Category Archives: politics

Podcast #268 – Monica Miller on Bladensburg Cross at SCOTUS

I interview American Humanist Association Senior Counsel Monica Miller about the upcoming hearing at the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the “Peace Cross” in Bladensburg, MD. Plus: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Forrest Gump. … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Branch

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been obsessed with the current struggle in the Senate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. (In fact, things are moving so swiftly … Continue reading

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John McCain’s Legacy

RIP Senator John McCain, who has died after a long battle with brain cancer. There’s no doubt that McCain was a patriot. He lived a life of service, from his time in the US Navy (including 5 1/2 brutal years … Continue reading

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TRUMP and SCOTUS: How bad could it get?

At 9:00 tonight, President Trump will announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. This replacement is almost guaranteed to be approved by the Republican dominated Senate, barring some unforeseen and shocking revelation. This replacement … Continue reading

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A Colony and a Nation by Chris Hayes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that touch on African-American history as well as current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement: older works like W.E.B. du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the essays of Lillian Smith, but … Continue reading

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A Week of Firsts

A week of firsts: My first protest march. My first political planning meeting. My first cash contribution to a political campaign. Due to previous social and personal obligations, neither Allison nor I was able to participate in the Women’s March (Atlanta version) … Continue reading

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Podcast #262 – Democracy Good and Hard

H. L. Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” They (and we) are about to get Donald Trump, a crooked businessman with no governmental experience who … Continue reading

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Podcast #261 – SPLC vs Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Why has the Southern Poverty Law Center placed Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz on their list of “anti-Muslim extremists”? Certainly both Ali (who was the victim of female genital mutilation and narrowly escaped an arranged marriage before making a … Continue reading

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Podcast 260 – Moore No More

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from his office until the end of his term, effectively putting an end to his judicial career. Moore becomes (as far as we can tell) the only judge in US … Continue reading

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Good Riddance, Roy Moore…

…although I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him. In case you haven’t been following the news, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been permanently suspended without pay for the remainder of his term by the state’s Judicial Inquiry … Continue reading

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