Category: Politics

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What Does It Mean to Kneel?

I find myself unusually distressed this week. In part because my dad is having surgery on Friday, since even though it’s routine, strange things happen to aging bodies under stress. But what’s really getting to me is what’s swirling around...

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The Victim: Our Modern Hero

It’s a time honored tradition of people who are getting old to lament the disintegration of society as evidenced by the next generation. I mostly hate that tradition for two reasons: society wasn’t particularly wonderful when I was a kid,...

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This Is (One of Many Reasons) Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

You may have heard: today, the Federal Communications Commission┬áSAVED TEH INTERWEBZ! The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country’s history, punctuating...

WDtJ Words of the Day: “Logic” & “Mobility” 0

WDtJ Words of the Day: “Logic” & “Mobility”

Yesterday Jesus at Gizmodo shared his thoughts on this post from NPR: 40 Years Of Income Inequality In America, In Graphs. Wow, do things look grim… The graphic above on household income over the last 40 years is particularly striking: After...

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Michael Crichton was a Boss

Now that the election is over, I think I deserve a reward for all my restraint. So, I’m creating this post so I can be just a little politically annoying to my Facebook friends. Michael Crichton, author of nightmares (Jurassic...

Is poverty always about being poor? 3

Is poverty always about being poor?

I had a conversation with a coworker yesterday about poverty in Guatemala. According to some research he did for a paper about 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. It sounded odd – that’s a huge portion of...

No. 1: What Color is a Conservative? 0

No. 1: What Color is a Conservative?

I found it ironic that on the same day that political leaders are dealing with the insightful idiocy that was Harry Reid’s “Negro dialect” comments recorded in Mark Halperin’s new book Game Change,I finished reading the memoir of a dark-skinned...

Updated: Athletes and Senators are not the same… 0

Updated: Athletes and Senators are not the same…

Sean Hannity was busy this afternoon comparing the public responsibility of Tiger Woods to that of elected officials. They’re the same, he says, because when you become a “public figure” your private life is no longer private. So people like...

The Three-Fifths Man 0

The Three-Fifths Man

I’m getting tired of hearing African American leaders toss the Three-Fifths Compromise into discussions about discrimination in America. Yesterday on Laura Ingraham Washington, D.C. Councilman Michael Brown was on with a local bishop discussing a same-sex marriage initiative in the...