An American president once put a political opponent in jail for making an anti-war speech.

Many of us were shocked when Donald Trump threatened/suggested Hillary Clinton would be prosecuted and imprisoned if he had control of the Justice Department. Here’s a typical response:

War or Crime? An Alternative History of 9/11

It’s been 15 years since an unelected administration put us on the permanent war footing we inhabit today, and transformed our nation utterly.

I wish I could say a terrible beauty is born, but unlike the Irish revolution, the post-9-11 American state can claim no beauty to accompany its terrors.

Fighting Fascism: "When Courage Goes Unrewarded" (Part I)

If a war resulting in tens of millions of casualties can be described as such, over the years World War II came to be known as the "Good War" for much of the Western world. It is often said that the victors of a war, any war, write its history. This is almost always true with perhaps one major exception.

Important dates in history for lesser-of-two-evils voters

10 April 1932: Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected President of Germany as a lesser of evils, the greater evil being Adolf Hitler of the NSDAP ("Nazi Party"). Germany was thus indefinitely saved from Nazi rule. No, wait -- that's not what happened at all, so:

The Birth of a Movement, the End of Democracy

Part I: Boy, I Hope This Doesn't Suck

I made a comment last weekend that Joe, gulfgal, and JtC asked me to turn into an essay. The gist of the comment is that arguing about whether we should be focused on electoral politics or not misses the point of where we are, politically, right now. It's been a hell of a slog trying to make it into an essay, because I'm trying to sum up where I think we are politically without writing a 6-book series and boring you all to tears! So, I hope this doesn't suck--and I beg your indulgence.

How did public bathrooms get to be separated by sex in the first place?

The Conversation has a very interesting, and relatively short post on the history of gender specific bathrooms.

How did public bathrooms get to be separated by sex in the first place?

For one thing, separate bathrooms is fairly new

What if they gave an election and nobody came?

Does that sound funny to you? Think about it. It has been happening for a long time for a lot of people in this country. Bernie has been energizing people who have stayed at home in the past because they see a real choice in him.

I learned something from President Obama that I shall never forget. I learned that I am not as smart as I think I am. I learned that I forget hard learned lessons. Let me explain.