Usually, I can understand why the other side is doing what it’s doing, even if I don’t agree.
I understand that pro-lifers put the life of a fetus above everything else, even above the fact that the outlawing of abortion has historically been correlated with higher rates of abortion. I don’t think most pro-lifers [...]
Missouri Representative Paul Wieland made news this week by suing the federal government. Wieland’s state health insurance includes the option for birth control. Previously, he would have been able to opt out of having this option. In statements to the press, Wieland conflates birth control with abortion: “I see abortion-inducing drugs as intrinsically evil [...]
[Warning: Spoilers follow. If you've not seen the August 2013 episodes of True Blood, you don't want to read this.]
I’m grateful The Daily Show for its coverage of and attention to the ridiculous treatment of our returning veterans as they attempt to apply for benefits. When we think of these benefits, we usually [...]
First, I’m going to admit that I don’t know much about Texas. I’ve only been in airports and airport hotels there. My step-father cheated on my mom with a hairdresser from there. I love The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. I’ve heard children pledge allegiance to the nation’s flag and the Texas flag in [...]
My job during my frequent trips to London is to try to explain Americans and American policy to our former cousins.
When I was first there in 2006, I had to explain how it was that W had gotten a second term.
Now they want to know about healthcare. About how people can believe [...]
In January, I heard a story about Florida Governor Rick Scott’s efforts to oppose the expansion of Medicaid in his state: http://m.npr.org/news/U.S./169060335.
The story was frustrating for several reasons. I have many relatives in Florida without health insurance. They don’t have very much money and thus would likely be eligible to benefit from this [...]
After going so long without a post, I probably shouldn’t start the new year with political analysis, but that’s what’s on my mind this morning.*
All week long, I’ve been hearing conservatives complain that Obama’s inaugural speech didn’t reach out to them.
Three points about that.
1. I didn’t see W’s second speech (I [...]
Today, I had a driveway moments–a driveway moment is when you’re listening to NPR and you end up hanging out in the driveway because you can’t get out of the car until the current story’s over.
I was listening to this: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/17/152922457/an-afghan-shoots-a-marine-dies-mistrust-grows
It’s about the number of our service-people who have been murdered by [...]
This morning, I heard it again–the new talking point about mandating birth control coverage. A caller to NPR said that mandating birth control coverage for religious institutions that take federal funds was akin to forcing a kosher deli to sell pork.
In logic, that’s what we call a faulty analogy.
There’s no perfect analogy [...]
From a report (http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/protesters-demand-uc-regents-raises/) on the Regents’ meeting yesterday: “The regents also approved salary raises for 10 administrators and managers, including a 9.9 percent increase for Meredith Michaels, vice chancellor of planning and budget at UC Irvine, whose annual salary will increase to $247,275 from $225,000.
“Six campus attorneys also received salary increases. The [...]