Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Some states have no shame: The Associated Press says that seven states are suing to overturn health-care reform after having already begun to claim new federal health-care subsidies for retired state workers. The states are Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, and Nevada.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tens of thousands of Tea Partiers—and counterprotesters—are descending on Washington, D.C. this weekend to rally on the National Mall on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech—ironic, since they’ve often been accused of racism. But the Tea Party sees no irony. Feeling persecuted and ignored by Washington, its activists, mostly middle-class white men, have seized on the language of the civil-rights movement.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
The Kochs are on a whole different level. There's no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I've been in Washington since Watergate, and I've never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Could North Carolina have executed prisoners without giving them a fair trial? North Carolina’s crime lab omitted, overstated, or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases—including three that ended in executions (and also the murder of Michael Jordan’s father).
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
There is a case to be made for putting a lot more of our foreign policy resources into this hemisphere, and dedicating a lot less treasure and attention to matters overseas. I'd also like to see changes in drug policy so that our failed yet ongoing efforts at prohibition stop empowering paramilitary drug armies from growing ever more powerful.
I honestly think [homosexuality is] the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam — which I think is a big threat, okay?" the fiercely conservative Kern insisted. "This stuff is deadly, and it's spreading, and it will destroy our young people, it will destroy this nation.
Wait, what? Get your priorities straight.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
In fact, our nation was founded on immigration, and immigration has always strengthened, enriched, and shaped our identity. How ironic then that the very descendants whose ancestors were targets of demonization are now the leaders of anti-immigrant movements.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Huckabee dismissed calls from within the Republican Party to change the part of the 14th Amendment that automatically gives citizenship to children born in the United States. "The Supreme Court has decided that, I think, in three different centuries,” Huckabee told NPR. "In every single instance, they have affirmed that if you are born in this country, you are considered to be a citizen. The only option there is to change the Constitution." Asked if he would support an effort to make such a change, he said “No.
That art should be subtle and complicated is common mis-representation of how the art world evaluates art — it actually privileges unique expression — and it’s this confusion that continually creates vague, inarticulate discussion even amongst professionals.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I treasure the way the 1st Amendment protects my rights to worship. But I also understand that the 1st Amendment -- the "first draft" of which was written by one of my ancestors -- exists more to protect religious minorities than those of us in the majority.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Who saw this coming? Oh, right: most everyone. Gotcha. The Federal Government has admitted to storing those full-body scan images that had privacy advocates so worked up over the past few months. This, despite the fact that it said it wouldn’t store the images. Say one thing, do another. Yay.
A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that Proposition 8—which legally defined marriage as between a man and a woman—violated the U.S. Constitution. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said Proposition 8 violated the 14th amendment, which calls for equal protection under the law. "Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians," Walker wrote in his decision. But victory, almost two years after voters approved the measure, is not guaranteed: Supporters of Proposition 8 have filed an appeal.
When the federal court struck down Proposition 8, we moved one step closer to winning the freedom to marry nationwide. It’s a time to celebrate a major victory -- but also to focus on the challenges ahead.
The courts don't operate in a vacuum. Add your voice and tell the nation "I'm helping to defeat Prop 8, and I’m going to work to win the freedom to marry in the 45 states that still exclude loving and committed same-sex couples from marriage.
For example, sexually abusing a child is listed not as a crime against the child, but as a crime against the Biblical commandment forbidding adultery. And attempting to ordain a woman attracts a more serious punishment than sexually abusing a child. This is the type of morality that results when people put theology ahead of reality.
Monday, August 2, 2010
If you stop thinking of Microsoft as an innovator and start thinking of them as a fast, low cost, mass market follower, you'll stop being disappointed in their inability to divine new markets and realize they are staring at some of their largest growth opportunities ever.