Vote Blue

Just for informational purposes, the United States' federal minimum wage was $7.25 in 2009. And 2010. And 2011. And 2012. And 2013. And 2014. And 2015. And 2016. And 2017. And 2018. And 2019. For comparison, here is what a civilized nation just did: Voters in Geneva, Switzerland, have agreed to introduce a minimum wage in the canton that is the equivalent of $25 an hour So, it's 2020, another in...

The Choice, 2020

On Friday, Donald Trump tweeted that "when the Looting starts, the shooting starts." Earlier today, All-but-certain Democratic nominee Joe Biden weighed in: This is really where we (still) are in America, 2020. And make no mistake, if we still have an election this fall, Democrats will absolutely campaign for Biden on "we suck less." We can and should do better than both these guys, America,...

99th Anniversary

On this day in 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began. In the middle of the night, the Tulsa police formally requested that the National Guard assist them in quelling what they called a “Negro uprising.” As they awaited the National Guard, they let Greenwood burn. Thirty-five blocks of Greenwood were razed that night. 1,256 homes and 191 businesses were destroyed. 10,000 black people were left...

GOP Implosion, Trump-Style

I was busy last night, so maybe this broke before I went to bed and I just didn’t notice it, but this morning, I awoke to the news in the local paper that Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from this weekend’s “RedState Gathering” (another of the early POTUS '16 events) in Atlanta. The proximate cause of Erickson's banning of Trump was Trump’s Friday night phone interview with...

No, There’s No Race Problem in America, Why Do You Ask?

I’m far from the first, but this may be one of the best takedowns of today's truly awful New York Times profile of Michael Brown. It’s a comparison of how the Times spoke of Brown (“no angel,” “problems,” stealing cigars, pushing a convenience store clerk, etc.) vs how they described Ted Bundy (“never a shred of evidence...to hint at any aberrant behavior,” “Boy Scout, B-plus...

War On Blacks

As sad as Robin Williams' succumbing to depression made me, the unfolding horror show in Ferguson, MO has made me even sadder - and sick at heart. Less than a week after the backwaters of the internet exploded with a ginned-up fear of a "war on whites" based on Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks' now-infamous assertion to FOX host Laura Ingraham, yet more evidence of a genuine, continuing war on...

When Does Life Begin?

I ran across something on Twitter I’d never even heard of before, let alone seen in the wild. Maybe that means I need to get out more. On the other hand, if this is representative of what I’ll find, I’m not sure I want to (click to see on Twitter): As you can see, this is someone I follow on Twitter. Someone I usually find myself in agreement with. It was a compelling enough tweet to follow...

A Tale of Two Shootings, or, Bad Week for NRA Propaganda

While everyone was still reeling from the Santa Barbara shooting spree of Elliot Rodger, and before we could even process that tragedy fully, two new shootings took place in America. They seem to be coming at the rate of about one a week now - sometimes even faster (and still, we do nothing significant to address it). These two shootings are instructive because they juxtapose two very different...

Colin Powell’s UN Speech, Eleven Years Later

This post was written exactly a year ago, and although ten years is admittedly a more-notable anniversary than eleven, it's still important to remember that Colin Powell's atrocious speech before the UN was eleven years ago today. That might not seem like much, but when our country screws up as badly as it did when we decided to go to war in Iraq, figuring out what went wrong and who was...

I Do Not Heart Huckabee

GOP Presidential also-ran/religious troll Mike Huckabee inadvertently hit (or at least suggested) the wingnut trifecta Saturday when speaking to the Iowa Republican Party's "Celebrate Life" event. Via Rawstory: During his keynote speech at the Republican Party of Iowa’s Celebrate Life event on Saturday, Fox News host Mike Huckabee compared abortion in the United States to the systematic...