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
President Trump’s address to Congress has a lot of people praising him for coming off more presidential. Van Jones, an outspoken critic of the president, even said that Trump “became the President of the United States” when Trump honored the wife of a fallen Navy SEAL. What utter nonsense. Irrespective of any words uttered during … More Presidential?
I really wonder if the man wants the job. By all rights he should not have won the election (the people didn’t elect him, anyway), and it was clear from his initial reaction that he didn’t expect to win. He made ludicrous promises during the campaign with which he seems intent on attempting to follow … More Does Trump Even Want to be President??? Chapter One: Assault on the First Amendment
I wasn’t sure what to pick to discuss tonight. Our new POTUS has been very busy, largely with plans he stated were priorities during his campaign. He has also been pushing a narrative of falsehoods – or lies, if you prefer – both directly and through his press secretary. Between “alternative facts” (crime rates, inauguration … More Immigration Reform?
I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Women’s March on Washington in Washington, DC today. The women were quite magnanimous; none were bothered by the fact that I am not a woman. Despite the gloomy, overcast weather and slight chill in the air, the rally before the actual march had a festive atmosphere, … More Women’s March on DC, 21 January 2017
It has been 54 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 – and especially the 2016 Presidential campaign – remind us how far we still have to go. Please enjoy the full … More Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2017