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Category Archive: social commentary

Apr 08 2014

In Defense Of The “Village Atheist”

The thing about a village is, There’s nowhere you can hide Cos everyone knows everyone (A point of village pride) And should you act distinctively, That act becomes your role A label thrust upon you— Wholly out of your control If your label as an “other” Is too difficult a test, You will monitor your …

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Mar 24 2014

It’s Protective Custody, That’s What It Is.

Once again, recent events call out an older verse. I fucking hate it when that happens. [...S]ome civil libertarians and women’s rights advocates worry that if Gibbs is convicted, the precedent could inspire more prosecutions of Mississippi women and girls for everything from miscarriage to abortion — and that African Americans, who suffer twice as …

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Mar 23 2014

On Realizing That Corporations Are People Too… And That You’ve Fallen In Love With One.

My darling corporate entity I’ve loved you from the start One hundred ten percentity, With more than just my heart I told you what I meantity In poetry and prose You showed your discontentity And that’s the way it goes. My sweetheart business enterprise I tried to win you back I told you my intenterprise— …

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Mar 21 2014

Someone Is… On The Internet

An article on politics— No if, no ands, no buts— Will bring out Libertarians Who’ll demonstrate they’re nuts But also arch-conservatives And liberals by the score Who’ll engage in verbal fisticuffs And all return for more. An essay on religion— Any angle you might choose— An opinionated blog post Or the fair and balanced news …

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Mar 13 2014

On Bodily Autonomy

There are accidents and incidents And surgeries and wars— There’s a constant need for blood, and so, We’d like to borrow yours. You can spare a pint or so a month— We’ll take it from your arm— And to make the process easier, I’m setting up a farm: We’ll keep you while you serve your …

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Mar 05 2014

Upskirting The Law

It might be bad; it might be wrong; An upskirt shot that shows a thong But perverts told us all along There is no law against it Now Massachusetts’ highest court From justice fell extremely short; Compassion, in today’s report? The courts had not dispensed it Since lawyers live by splitting hairs The clothing that …

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Mar 01 2014

“Protestant Work Ethic” Vs. “Atheist Work Ethic”

The “protestant work ethic” Was, we assumed, Underlying the gains we had made. A secular ethic, it’s Clear, left us doomed— And an atheist one, much afraid! Our country was built on the Fear of a God Who would smite us for sloth (it’s a sin) We have to believe, or It’s all a façade— …

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Feb 17 2014

Natural Experiment On Gun Availability

If you give the people weapons, is this good or is it bad? I suppose it all depends upon their aims Up to now, there’ve been no data, so the arguments we’ve had All rely on someone’s a priori claims “But of course we’d be much safer if most everyone was armed!— Cos the criminals …

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Feb 15 2014

A Heart-Felt Love Ode To Antonin Scalia

It must be depressing, to be a Scalia, To see your words twisted in so many ways To see your dissent—Windsor’s warning—adorning The arguments cited in favor of gays! Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky—how lucky The activists were, that you wrote your dissent! Your snarking in Windsor turned, now, to a how-to; They probably know that it’s …

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Dec 11 2013

Missing From The Picture

The argument was lengthy; It was fervid; it was strong; Both participants were certain That the other one was wrong: Was the object of contention A potential, or a child? Just a maybe, or a baby With a list of rights compiled? Is it murder of an innocent When choosing to abort? The argument was …

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