Cliven Bundy and his supporters are crazed hypocrites, not freedom fighters

Cliven Bundy has officially declared victory over a federal government whose existence he refuses to acknowledge. Bundy drew a huge amount of media attention, along with hundreds of rabid followers, to his ranch in Nevada after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began the process of seizing his cattle two weeks ago. An armed standoff … Continue reading Cliven Bundy and his supporters are crazed hypocrites, not freedom fighters

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Politicization process doesn’t invalidate the gender equality debate

President Obama might not care very much about kids killed in drone strikes or storm-wrecked climate change refugees, but recently, he's been vehemently reminding us that he cares a whole lot about American women. Last Tuesday, Obama signed a pair of executive orders aimed at addressing the gap in pay between male and female workers. … Continue reading Politicization process doesn’t invalidate the gender equality debate

McCutcheon decision delivers democracy into the hands of the elite

If you were still laboring under the impression that the United States operates as a functional democracy, the US Supreme Court has once again decided you're wrong. On April 2, in McCutcheon vs. FEC, the Supreme Court ruled in 5-4 decision that aggregate limits on campaign contributions are unconstitutional. Previously, rich people who wanted to … Continue reading McCutcheon decision delivers democracy into the hands of the elite

New NSA revelations far more newsworthy than missing airplanes

The headlines might feature something new every day, but really important news stories have a nagging tendency to remain important, no matter how much time they get on television. In fact, you can usually tell a really important news story by its distinct lack of mainstream media coverage, particularly after the initial shock has worn … Continue reading New NSA revelations far more newsworthy than missing airplanes

Death of Fred Phelps should be a commiseration, not a celebration

When word came out last week that Fred Phelps was on his deathbed, much of the public reaction was, unsurprisingly, as scathing as it was justified. Phelps, who died on March 19, was the founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and patriarch of what is often called the most hated family in America. … Continue reading Death of Fred Phelps should be a commiseration, not a celebration

Anti-gay bill makes Arizona a national pariah, again

You marveled in perverse fascination when they fought against Martin Luther King Day. You recoiled in horror when they tried to ban brown people. Now, the nation's most famous authors of hateful, archaic, completely unnecessary controversy are back with a brand new bill that's even more pointless and stupid than ever! More thrills, more chills, … Continue reading Anti-gay bill makes Arizona a national pariah, again

NSA partnership with drones should have everyone terrified

So many NSA spying revelations, so little time. It seems like something new comes out every day; they target smart phone apps, they spied on the 2009 climate talks, they even allowed Australia's spy agency to monitor the activities of a United States law firm. If you're not reading about the NSA, you're probably reading … Continue reading NSA partnership with drones should have everyone terrified