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 →

in Freedom

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 →

A Betrayal of Green Card Holders

Apparently, thanks to an executive order by Donald Trump, the United States is betraying its green card holders. The bans affect travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and even extends to green card holders who are granted authorization to live and work in the United States, according to a… Continue Reading →

The Highpoint of the Trump Presidency

Eight years ago, when Barack Obama had just taken the Presidential oath of office, I wrote that it was “The Highpoint of the Obama Presidency,” and I see no reason not to say just about the same thing about the Trump Presidency today. As the most populist presidential candidate in a long time, Trump’s supporters… Continue Reading →