Cause of death: late-stage capitalism

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015 average life expectancy in the United States dropped, from 78.9 years to 78.8 years, the first time that’s happened since 1993. We know that the drop in 1993 had a few particular causes (AIDS and high homicide and accidental death rates, for example), and while… Continue reading Cause of death: late-stage capitalism

Does not compute

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Whatever happened to “the consent of the governed”?

Militias like these Bundy folks in Oregon are always talking about how they want to take America back to whatever they imagine its founders intended. Their group calls itself “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom,” for example, and Ammon Bundy apparently thinks he’s the new George Washington. My question is, have any of these people ever read… Continue reading Whatever happened to “the consent of the governed”?

Your PATRIOTIC AMERICAN GUIDE to pronouncing terrorist words like a REAL AMERICAN

Thanks to The Federalist’s M.G. Oprea for explaining to us all that people who try to properly pronounce foreign words of an Islamical derivation are clearly ISIS sleeper agents: You may have noticed something different in the way some people, including various presidential candidates, talk about Islam depending on whether they are Republicans or Democrats.… Continue reading Your PATRIOTIC AMERICAN GUIDE to pronouncing terrorist words like a REAL AMERICAN

Here are three presidential candidates who are cool with killing gay people

Senator, disturbingly viable presidential candidate, and all-around turd in the Senate punch bowl Ted Cruz says you can’t be POTUS if you’re not religious: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Friday that he believes anyone who wants to be president must fear God and pray daily. Speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa, Cruz… Continue reading Here are three presidential candidates who are cool with killing gay people

On “true diversity”

Arthur C. Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise Institute, is worried that American universities are getting this whole “diversity” thing wrong: Scholarly studies have piled up showing that race and gender diversity in the workplace can increase creative thinking and improve performance. Meanwhile, excessive homogeneity can lead to stagnation and poor problem-solving. Unfortunately, new… Continue reading On “true diversity”

Reaping the whirlwind

I’d be offended at Iowa audiences calling Bobby Jindal an “anchor baby” (he’s not) if the whole “anchor baby” phenomenon weren’t a product of the dankest parts of the right-wing conspiracy fever swamp that Jindal and his fellow Republicans have been cultivating for the past four decades plus. But as it is, I can’t feel… Continue reading Reaping the whirlwind