Halloween & Fall Open Thread!

Let’s talk about Halloween! Read more

Anonymous Tip: Nobody Likes Seattle

Seriously, what is this?! It seems nobody likes Seattle. Read more

Texas Violates Its Free Market Principles

I grew up in a conservative home, and if there’s one thing I learned it was the importance of the free market. This is supposedly a core conservative principle in American politics today. This week Texas conservatives have acted in direct violation of their supposed conservative and free market principles. Read more

On 911 Caller’s Racial Bias and Police Brutality

As we continue the longer conversation about race and police brutality, let’s make sure we talk about the role race plays in 911 callers’ decisions and in what they report, and also the role these 911 calls have in framing the situation for police officers who respond to the scene. And while we’re at it, let’s do what we can to recognize and correct our own implicit racial biases. Read more

Jesus the Enabler

I find it somewhat maddening when someone who claims to take the Bible at face value—like Pat Robertson—so flagrantly goes directly against exactly what the Bible says at face value. I find it maddening, I think, because it is so hypocritical, and perhaps also because the former evangelical in me feels lied to when I see evangelical religious leaders saying things like this. Read more

No, Praising Children Will Not Make Them Selfish

I would argue that responding to children who think themselves above the rules and better than other children with criticism of parental praise for children is a red herring. If we model respect for the rules and value for others, building our children up will only reflect positively on others, and on their peers. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 38: An Open Thread

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Rand Paul: If Gay People Don’t Want to Be Discriminated Against, They Should Keep Their Gayness at Home

Rand Paul spoke with college students in Iowa last week. Read more

Anonymous Tip: In the Judge’s Chambers

It is now Tuesday morning, and Peter, Stan, June, and Gwen have arrived early. After they’ve had some time for last-minute prepping, Judge Romer’s clerk summons Peter and Gail to the judge’s chambers and begins going through some (I assume) routine questions about what witnesses they planned to call and how much time they’d need for their “case in chief.” Read more

Marriage Is Not a Magical Social Cure

It is true that children in married parent homes do better than children in unmarried parent homes on a variety of measures. It is false, however, to assume that the solution is marrying all of those unmarried parents. This confuses correlation with causation. Just because poor performance in school, etc., correlates with unmarried parent homes does not mean it is caused by unmarried parent homes, and the fact that children in married parent homes tend to perform better by various measures does not mean that children in unmarried parent homes would perform better if their parents married. Read more

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