The State of the Union in 2017

I got bored writing about the State of the Union addresses a few years ago — Obama was the same thing every year — but maybe the new guy will be more interesting. Let’s see what Donald Trump had to say in his State of the Union Address. I’m just going to think out loud… Continue Reading →

Four Ways President Trump Can Ruin Things

I expect the Trump presidency to be a disaster. And given what we’ve seen so far, I think there are four possible areas where Trump is likely to ruin things. They break down into short-term ruin, medium-term ruin, and long-term ruin, plus a wildcard. We’ve already seen activity in the short-term area of ruin: Immigration.… Continue Reading →

A Few Random Thoughts About Sanctuary Cities

I never really gave much thought to sanctuary cities before, but the more I hear about them these days, the more I like them. First of all, it’s always nice to see someone stick their finger in the eye of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Second, immigration law is federal law, and if the feds… Continue Reading →

Ashton Kutcher’s Unusual Confession

So, yesterday Ashton Kutcher testified before Congress about modern-day slavery. This isn’t quite as crazy as it sounds — unlike those idiotic situations where an actor testifies before congress after playing a role related to the subject of his testimony, Kutcher actually founded a company, Thorn, that is involved in the fight against sex trafficking… Continue Reading →

Losers Deserve Love Too

A while back, Maggie McNeill posted about a group called Clients of Sex Workers Allied for Change (CoSWAC) which has a website they hope to use to “dispel myths surrounding participation in paid sex.” I don’t know if this site will contribute meaningfully to the cause of sex workers’ (and clients’) rights, but one item on… Continue Reading →

Free Speech For Assholes

I’ve been taking some mild heat on Twitter for this response: @reason Well, who wouldn't like to see McInnes beat down? I'm against hurting him for stuff he says, but if it happens, I'd like to see it. — Windypundit (@windypundit) February 3, 2017 Honestly, I can’t even remember why exactly I don’t like Gavin… Continue Reading →

Making America Great Again

At first I thought this was just funny, but the more I think about it, the better it makes me feel about America. The reference here is Pastor Martin Niemöller’s statement about cowardice in the face of the Nazi rise to power. The best-known version reads like this: First they came for the Socialists, and… Continue Reading →

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Deceitful Words: Fast Growing

This is my second post in what I hope will be a series about words and phrases that should warn you that someone is trying to get something past you. (First one here.) [Update: Since originally publishing this, I’ve rewritten parts of it to reduce confusion, adding context to the first example, and appending a… Continue Reading →