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Expressions of faith

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Note: Each week in this blog, I will examine a piece of graffiti, typically those scrawled on bathroom walls from around campus. My aim is to take these anonymous musings to a greater discussion that hopefully relates to the student body at large. After scoping out what at this point
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GOP endgames and the future of American conservatism

The Critic Who Counts

Are the signs of a great unraveling beginning to emerge? Last Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appeared on George Stephanopoulos’ “This Week” and announced his willingness to violate conservative tycoon Grover Norquist’s infamous no-tax pledge. Alleging that he would “violate the pledge for the good of the country,” Graham took
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Old soldiers and the quintessential American sex scandal

The Critic Who Counts

We’ve seen sex scandals before, but this one hurt. From the disappearance of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford in 2009 to the collapse of Eliot Spitzer’s political future in 2008 and the obliteration of John Edwards’ genteel Southern morality that same year, Americans have seen it all. From those who
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On the poetics of politics

Reel Life

The first time I voiced a political opinion, I was sitting in the passenger seat of the family sedan. My dad had just picked me up from day care on his way home from work, and I sat still while he drove. In the background was the frizzy, static-strewn political
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In the interest of transparency

In September, I wrote an opinion column criticizing components of a UC Student Association resolution. The resolution condemns HR 35, and recommends divesting from companies contributing to international human rights violations. To provide a sense of transparency, I would like to address a concern that has been raised about a
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Second chances for the second-rate

The Critic Who Counts

Here’s to second chances, I guess. Congressional approval ratings reached record lows this year, according to a September Gallup poll. Widespread ambivalence toward President Barack Obama’s first term in office dominated American political discussion from 2009 until the 2012 elections, affirmed by job approval ratings that hung around 48 to
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Spring forward, fall back

Reel Life

On Sunday, Nov. 4, daylight saving time for the 2012 calendar year will end. Consequently, at the brink of 2 a.m., 48 states — with the exceptions of Arizona and Hawaii — will turn back their clocks one hour and revert back to standard time. Amtrak trains will stop dead
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The Electoral College: A sign of deeper problems in American democracy

The Critic Who Counts

Something about Vice President Joe Biden’s snarky smirks in his debate against Paul Ryan tells me he wouldn’t work too well with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And something about Mitt Romney’s twist of the hokey and the debonair tells me he wouldn’t appreciate Biden’s quaint quirkiness. There’s been more
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Costume inequalities

Salas in Solace

The month of October is marked by frantic polling, store hopping and Googling. Every year, it’s the same crisis over and over again that plagues me. What should I be for Halloween? Now, I understand that a lot of people don’t take Halloween all that seriously and that a coat
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