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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Friday, June 25, 2004
E-voting? Only with Paper Trail
Heads up, team, the voting-machine situation requires sustained attention, but not panic or paranoia. There is time to act, but act we must.
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Saturday, April 05, 2003
Did Anyone Sign Up For All of This?
Here's a lovely item. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports U.S. soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for President George W. Bush. Thousands of Marines have been given a pamphlet, put out by In Touch Ministries, called "A Christian's Duty." It is a mini prayer book that includes a tear-out card to be mailed to the White House pledging that the soldier who sends it has been praying for Bush.
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Thursday, March 27, 2003
Bush's Sneak Attack on 'Average' Taxpayers
AUSTIN, Texas -- There was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday morning repeatedly warning the Iraqis that prisoners of war are protected by the Geneva Convention and that showing pictures of POWs is wrong. That would be the same Donald Rumsfeld who refused to classify the POWs at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as POWs, instead calling them "detainees" and "military combatants."
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Friday, March 14, 2003
Ticking Everyone Off
AUSTIN, Texas — OK, sign me up for the Bush program. I'm aboard. Who else can we insult, offend, bribe, blackmail, threaten, intimidate, wiretap or otherwise infuriate?
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Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Press Dropping the Ball
AUSTIN, Texas — After every military engagement, the Pentagon conducts a review to discover what it did right, what it did wrong, what worked and what didn't. It is an admirable tradition and one that needs to be copied by the journalism profession.
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Friday, February 21, 2003
Trashing the War Critics Doesn't Help
AUSTIN, Texas -- BEFORE WE ALL work ourselves into such righteous snits we can't even talk to one another anymore, let's see what we can agree on. Wanting to get rid of Saddam Hussein does not make anyone a bloodthirsty monster or a tool the oil companies. Being worried to death about the consequences of invading Iraq does not make anyone unpatriotic or in favor of Saddam Hussein.
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Friday, January 31, 2003
Media Concentration is a Totalitarian Tool
AUSTIN, Texas — Now here's a dandy example of the kind of thing that never makes it to the front page or the top of the news broadcast, but that affects absolutely everyone. The Federal Communications Commission, led by Michael ("my religions is the market") Powell, is fixing to remove the last remaining barriers against concentration of media.
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
Politicians For Sale - At Low Prices
AUSTIN, Texas - The state of the union is that money talks and public policy is sold to the highest bidder. Those who give money in political contributions - less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the U.S. population gave 83 percent of all campaign contributions in the 2002 elections - get back billions in tax breaks, subsidies and the right to exploit public land at ridiculously low prices.
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Thursday, January 23, 2003
Health Care Crisis: Sometimes the Sheer Stupidity of Our Choices is Amazing
AUSTIN, Texas - Bet you if I had a nickel for every time someone has started an article or a speech in past five years by saying, "The nation's health care system is facing a crisis," or, "Our health care system is falling apart," I would be a rich woman today.
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Thursday, January 16, 2003
Demand Peace: Vote in the Streets This Martin Luther King Weekend
AUSTIN, Texas -- "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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