What Ahmed Tells Us About GOP Ideology

By now, everyone has heard of this 14-year-old boy, Ahmed Mohamed. In case you’ve been living under a rock or you were on vacation on a desert isle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this is the horrible, terrible young man who built a digital clock to try to

“Freedom of Religion” as Bizarre Right Wing Fantasy

What’s happening lately when it comes to “religious freedom” is nothing short of bizarre. Since when does ANYONE have to right to just flout the law and claim some sort of religious belief to get themselves out of trouble? Where the hell does that come from? Does this absolutism mean we

Why We Have to Keep God Out of Government

The Founding Fathers were geniuses. They knew enough to put religion into the Constitution at the very beginning of this republic and told the government to keep its hands off. They were absolutely prophetic; it’s as if they knew the current version of the Republican Party would come along and try to force

Religious Rights Are Irrelevant in the Public Sphere

The right wing has taken over the Republican Party almost completely, and it shows. Look at the crowded GOP field, and you’ll know immediately why we call it the Klown Kar. There are maybe 2-3 candidates in that field who have more than about a 5% chance of becoming president,

Help Create a Network of Progressives for Common Sense

You can really tell who the professional left are these days. While the rest of us are seeing things like what’s happened in Baltimore… and New York… and Chicago… and Ferguson… and trying to learn how we can make a difference in the world, pro lefties are all over Bernie

Why is this Happening in Baltimore?

I grew up in Baltimore. When I say “in Baltimore,” well, like most other white people, I mean the suburbs, although I was a lot closer to the city than most people I knew at the time. My high school, which was in Baltimore County, was literally walking distance from

The Republicanization of America: Capital Punishment

This week, the legislature of Utah, a state that is practically a Mormon theocracy and projects an image that is similar to that of Disneyland on steroids, passed a bill that would again make legal the use of firing squads to carry out executions. The reason they did that is

Civil Discourse Includes Calling Out Lies

I know this will confuse some folks out there, but if you were to meet me, I’m genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I’m not mean and nasty to people who deserve to have someone put a foot up their ass. If any of you knew what

The Absurdity of Religious Exemptions

Whatever happened to this notion about rights in which your right to do something ends when it infringes on another’s rights? You know, like you have a right to drive, but you can’t run over a church group at the park. Every American should understand that rights are never unlimited,

What’s the Difference? Religious Extremism is Always Wrong

Last week, at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama said something that probably should have been said years ago. Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a significant segment of this country’s population and its leadership have been allowed to express a religious bigotry that is nothing less than shameful. With the

The Disgusting Specter of Drug Testing for Welfare

First off, I don’t use drugs. They’re stupid and pointless, and I’ve seen many lives ruined. I don’t just mean the illegal ones. I also rarely drink. Occasionally, I’ll have a glass of wine or beer, but even that’s rare. I don’t care if anyone else takes anything, as long

Eric Holder Helps Save the Constitution

It’s not possible to overstate the importance of a move Attorney General Eric Holder made Friday when it comes to restoring at least a semblance of the constitutional republic we all dreamed of before we became so preoccupied by the “Drug War.” It’s funny; we think we’re so much smarter

What the Serial Podcast Says About Our Justice System

I have to admit, I was very committed to the podcast Serial, which documents the cases both for and against Adnan Syed, who was convicted in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. At first, I was fascinated because I’m from Baltimore, and actually spent a large amount

Republicans just don’t get this concept of rights…

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson One of the most bothersome things about the Republican Party these days has to be their sheer hypocrisy when it comes to the concept of liberty. Many claim to be

Guess what, white people; America is not “Post-Racial”

If you are bothering to read this, you probably remember how you felt on Nov. 4, 2008, when Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, a black man, was elected president of the United States. To many, it seemed as if a country with racism in its DNA had become a greater nation, almost overnight.

Ferguson shows that America has a long way to go…

I asked this question in another post a couple of weeks ago; “When did America become so mean?” The answer, of course, is a bit complicated. That article mostly dealt with immigration, and discussed why we seem to have such a difficult time welcoming people into the country. As many pointed out,

Immigration Ignorance Rears Its Ugly Head

I’ve been seeing this garbage posted many times ob social media over the last few years, and it never ceases to amaze me that, in the United States of America, there are people ignorant enough to think this was a valid point.   (Warning; if you’re allergic to stupid, protect