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ABC Takes Trash TV to a New Low

I’ll start by admitting something: I watched the season finale of The Bachelor last night.  That was difficult but I’m glad I got it off my chest.  If you saw it too then you know where I’m going with this. The Bachelor — perhaps America’s most respected piece of absolute garbage — hit a new […]

What do we mean by ‘gun control’?

GUNS. Did that get your attention?  I bet it did.  I bet you’re either thinking of all the innocent lives these killing machines have taken and the existential threat that those lobbyists-disguised-as-patriots of the NRA pose to our democracy, or you’re thinking about the good ol’ Second Amendment and how the liberal fear-mongering elitists want […]

How Will They Spin This One?

So it turns out Mike Pence used a private email to send and receive sensitive information while he was Governor of Indiana.  Not only that, he was hacked. From The Indianapolis Star: Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging […]

Are Public Schools Sovereign?

The answer is no, they are not.  But you wouldn’t know it based on the CSU’s recent memo advising students that they should call campus police if they are approached by immigration authorities. From The San Diego Union-Tribune: “I think the chancellor’s statement was just a re-enforcement of the values of the California State University […]

Basically, We’re All Doomed to Stay Stupid

Great article in The New Yorker, “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds“: Stripped of a lot of what might be called cognitive-science-ese, Mercier and Sperber’s argument runs, more or less, as follows: Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to coöperate. Coöperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For […]

Deep State, Shallow Discourse

So says The Nation: Until recently, the phrase “deep state” had been mostly consigned to the bowels of the conspiratorial deep web, but over the past few weeks, since Donald Trump decided to take his fight with the intelligence community public, it has witnessed a remarkable florescence. The “deep state” apparently has Trump in its […]

This is How Free Speech Works

He’s only been a nationally-known figure for a few months, but it appears Milo Yiannopoulos has already done himself in.  That was quick.  The alt-right provocateur’s statements that appear to condone pedophilia have caught a lot of buzz over the past 24 hours, resulting first in a rescission of Yiannopoulos’ invitation to speak at CPAC, […]

Good Things President Trump Has Done

The Trump presidency is off to a rocky start.  The 45th President of the United States has been in office for less than a month, and has fostered a contentious relationship with the media, ordered a controversial travel ban that may be declared unconstitutional, and criticized the judiciary for exercising its authority to stay executive […]

Get Challenged, Back Down, Claim Victory, Repeat…

From Politio: Licking their wounds after a stinging appeals court defeat, President Donald Trump’s aides went into triage mode Friday as they considered options for salvaging his contested travel ban for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. In two different venues Friday afternoon, Trump suggested that the White House is trying to redraft the order to […]

I Thought We Already Had This…

From The AP: Republican lawmakers in Idaho again are pushing legislation designed to prevent state courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic religious law… Isn’t it called the First Amendment?