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    Speaking of that Pesky Constitution

    Twice this week in my Daily Journal column for Carolina Journal Online, I wrote about serious allegations of high-level violations of the constitutional separation of powers in North Carolina. In one of the pieces, I wondered what could be done about them. In a similar vein, new Capitol Press…
    Locker Room contributor, February 25, 2004
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    Newsom vs. My Former Pastor

    On Larry King Live last night San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom participated in a panel discussion on gay marriage, which included my former pastor in Los Angeles, John MacArthur. This exchange went to the core of the debate: NEWSOM: The point is some of these arguments, they’re reminiscent. With…
    Locker Room contributor, February 25, 2004
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    Supreme Court Sides With Blaine Amendments

    In a remarkable 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that states can deny academic scholarships to students studying to become ministers. NY Times story here. Scalia wrotte in a dissent shared with Thomas: “Let there be no doubt: This case is about discrimination against a religious…
    Locker Room contributor, February 25, 2004
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    Out of the Mouths of … Assistant Managers

    The Raleigh paper has a story today about various tax-funded projects ? including a new, costly convention center and a rail-transit boondoggle ? going up downtown and how civic boosters are justifying them to a skeptical public. Assistant City Manager Dan Howe has mastered the relevant terminology, though he…
    Locker Room contributor, February 25, 2004
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    Locker Room Gains Mention in N&O

    An interesting piece that apparently took a while to make it to print (being reported months ago) appeared in Wednesday’s edition of The News & Observer of Raleigh. The article discusses how nonprofit organizations are making use of the web to communicate, advance their missions, and build online communities.
    Locker Room contributor, February 25, 2004
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    The political uses of poverty

    A friend of mine who once served in the Michigan House told me that “politics is theater.” Absolutely right! Most of it is play acting and the most annoying of the play acting (although some of the most effective) is the feigned concern over the poor. For many politicians, the…
    Locker Room contributor, February 24, 2004
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    Brief Martinez response

    Rick tells us that It still leaves us with a society that will grant a marriage license — and by extension the sanction to raise children — to the most immoral, dishonest and adulterous heterosexual, yet deny the same privilege to a religious, honest and monogamous homosexual Two brief…
    Locker Room contributor, February 23, 2004
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    Re: Response to my N&O column

    From your statement above, you would think that there are no promiscuous homosexuals. Have you not ever read the Village Voice? Furthermore, you are ignoring the liberationist theorists who do not see this issue the way you see it. Ultimately, Rick, this issue decidedly not about marriage. Other than…
    Locker Room contributor, February 23, 2004