I just sent the following to Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, by email and physical letter:
26 September, 2020
Senator Rob Portman
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
I am writing you to insist that you do not under any circumstances endorse or vote for the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Please understand, as a non-religious American, it is not her…
I was doing something at my computer yesterday evening when my wife laid the news on me: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. My reaction wasn’t quite as though I had been punched in the gut, but it wasn’t much better than that. In the best of times, a loss of that nature would be considerable and its impact profound. Considering the current state of both American politics and jurisprudence, this news is potentially cataclysmic.
From the time of her entry into the…
The following is an excerpt from The Atlantic, dated 3 September, 2020:
On Memorial Day 2017, Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery, a short drive from the White House. He was accompanied on this visit by John Kelly, who was then the secretary of homeland security, and who would, a short time later, be named the White House chief of staff. The two men were set to visit Section 60, the 14-acre area of the cemetery that is the burial ground for those killed in America’s most…
I remember, well, the stories my parents and grandparents told me about The Great Depression I. One day, in 1929 or 1930, one set of grandparents were evicted from their home, their business was confiscated as were all the cars and trucks necessary to run a smal townl meat market. Households on both sides of my family moved in with relatives, they grew huge vegetable and fruit gardens, as well as raised chickens, beef, and pigs. The rich became richer and the working class became…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2020 at 11:01pm — No Comments
This is yet another of my old blogs from Atheist Nexus, reprinted here because I think the topic remains timely and important. I hope you enjoy.
When the truth offends, we lie and lie until we can no longer remember it is even there, but it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.
-- Comrade Valery Legasov, commenting on the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power…
Added by Loren Miller on September 1, 2020 at 7:50am — No Comments