The “Justice for J6” rally tomorrow aims to address the purported injustice in the prosecution of those who rallied at the Capitol on January 6. As President Trump stated this week (after saying on January 7 “To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law: You will pay.”):
Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election.
I don’t think that anyone is being “persecuted.” But I do believe that there…
There is a lot of news going on in the world right now, as there always is, and how much it affects your life in many ways depends on how closely you decide to pay attention to it. California recall, the Texas abortion law, Afghanistan … it can feel overwhelming, and it’s a downright slow news drip compared to what we went through most of 2020.
I don’t even know where to begin.
I’ll start this letter to you with full disclosure.
For three years, my family has lived deep inside the belly of an elite midwestern university. We are a “faculty family,” here to provide some balance to the culture of campus life. We are encouraged to engage, but we have few actual residential life responsibilities. …
In the 1970s people believed things. They believed that Richard Nixon was a crook. They believed that the war in Vietnam was essential to preserve democracy around the world. They believed that The Beatles were the best band in history. Some people even believed that Jesus had been reincarnated in Texas. People believed things as they have always believed things. Among most people, those beliefs were private possessions. If pressed, an individual may express a belief; but…
Politicians focusing on emissions during climate disasters are playing a deadly con game, whether they know it or not.
Last year, when California’s fire season was destroying homes and lives again, Governor Gavin Newsom responded by banning the sale of all new gas-powered cars by 2035.
This year, when parts of Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg washed away, whole communities flooded to the point of destruction, EU President Ursula von der Leyen announced a proposal for a 55% emissions reduction by 2030, and also potentially banning the sale of new gas cars by 2035. …
The Alabama abortion ban made headlines in 2019 as the strictest abortion ban at the time. House Bill 314 made abortion illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, and foresaw prison sentences for women who terminated their pregnancies, as well as the doctors who performed the procedures (up to 99 years of imprisonment!). The Alabama abortion ban allows abortion to be performed only in cases when either the mother’s or the child’s life are endangered during pregnancy.
I would not have said I was prejudiced, certainly not against people who are poor. I’ve been poor myself, and I did not see my lack of resources as being indicative of shortcomings in my character. I would not have said my low net worth was reflective of my low worth as a person.
When my financial situation improved, I continued to believe that poor people, in general, were the products of a number of misfortunes — the lack of inherited wealth, certainly, but also the circumstances of their inherited social class, their upbringing, their culture, and untold other influences…
Republicans are better at politics. It’s not even a contest. They’re better at dividing and conquering their rivals when they’re in power. And when Republicans are in the minority, they’re better at obstructing the Democrats’ agenda. They’re better at appealing to and mobilizing their base. They’re better at closing rank and voting in lockstep when it comes to their core priorities as a party. Most importantly, they’re better at creating a long-term strategy and seeing it through to the end.
We saw the culmination of that strategy this week when the Supreme Court handed down a 5–4 ruling declaring Texas’s…
Do you know what the official national language of the United States is?
There is none.
That’s right. We have no official national language.
Now some folks have told me in the past, “Well, English is the unofficial national language.”
Right, so that means it’s not the official national language. And, yes, it’s true that some 78 percent of the U.S. population do exclusively speak English at home. About 230 million people. Impressive! So, admittedly, that does make English the sort of de facto national language of these quasi-United States. But it’s not the official national language.
Because we don’t…
I admit it. I look at the overloaded hospitals, read the testimony of overworked health care workers, see the spiking case- and death-counts, and I find myself angry at people who won’t get vaccinated.
It’s hard not to be angry, especially when you see people who reject the assurances about vaccine safety but conduct uncontrolled experiments on themselves using livestock medicine, based on conspiratorial social media threads.
But vaccine refusal, hesitancy and denial are complex. …
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