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Politico on the Southern Poverty Law Center: mission creep or overreach?

A recent comment by reader “Historian” on this site led me to an article in Politico, a centrist site, about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), long derided by right-wing sites but only now coming onto the critical radar of the Left. Founded by Morris Dees in 1971 to defend civil rights, the SPLC did some wonderful […]

The unconstitutional presentation (and whitewashing) of Islam in American public schools

The Clarion Project, a think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., states that its mission is “to [educate] the public about the dangers of radical Islam” and “[to deliver] news, expert analysis, videos, and unique perspectives about radical Islam, while giving a platform to moderate Muslims and human rights activists to speak out against extremism.” The Southern Poverty […]

More on the sleazy behavior of the SPLC

The Daily Kos is a liberal website, and a few years back it reported, as I mentioned yesterday, that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has apparently stashed millions of dollars in offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands.  Now this appears to be legal, as it’s reported on the SPLC’s tax returns, but legality and […]

Off to Poland

I’ll be traveling (or rather chilling with my surrogate parents, Hili, and cherry pie) for about two weeks starting tomorrow. During that time, please try to keep emails to a minimum. As always, readers’ wildlife is welcome, as well as factual or grammatical corrections of what I write. (Yes, I’ll be trying to keep up […]

ACLU legal director explains the need to defend free speech

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has decided, in the wake of the Charlottesville melee, that it will no longer defend protestors who carry weapons. I don’t have any argument with that one, for although open or concealed carry may be legal according to the courts, it’s not a First Amendment right and thus can […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s August 30, 2017, and summer draws to a close, bringing near the dreaded “back to sch**l time” (it’s already started in many places).  I’m taking a lot of the day off as a Mental Health Day, as I’ve been working too hard and need to have some fun—or at least the absence of work. […]

Not linking to anonymous websites

UPDATE: I wasn’t very clear in the below. If you have an anonymous website, you’re welcome to add it to the fill-in page where you make comments, and it will show up as a link to your name. That’s fine. What I’m referring to is giving us a complete link to a specific post you’ve […]

You’ll never see “Gone With the Wind” in a theater again

The censorship is metastasizing: first statues, now movies. The movie we’re discussing is “Gone With the Wind”, the 1939 classic starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, with Oliva de Havilland and Leslie Howard, as well as the slave characters Hattie McDaniel as Mammy and Butterfly McQueen as Prissy.  Well, the showing of that movie has […]

No, the U.S. is not becoming Nazi Germany

Right now I’m reading a book recommended a while back by a commenter, The End of the Holocaust by Alvin H. Rosenfeld. Although I’m only about 40% of the way through, Rosenfeld’s thesis is clear: the presentation of the Holocaust in popular books and movies (one example is “Schindler’s List”) has diluted the memory of […]

Next statues to come down: Gandhi, Columbus, and maybe Lord Nelson

This was inevitable, and talk about slippery slopes! I can see where some “slippery slope” argument are fallacious, like those who oppose assisted suicide for terminal patients on the grounds that it will lead to government genocide, but the Argument from Statues seems to be unstoppable. It started with the removal of Confederate statues and […]