The problem isn’t always identifying the problem

With every mass shooting that forces us all, yet again, to think of the gravity and severity of this problem, both sides become increasingly frustrated with the other’s stubborn refusal to swing around to embrace their preferred solution. Our opposite responses make compromise impossible. Or, in a sense, they make the status quo a perpetual, inevitable form of compromise. We say fewer guns, they say more guns. So here we are. [Read more...]

Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves

DeLong’s apology notes that he hadn’t just misread Sullivan — he had misread the public as a whole. Contra H.L. Mencken, he had actually underestimated the American public’s capacity for goodness and intelligence. Skepticism is necessary. Cynicism leads us astray. Be wise as serpents, but innocent as doves. [Read more...]

On ‘the wrong side of history’

TankMan

Instead of worrying about whether or not we might one day be regarded as “on the wrong side of history,” we should concern ourselves with whether or not we are, today, on the right side in history. And the important thing to remember about being on the right side in history is that it’s not always — or usually — the same thing as the winning side. [Read more...]

GOP congressman calls for legalization of marijuana

Floyd

That’s why it was so startling to hear one right-wing Republican member of Congress tell his constituents that there is no such thing as voter fraud or Medicare fraud or welfare fraud. Even more surprisingly, this conservative congressman called for the legalization of marijuana and prostitution, and for the immediate release of Bradley Manning. … [Read more...]

The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be denied

Either this Alaskan permafrost is melting due to climate change, or else it is deliberately choosing to melt as part of the design -- the grand "game plan" of a "global warming fraud" intended to produce the big government secretly desired by the malicious Arctic soil.

If ice and dirt are not capable of willfully acting in bad faith, then the House Republican’s claim that “global warming is a total fraud and it is being designed” cannot be true. Unless inanimate objects are capable of fraud and deliberate dishonesty, the bad faith in this dispute cannot lie on the side of those claiming the reality of climate change. If dirt is not purposeful and evil, then the bad faith must lie on the other side. [Read more...]

Hey, remember back when we used to have a Voting Rights Act?

Click here to read Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, a document that will outlive the flaccid lack of argument and immorality of Chief Justice Roberts' majority opinion.

Well, the 15th Amendment was nice while it lasted. And thanks to the Voting Rights Act, it was actually mostly enforced for almost 50 years. Here’s a round-up of reactions and ramifications from yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling neutering one of the capstones of the Civil Rights movement. [Read more...]

Dives will always be with us — and so will selfish rich jackwagons who misquote the Bible

This is Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee. Or maybe it's the Sheriff of Nottingham. It's hard to tell them apart sometimes, what with their shared agenda of taking from the poor so they can plunder the public treasury.

Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought … and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. [Read more...]

A delusional fantasy … on fire!

I’ve sometimes characterized much of the “Teavangelical” right-wing of America as people caught up in a delusional fantasy — and elaborate make-believe role-playing game in which they pretend to be heroic champions battling against Satanic baby-killers, Satanazis, and other imaginary monsters. Some have suggested I’m exaggerating, but I’m not the one who made this video. [Read more...]


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