Category Archives: Culture

Why Stop at Refusing to Bake a Cake for a Same-Sex Marriage?

Let’s stipulate that reasonable people may disagree on whether business owners should have to serve gays if doing that violates their deeply held religious beliefs.  Should a business owner who opens a bakery on Main Street, for example, have to bake a cake for a couple planning a same-sex marriage – or face a lawsuit…

The On-Going Battle Between Social Conservatives and the Rest of America

A lot of social conservatives and others on the far right of the Republican Party must feel as if they’re under siege once again now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds. According to the AP, “The bill was…

Advice to the GOP: Narrow it Down and Draw Some Emotion

hand

I’ve long been arguing that conservatives are generally right on principle, but tend not to be that smart when it comes to politics. Conversely, I believe that liberals are generally wrong on (or lacking in) principle, but tend to be pretty shrewd politicians. One doesn’t have to look hard to find proof of this. We…

New Democratic Platform: Taxpayer Subsidized Non-Productivity

pelosi

Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced that the Affordable Care Act would likely reduce the number of full-time workers in the United States by the equivalent of 2.3 million. What’s their reasoning? Simply put, the law’s taxpayer-subsidies will give workers less of a reason to work. Under Obamacare, Americans who earn up to…

Seattle Homeless Memorial OK – Police Memorial On Hold

seattle-state-police-uniform

I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but I have to say that nearby Seattle is a really screwy place.  I’m very happy not to live in King County. In 2011, the city approved the “Leaves of Remembrance project” which allowed for bronze leaves to be installed on the sidewalks with the names of homeless people who died on…

MSNBC Twitterer Fired for Race Baiting; Chris Matthews Still Employed‏

matthews

On Wednesday night, conservatives honed in on offensive tweet that appeared on MSNBC’s official Twitter feed. The full tweet read, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” The comment was in reference to a new television commercial for Cheerios entitled “Gracie” that features…

Obama’s Legacy: Selling Us on Fluff in the Face of Crisis

obama

On January 20, 2009 (the day Barack Obama was sworn into office) the country was in pretty rough shape. We were in the depths of the Great Recession. Millions of Americans were losing their jobs, companies were shutting down left and right, the stock market was tanking, 12.5% of Americans were living in poverty, and…

A “Thank You” Campaign for the U.S. Taxpayer

thankyou

Last week, I was watching Vice President Joe Biden on television speaking in Detroit to leaders of the American auto industry. There at the North American International Auto Show, he hailed the success of the bailouts both General Motors and Chrysler received in 2009. The debate will likely never be settled as to whether or…