Author: Christopher McDonald

Why Republicans Abandoned Their Voters

Obamacare was passed in 2010. During the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans campaigned on the promise to overturn the bill. They swore repeatedly that, if elected, they would repeal and replace Obamacare with something better. At first they claimed they needed a Congressional majority to overturn Obamacare, and they got in. Then they said they needed the White House, and they got it. So why, in the name of John Adams, have they not followed through? They voted more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare through various bills, all prior to 2017. So why are we now looking at mere...

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Amazon Buying Whole Foods is the End of the World?

I buy a lot of books. No scratch that. I buy a huge number of books. I adore books. In an average year I will buy dozens of books (whether I read them all in that time is debatable). I frequent used book stores and thrift stores, searching for forgotten works of wisdom and wit. I also enjoy buying books online, especially from Amazon. Amazon almost always has what I need at a reasonable price, as well as a dozen other things I very much want. So into the Amazon cart they go! At last count, my Amazon cart has a...

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Female Genital Mutilation: Coming to America?

FGM, or female genital mutilation, is a rite of passage for young girls, found in many parts of the world. The practice is largely found in Africa, and in some parts of the Muslim world outside of Africa. This practice is among the vilest things that may be done to a girl. It is justified on grounds of keeping a girl sexually pure, and thus more valuable when it comes to marriage. It is unclear why or when FGM began to be practiced. The practice is best known among Muslims, and among those it is African Muslims who are most infamous for it. It is the case that FGM is found in nations with a substantial Christian population such as Benin, 42%,  and Cameroon, 40%, though it is not clear that African Christians or animists practice FGM. For our purposes we will look at FGM among Islam. Among Muslims FGM is justified upon grounds of Islamic teaching, as well as tribalist ideas of honor. It is found in the Hadith, the saying and deeds attributed to Muhammad, that circumcision is to be performed upon both boys and girls. It is likely that Muhammad borrowed male circumcision from Jewish communities in Arabia. Circumcision has also been practiced among ancient Egyptians, and other groups, including Christians. As the world turns some women, who have survived FGM, are speaking out against it....

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Was the Baseball Shooting Targeted at Republicans?

On Wednesday in Alexandria, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C., 66 year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, walked onto a baseball field and opened fire. The men on the field were Republican congressmen and staffers. Republican Majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot, as were at two GOP staffers and two Capitol Police officers. Hodgkinson died in the hospital after being shot by Capitol Police on the scene. While Scalise was reportedly in critical condition, he and the other victims are expected to recover. We still do not know exactly why Hodgkinson did this. However, we do have a solid possibility: he may have...

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Crooked Hillary’s Still Making Excuses

On Wednesday, “Crooked Hillary” Clinton participated in the annual “Code” tech conference. During that conference, Mrs. Clinton excused many of her worst mistakes, and complained about the way she was treated during the election. Hillary’s String of Complaints First, she complained about “the way that the use of my email account was turned into the biggest scandal since lord knows when.” Never mind that it wasn’t “turned into” a scandal: it was a scandal, one for which she ought to have faced serious jail time. Hillary also complained about the controversies surrounding her Wall Street speeches as Secretary of State. She claimed that...

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