Author: Michael Brendan Dougherty

Jun 17,2008

Hope Does Not Spring Eternal

It should have been cold out. It was December, in Columbia, South Carolina, the home of the game cocks, and I stood there, waiting for Barack Obama to speak. He’d...

May 06,2008

The Perils of Keepin’ It Real

Last month, the cultural myth-busters at The Smoking Gun revealed that platinum selling R’n’B artist Akon had never been the “ringleader of a notorious car theft operation,” never [run] four...

Jan 14,2007

The Castaway

Sam Francis came to Washington as one of the bright young minds of the New Right in the late 1970s, anxious to help the conservative movement defeat communism abroad and...

Oct 10,2006

The NHL: Fighting for Its place

Just over twelve years ago, Rudy Giuliani’s thin frame hung over Madison Square Garden. In 1994 he had combed over hair and often wore glasses. He wasn’t “America’s Mayor.” He...

Sep 11,2006

Dear maniacal rubes

Religious faith holds a certain honor in American society. Institutions deemed religious are exempt from taxation. Discrimination based on religious affiliation is prohibited. Long held statutes do not oblige priests...