Please Don’t Remove Confederate Monuments

Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Tells Your Story? Let me first divert to a non-controversial topic before I get to my main point. I love the musical Hamilton. As a history-loving, patriotic government-studying American, I love the subject matter. I love the unabashed nerdiness of cabinet rap battles. I love how it has given more…

Berkley’s Current Free Speech Problem

So, it seems that we now have a Free Speech case going before a federal court because Berkeley has refused to let Ann Coulter speak on the date she was scheduled due to security concerns. In my opinion, the student groups who brought it are going to win, and win big. And if they don’t,…

How Do You Know What You Know About Climate Change?

Yesterday, April 22nd, there was a “March for Science” in the District of Columbia and in 400 satellite locations across the world. Speakers included some usual suspects like Bill Nye and Dr. Michel E. Mann, but also some surprisingly not-very-usual suspects like… Questlove Gomez? Yep. Questlove Gomez. According to organizers, the Mission of the March for Science is…

On Late Night Comics and Smugness

I read a great story on The Atlantic. It is here. This is a common occurrence. The Atlantic is great.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a poem that I wrote (yes, I know, I’m weird) on this same subject. Originally, I titled it “Against Satire,” but maybe I’ll change that to “Weakness if…

Of Bags and Bans: The Search for Freedom

Starting on March 28, 2017, Michigan’s ban on the local regulation of plastic bags will take effect. Introduced by Senator Jim Stamas, a Republican, and signed by a Republican governor, the rule prevents localities from regulating the use, disposition, or sale of bags; prevents them from imposing any fee or charge on bags or from…

Yes, The LGBT Movement is Coming For Your Church

While that might seem to be a click bait headline, I actually do not believe it is. Let show this sharing a story. Identifying a WikiPedia Problem I recently had to update the Wikipedia page for “public accommodation” to say that, no, churches are not public accommodations which are barred from discrimination based on the Civil…

Rebuilding an Eroded Culture

Excuse me while I share what seemed, at the time, to be one of my greatest personal failures. I was completing my student teaching in a high school class in Louisiana. The subject was American History. I was lucky enough, I believed, to teach the unit on World War II. I tested on my lessons…

Against Trump

Friends Don’t Let Friends Stumble Into Fascism.

Have Mercy

What kind of a person has a baby that we find in a toilet? Perhaps it’s a person alone enough, poor enough, money-less enough, friendless enough, and helpless enough to have a baby on a toilet.

Against the Female Draft

In 2012, a rather spectacular thing happened. A man with no legs ran faster than most with two could ever dream of running. Oscar Pistorius (no matter what the facts of his recent troubles) did a remarkable thing. Overcoming the real barriers which his disability gave him (and with the help of some truly remarkable…

But What If the Markers Were Correct? The Legal Discrimination and Mandatory Segregation For Those With Cystic Fibrosis

A story about cystic fibrosis and genetics has been making rounds on the internet fairly recently. Many people and many publications are talking about it. A student was removed from school because of his “genes.” The student (child A) with “genetic markers of cystic fibrosis” was removed from school and sent away merely because of a test he received as…