Fire Boehner?

This is the hashtag which has caught suspiciously quick and omnipresent fire on Twitter this evening: #FireBoehner. Fire Boehner? Fine by me...if it can actually be accomplished. Only, it can't. And it's the (likely, though unprovable) source of this hashtag that is making me stabby this evening. Let's remember: the teabaggers have attempted to "fire Boehner" repeatedly. In fact, it's a recurring...

Is Al Gebra Attacking Arizona?

Sure, it’s funny when a witty commentator wonders, with tongue firmly planted in cheek: is Al Gebra attacking Arizona? The humor fades noticeably, however, when you realize the dipwad to whom that commentator is referring is actually an Arizona state Senator: Melvin’s comments led Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, to ask him whether he’s actually read the Common Core standards, which have...

Texas Gay Marriage Ban Overreach

I thought it might be fun, in light of the recent serious court challenge to the Texas gay marriage ban statute of 2005 (and especially in light of Texas' Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's promise to defend the ban), to pull one from the archives here to illustrate just how far Texas is willing to go to avoid/punish Teh Gay: Texas Bans Marriage You see, someone in 2009...

Airport Security Follies, Part Eleventy-Billion

I have, with zero inside information (because none's been required to see what was plain as day regarding our nation's airport security) been warning - and mocking - for years about the nation’s substitution of “security theater” for actual safety. Unfortunately, it appears to have been even worse than we imagined, at least according to this exposé by former TSA agent Jason Edward...

The Other Side of the 'Arming Teachers' Question

Speaks for itself (but here's the bones of it): After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Hutchinson became interested in arming school personnel, he said. He was invited to attend an 'active shooter' training and - using a rubber bullet-loaded pistol - he mistakenly shot a teacher who was confronting a 'bad guy.' Genius. Heroic, brave geeenius. You want someone with this...

Free Market Hates 'Teachers With Guns'

After the atrocity at Sandy Hook, and with school shootings on the rise, conservatives (no doubt feeling a bit on the defensive) trotted out a two-pronged argument. Part one was the notion that most shootings happen in "gun free zones" like schools and churches and malls, etc. This part of the argument is ludicrous all on its own, but requires a separate post to do it justice. The second part...