Voting Rights, Democracy, and the “Dignity of Man”

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 9:30 am

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a challenge to the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The conservative justices lobbed hostile and for the most part uninformed questions at defenders of the historic legislation. It’s obvious that those judges couldn’t give a fig about the dignity of man or the destiny of democracy.

The Right’s Dreams of American Apartheid

By: Sunday July 15, 2012 9:30 am

It’s tragic but not surprising that the election of the nation’s first black president would accelerate a racist, nationwide movement to disenfranchise people of color, the poor and the elderly. A new map of states with restrictive voting laws indicates the scope of the problem: racism is not restricted to the former Confederacy. Many conservatives, [...]

The Decline of Nations and the Climate Crisis

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 9:30 am

As they stand today, the world’s governments are incapable of addressing the global climate crisis in time to moderate the coming catastrophe. That is just an unhappy fact.

The Incorrigibles

By: Sunday May 13, 2012 9:30 am

One of the things I like best about human beings is our persistent incorrigibility. Even when we don’t want to we often escape expert predictions of our behavior. Call it the human uncertainty principle. As soon as you know where we are you lose knowledge about where we’re headed and how fast we’re headed there. Or maybe you’ve guessed where we’re headed but you no longer know where we are.

It Happens Every Spring

By: Sunday April 8, 2012 9:30 am

I have to tell a modest family story about baseball, the one sport connected to the earth’s circling of the sun (it begins with Spring Training and ends with a Harvest Festival). Maybe it begins in T.S. Eliot’s cruelest month, but as George Carlin reminds us, it is the sweetest sport: “In baseball, the object is to go home and to be safe. I hope I’ll be safe at home.”

Not to Go All World Nut Daily

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 1:30 am

Can we just call it the Republican Birdocalypse?

These Are The Times

By: Sunday October 17, 2010 9:30 am

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine said that, and I wish I could ask him, “What times aren’t?” Still, whatever else they are these are our times. And, however obviously true that is, it is painful to confess.

We Are The Founders

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 9:30 am

America’s greatest promise lies in the bold idea that each citizen in every generation is Founder of the country. Though the promise remains unachieved, the idea is worth celebrating this Fourth of July.

Late Night: Not Merely an Activist Court, But a Proactive One

By: Friday June 25, 2010 8:00 pm

Strict constitutionalists or not, you gotta think that for the guys who overturned the popular vote in Bush v. Gore — and have since followed that up by determining that the 1st Amendment right to free speech should be weighted by how much money you have in Citizens United, among other atrocities — the last thing in the world they’d want would be an established legal right of the public to “honest services.”

Late Night: SJC Republicans to Obama, “C’mon, Shake on It!”

By: Monday May 10, 2010 8:00 pm

It’s official: Senator Jeff “Beauregard” Sessions can’t play poker for shit.

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