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The Rule of Flaw 0

Badtux has a theory about the Supreme Court’s radical disregard of precedent in the two big decisions rendered last week.

Frankly, I don’t think that much planning went into those decisions. I think the conservatives right-wing radicals on the Court were taking advantage of opportunities as they came along. But, as regard the long-term results, I think that Badtux may well be onto something.

We are a failing state.


School Daze, Futile Fortification Dept. 0

Sam and Emma talk with a caller, an architect, who discusses how architects feel about hardening schools from mass shootings.


The Back Story 0

At, Frances Coleman, who believes that abortion is wrong, struggles with why she finds the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade disturbing. It’s a powerful article worth your while. Here’s a bit (emphasis added):

This isn’t about morality. It’s about the power of the state to make you do things. Morality? There are a lot of things that are immoral, yet legal, just as there are a lot of things that are moral, yet illegal.

It may be immoral to gamble away your paycheck, but it’s not illegal. And it is, in my and many others’ view, immoral to strap a person to a gurney and kill him, but it’s perfectly legal.

There was a time when the members of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed above partisan politics. But that’s only a memory now, as this most recent decision clearly shows.

On a related issue, Badtux reports that one of his friends is fed up with the purists, those self-proclaimed “progressives” who refuse to vote if they don’t find a candidate perfect in every way. Here’s a snippet from that article:

Is your conscience still clear, now that your refusal to vote for the lesser of two evils brought us the far greater evil?

Read more »


Peeping Toms Pols 0

Words fail me.


A Tune for the Times 0

Mangy comments at the Youtube page:

Lauren Boebert’s recent empty-headed comments about Jesus and guns makes it clear that the reason many fundamentalist Christians profess to love Jesus is because they are convinced that, for all intents and purposes, THEY are Jesus. Their entire concept of Jesus is totally based on their own biases, fears, animosities, prejudices and desires. Forget what the Bible says. Their ‘gut’ tells them what the REAL Jesus was like, and he was EXACTLY like them. If they would like to shoot some people, Jesus would have wanted to shoot the same people. If they hate gay people, Jesus would have hated them too. If they hate feeding the poor, THEIR Jesus would be happy to have let those folks starve. Mangy Fetlocks decided to write a little song to summarize this egocentric religious viewpoint.


Establishmentarians Go Rogue 0

Supreme Court rules against separation of church and state.

H/T PoliticalProf.


A Question of Identity 0

Rebecca Watson takes a look at right-wing provocateur Matt Walsh’s recent efforts demonize LGBTQ persons. It is a timely video in the context of the current Republican war on transgender school kids (which is, again, a very small number of persons). (Warning: language.)

Transcript here.


Watch What They Do, Not What They Say 0


Precedented 0

Will Bunch sees a disturbing precedent for the Republican Party’s escalation demonization of LGBTQ persons. Here’s a bit of his article; follow the link for his evidence.

In focusing on laws like transgender sports bans — which affect a handful of kids, in a matter that can and should be handled by sports regulatory bodies, and not the stuff of state legislation — or Florida’s notoriously and now-copied “Don’t Say Gay” law, the Republican Party is sending a message that is both heartbreakingly cruel to the humans directly affected but also meant to intimidate all people it wants to keep on society’s margin. We have a word for when this type of inhumane bullying becomes the governing philosophy, and it’s time to start using it.

That word is fascism.


Twits on Twitter 0

Hate-full twits.

Remember, “social” media isn’t.


Suffer the Children 0

Gratuitous cruelty for political advantage.

It’s a thing.


Fundamentals of Fundamentalism 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Araya Baker explores religious fundamentalism, which he refers to as a “political-religious” movement, as distinct from a purely religious one. He notes that

. . . it is imperative that we understand how religious fundamentalism threatens democracy. This public scholarship is intended to be used as a condensed primer that disassembles the ideology to 1) illustrate how and why it spans all religious doctrines and 2) how it differs from healthy spirituality, so that valid critiques of fundamentalism can pre-empt conflation with anti-theism.

I commend his piece to your attention, particularly for the list of characteristics that he suggests is common to fundamentalist movements, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist.


Real Big Men 0


Read the back story here.


Suffer the Children 0

At the Idaho State Journal, Chris Huston, in a longer article about how, in the fuss over abortion, men are somehow in no way held responsible for their role in unwanted pregnancies, expresses his befuddlement.

It has always baffled me that people who claim to be pro-life often seem to lose interest once the child is born. Restrict abortion? Sure. Support the child (and mother) with post-pregnancy health, education and adoption services? No thanks. My taxes are high enough.


The Pipe Dreamer 0

Writing at the Tampa Bay Times, Roy Peter Clark suggests that Republicans’ current efforts to shut down the free market place of ideas may have unintended side effects (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest.

I have read banned books — along with books that were deemed age inappropriate — from elementary school on. It’s important for you to know — and the book censors to understand — that I read Huckleberry Finn, Brave New World, The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lolita, The Bluest Eye not in spite of their controversial status, but because of it.

Methinks he is an optimist.

For every adventurous soul who would open a closed door, there are nine sheep who would knock once, then walk away, and twenty who are retweeting randos on Twitter and liking zombie bots on the Zuckerborg.

I am not sanguine.


Lost in Space 0

Joe says,

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Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

At the Washington Monthly, Paul Finkelman argues that Florida Governor DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law stand squarely in the middle of a long tradition of suppressing speech in the American South, a tradition which, like so many of the negative aspects of our society, ultimately reaches back to racism and slavery.

Follow the link for his reasoning.


Mandating Molestation, Reprise 0

Sam and his crew discuss the Republican war on trans persons.


The number of trans people is minuscule.

The number of people driven absolutely bonkers by the very idea of trans people is appalling.


Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

Florida Man wants to resurrect Pravda with a Southern accent.

The blatant obviousness of it does rather take one aback, does it not?


“Love Thy Neighbor” “Do Unto Others” (Updated) 0


Michael in Norfolk addresses the same subject.