Focusing on the Wrong Amendments

The right wing loons (RWLs) often choose wrong targets. While desperately seeking to preserve an entirely imagined right to possess assault weapons, many RWLs actively ignore a very real curtailment of their civil liberties. Obviously a large fraction of the RWLs feel that assault weapons are necessary to keep certain people in their place. I… Continue reading Focusing on the Wrong Amendments

Soiled Undergarments of Honor

I was once a McCain supporter. I even the poorly written semi-autohagiography Faith of My Fathers (poorly co-written by famed hack Mark Salter). Granted, at that time, his opponent was a malignant alcoholic 50-something fratboy with daddy issues and a knowledge of affairs foreign and domestic rivaled by a double-digit percentage of the population. Nevertheless,… Continue reading Soiled Undergarments of Honor

Still Fighting the Civil War

In an embarrassing faux pas, it was recently discovered that Mississippi hadn’t officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The focus in many articles was of the nature of a silly clerical error, as the ratification had passed both the House and the Senate unanimously. Others pointed to the fact that it took until… Continue reading Still Fighting the Civil War

Sharia Law

It doesn’t occur to some people (specifically, those who routinely issue demands to outlaw the enforcement of Sharia law in their districts) that the first amendment lends itself rather well to preventing the imposition of Sharia law. The irony of their support of Sharia-like moral policing in favor of crackpot Christian nuttery is obviously lost… Continue reading Sharia Law

Conversations with Humans

One thing that occurs to me is that we humans have pretty homogeneous ideas on most things. That is to say, we mostly agree about basic governance. I am always a little bit surprised (I have an IQ of slightly above room temperature, so I’m easily impressed) when I have conversations with people I know… Continue reading Conversations with Humans