Fines as punishment considered

In response to the assertion that a fine as punishment only affects those who have difficulty paying it. ****************** Jorn Larsson wrote: No that is wrong. If the law has a fine for a penalty it means the crime is not a serious one, meaning does not endanger someone else or society in general. […]

And now…

The New Administration settles in

by Heather Cox Richardson – January 25, 2021 (Monday)

*********************** My guess is that the story of today that will stand the test of time is that President Biden is governing according to our traditional practices while he pushes the country into the future. Biden hit the ground running. In the first three days of […]

May 1971 Vietnam Protest in D.C. – comparison w/today

History lesson – May 1971

by Will Bunch in Philadelphia Inquirer – Jan 13th, 2021


Philadelphia Police carry a protester away from a July 4, 1966 anti-Vietnam War protest held at Independence Hall. A new study proves police are twice as likely to break up a left-wing demonstration than a right-wing one, like Wednesday’s […]

Whatabout that 70 Million?

Here are ten vignettes exploring the issues:

Vignette #1: by JuanPa@jpbrammer

“So I’m a Mexican American from a poor, rural (mostly white) town in Oklahoma. Missing from this debate? How poor whites see themselves. If you’re wondering how poor, exploited white people could vote for a dude with a golden elevator who will fuck them […]

On Jan 6th, 2021

by Heather Cox Richardson – Jan. 8th, 2021


More information continues to emerge about the events of Wednesday. They point to a broader conspiracy than it first appeared. Calls for Trump’s removal from office are growing. The Republican Party is tearing apart. Power in the nation is shifting almost by the minute.

[Please note […]

Trump v Raffensberger: Jan 2021

by Heather Cox Richardson – January 3, 2021 (Sunday)

************************** Today’s news starts yesterday, when Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to demand he overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia and deliver the state to Trump. Raffensperger apparently recorded the call, keeping it handy in case Trump misrepresented it publicly. […]

Three cheers for socialism

by David Bentley Hart December 29, 2020 in Commonweal Magazine


Persons of a reflective bent all too often underestimate the enormous strength that truly abysmal ignorance can bring. Knowledge is power, of course, but—measured by a purely Darwinian calculus—too much knowledge can be a dangerous weakness. At the level of the social phenotype (so […]