No End in Sight for Gun Violence – July 4th Edition

Another day, another mass shooting here in the US. This time at a July 4th parade in Chicago. After Uvalde, we got some bipartisan legislation that doesn’t do much, followed by a SCOTUS decision the seeks to limit states’ abilities to rein in gin violence. Half-step forward, two steps back. Our previous writings, which sadly … More No End in Sight for Gun Violence – July 4th Edition

Quick Thoughts: Thank Goodness SCOTUS is Taking a Break

The current SCOTUS term ended 30 June, and they will be on break until 3 October. Thank goodness; we could use some mental rest before they finally fully destroy our representative democracy. And yes, the complete destruction is coming if we don’t take action to stop it. This term culminated in nearly two full weeks … More Quick Thoughts: Thank Goodness SCOTUS is Taking a Break

Spotify’s Values?

Spotify’s CEO recently gave a speech to employees regarding Spotify’s position on hosting the Joe Rogan Experience, especially given that many employees feel personally offended by Joe Rogan’s comments in his podcasts. Here is a link to the full text. I feel like covering a couple of elements. Selected quotes and my thoughts follow: “It … More Spotify’s Values?

MLK Day 2022

Below, italicized, is the full text of the 1963 address in Washington, DC. Although Dr. King was a proponent of non-violence, we should not be confused into believing non-violence was inaction. The struggle for civil liberties was a struggle of action as well as words, then and now. Our resurgent white supremacists, many of whom … More MLK Day 2022

Insurrection Day

It’s the anniversary of the MAGA insurrection; the attempted coup, during which far-right GOP legislators and the former president incited an angry mob to storm the Capitol, with the intent of disrupting the certification of the legitimate election of President Biden. I don’t live that far from the Capitol. I was genuinely worried about how … More Insurrection Day

Military Religious Exemptions to COVID Vaccine

I saw this story yesterday: Judge blocks Navy vaccine policy for legal challengers citing religious objections The gist is that a federal judge (in Texas, of course) is keeping the Navy from enforcing its vaccination policy with a group of service members (all SEALs), citing the fact that the Navy hasn’t approved any religious exemptions. … More Military Religious Exemptions to COVID Vaccine

Bye-Bye Roe

I’m behind, as usual. On 1 DEC, the SCOTUS signaled that it may uphold a Mississippi law than bans abortions after 15 weeks, which is before viability of the fetus. This would have the effect of overturning Roe v. Wade without directly overturning Roe v. Wade, allowing conservative states to ban abortions. The most notably … More Bye-Bye Roe

Rittenhouse

Quick post on a current event – the Rittenhouse trial. I’m not a legal scholar, and I’m sure there are plenty of those offering expert opinions. I can’t speak to the law better than any of them, so I won’t try. I acknowledge that statutory language matters, and that what seems clearly criminal to the … More Rittenhouse