Important Suit Filed Against Louisiana’s Indigent Defense System

A major class action suit has been filed by a coalition of civil rights organizations against the state of Louisiana for failure to provide adequate legal representation to poor people accused of crimes. Almost 90% of those arrested in that state require a public defender. … [Read more...]

Fox News Quite Upset About Virtually Non-Existent Food Stamp Abuse

Food stamp fraud is "at an all-time high," screams Fox News, with the on-screen graphic asking if it's time to end the program completely. An all-time high, people! A millionaire got them, and a state lawmaker, so we should just let everyone else starve. … [Read more...]

Republican Plans to Slash Medicaid Funding

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council under both Clinton and Obama, has an op-ed in the New York Times warning of the Republicans waging a "quiet war on Medicaid." They are likely to make huge cuts to the program, hidden as block grants to the states. … [Read more...]

California Steals Belongings of Homeless People

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation, which cruelly steals the belongings of homeless people, presumably in order to...what? Discourage them from being homeless? As if they just casually chose that "lifestyle"? … [Read more...]

Court Again Rejects Michigan’s Attempt to Stop Delivering Clean Water

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that rejected a request from the Michigan state government to not comply with an order that they deliver bottled water to all homes in Flint that do not have working filters to get the lead out of their drinking water. … [Read more...]

Fischer Still Lying About Past Statements

Like David Barton and Donald Trump, Bryan Fischer has a habit of claiming that he never said things that he did say, presumably because they don't realize that everything they say on their shows or in columns is recorded forever. Bryan Fischer still denies claiming that black people "rut like rabbits." … [Read more...]

Root’s Horrifying Ideas on Voting Rights

Trump bootlicker Wayne Allyn Root's views seem to grow more vile by the minute. He went on a radio show and said that anyone who receives any kind of public benefits, including free contraception, should not be allowed to vote. But only poor people, of course. … [Read more...]

Philly’s New Approach to the Homeless During DNC

Whenever huge events happen in big cities, the city usually tries to sweep the area of all homeless people to preserve the false image of their perfect municipality. But Philadelphia has taken a different approach while hosting the Democratic National Convention this week: … [Read more...]

Snyder Overruled Emergency Manager on Flint Water

It seems like every day there's a new story that makes the tragic poisoning of tens of thousands of people in Flint, Michigan even worse. Now it's been revealed that the emergency manager for the city appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder rejected the use of water from the Flint river because it was so polluted, but the Snyder administration overruled him and did it anyway under a new emergency manager. … [Read more...]

Almost Half of DC Homeless Youth are LGBT

A census of the homeless population in Washington, DC finds that 43% of all homeless youth in that city are LGBT. Most of this, of course, is the result of being disowned and thrown out by their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The discrimination and hatred they face from society in general is bad enough, but when it's their own families... … [Read more...]

How My Colon Relates to Privilege, Humanism and Social Justice

On Monday, I had my first colonoscopy. To say it wasn't a pleasant experience is an understatement (the prep was far worse than the actual procedure). Not only did I have to drink some of most vile stuff in existence, I also had to not eat anything for 24 hours. By the time the procedure was done, I was famished and the first thing I did was get something to eat. So what does that have to do with privilege and social justice? … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa’s Orphanages Don’t Give a Damn About Kids

Here's yet another example of why the veneration of Mother Teresa and the supposed selflessness of her and her followers is totally unjustified. India has set new rules for adoption, trying to get more orphaned children into permanent homes in a country with millions of orphans and only a few thousand adoptions each year, but the Missionaries of Charity refuse to take part because they refuse to let a single person adopt a child. … [Read more...]