Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

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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The Wealth of Sh-theads

Amidst all of the discussion about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which describes how inequality will continue to rise, this is an issue I haven’t seen raised, but, snark aside, seems rather important: This might not be a … Continue reading

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Life Begins at Contraception and Ends at Honduran

Or something. When the right wing started caterwauling about the hordes of undocumented immigrant children, I asked “Where Do We Want Honduran Children to Die?” and referred to Barbara O’Brien: Unfortunately I don’t see a real solution that wouldn’t require … Continue reading

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Republican Rep. Paul Ryan Wants to Create Massive Government Bureaucracy

Last week, supposed conservative intellectual heavyweight Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Let Them Eat Block Grants) released an anti-poverty plan in an attempt to humanize both conservatism and himself (good luck with that). It’s essentially libertarian business school dweeb meets compassionate conservatism. … Continue reading

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Opposition to War Is a Feminist Issue

Reading this horrifying story about a Syrian mother who had to choose between marrying off her young teenage daughters or exposing them to the persistent threat of rape, one thing we, in the U.S., never talk about in our numerous … Continue reading

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So Where Do We Want Honduran Children to Die?

Barbara O’Brien nails the hypocrisy surrounding the human catastrophe along the Texas border (boldface mine): What’s driving those children to the U.S. is going on in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, not Washington. And if anybody is “playing politics,” it’s … Continue reading

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