Some Needed Nuance

Yesterday’s comment was harsh: I don’t have many fucks left to give today, but I can always muster one up for the Republicans, the party of assholes and assholism. I turned irrevocably against them sometime during the Clinton administration, and everything they’ve done since has hardened my contempt, which by now is so dense and compressed […]

Conduct Unbecoming

By now, I’m sure, you’ve heard about the Special Operations Opsec Education Fund, a group of retired military officers trying to swiftboat President Obama.  According to them, Obama should have kept the killing of Osama bin Laden a secret.  By announcing that US forces had caught and killed bin Laden, they say, Obama compromised classified operational […]

You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring news about banned and challenged books. Arizona Hyperbolic but worth the read: an essay titled What Do Apartheid South Africa and Tucson, Arizona Have in Common? Elsewhere Are Republicans more likely than Democrats to be in favor of banning books that teach “dangerous ideas”?  It would seem […]

Snakes & Ladders

Consider the great gains we’ve made in this country: from universal suffrage to civil rights, from labor unions and protections for workers to minimum wages and unemployment insurance, from Social Security to Medicare, from free public education to womens’ athletics, from good highways to the postal system.  If you follow the news you know that […]