Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

They Really Don’t Like the Rest of Us

By now, you might have heard that Nazghul, Wisconsin governor, and presidential hopeful Scott Walker appears to have received $1.5 million from businessman John Menard Jr. While this raises all sorts of campaign finance related issues, what I find fascinating–in … Continue reading

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The Ghettoside Response to David Brooks

Last week, David Brooks scribbled something very silly about values and poverty–Noah Smith points out the straightforward rebuttal, so I’ll leave that bit up to him. But Matt Taibbi also makes a very good point in “For David Brooks, the … Continue reading

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“They Are Kept in Overcrowded Cells”

From the LA Times: “They are kept in overcrowded cells; they are denied toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap; they are subjected to the constant stench of excrement and refuse in their congested cells; they are surrounded by walls smeared with mucus … Continue reading

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Militarism Is This Unpopular?

By way of Matthew DiCarlo, we find these very interesting data about who should and should not be a teacher: In a country that constantly ‘honors its troops’ (even as it too often doesn’t really support them), approves of torture, … Continue reading

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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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