End of the spin cycle

by Ellen Ratner -- George Bush has barely begun his second term and the Republican hate chefs are heating up the old leftovers and spicing up a few old recipes with some more…

Talk is cheap

by Ellen Ratner -- I would be "one happy camper" if the president's words and actions were more closely associated with one another. As he said in the opening remarks of his more…

Their due

by Ellen Ratner -- "It's our due," was the argument Vice President Cheney gave to the president for why he should proceed with a tax cut for the wealthy in the middle more…

Declare victory and go home

by Ellen Ratner -- I have been on record as being against the war in Iraq from the beginning. I do not know one person – Red State, Blue State, Democrat, Republican, more…

Manmade disasters

by Ellen Ratner -- The year 2005 began under an umbrella of grief. A tsunami, in the blink of an eye, wiped out the lives and livelihoods of tens upon tens of more…

The Saudiazation of America

by Ellen Ratner -- The same man who coined the phrase from last week's article, "Charge-and-spend Republicans" gave me another pearl of wisdom. He described the president's immigration policy as the "Saudiazation more…

Charge-and-spend Republicans

by Ellen Ratner -- We've all heard of the so-called "tax-and-spend Democrats." I heard a great variation on that theme last week: "charge-and-spend Republicans." Just when I thought that the Bush administration more…

21st-century censorship

by Ellen Ratner -- It is no longer fashionable to burn books, but the practice of censorship is alive and well in 21st-century USA. Here are some highlights of the last few more…

'Kinsey' resurrected

by Ellen Ratner -- Hollywood has once again employed the strategy of shock and awe to shake up America's preconceived notions about sex and sexuality with the release of the new movie more…

Sadie Hawkins be damned

by Ellen Ratner -- Just when I thought I had heard all of the whacko homophobic ideas out there, a group of parents in East Texas proved me wrong. Last week Reuters more…