Operation Candyman

by Ellen Ratner -- The other day, a conservative friend (yes, I have them) called and wanted to know what was the "liberal take" on Operation Candyman – the FBI Internet kiddie-porn more…

Proving our moral worth

by Ellen Ratner -- "If this woman doesn't meet the test of insanity in this state, no one does. Zero. We might as well wipe it from the books."– George Parnham, attorney more…

Warning to Daschle: Don't sink our ship!

by Ellen Ratner -- Before I say anything, let me be crystal clear about a few matters: One: I'm a First Amendment addict. People have the right to say whatever they want, more…

Biggest lies of the new millennium

by Ellen Ratner -- In the old days, the three biggest lies in the world were: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you;" "The check is in the mail," more…

Reality education:
Guns and sex

by Ellen Ratner -- Hate may not be a family value, but I have to admit that there are still a few things that I hate. Here are the two that top more…

Bush's comic-book budget

by Ellen Ratner -- Do you like comic books? Ever read the funny papers? Well this year, the Bushies took a stab (actually, a machete) at producing a brand new federal budget, more…

Priestly celibacy

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, a sad, sad story that began in Boston had suddenly burst onto the national scene. It had what journalists call "legs" – not because it was more…

Stress balls in Mideast

by Ellen Ratner -- I had planned to write a funny – that's right, a funny article – about Enron. If you want to buy Enron stock through your broker, it'll cost more…

Searching for higher truths

by Ellen Ratner -- First, I have to make a disclosure – a proud one. Bruce Ratner, the man whose company paid for the controversial statue of the three firemen raising the more…