Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, liberal political commentator, humorist and author. From Americans Who Tell the Truth: "To honor a journalist as a truth teller is implicitly to comment on the scarcity of courage and candor in a profession ostensibly dedicated to writing and speaking the truth. Molly Ivins is singular in her profession not only for her willingness to speak truth to power but for her use of humor to lampoon the self-seeking, the corrupt and the incompetent in positions of public trust. Her wit and insight place her squarely in the tradition of America’s great political humorists like Mark Twain."

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Saturday, October 21, 2000
Military Madness
Faint, but at this late date we abstain from the new mandatory media pose of being clever and snide about the only two major presidential candidates we've got, and pause here to consider an issue. (I know -- so quaint of us.) The ever-thrilling topic of military spending is our text du jour.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2000
'GOP Tax Break For Rich' Is Redundant
'HE SHOULD be ashamed." So said Gov. George W. Bush after Vice President Al Gore pointed out that there are 1.4 million uninsured children in Texas. Somebody should be ashamed. And now on to the topic du jour. It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Is Absolutely Everything For Sale In America?
WE need to have a discussion about our culture. It's about the Pizza Hut ad on the space rocket. Does the word "tacky" occur to you? The commercialization of absolutely everything has gone too far. I realize the Pizza Hut people paid $2.5 million for the ad space and the Russian government is slightly desperate, but - Pizza Hut? Not that some technology firms would have been better, but - Pizza Hut?
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Thursday, April 20, 2000
Where's The Outrage? I Got Plenty For Ya
REMEMBER WHEN Bob Dole used to go around saying: "Where is the outrage? Where is the outrage?" We were all, like, "Huh?" -- a sort of national version of that totally blank stare of incomprehension that teen-agers lay on us. The outrage shortage or outrage fatigue appears to be a looming national emergency. It'll be the Outrage Crisis in no time flat if we don't find the energy to actually Do Something.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Capitalism Doesn't Do Squat For Social Justice
Capitalism, as we all know, is a dandy system for creating wealth, but it doesn't do squat for social justice. No reason to expect it to -- that's not its job. Its moral imperative is: ``Buy low, sell high.' Of course, there are corporate chieftains with social conscience, and many companies do a great deal of good in their communities beyond providing employment and making good widgets. But as we are so often reminded by heroes such as ``Chainsaw Al'' Dunlop, a CEO's job is to increase corporate profits on behalf of the shareholders, period.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2000
How Do You Spell Vietnam? 'Colombia'
THOSE of you old enough to remember the Vietnam War will recall the early years, when the majority of Americans couldn't find the place on a map and practically nobody could tell the difference between the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese. Well, it's time to look up Colombia on the map of South America and learn what FARC is.
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Monday, March 13, 2000
Simplistic Solutions Don't Work
AUSTIN, Texas -- We've already seen how disgusting the results can be when politicians drag religion into politics, so perhaps we should be depressed at the news that education is going to be the major issue in this year's presidential campaign. Lord save the children.
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Monday, March 06, 2000
'Republicans For Clean Air': Pollution Fighters? Not Exactly
REPUBLICANS for Clean Air, a group previously unknown to the Federal Elections Commission or anyone else in politics, is now running an ad in Tuesday's primary states claiming that Gov. George W. Bush passed laws that will reduce air pollution in Texas by more than a quarter million tons a year! The mystery of ``Republicans for Clean Air'' was solved Friday when the New York Times revealed that Dallas billionaire and Bush pioneer Sam Wyly was fronting the money for this singularly hilarious example of what is called the ``sham issue ad.''
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