While I’m very happy with the new Pope and a lot of the stands he’s made, this one bums me out: He met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who denied gay couples marriage licenses. While this is nice of him, it lends her a lot of undeserved credibility.

The pope said that he could not speak specifically about cases but that “conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.”

I support anyone’s right to conscientious objection. But she’s an officer of the court, which means she does not make the laws, she upholds them. It is her sworn duty to issue marriage licenses under Kentucky law. If she can’t do her duty, she must step down from office.

And, just to be clear: Fuck Kim Davis.

Date posted: September 30, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

In a rare bit of good news, the Supreme Court ruled on two huge cases this week.

The best of the two is that they ruled in favor of same sex marriage nationwide, which is so huge and overdue and fair and right, that it restores a little bit of my faith in the creaking, rotted system we call our own. It’s about fucking time we extend unalienable rights to everybody.

They also ruled that federal tax credits are good in all 50 states, thereby striking down another challenge to the Affordable Care Act. While I’m not shocked that half the government has been trying to dismantle it, it’s reassuring that voices of reason have stood up for it.

Please, let this be the beginning of some positive momentum.

Date posted: June 26, 2015 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

I’ve just described for you the culture of the Baltimore police department amid the deluge of the drug war, where actual investigation goes unrewarded and where rounding up bodies for street dealing, drug possession, loitering such – the easiest and most self-evident arrests a cop can make – is nonetheless the path to enlightenment and promotion and some additional pay.

Source: David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish

Date posted: April 30, 2015 | Filed under Baltimore, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Pence, a Republican, did not answer directly when asked six times whether under the law it would be legal for a merchant to refuse to serve gay customers. “This is not about discrimination, this is about empowering people to confront government overreach,” he said.

Fuck this guy, fuck Indiana. Fuck everybody that thinks like this guy. This election cycle is gonna suck.

via CBS News.

Date posted: March 30, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The FCC just granted itself the power to defeat a raging, fire-breathing monster: the monopolistic network owners who can kill Internet freedom by blocking websites — or by creating an Internet fast lane for the privileged, few, rich tech companies that can pay for it.

via CNN.

Date posted: February 26, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Last week, the Attorney General put an end to the federal law allowing state and local police the power to seize cash and property without warrants or criminal charges.

The Post found that local and state police routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, pressed them to agree to warrantless searches and seized large amounts of cash without evidence of wrongdoing. The law allows such seizures and forces the owners to prove their property was legally acquired in order to get it back.


Date posted: January 19, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A Frederick, MD Councilman, woefully misinformed about, well, everything to do with the laws concerning freedom of speech, denies his local newspaper permission to use his name and threatens legal action. And gets the Streisand treatment in glorious response.

For reference.

Date posted: January 7, 2015 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

File this under AWESOME. The Nashville Chief of Police got a reactionary email from someone in his community, and took it on, point-by-point, in truly epic clarity.

The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people.  Being respectful of the government would mean being respectful of all persons, no matter what their views.

Truly brilliant. Read it all here: A Christmas Message for the MNPD from Chief Steve Anderson.

Date posted: December 28, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This accumulation of wealth and power is getting worse and worse and worse. So, the cost is the loss of our democracy and the loss of our liberties. This was the basic truth that previous generations of Americans understood.

From Free markets killed capitalism, an interview with Barry C. Lynn, on Salon. Fantastic reading.

Date posted: July 1, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Again, I’m disappointed but not surprised by the current Supreme Court and their decision to exempt Hobby Lobby from the Obamacare contraception mandate. Corporations are people, but women are not, apparently:

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the contraception rule “would put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”

Right. So minimum-wage female employees have to find some other way of affording expensive birth control in order to keep working, lest they lose their jobs or dare to use all six weeks of their maternity leave.

Date posted: July 1, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »