On 4 December the SCOTUS let an updated version of the Trump Administration’s travel ban go into effect. I’m not sure if this applies to the handful of folks that read this blog, but I have overheard folks talk about this event as if it was a ruling. To be clear: the Supreme Court has … More Quick Thoughts on the Travel (Muslim) Ban
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
We originally published this in February 2017. We re-published in June 2017. We’re publishing it yet again because the issues with a border wall have not changed. There is still no identifiable need, and no justification for the cost. Now that it is being tied to legislation related to DREAMers it seems important to once … More What’s STILL Wrong with a Wall?
“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?”
What is the relationship between fact and public policy? Or, what should be the relationship? It seems perfectly reasonable that factual information should inform policy recommendations and decisions. It follows, then, that policy recommendations that are not factually based should not move forward. It is therefore necessary that problems be correctly diagnosed prior to making … More Policy and Facts
This is about nuance. It is also about racism. We are all too often prone to drawing hard distinctions within complex topics that require nuanced understanding. We see things in black and white, if you will, where many shades of grey should exist. The topic of free speech is one where there is room for … More Black and White
You get bigotry. Via his primary mechanism for delivering policy statements – Twitter – our POTUS this morning stated that he would ban transgender people from military service. In his tweets he said, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that … More Trump on Transgender in the Military: When You Vote for a Bigot…
Two days ago Texas passed HB 3859, “relating to protection of the rights of conscience for child welfare services providers.” This bill is being panned as “patently discriminatory” bu the Human Rights Campaign and otehr civil rights groups. Some of the relevant text includes: Sec. 45.001. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature … More TX HB 3859: Codifying Religious Discrimination?
I don’t know exactly what the verbiage for the “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” executive order yet looks like. But, The Nation provided what they claimed was a leaked draft of the proposed order in February. The link will take you to the verbiage of the document, as it was understood in February, as … More “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”
For people concerned with the trajectory of the US it is becoming ever more difficult to key the proverbial eye on the ball. Whether out of strategic intent as some postulate or out of near-deranged narcissism or dementia, Trump and company keep the hits coming to the point that journalists, pundits, and armchair bloggers can … More Distraction