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 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:
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 [...]
I saw this on the street just yesterday:
Oh, eyeroll. My response:
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. [...]
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 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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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”? [...]
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 [...]