It’s probably mean to keep picking on Ted Cruz

…but man, is he the gift that keeps on giving or what? Cruz has decided that Supreme Court rulings only apply to the states who are party to the particular case being decided. No really. Here’s what he said: “Article III of the Constitution gives the court the authority to resolve cases and controversies. Those […]

Cruz and Huckabee completely miss the meaning of Obergefell v. Hodges

The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges effectively legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, but that’s not really what the decision was about. The Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the government to discriminate with regards to the legal right to marry. It’s an important distinction. This wasn’t the Court saying […]

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself (about flag-removal)…

…so I’ll let Will B. Mackintosh say it: But I think it’s important to remember: removing the Confederate flag and other Confederate symbols from public display is not nothing.  Sure, it’s symbolic, but as historians we should recognize how incredibly important and powerful symbols can be. Just so. It’s a symbolic thing to remove the confederate […]

Sailing the stars with the Science Guy

I’ve been wallowing in the ugly side of human nature for so long, I decided it was time to post something positive. So, here ya go: Bill Nye’s LightSail Kickstarter has exceeded its original goal by almost a million dollars. Not only is this a pretty awesome project, but it’s an awesome project that has […]

Driving Old Dixie Down

I have to admit: I’m shocked we’re having this discussion about the confederate flag in 2015. To my mind, this issue’s been settled beyond any reasonable measure for many, many decades. It’s the flag of people who took up arms against the United States in order to preserve their way of life which, as you […]

Retraction regarding the Sad Puppy John C. Wright

I don’t do this sort of thing very often, but I’m retracting my last post. Let me explain why. In repose to charges of homophobia, Wright said the charges were a lie and responded in a fashion which could be described as equally “homophobic” and “bizarre.” I wrote a long-ish piece taking him to task […]

A Sad Puppy-Related Thought Experiment

NOTE: I have retracted this post. If you’re interested in the reasons, please click this link. I’m leaving the retracted post visible for the time being because, aside from the intellectual honesty issue, it’s pointless to try to make things “disappear” on the internet. Let’s say I tell you that I am a Christian. I […]

Nothing at all about the Sad and Rabid Puppies

I have spent a very, very long time among American political conservatives. I would wager that I have spent more time in their midst than the vast majority of people reading this post. I have both friends and family who are near the right-most limits of the political spectrum. I’m not of them, but I […]

Apologies

Sorry about that last post. I love to go an unreasonably long way for a very small joke. If you worked out that last one, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m sure anyone paying unreasonably close attention to any encrypted information which winds up on the WWW found it worth […]