Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

Poverty Might Just Have Something to Do With Being Poor

Like my Uncle Harry used to say, “Rich or poor, it’s always good to have money.” Or we could just blame poor parents for being ‘bad’ parents (boldface mine): Poorer parents are just as involved in education, leisure, and sports … Continue reading

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Politicizing This Day

(from here) A couple of years ago, I argued that Martin Luther King Day needs to be ‘politicized’, even if that makes it a day that is not for everyone. I think the post has held up nicely, since it’s … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Conservative Lies–And News Media’s Failure to Confront Them

When you read something like this, it’s tempting to blame the victim (boldface mine): Amanda Mayhew is one of the beneficiaries [of the ACA, also known as Obamacare]. She earns little enough to qualify for Medicaid under the new guidelines, … Continue reading

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One Thing Police and Protestors Probably Agree On

Guns. Over the weekend, two New York City policemen as well as a Tampa Bay police officer were killed by former felons. Who had access to firearms. I don’t know Florida and Maryland gun laws well enough to know if … Continue reading

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Torture and the Limits of Political Civility

Outsourced to Athenae, who is appropriately angry that discussion of torture is being viewed as “old arguments” (boldface mine): Right. That’s all that’s at stake here. Old arguments. We don’t want to have old arguments. Actually, I don’t want to … Continue reading

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Common Sense As Another Name For Irrational Fear

So this part from a Washington Post story about the Ebola quarantine rules that were put in place has been making the rounds on the intertoobz: “It seems a quarantine would be unnecessary,” said John Ard, an anesthesiologist affiliated with … Continue reading

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Ebola Volunteers Are Heroes, Not Self-Indulgent Children To Be Tolerated

I’ve been trying to figure out what has been bothering about the quarantine orders that are popping up around the U.S.–other than they are unnecessary and counterproductive. What helped it was reading about Gov. Christie’s defense of his ill-considered and … Continue reading

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