Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

Ohio House Republicans Believe Certain Laws Won’t Apply to Them

They might find out that’s not true the hard way. Last Friday, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that will prevent trans people from playing in female sports (it’s not clear if this only applies to high … Continue reading

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We’re Suffering from “Pandemic Fatigue” Too, Assholes

Very uncivil, I know… In many stories, columns, or blog posts, we often encounter the phrase “pandemic fatigue.” Pandemic fatigue is meant to describe how people no longer want to wear masks or do other things to protect people. Of … Continue reading

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Our COVID Response Might Have Been Outsourced to Democratic Pollsters

What could possibly go wrong? President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign pollster’s firm, Impact Research, has thoughts about the pandemic (pdf here; boldface mine, italics original): After two years that necessitated lockdowns, travel bans, school closures, mask mandates, and nearly a … Continue reading

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Stop When You Get to the Bad Part, Congressman

A Republican congressman tweeted this: Snark aside (though his idiocy deserves nothing more), it just goes to show that, for movement conservatism, as it exists, cruelty is an ideology: …consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a … Continue reading

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Poverty and Primus Inter Pares

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted: There are a lot of people, especially the upper-middle class and gentry class*, whose quality of life is better because others’ quality of life is demonstrably worse. There are many who … Continue reading

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Fast-Forward COVID-19 Punditry

While I realize pundits* have to come up with new things to say, or at least, new ways of saying the same old thing, watching the punditocracy race ahead of where many places actually are in terms of COVID-19 prevalence … Continue reading

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They Are Telling Us Who They Are: Sen. Tillis’ Aide Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted that cruelty is an ideology: But I think this misses the ideological component to this… consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with our current system. … Continue reading

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One Reason Some Governors Want to Reopen So Quickly

Follow the money (boldface mine): Republican governors in states like Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina have announced plans to begin reopening their states’ economies despite warnings by health officials that it’s too early to do so. The decisions mean that … Continue reading

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Another Problem with Gerontocracy

Timothy Noah has a very good article about the ossification of leadership in the U.S. (boldface mine): Let me stipulate at the outset that I harbor no prejudice toward the elderly. As a sexagenarian myself, not to mention as POLITICO’s … Continue reading

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Cruelty As Ideology: The Mo Brooks Edition

A while ago, I noted that cruelty is not just a character flaw, but an ideology. Like all ideologies, cruelty is a force which gives people meaning: …consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with … Continue reading

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