Category Archives: Ethics

The Problem With the Marc Rubio Non-Scandal

As it’s campaign season, our political press corps has decided to focus on what’s really important: Republican candidate and senator Marc Rubio’s personal finances. The mainstream story line–which attempts to gin up scandal by arguing Rubio’s profligate ways (he bought … Continue reading

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The Mandatory Sentence in the LaCour Coverage That Matters

So the science Twitterz and bloggysphere is being roiled by the LaCour scandal, which involves a whole lot of scientific fraud along with ridiculously shoddy oversight. But what I keep reading in every story–and then which is dropped like a … Continue reading

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Pro-Choice and Pro-Abortion

Because, sometimes abortion is a blessing. Valerie Tarico (boldface mine): I am pro-abortion like I’m pro-knee-replacement and pro-chemotherapy and pro-cataract surgery. As the last protection against ill-conceived childbearing when all else fails, abortion is part of a set of tools … Continue reading

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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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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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You Can’t Fix a Broken Polity With a Shotgun Olympic Wedding

It looks like D.C. dodged a bullet, while Boston is possibly saddled with the 2024 Olympics. Personally, I think Los Angeles would be the best choice, and both D.C. and Boston were very bad choices (one thing most people don’t … Continue reading

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Compassionate Conservatism Is Past Its Expiration Date

You can always get a better sense of a political party by watching its mid-level functionaries: they are both the true believers and less polished. Republican governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is currently under investigation for activities during his 2010 … Continue reading

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