“School Choice” is a giant honking scam

As Arizona continues to show up at the bottom of rankings in education funding, defenders of the current policies continue to insist that we’re doing super duper well in School Choice!TM School Choice!TM is predicated on the supposition that all parents – all of them! – have an endless abundance of time and resources to […]

Empty gestures

While it true that most politicians of any stripe engage in empty gestures – mainly symbolic votes and proposals – modern conservatives have raised the empty gesture to an art form. Examples of this include anti-choice Republicans in the 2014 midterms pretending to support the sale of over-the-counter birth control, despite having long records of […]

Paul, honey, we pro-choicers could have told you this 30 years ago

Crossposted from BlogForArizona.net Paul Krugman’s Monday NYT column is a sharp observation of how the American Right is untethered from evidence on a wide variety of policy issues. Of course not. Evidence doesn’t matter for the “debate” over climate policy, where I put scare quotes around “debate” because, given the obvious irrelevance of logic and […]

Mr. Anti-Choice Goes to Washington

Crossposted from Blog for Arizona Hello, ladies… Anti-choicers – who ought never be thought of as less-than-assiduous in their quest to rid America of the scourge of ladies refusing pregnancy – are really going to town these days! Per the inimitable Sally Kohn: “Serious adults are in charge here,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) […]

Stop thinking it can’t happen here!

This started out as a comment on someone’s Facebook post on the relationship between Islam and terrorism in the aftermath of the Paris attacks on Wednesday, but it got so long I decided to make it into a blog post. A common argument that Islam is “different” from the other Abrahamic faiths is due to […]

So many people with much disposable income want to spend it on behalf of white supremacists

Remember how we’ve been told, lo these many years, that the reason for all the “extremism” in Congress and in state governments is that unwashed yokels wrested democracy from the capable hands of Serious Business People™ and were somehow able to put their petty culture war concerns ahead of The Very Important Things That Serious […]

Don’t mistake McCain getting revenge for moderation of the AZ GOP

Politico reported that Sen. John McCain is purging the Arizona Republican Party of his ardent detractors. Nearly a year ago, tea party agitators in Arizona managed to get John McCain censured by his own state party. Now, he’s getting his revenge. As the longtime Republican senator lays the groundwork for a likely 2016 reelection bid, […]