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Jeff Sessions’ Actions Are Just Another Example Of GOP Hypocrisy

“Local control and local accountability are necessary for effective local policing. It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.” The quotation (source) is from U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Note that “local control”, much like “states rights”, is a regular conservative mantra. But only in specific[…]

The Confusing Path To The November Ballot, Thanks To “States’ Rights”

Voters in line for a national election, Church of Christ, Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2004 by Wil C. Fry.) It boggles my mind that we need a story like this: A Complete Guide To Early And Absentee Voting (NPR), which lists 50 separate dates and rules for early voting, absentee voting, etc., for a single[…]

Home Alone: How Old And Which Response?

A young child stands in the Pacific surf at Cannon Beach, Oregon (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Since becoming a father nearly six years ago, I’ve read a number of stories like this one — “Mom Arrested After Leaving 8 and 9-Year-Old Home Alone While She Ran To Pick Up Takeout”, from Scary[…]

The Silly Newsletter I Just Received From Jon Cobb

The Texas Conservative Journal, which I received in the mail yesterday   How I get on these people’s mailing lists, I’ll never know, but I’ll take some satisfaction in knowing that this one was paid for by voluntary donors instead of taxpayer money. The latest edition of “silly mass mailings I receive from Republicans” was[…]

In Defense Of Texans

Texas flag, Waco (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) Apparently some “frightened citizens” contacted Texas Governor Greg Abbott (source) about a military training exercise in several states, and he sent in the Texas State Guard to make sure the U.S. military wasn’t doing anything amiss. What? And then Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a member[…]

More Evidence We Don’t Need 51+ Driver’s Licenses

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Published on: 2014.07.16

Oklahoma learner permit, circa 2006 (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) A Washington, D.C., based reporter named Justin Gray had trouble getting on a plane in Orlando recently, because a TSA agent didn’t recognize a District of Columbia driver’s license. Source: Reporter Stopped By TSA Agent Who Didn’t Know District Of Columbia Is In[…]

Undividing: One Place To Start

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Published on: 2014.02.08

I can’t swear to the accuracy of all these designs, but the ones in the states I’ve visited in the past decade or so are accurate.

Minimum Wage Should Be Regionally Graduated

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Published on: 2013.11.22

As workers and Democrats continue to ask for a minimum wage increase (recently fueled by a Walmart food drive — for its own employees — and a McDonald’s suggestion that employees sell their possessions), I still haven’t seen anyone point out how nonsensical a national minimum wage is.

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