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

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

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

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.

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