Yeah, that "budget deal" pretty much sucks:
Can we just chill it a little on that handshake? Conservatives are in a sputtering rage over President Obama, eeeuu, actually touching tinpot dicator Raul Castro. Liberals are almost ecstatic over it as a "symbol" of a new world of peace and love. I tend to agree with the Boston Globe that it's no bfd:
States took unprecedented action this year to tighten gun laws after last year’s mass shooting at a Connecticut school, two gun control groups said Monday.
Indiana, however, was among the states that moved in the opposite direction, according to a report released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
We frequently hear lawmakers talking about the risk of getting too far ahead of their constituents. Is there an equal danger of lagging too far behind their constituents?
Legislators may balk at the idea of easing the penalties for marijuana, but a new poll shows a majority of Hoosiers support legalizing the drug and taxing it like alcohol and tobacco.
An interesting piece of sociological research:
Using surveys, social networks, pornographic searches and dating sites, I recently studied evidence on the number of gay men. The data used in this analysis is available in highly aggregated form only and can be downloaded from publicly accessible sites. While none of these data sources are ideal, they combine to tell a consistent story.
Pat Robertson is getting stranger and stranger:
Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday struggled to understand why homosexuality was no longer considered a mental illness, but said that he approved of gender reassignment surgery.
It's always gratifying to see the politically correct crowd hoisted with its own petard:
A bulletin board meant to provoke discussions of racial stereotypes has been removed Monday night from an Indiana University residence hall after generating outrage on social media.
The Foster Residence Center display featured an African-American in a Santa suit and the question, "Can Santa Claus be a black man?"
When I was in high school, Mickey D's was the second place I worked. I wasn't aware of anything called the "minimum wage," but I was smart enough to know I was just making chump change. But chumps back then took the change and were glad to get it, because that wasn't the job we intended to spend a lifetime in. Nowadays, the fast food workers are demanding a "living wage" in the form of a doubling of the minimum:
Why the GOP base is getting more and more fed up with establishment Republicans:
House Speaker John Boehner has hired a high-profile immigration adviser, his office announced Tuesday, a surprising move that pro-reform and anti-reform advocates alike interpreted as a step toward reform.
USA Today reports, as if it's a bad thing, that Congress has passed fewer laws this year than at any point in the past 66 years. But the proper attitude about that is:
Given the thousands of laws and hundreds of thousands of regulations on the books already, why exactly should we egging Congress on further? There's certainly been no shortage of landmark legislation that has passed this century, almost all of it awful from virtually any perspective.