When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold

If you remember the last confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, you will remember the uproar that his nomination meant that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) would be packed with Trump nominees that would march in lock-step and would radically alter the balance of power.

An editorial from USA Today, a fairly consistently liberal newspaper, shared details of a study that showed quite the opposite. Continue reading “When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold”

Silencing Differing Views

Increasingly in today’s United States, we see attempts to silence views of those with differing opinions. We find this especially true in college and universities. Where once the goal was to expose students to different viewpoints and teach them to apply rational thought to develop their own reasons for their beliefs,  the goal now is increasingly to teach them what to think and to prevent them from being exposed to anything different than the ‘doctrine’ pushed by academic rule-makers. Continue reading “Silencing Differing Views”

With Authority Comes Great Responsibility

Thinking Man believes that police and other law enforcement deserve the benefit of the doubt, very generally speaking. They are responsible for public safety, and do a job that requires them to make split second decisions and to put their lives on the line if those decisions are bad.

The converse of that is that with that deference comes a special responsibility, and being held to a higher standard of integrity and conduct. When law enforcement officials do wrong, they should pay. Continue reading “With Authority Comes Great Responsibility”

Too Big To Care?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Friday endorsed a $5 billion settlement with Facebook for its violations of privacy of its users. The proposal now goes to the Justice Dept. for final approval. In addition to the fine, the settlement is expected to require Facebook to implement new measures to protect user’s personal information.

The proposed settlement comes after Facebook sold massive amounts of personal information during the last two election cycles. In 2017, Facebook acknowledged that a personality-prediction app it developed had been sold to several analytics firms. And note that wording— “sold”, so it was a conscious decision not an accident. Continue reading “Too Big To Care?”

How Can You Be Mad About July 4?

You would think that the July 4 holiday would be relatively non-controversial. I mean, what could be bad about gaining independence from the King of England and establishing the representative type government since ancient Greece (though, no doubt it was not inclusive of all of the people of the country but certainly more so than a monarchy)? Continue reading “How Can You Be Mad About July 4?”

Stupid Quotes of the Week

Stupid things politicians say (which I realize is redundant in most cases)…

A week in review and as we look back, this past week was full of amusement. And in the interests of being non-partisan we have two entries:

1) President Trump, who while extolling the virtues of our founding fathers during Independence Day, talked about their bravery in seizing the airports during the Revolutionary War (which is dumb because any historian knows the Continental Army already controlled the airfields) and,

2) Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), ( apparently trying to take over the championship belt previously held by former Rep. Corrine Brown) who said that the laws against making fun of members of Congress should be enforced and people who do that should be prosecuted (she will be retaking junior high civics class in the fall semester)

P.S. Please send bail money for when I’m prosecuted.