Heather Heyer: An American Patriot

        William Lewis Moore a postman from Baltimore was shot and killed during a one-man march against segregation. Rev. Bruce Klunder was a civil rights activist who protested the building of a segregated school and was crushed to death when a bulldozer backed over him. Andrew Goodman … Continue reading

Leaks? Leaks! LEAKS?!??

Trump will finally be enraged at the leakiness of the White House, and a predictable purge will take place. A complete clamping down on leaks, and a witch hunt for leakers will ensue, whether the White House Press Corpse (sic) notices or not — and that is being purged right now.

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Gobbledygook: How to Navigate the New Laptop Regulations

Yesterday Homeland Security blinked and balked. Instead of banning cabin laptops on flights coming from Europe altogether, as it had been threatening for months, DHS came out with vague regulations which nobody yet understands. In March, DHS completely banned laptops and tablets from ten airports, on all flights entering the … Continue reading

Happy Residents Day, or, I’ll Take Lincoln

You know, there was a good civic REASON for those birthdays. Washington’s story is fortitude, perseverance and INTEGRITY. Lincoln is fortitude, patience and HONESTY. We WANT to celebrate those qualities. We NEED to celebrate those qualities. Citizenship is not easy, but self-governance is preferable to dictatorship, and we chose at Lexington and Concord to govern ourselves. Continue reading

A Spectacle of Power: Why Conservatives Love Torture

It was perhaps inevitable that the Trump administration would move to adopt torture as policy. The love of power drives the use of torture. It is not too strong to use the word “love” to describe the attitude of conservative regimes to torture. Torture is all about the abuse of … Continue reading

Lakoff’s Lightning Bolt: WE are the Moral Majority

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff was right in highlighting the importance of language in political discourse. His 1996 groundbreaking book, Moral Politics, rings as true today as it did in the swirl surrounding Bill Clinton’s scandals twenty years ago. Language matters. Lakoff, in a nutshell, drew distinctions between how Conservatives and … Continue reading

The Phoniness of Republican Moderation

Three days into the new administration, here is all you need to know about whether Republicans will indeed stand up to Donald Trump: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to recommend Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as secretary of state. The 11 included Marco Rubio, the former and … Continue reading