Indiana’s RFRA Really Is That Bad Lawmakers in Indiana have a real mess on there hands. Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act has resulted in a cacophony of protests, not just from radical groups, but from companies like Anthem, American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Eli Lilly Levi’s and Walmart. Indiana’s governor and state legislators have been … Continue reading Indiana’s RFRA Really Is That Bad
Opponents of health care reform claim that America has “the best health care in the world,” arguing that changing the present system threatens our nation’s primacy. This argument is so unfounded, so completely contradicted by reality as to raise my frustration and blood pressure to levels I hadn’t experienced since Alberto Gonzales last testified before … Continue reading A Fairly Clear Explanation Of Why People Like Sen. Tom Coburn Can Claim that America Has the Best Health Care in the World, Despite the Body of Evidence Against That Claim (In Which I Refer to Rush Limbaugh With Approval)
Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed a bill that would legislatively create a twenty-year period of “Post-Birth Fetal Development,” during which abortion would be completely illegal. Rep. Roberta Goldwaithe, the bill’s primary sponsor, thinks this is an idea whose time has come. “Neurologists have established that the human brain isn’t completely developed through … Continue reading Proposed Post-Birth Abortion Ban Could Shut Down Iraq War
I'm proud that Massachusetts took the lead in recognizing the right to marry for same sex couples. The Massachusetts Supreme Court recognized that right on May 17, 2004. Despite dire predictions, the sky has stayed right where it is, and I’m not aware of any heterosexuals filing for divorce on the grounds that their … Continue reading News from the Massachusetts State House — Marriage is Safe!
A highly placed government software developer revealed today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is actually a sophisticated hologram. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, joined the Gonzales project when the Attorney General was still in beta. Her team of programmers, many of whom had prior experience at various Hollywood special effects studios, are … Continue reading AG Gonzales Outed as Hologram
By now, most people are aware of the summary holding in Gonzales v. Carhart: for the first time since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court left standing a law proscribing a particular abortion procedure without an exception to safeguard a woman’s health. Standing alone, this is a terrible result, but understanding how the decision was … Continue reading The Lie at the Heart of Gonzales v. Carhart
Using meaningless language is a standard tool of politics, brought to high art by the present administration. Dick Cheney has added a new gloss on the old game, repeating an old argument about Iraq that has lost all meaning. Here's the way Cheney put it recent speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2007 … Continue reading Cheney’s Empty Argument On Iraq
It appears that Anna Nicole Smith, like any great artist, is more popular dead than alive -- at least as measured by the continuing stream of stories about her in papers, magazines and news shows. The media's mock self-reflection involved reaches new levels. There are stories about her, then stories about the media's fascination with … Continue reading Anna Nicole Smith is still successfully dead; VP Cheney still unsuccessfully alive
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian, author and special assistant to President John F. Kennedy died February 28, 2007. Presidential special assistants fill a unique role in an administration. Presidents choose individuals they believe have the experience, abilities and wisdom necessary to provide guidance during difficult times. A special assistant must share the presidents' values and his … Continue reading Schlesinger v. Rove — a comparison of Presidential Special Assistants
I recently had the opportunity to interview the Director of the Executive Non-Communications Office in Washington, D.C. It had been trying to contact ENCO for years, but they never returned my calls, so you can imagine my pleased surprise when I received the invitation. I arrived at the State Department HQ at the appointed time, … Continue reading Mum’s the Word
The upcoming escalation.... excuse me, "augmentation"... of 21,500 US troops in Iraq has been reduced to political football. Most of the press concentrates on the political battle, which begs the question -- is Bush right? Is there evidence that additional troops at this time will make some significant difference? Bush defined the strategy of the … Continue reading Bush takes a do-over
I've become confused about some pretty basic facts concerning the "War in Iraq". And I'm concerned I might not be the only one. Who are the parties to this war? Who is the enemy? Perhaps most importantly, to paraphrase Colin Powell, how do we know when we're done? I know that whatever we're doing in … Continue reading How do we know we’re done?