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

A Progressive Like Kos Should Know Better

Markos Moulitsas’ recent look at the past ten years in progressive politics on his “Daily Kos” blog should be enshrined as a memorial to modern progressive pundits, and why they impede progress for the most part. It’s that small but loud contingent who thinks they’re smarter than everyone else about politics,

You Can’t Cherry-Pick “God’s Laws” to Rationalize Your Homophobia

Not long ago, I had lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen in more than 30 years. It was mostly fun, until we were about 45 minutes into our lunch. That’s when a couple of women walked in, holding hands. They were obviously a couple, giggling and enjoying each other’s

Answering Charlie Pierce: Much of the Democratic “Base” Isn’t Their Actual Base

In a blog post yesterday one of my favorite columnists, Charlie Pierce (he’s not just a liberal, but a hell of a sports columnist, too), posed a question that I have asked for many years. In fact, it’s a question that many progressives are getting sick of me asking, because

Improving Our Energy Future Will Require Positive Arguments

The most frustrating problem with the climate change debate could very well be that loudmouth extremists on both sides are dominating it, and they’re each trying to “win.” On the left side, we have people running around screaming “The sky is falling!” and declaring that our very existence depends on the immediate

The Republican View of Foreign Policy is Morally Bankrupt.

Do Republicans really think Russian President Vladimir Putin’s style of leadership is the model that US presidents should aspire to, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Apparently so. At the very least, they are using Putin’s brand of “leadership” as a way to

Jack in the Box: Minimum Wage Increase No Big Deal

There are two incredibly silly notions that seem to rear their ugly heads every time anyone discusses raising the minimum wage. One is that such an increase will lead to massive job losses, and the other is that the increase in wages will result in massive inflation, as companies raise prices to cover

Greenwald’s Latest Article Might as Well Be Called a Novel

I have a number of problems with the whole Edward Snowden/NSA non-story, as I’ve written before, but the biggest one has to be the complete lack of context contained in any of the stories. Essentially, Glenn Greenwald (and a few other reporters who think they have to help because the

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.