“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[…]
For everyone across the nation who wondered why the Texas legislature wasn’t in the news much this year — specifically, during all the media frenzy about civil rights — it’s not because Texas decided to stop being regressive. It’s because the Texas legislature, by law, does not meet in even-numbered years (except for limited 30-day[…]
Remember the riots in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected? All those conservatives marching, protesting, and eventually getting out of hand and causing property damage? And then again in 2012? I’ll bet you don’t remember it, because — as far as I can tell — it never happened. That seems to be the point[…]
In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a slew of anti-equality legislation — often under the misleading “religious freedom” moniker — in several RNC-controlled states, and I’ve often seen them referred to en masse as “anti-LGBTQ” legislation, both by the media and by advocates/opponents. Should they be?
In the past, I’ve voted Independent, Libertarian, and other parties as a kind of halfhearted protest against the two-party stranglehold on state-level and national politics in our country. And for a couple of years, it seemed a few other people did too. But the movement gained no traction. I realized eventually that one of the[…]
Not long ago, I sought to call Rand Paul’s baloney when he said Republicans weren’t at war with science. He’s still wrong. But I want to be fair. People in the other major party do it too, but perhaps less obviously.
(In case you missed it, I haven’t blogged here much in the past couple of weeks. Partly this is due to being tired of outrage. I exhausted myself a bit last year being outraged. Also, because I did a ton of research for some of my entries, and I grew tired of that too. Also,[…]
Just before the 2012 elections, I posted some critiques of President Barack Obama in an attempt to be “fair”, though I’d already decided to vote for him. One thing I mentioned was the terrorist attacks at our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. At the time, some anti-Obama sites were actually saying Obama was responsible for these[…]
Republican candidates for the Senate and House, who are likely to win anyway in November, have really jumped on the Ebola bandwagon lately. They recognize a hot-button issue when they see it — the news media seemed to have no other stories for a couple of weeks — and found every way possible to use[…]
Light traffic in Dallas, Texas (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) Republicans, especially in Texas, love to tout their record for deregulation and removing government influence from the free market — despite a very solid reputation for helping only their rich buddies. The Texas Miracle is a good example of this. Texas has the[…]
Purportedly independent yet admittedly liberal news site MotherJones tweeted several times recently: 1. The GOP doesn’t care about the debt 2. The GOP doesn’t care about the debt 3. The GOP doesn’t care about the debt And linked to their article about the Iraq War, which really just quotes someone else’s article that says the[…]
Despite recently posted results of online political quizzes that paint me as falling farther left, there are many areas in which I can’t consider myself left (Democrat) or right (Republican). One of those areas is How To Decide How Much Money Is Spent.
In The News: GOP Tax Plan Lowers Rates, Repeals Popular Breaks (AP, Feb. 26, 2014) Rep. David Camp Releases Tax Overhaul Plan (NPR, Feb. 26, 2014) How to Fix Dave Camp’s Tax Plan (Forbes, Feb. 27, 2014) Dave Camp’s lonely pursuit of tax reform (Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2014) First revealed as a “House Republican[…]
As you’ve probably heard by now, the Senate passed a deal to end the government shutdown and the House is expected to approve it tonight. Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, noted: “This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people.” I think Cruz is mistaken, at least when including[…]
As the government continues to be “shut down” (not really) for the 16th day, and as the debt ceiling “looms” (really?), there’s quite a bit of not-quite-true stuff being said about the debt ceiling. As I mentioned on Day 14, it’s not what people think it is (or even what I thought it was).
The longer the Republican-engineered shutdown continues, the more I’m seeing stories about its ripple effects. Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup (NPR) Friday Shutdown Reader: The Impending Meaningless Deaths of Lab Animals (The Atlantic) Federal courts face agonizing delays during government shutdown (CBS News) Veterans, worried about benefits, to protest shutdown (USA Today)
The shutdown is still going on, apparently. (As some of you know and others may have guessed, I was out of the house for a couple of days, taking care of important family business — my kid’s birthday.)