March 19 2014 3:24 PMThe Solar System's Biggest Moon, MappedJupiter's icy Ganymede.<p>Video<p>March 4 2014 2:50 PMTetris Can Curb Booze and Cigarette …

Creationists Have Questions. I Have Answers.

After writing yesterday about the now-famous/infamous debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, I don’t want to make this blog all creationism all the …

The Racial Case Against the Winter Olympics

While watching a bunch of young, white Olympians zipping and flipping around on their newfangled snowboards the other night, I couldn't help …

Does gender equality really mean less sex? http://slate.me/1b6B9mY

I Actually Feel Bad for Jay Leno

Jay Leno can’t get no respect. His last show as host of <i>The Tonight Show</i> after 22 years was a sort of meditation on this very Rodney Dangerfield …

A Reasonable Defense of Loud Sex

Writing for <i>The Cut</i>, Maureen O'Connor rejects the common wisdom that it's incumbent on the sex-havers of the world to keep it down, arguing instead …

Mansplaining Cross-dressing

William T. Vollmann is known for writing that takes him far outside himself: first for novels and stories about street sex workers in the San Francisco of the nineteen-eighties and nineties (“Whores for Gloria”; “The Butterfly Stories”), and, more recently, for mammoth works of historical fiction …

The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents

Anna Allanbrook, the principal of the Brooklyn New School, a public elementary school in Carroll Gardens, has long considered the period of standardized testing that arrives every spring to be a necessary, if unwelcome, phase of the school year. Teachers and kids would spend limited time preparing …

Social Mobility Hasn’t Fallen: What It Means and Doesn’t Mean

I’m fascinated by the finding, in an extensive new study, that social mobility in the United States has stayed pretty constant over the past few decades. This conclusion challenges the standard narratives presented by the left and the right, and its political implications will be much discussed. …

Why China Needs to Rethink the Way It Treats the Foreign Press

An unusual collaborative investigation by journalists in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, and elsewhere has refocussed attention on one of the Chinese government’s most neuralgic issues: the private wealth of top leaders and their families. The non-profit International Consortium of …