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
I saw this on Facebook recently: It is a common misconception that prayer is wholly disallowed in public schools. The reality is that any student may quietly pray at any time, so long as it isn’t disruptive. In fact, most would likely be quite unaware of a child’s silent prayer. What court cases have done … More Prayer vs Safety: Why March?
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
It has been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr’s most famous speech. While we have come far since then in terms of racial and social equity, the events of the past several years – especially the 2016 Presidential campaign and the first year of the Trump presidency – remind us how far we still … More Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018
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!
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