Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Some Thoughts on De Facto Ebola Quarantines

With Ebolamania in full swing, a phrase that has really bothered me is ‘understandable fear’, because most of the Ebola-related fears are not understandable at all. Here’s an example of understandable fear. You’re on the subway, and the guy next … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Public Health, Viruses | 16 Comments

Deny Much of VA and MD the Vote: A Longshot Legal Manuever For D.C. Statehood

No, I don’t think Fairfax and Montgomery Counties should lose Congressional representation. But the District’s lack of representation was predicated on the idea that D.C. would have an inherent conflict of interest, and so should not vote. Here’s where things … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, DC, Uncategorized

Those Tea Party Idiots You Read About? Some of Them Work in Our Security Apparatus

The guys in the camo gear? They’re not military, but Bay Area sheriffs. That’s some hardcore cosplay. A recent spate of law enforcement resignations after revelations that some officers were active Ku Klux Klan members has made the news. But … Continue reading

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I Say, Give Bank Regulators Tasers

I kid. Mostly. But this about servility in the face of our ever-increasing security state is dead on target: His [Police officer Sunil Dutta] core message is this: Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties

Milwaukee Is What the Religious Right Wants Our School System to Be

This is a bad thing, by the way. One of the tells that education ‘reform’ is about everything other than student learning is that most reformers are absolutely silent on the issue of creationism and other religious intrusions into the … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Education | 10 Comments

A Liberal Idea Isn’t Taken Seriously Until a Conservative Echoes It

A good post, “Rand Paul Stole The Idea To Demilitarize The Police From Democrats“, lays out how Democrats were calling for the demilitarization of police forces–and trying to pass legislation to that end–months before Rand Paul and the Libertarians did … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Democrats | 2 Comments

Ferguson Church Is Harassed and the Christian Right Is, Oddly, Silent

Maybe you find this hard to believe; I know I do (boldface mine): The St. Louis County Police showed up at the St. Mark’s Church nearby Ferguson, which the community has been using as a “safe space” for Ferguson and … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives | 2 Comments