Category: Politics

  • Counting Every Vote Will Nullify Your Vote

    An editorial at Fredericksburg.com warns of dire consequences if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact passes: The House of Delegates voted to have the Old Dominion join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement that would force Virginia’s 13 electors to vote for the candidate chosen by the national popular vote. Joining this compact […]

  • Silly Objections to the Popular Vote

    Of late, I’ve been taking an interest in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. For those who haven’t heard about it, the basic idea is that the US’s system of electing presidents through the Electoral College is archaic and convoluted, and too often doesn’t elect the person who won the most people’s votes. Since the […]

  • Democracy Is Not Football

    One of the many things that annoyed me in the wake of Trump’s upset victory was that for so many people on the winning side, this boiled down to “delicious librul tears“. And even a lot of Trump’s executive actions have been less about advancing his own plan, as about tearing down Obama’s legacy. We’ve […]

  • Hell Is a School, Apparently

    By now, you’ve all seen this T-shirt, which began circulating approximately several years before 17 people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida: As many people have pointed out, the implication is that, against all theology, God—or at least the God of sanctimonious T-shirt wearers—is not omnipresent. That a simple legislative measure is sufficient to […]

  • A Republican Drama

    Via @Billy, Just Billy, who saved screenshots: As a young adult in perfect health, why should I be FORCED to pay for insurance I don't want and likely won't need? — Sassy Gay Republican (@sassygayrepub) March 6, 2017 Don't throw millions of people like me on health insurance that don't even want it and can't […]

  • Satire Is Officially Broken

    Here are two items from recent media: Sean Spicer Walking Around White House In Sunglasses And Baseball Cap To Avoid Press “After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as […]

  • Triggered by the Right Side of History

    There’s a bit of controversy going on at Yorktown High School in Virginia, where teachers have put up signs: Patriots Know: Facts are not political Diversity stengthens [sic] us Science is real Women’s rights are human rights Justice is for all We’re all immigrants Kindness is everything We are Yorktown I gather that “Patriots” is the name […]

  • Now What?

    So we’ve survived the first week of Trump’s presidency. Have some cake. If you were one of the many people who took part in activism, pat yourself on the back. If you weren’t, it’s not too late to start. It’s great that everyone’s riled up. And while we’re pumped up and paying attention to government, […]

  • Women’s March, Rights, and Politics

    I attended the Women’s March on Washington, yesterday. It turned out, I’m told, to be the largest inauguration protest in the history of the United States, and possibly the largest political protest ever, if you count the sister marches in other cities around the globe (including Antarctica). At one point, we ran into, I believe, […]

  • A Modest Proposal for Anti-Abortion Catholics (and Some Others)

    When I recently ran across yet another of BillDo’s rants against abortion, I was struck by an idea: during transubstantiation, a priest turns a piece of bread into living flesh. But surely this is a reversible operation, no? People turn living wheat into nonliving bread all the time. In addition, if there’s any kind of conservation […]