BLOGS


  • News Roundup for March 13, 2017 There’s really no nice way for us to tell you this… the news isn’t getting any better. 1. President Trump faces a deadline to produce wiretapping evidence. As the claim was made without evidence, chances are slim he’ll cough something up. More here. 2. Protests occurred in Ferguson over new footage from the convenience store showing Michael ...
  • I Didn’t Have Kids To Become a Sitcom Mom I didn’t have kids so I could yell at them to pick up toys, and books, and to put on their shoes before the school bus comes. I didn’t have kids so I could be a rule enforcer; a disciplinarian; a giver of timeouts. I had kids to build blanket forts with, to hug, to read to, ...
  • Mixing Glitter And Protest To Support LGBTQ Rights By Anya M. Galli Robertson, University of Maryland On Ash Wednesday, March 1, a number of churches and Christian groups in the U.S. blended purple glitter into the blessed ashes before applying them to the foreheads of Christians to mark the beginning of Lent. The use of glitter was intended as a display of solidarity with the ...
  • Will Ben Carson Roll Over For Trump And Break His Oath To The Senate? It’s sure looking that way. Late last week The Washington Post reported a set of inhumane Trump administration cuts to programs that would hurt families and especially kids by deeply slashing the budget for the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This signals that Secretary Ben Carson intends to roll over at Trump’s request ...
  • The GOP Health Bill Is An Assault On People Of Color The American Health Care Act is a rich person’s bonanza. Under the plan proposed by House Republicans, each of the nation’s 400 richest families will save $7 million per year, as part of a tax giveaway. The plan offers no benefits at all to those who earn $200,000 or less a year. And the burden from ...
  • The Need For Reconstruction, Not Deconstruction, Of The Administrative State function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Is there a need for deconstruction of the administrative state? No. Is there a need for reconstruction of the administrative state? Yes. Let’s examine why beginning with the concept of the administrative state. Before Steve Bannon’s proclamation that one of the three “lines of work” of the Trump administration was “deconstruction ...
  • Trump’s War On The Truth Tellers function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. They attack the  institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like.  They even do it preemptively. Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer warned that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office couldn’t be trusted to come up ...
  • Jet-Packing To Dystopia Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com “More than 25 years ago, as I sat on the roof of our house watching the neighborhood’s furniture float down the street, I thought things couldn’t get any worse. Everything I owned was under water. The capital of my country was ruined. Mother Earth was exacting its revenge upon its most arrogant inhabitants. ...
  • Doubling Down On Dystopia Preventing The Triumph Of Trump’s Will Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories ― The Giver, Hunger Games ― like Goths to piercings. TV shows about zombie apocalypses, pandemics, and technology run amok inspire binge watching. We’ve seen the world-gone-truly-bad a thousand times over on the big screen. This apocalyptic ...
  • Texas Ed Commissioner Abruptly Suspends Operations Of SASIC Charter Schools Due to Apparent Criminal Background Check and Health Violations On March 08, 2017, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath suspended the operations of San Antonio-based charter school district, San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity (SASIC). Furthermore, SASIC authorities were required to attend a hearing on March 10, 2017, regarding a number of reported violations that Morath believed had not been properly addressed prior ...
  • Trump’s Executive Order Is An Existential Threat To America Last week President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO or Order) restricting immigration from six majority Muslim countries and more than halving the US refugee program. This version includes some significant changes: it is more carefully written; it removes Iraq from the list of countries falling under the ban; and it exempts those ...
  • Liberal Handwringing About ‘Free Speech’ On Campus “In this week’s “Sunday Review” the centrist New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, echoes his colleague Nicholas Kristof and others in tisk-tisking “academia” for its “intolerance.” Formulaically rehashing the recent incident at Middlebury College in Vermont where students had the audacity to shout down the notoriously racist pseudo-scholar Charles Murray, Bruni whines: “n too many instances ...
  • Higher Interest Rates – Oh, Goodie! The press is fairly slavering for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. You can hardly read an item in the business pages without some commentator declaring that, at last, the unemployment rate is low enough and the growth rate high enough that the Fed can tighten money… and choke off further progress. Hosannas! But the ...
  • #NotTheNanny: A Very Good Lesson In How Bias Works function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Earlier this week, a video of children interrupting a man’s BBC interview made its rounds on the Internet. In the video, the man stays more or less composed as an interviewer explains, “I think one of your children has just walked in.” Hilarity ensues when two small children invade ...
  • How The Realism Of ‘This Is Us’ Became The Escapism From Our Surreal New World When I first heard about “This Is Us,” I had my cynical doubts. There was something in the promos about shared birthdays and soul connections and the meaning of everything sappy and Mandy Moore. Oh yeah, and it was a drama on NBC so, please, mother of Mary Tyler Moore, give me a break. Network ...
  • 10 Things Confident People Don’t Do In “The Empire Strikes Back,” when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. Luke mutters, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.” As usual, Yoda was right—and science backs him up. Numerous studies have proved that ...
  • When It Comes To War, Beware Of Alternative Facts Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway didn’t invent alternative facts. The U.S. government has been peddling those for decades. Consider the recent history of the Iraq War.  Recall that in 2002 it was a “slam dunk” case that Iraq had active programs to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  (We couldn’t allow the smoking gun to ...
  • Iran Openly Harassing The U.S., U.K. And Others A defiant Iran pokes the world in the eyehttps://t.co/qFL6PfH8tl#Syria #Reuters #Yemen pic.twitter.com/THmVr4fJVL — jafar Parsa (@jafarparsa) March 10, 2017 It has become an alarming and dangerous pattern; a pattern of provocative actions initiated by Iran against many nations in the region, the U.K., the U.S. and its allies. Just in the last week, several of these provocative operations ...
  • 11 Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success. Decades of research ...
  • Health Care Costs And System Could Leave Kids Like My Autistic Son Behind “Are you here to get insurance to cover ABA?” (ABA is autism therapy.) “Uh, no.” I said. “We’re here because we feel like Griffin should have a developmental pediatrician.” This is how much insurance is in the discussion these days in the autism community ― heck, in America. It was the topic of our first discussion at ...