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?”

Policy and Facts

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

Black and White

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

Trump on Transgender in the Military: When You Vote for a Bigot…

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…