It’s Not About Religion, It’s About Hate

Okay, it’s time to be honest here… In keeping with my basic philosophy, I never use the names of mass shooters, but that will work great in this case. For the sake of this article, let’s call him Biff. Biff was … Continue reading

Here’s the Thing About Privacy

It used to be really easy. If we wanted privacy, we could just stay at home, hide under our covers and keep to ourselves. Alone. No problem, unless we wanted to work for a living. It’s funny, but while we … Continue reading

Republican Exceptionalism or, March of the Perverts

In May, I turn 58. I have been going in to public restrooms by myself since first grade, so that’s more than a half century. In a half century, I can honestly say that I am unaware of anyone checking … Continue reading

Caucuses are Undemocratic

You know, one of the few areas where pretty much everyone to the left of hardcore Republicans agree comes with the idea that everyone should be allowed to vote. Everyone. We progressives are all in favor of stopping any attempt to suppress … Continue reading

Blaming Islam

Once upon a time, there was a country called East Germany. It was a communist country, wholly influenced and dominated by the old USSR, which stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. For its part, East Germany’s official name was … Continue reading

White Liberals, Stop Embarrassing Me!

Yesterday was unbelievable. It was certainly a watershed moment in the history of #BernieBro rage. (Once again, before I start, a disclaimer: I have nothing against Bernie Sanders. In fact, there is a great possibility I will vote for him … Continue reading

Gunloons Gone Wild

I’ve been talking about this for years on this blog and elsewhere, and it’s finally starting to take hold. President Obama has finally done what should have been done a while ago, precisely because Congress won’t do anything at all … Continue reading

A Call for Congressional Candidates to Take a Test on the Constitution

Here’s the thing: Before they are allowed to take a seat in the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate, every single member is required to take the following oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will … Continue reading

The First Step to Solving Our Gun Problem…

Once more, a crazy person shot up yet another school, this time in Oregon. I know, I’m supposed to call people like this “mentally ill,” but we have to get real here. First of all, he was apparently a right … Continue reading

Reframing for the Win

One major theme to this blog involves the question, “what do we want the United States of America to be?” It’s an important question, because it seeks to define who we are as a nation, and while many “political junkies,” … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

“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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Why #BlackLivesMatter Can’t be Diluted, White People

I can’t believe I have to say this again. I mean, I’ve already explained “white privilege,” primarily because too many white people (and yes, I include a lot of white liberals in this group, I’m sad to say) think they know everything … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading