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…

A few bad apples

by Ellen Ratner -- Hundreds of hours and thousands of pages later, the government would have us believe that the Abu Ghraib fiasco can be summed up as an unfortunate incident that more…

The day after

by Ellen Ratner -- The makers of Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil got a boost in sales, as did the number of hits on the Canadian immigration website last week in the wake more…

On that wall

by Ellen Ratner -- "Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall." Does anyone remember this line more…

Enough already!

by Ellen Ratner -- Am I the only one who has reached her saturation point with the 2004 presidential campaign? Granted, I am a member of the White House press corps and more…