We’re being played.

The Trump-Bannon team is playing us with the President’s whole “the dishonest press isn’t reporting terrorist attacks” line and Spicer’s list.   This is an attempt to push a narrative on the American people that our greatest existential threat comes from terror attacks by Islamic extremists. By responding to and covering the list, the media … [Read more…]

Proposition 8: Still Unconstitutional

Today, the Ninth Circuit (the federal court in whose jurisdiction California falls) published its decision upholding the prior ruling that stated that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Of course, this is a bit of a “duh” moment, but it’s still good news. What follows is, I hope, an English translation of the decision for the lay-person. … [Read more…]

Freedom of WTF

I’m slowly training Facebook ads that anything in the category “weight loss”, “traditionally female jobs”, or “baby anything” is “offensive”. Confused, it has now been showing me only martial arts and legal-related stuff. So I guess this falls under “legal-related stuff”…or it’s figured out that I’m a sucker for “random jewelry”. Either way, Facebook ads … [Read more…]

Can We Really Afford Universal Healthcare?

I’m generally supportive of President Obama, and I am definitely in favor of universal health coverage for Americans. But I’m not sure I agree with him when he says: Second, we’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system, a system that is currently … [Read more…]

A Sample Healthcare Debate.

I’ve seen a lot of political debate recently on FaceBook. Sometimes the discussion is civil and even enlightening, but more often than not it begins with unconsidered slogans and degenerates into ad hominem attacks. (I don’t have problems with slogans and witticisms as a starting point, but people need to be ready to defend or … [Read more…]