Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

The Conservative Con Rolls On

You might have heard of the Duggar family, pictured above, who are part of the Quiverfull fundamentalist movement (boldface mine): You’ll find Quiverfull families in nearly all types of churches in every community. Quiverfull is simply the “pro-life” idea that … Continue reading

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The Governor Pence Scandal No One Is Talking About

It really hasn’t been a great week for the state of Indiana, with the worst hit being the signing of ‘right’ to discriminate (against gays) legislation. But what’s lost in all of that is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided … Continue reading

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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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