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“Not Anything Personal” — An Object Lesson in Discrimination

“Principal Patrick Taylor told the paper that the decision is part of the school’s dress code and it is not anything personal.” — FoxNews, April 5

Claudettia Love of Monroe, Louisiana has received a top-notch education in discrimination from her principal.  The top-notch student is not being allowed to attend her high school prom because she […]

Help Me Understand Why The Confirmation of Loretta Lynch is a Social Movement Subject

Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney General, has been blocked from progressing to a confirmation vote by a handful of Republican members of the U.S. Senate for nearly 150 days.  While Lynch’s vote is being held up, current Attorney General Eric Holder will continue to serve.

As I understand […]

Rick Santorum, Barack Obama, War, and Evil

Starting a war against Iran just when Iran is making serious efforts at establishing peace with the United States, would bring unnecessary death and destruction to huge numbers of human beings – and that’s not good. […]

South Portland tells Students to Celebrate Freedom through Coercion and Silence

What did you learn in school today?

Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland.  The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]

12,000 Strong March in North Carolina against the Politics of Exclusion

Women have no right to control their own bodies.

Workers have no right to earn enough to live on.

Children have no right to eat.

Unprivileged citizens have no right to vote.

People of color have no right to organize.

Same-sex couples have no right to marry.

Those are the policy priorities of the right […]

Equivalence? Limerick Open Thread

If burning a man in a cage Is condemnable terrorist rage How can we condone A blast from a drone? Both are signs of a more savage age

Share your thoughts on the age that’s before us Strike your keyboard and join in the chorus Use the limerick form In rhetorical storm The poetic form […]

Was The Inquisition Really Not As Bad As People Think It Was?

At a site called Ten Great Things About Catholicism, a writer contends that “the Inquisition wasn’t as bad as people potray [sic] it as”. The Spectator in the UK asserts that “The Inquisition wasn’t as bad as made out”. Vatican researchers have contended that “What the church initiated as a strictly regulated process, in which […]

Is Transparency a Trap? Is Information a Weapon?

Today, I read the text of H.R. 489 for the first time. Its major action clause reads:

SEC. 2. REQUIRED REPORTING OF MEDICAID PAYMENTS TO ABORTION PROVIDERS.

(a) In General.–Not later than 60 days after the end of fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, each State that makes a Medicaid payment from […]

Pope Francis Encourages Parents To Hit Their Children

That Pope Francis believes that it is beautiful and dignified for a father to violently strike his own children shows that he is in no position to serve as a hero for American liberals. […]

Let The Homeland Wither

If Republicans want to force us to choose between protecting children in America and funding for some programs within the Department of Homeland Security, I say that we choose the children. […]

Senate Republicans Vote To Kick Children Out Of America

Today, Republicans in the United States Senate voted in favor of H.R. 240, a bill that would kick large numbers of children out of the United States – in the name of Homeland Security.

Right wing conspiracy theorists come up with all kinds of crazy ideas about secret plans by FEMA to set up concentration […]