Travel Ban: Upheld

The third version of Trump’s Travel Ban was upheld along partisan lines by the SCOTUS today as constitutional. Since I have a day job, I have not yet read the actual ruling. I have looked over a few analyses and will include a brief one from Chris Cillizza here. The full text is in the … More Travel Ban: Upheld

Rules vs Rights- NFL Forced Patriotism in the Age of Trump

Yesterday the National Football League (NFL) announced a rule change for the upcoming 2018-2019-football season.  Players will now be forced to stand during the National Anthem pregame ceremony. However, the league has stipulated that players that do not wish to stand during the ceremony are not allowed onto the field of play until after the … More Rules vs Rights- NFL Forced Patriotism in the Age of Trump

State of the Union

President Trump gave the State of the Union address last night, summing up his first year. It was, predictably, full of exaggerations and outright lies. Even many of the true statements require additional context, which makes the somewhat misleading. Here’s a link to Politifact’s fact check of the address. Here’s a link to a transcript … More State of the Union

Happy New Year!

Who does New Year’s resolutions? It’s not normally my thing, but in 2018 I resolve to continue to: – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for … More Happy New Year!

Slavery and Compromise

Like climate change, the root causes of the civil war the subject of vigorous debate in the US. Also like climate change, there is truly no room for debate on the issue. The fact of human impact on climate change is well researched and well documented, and arguments against the science are disingenuous. Similarly, the … More Slavery and Compromise

What is “Bad?”

“Bad” is a somewhat nebulous, relativistic metric, and it is overused. The word “bad” doesn’t always properly articulate where a thing or an action is on the relative scale of acceptability. Examples:   A food item, when no longer edible, has gone bad. A poorly executed performance is bad. Shoplifting a small-end item is bad. … More What is “Bad?”