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Is Chief Justice John Roberts Right? Is Pervasive Racial Discrimination in the USA Really a thing of the Past?

Writing the 5-4 majority opinion of the Supreme Court on June 25, 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts declares that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary to prevent voting discrimination on the basis of race in the United States because times have changed and racial discrimination is no longer the problem [...]

Barack Obama and Benjamin Franklin: The Choice

Barack Obama said it recently:

Barack Obama discussed the idea of that choice in pledges he made in 2007 and then in 2008. As a candidate, many years closer to the attacks of September 11 2001, Barack Obama told us that we should reject the urge to choose between security and liberty:

As [...]

Republican Tea Party Priority in Congress: Keep Poor People Away From Lawyers

Welcome to America, home of the free, where some people feel free to abuse people less powerful than them. If your employer is breaking the law, if your landlord won’t take care of poisons in your home, if someone is violating your rights, what can you do?

If you’ve got enough money — a $2,500 [...]

Life’s Too Short to Worry About Having an Ugly Boat

I saw this on the street just yesterday:

Oh, eyeroll. My response:

People Getting Married Is Worse Than Violent Assault, French Protesters Say

The French right wing moral code: Allowing people who love each other to get married is wrong, but engaging in violent riots is morally upright. [...]

Catch A Peace Tiger By The Tail

This week, we have added a tiger to our menagerie of animals for peace. Is that safe? Shouldn’t we remember Life of Pi, for goodness sakes?

It’s true that we all have the capability to act violently. We may even have the propensity toward violence.

That doesn’t mean we have to act violently.

The [...]

What Makes Eating The Heart Of A Dead Soldier The Gruesome Thing?

The fact that the soldier whose heart is being eaten has been killed seems to be regarded as unremarkable in the reporting on this incident. Yet, the dead soldier wasn’t harmed by having his heart eaten. He was already beyond harm. [...]

While Gun Deaths Decline and Schools Remain Safe, Americans Flip Out

The National Rifle Association has been using the death of a small number of children to try and mandate the use of armed guards in every school across the country. Not coincidentally for a group funded by gun manufacturers, that would require school districts everywhere to buy a large number of guns. But is such [...]

Why Do People Want To Get Rid Of Ants?

Sitting on a stone wall outside, I put down a plate that had been holding a sandwich. I went back to reading my book, but when I looked up 5 minutes later, I saw that the plate had about 50 ants on it, gathering the crumbs.

Immediately, I felt a sense of revulsion. I wanted [...]

Store Owners Outraged At Sexual Innuendo Added To Scheme To Cheat Customers

Are we really supposed to believe that convenience store clerks who are selling people gambling tickets, and beer, and cigarettes, and chewing tobacco, and pornographic magazines can’t handle hearing a customer say, “I’d like a Kwikie”? [...]

Republicans Say They're Turning Pro-Immigration. In Congress, they Act Against It

Congressional Republicans continue to put on a good media show to make it look like they are moving to support immigration, after an election in which it became clear that most Americans are tired of the GOP’s blame-an-immigrant strategy. But look closely at their “efforts” and you’ll notice there’s no actual legislation involved — just [...]