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Repeal the Second Amendment. (35 comments)
If the people don't want guns in their society, they should have the right to ban them. Or, at the very least, keep them out of the hands of idiots who aren't sane enough to pass the Driver's Exam. But we can't even do that, because of the tyrannical, obsolete, absurd, outdated Second Amendment.
Dear Hillary, Announce Now (6 comments)
Hillary Clinton needs to announce now and remove any uncertainty about her candidacy. As long as she’s in the race, announced or otherwise, she’ll get all the attention on the Democratic side. If she’s not going to run, she needs to step aside immediately.
A reluctant defense of Political Correctness (7 comments)
A little love for political correctness, the ugly stepchild of cultural discourse. Political correctness,properly understood, is merely the code of honor, doing its essential work: holding society together in the absence of any other agreed moral/religious standards of behavior.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Case for Market Socialism (4 comments)
When an economy fails to serve the people it's a failed economy. The markets have driven global capitalism into a ditch.
To fix it, we need some new ideas. Here's one.
The Unlovely Profit Motive (28 comments)
Profit is the lifeblood of our economic system. But that doesn't mean we have to like it.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Supreme Court Schizophrenia (3 comments)
When we say the Supreme Court has been politicized we besmirch the meaning of politics. They're fan boys for the GOP.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
A call from Justice (1 comments)
Justice is a universal human ideal. So why not build a society on that foundation? Why not reach for what we have always wanted? Why not Justism?
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Perchance to Dream (7 comments)
The patient has cancer, diabetes, heart failure, bird flu and gangrene is setting in. We have been diagnosed.
Why doesn't it seem to make any difference? Is it perhaps because we're demoralized?
Let's pretend, just between you and me, that there is a way out of our dismal reality.
The Short, Sad Life of Greedaholics Anonymous (5 comments)
Sometimes it takes a grand human tragedy to put the petty problems of our petty lives into proper perspective. While we were nursing new year's hangovers caused by BevMo Beaujolais and generic Gin, the Important People of the World were trying, and failing, to recover from a terrible addiction: greed.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Victory in the Culture War (15 comments)
There are battles yet to come. But the tide has turned, the lines are smashed, the outcome no longer in doubt. We have won the culture war.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Romney fakes left, scores (23 comments)
Romney is running far to the left of Romney. That he had to do it is encouraging, that he may get away with it is depressing.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Obama wins? So what? (2 comments)
Obama needs to make this election about the will of the people. As in, will the will of the people be thwarted, yet again?
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Debunking debunking (2 comments)
A liberal without ideals and hope is no liberal at all. Ideals are a promissory note. A liberal, by any name and at all times, is one who does his or her level best to cash that check.
The Debt Strike Pledge (4 comments)
Default was a bluff and our so-called leaders folded. The enemies of the people won.
Next time we should call that bluff and make them feel the pain. A call for a general strike on debt.
A message from God: You're Fired (8 comments)
From the Desk of The Lord:
I hereby terminate all spokespersons, authorities, publicists and uniformed clergy from my employ. They are all fired, they no longer speak for me. The merciful and righteous among them may continue in my good graces, but their pronouncements and edicts are strictly their own. I will no longer be responsible for obligations taken on my behalf by them, in any case whatsoever.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Lazy-Americans: The Last Despised Minority (7 comments)
Laziness is the ultimate sin. And I'm the ultimate sinner. But I'm not alone, not by a long shot.
When we wish one another a good day, we say "take it easy." If you want to wish someone a bad day, say the opposite. You'll lose a friend, but how virtuous of you!
Monday, July 19, 2010
An Open Letter to the Tea Partiers (12 comments)
The Tea Partiers are not going away, no matter how fervently we wish they would. Screaming at them does as much good as their screaming at us.
I offer this with civility, from one American to another, in the sincere hope that it will help.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
What do we lose if we "lose" in Afghanistan? (27 comments)
Everybody here agrees, we should get out of Afghanistan. But not everyone faces the facts: If we do that, we lose.
What happens when we lose in Afghanistan? When is harsh military power justified? And when is it not? And how do we know the difference?
A few rules of thumb.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The BP oil conspiracy: Coming Attractions! (8 comments)
What really happened in the Gulf is far worse than your worst nightmares. But some courageous souls specialize in nightmares, and here's what they're dreaming up, right now.