Becoming Big Brother!
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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 …

Civil Rights

Dear Right Wingers; Free Speech Isn’t What You Think

The first thing everyone – especially those in today’s Republican Party – should understand is that “free speech” and “the First Amendment” are not interchangeable terms. Free speech is assumed to exist, while the First Amendment requires that government protect that pre-existing right for everyone. That means everyone, at least since …

Civil Rights
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SCOTUS Case to Decide Whether Corporations Can Be Religious

Today, two very large for-profit corporations – arts and crafts behemoth Hobby Lobby and cabinet-maker Conestoga Wood Specialties – argued before the Supreme Court, to ask that they be allowed to deny employees access to  contraceptive coverage mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, employer health plans must cover …

Civil Rights
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The Problem with the GOP Concept of “Religious Freedom”

Whenever a modern-day Republican talks about “religious freedom,” it’s likely that the Founding Fathers are doing a couple of spins in their graves. This is because, when a right winger talks about religion, it’s rarely in any sort of rational way. It usually has to do with something political, and it …

Civil Rights

Dear Republicans: Everyone Has Rights, Not Just You…

Why do some people have such a problem understanding the concept of rights? It’s really not that difficult. We all have rights. All of us, not just those who think the same as we do. When we interact with each other, all of our rights are always be in balance. …

Civil Rights
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The Beginning of the End of the Drug War?

Today marks a major milestone in American civilization, one that I hope spreads far and wide. Beginning as I write this, shops are opening all over the state of Colorado, dispensing marijuana legally. For the first time, this isn’t just about dispensing medical marijuana to people with special cards issued …

Bullying

Bullying is Always Wrong, in the NFL on the Internet or Anywhere Else

I abhor bullying in all its forms. I have since I was in my teens. I was bullied was a kid, and I sometimes engaged in bullying back then, too. I am equally sorry for both. There was/is nothing redeeming about being on either end of it. Nothing. It’s wrong …

Civil Rights
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PRISM Does NOT Violate the Fourth Amendment, No Matter What Oliver Stone Says.

The overwrought nature of the concern over the NSA surveillance activities that were supposedly “uncovered” by Edward Snowden is alternately hilarious and frightening, and it is severely misplaced. It is highly cynical and either displays an extreme level of ignorance or, if we’re to look at it a bit cynically, …

Civil Rights
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Cutting the Crap on the Snowden Q & A With the Guardian

If the Guardian wants to salvage any credibility at all, they need to jettison Glenn Greenwald. They should also apologize for giving this guy free rein, with no editorial control. It’s one thing to set up a blog and let him blather on with his opinions. But a news organization …

Civil Rights
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Chick-fil-A; It’s Not About Free Speech, Its About the Bigotry!

First, they complained about the StopRush movement, which seeks to inform advertisers as to what their advertising money is actually going to when it supported the Rush Limbaugh Daily Crap-athon. There’s never been an overt attempt to get Limbaugh off the air; all anyone seeks to do is to allow …

Civil Rights
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Separation of Church/State IS Absolute, Santorum

It’s weird how many so-called “strict constitutionalists” don’t seem to have read the Constitution. If they have read it, they don’t understand what they read. While there are some on the left who don’t seem to understand it much, either (you can’t simply round up “banksters” and throw them in …

Civil Rights

Sometimes, Free Speech is Painful: The Supremes Consider Phelps v. Snyder

Okay, folks, this should be a no-brainer for those of us who actually care about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I know I’m going to take some flak for this one… The Supreme Court is hearing the case of Phelps v. Snyder, which is a case involving the …

Civil Rights

A Suicide in New Jersey; Will Our Society EVER Grow Up?

Not everything can be fixed with a law, and sometimes it doesn't even make sense to try. We have a much deeper problem in this country, and we need to address it, not create another law to paper it over.  One of the more tragic news stories in recent memory …

Civil Rights

Burning the Koran? They’d Better Hope There’s No Such Thing as Karma, Huh?

(You might want to read this whole thing, because there's a great video at the end…) If you haven’t heard, a so-called Christian “Reverend” named Terry Jones plans to hold a Koran burning this coming Saturday in Gainesville, Florida, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed …

Civil Rights
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Limbaugh Finally Admits It: Civil Rights No Big Deal to the Far Right…

You know, sometimes you see something that just makes your jaw come apart and fall to the ground. I had always suspected that the right wing didn't care about an individuals; not really, anyway. Oh, sure, they don't want anyone to mess with their guns. Of course, they don't want …

Civil Rights
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Before Singing Kumbaya at Happy Hour, Consider The Power of Police

I have to do this now because after today, everything about the Henry Louis Gates fiasco will be forgotten. Pictures of Smiling Barack, Smiling Skip and Smiling Sgt. Crowley all holding beers and possibly singing Kumbaya will be all over the news, and everything will change. After today, the cause …

Civil Rights

The Gates Fiasco is Not About Racism; It’s Worse.

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates was not arrested because he was black, and the police officer who arrested him is not a racist.   I actually think it's worse than that. I think this is about something that has been developing over the last 30 years, in which we have …

Civil Rights

Stop Blaming Blacks For Proposition 8!

Look folks, you really have to stop blaming black people for the demise of Proposition 8. There were a lot of reasons why it failed, but it wasn't the perceived "betrayal" of African-Americans, and such a characterization is unfair and untrue.   Let's start with the fact that, according to …

Civil Rights

Let’s Cut The Crap: Civil Rights Can Never Be Decided by Majority Vote

You know, I'm sick of all of the lies, the subterfuge and outright fraud that accompanies the issue of whether or not gays get married. I'm tired of all of the referenda, and the democratic treatment of an issue that is a basic equal rights issue, and has nothing to …

Civil Rights

NRA Sells Out: Endorses “One of the premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment”

Wow. I’m stunned.  The National Rifle Association has endorsed John McCain. Not only that, but they have embarked on a $40 million ad buy, where they lie their asses off about Barack Obama, and his alleged desire to take away everyone’s guns. Okay, let me dispatch the lies in the …

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