Category Archives: Politics

Anything that involves power relationships between people and groups.

China: Don’t See the Dalai Lama

China is wagging its nether parts in America’s face, or so CNN reports. I don’t know what Obama will say to China, and I doubt he cares what I think he should say, but China richly deserves to be told … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

As everybody and his brother has said today, Nelson Mandela was a great man, one of the greatest of the 20th century. I’d like to point out that, unlike many great men, Nelson Mandela was also by almost any measure … Continue reading

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Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

Washington Post columnist George Will, a politically conservative columnist whom I often agree with about limited government and fiscal responsibility, but often disagree with on human rights issues, today posted a thoughtful and quite pointed op-ed on the use of … Continue reading

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On Punishing Children for the Sins of their Parents

Orson Scott Card is one of the best writers alive today. He’s also a devout (if atypical) Mormon who has a conscience formed by his faith. His religious beliefs and mine differ significantly (I’m an Orthodox Christian), but we both … Continue reading

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The Republican Party’s Conservative Problem

Jonathan Bernstein wrote the following in today’s Washington Post, and it’s so good that I want to quote verbatim: The sad part of all this [the defection of conservative intellectuals from the Republican party] is that it leaves the Republican … Continue reading

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A “Gaffe” by Prince Philip of the UK

Today, after the Duke of Edinburgh (aka Britian’s Prince Philip) — who was attending an event with the Queen — made a very funny and rather inappropriate comment about a stunning red dress worn by an equally stunning young woman … Continue reading

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John Edwards: Distracting From the Real Issue :/

Ruth Marcus in the Washington post gets it about the current national soap opera that is the trial of John Edwards. Edwards is unquestionably a self-involved, narcissistic cad. We knew that. What he did might, just barely, crawl into range … Continue reading

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When a Personal Attack Backfires….

So Rush Limbaugh thinks that any woman who believes that birth control drugs and medical devices should routinely be covered by health insurance plans is a slut. <yawn> Well, I would yawn, except that I (to my embarrassment at the … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court Steps Up to the Plate

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that use of a GPS locator/tracker on a person’s car without a warrant is a violation of the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. All I can say is — it’s about d*mn time … Continue reading

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Re-establishing the Correct Role for Police in a Free Society

For some time, I’ve been concerned at the deteriorating relationship between the police and citizens in the United States. While this isn’t happening everywhere, in entirely too many cities large numbers of police have been credibly accused and often convicted … Continue reading

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