Subject: Selective Rights
Re: "Explainer: What Does the Second Amendment Say About the Right To Own Guns?"
Date: Tue Jul 10 9:01 p.m. PT
[There is an argument that] the Framers intended this right only for citizens serving in a formal "well-regulated militia" and that they never wanted any person to be able to possess a firearm. But the same can be said about women, blacks, and Native Americans voting—the Framers clearly didn't want them to have the right to vote, and later generations found it appropriate to extend this constitutional right to a larger segment of the citizenry. … Rights always expand and contract according to the needs of the day.
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Subject: Don't Believe Everything You Hear
Re: "Everyday Economics: Hey Gorgeous, Here's a Raise!"
Date: Tue Jul 10 5:11 p.m. PT
Beauty may very well be skin deep and one's true self may be what ultimately matters, but the fact of the matter is that those empty platitudes are a first-line defense against the kind of uniform cultural bias discussed in this article and nothing more. In other words, they are what you tell little kids in hopes that they will mimic and parrot you and grow up believing that. There comes a point in nearly everyone's life, however, that the feebleness of those chirpy sayings becomes clear. … [It is] alarming how many borderline-intelligent people are out there, raising their fists against cultural awareness because it clashes with their idealized nursery-rhyme picture of the world.
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Subject: Intern Affairs
Re: "The Breakfast Table: Kathryn Harrison and D.T. Max"
Date: Mon Jul 16 11:31 a.m. PT
It doesn't help anybody to understand these situations by pretending that the women involved were empty little china dolls broken by big, bad men. I don't know what the deal is with Levy and Condit, but anyone who read that turgid Starr report saw that Monica Lewinsky was a participant, not a puppet, in what happened. There are women who are attracted to power, and there are women who play on the shortcomings of powerful men for their own reasons. To suppose otherwise is to deny them the very three-dimensional existence that women's empowerment is supposed to provide.
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Subject: Cross With Crossover
Re: "Culturebox: Stay Right Where You Are"
From: Cato the Censor
Date: Wed Jul 11 10:43 p.m. PT
The article [on crossover music] forgot to mention the hideous Elvis Costello album The Juliette Letters with the Brodsky Quartet. An avid Costello fan, I dutifully ran out to buy this monstrosity as soon as it was released. Fortunately, the School of Hard Knocks only costs about $19.95 when it comes to buying CDs. It is no wonder that the recording industry wants to slay Napster at all costs. Had I plunked down $2 to download a single before purchasing the album (which I would have gladly done), the company would have lost $17.95.
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