Deliberately Blocking Solutions

Ohio Lawmaker Says He’s Looking Into The Need For A Bill To Ban Gender Neutral Bathrooms (wvxu.org) Online petition to boycott Target over bathroom policy tops 900,000 signatures (Cleveland Plain Dealer) If compromise was ever a virtue in American politics, there’s no denying that it’s taken a beating over the past few years, especially among right-wingers. A lot of factors played a part in the galvanization of the Tea Party movement, but many people point to the role of right-wing media, both new and old,…

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Millennials Aren’t Whiny, You’re Just a Narcissistic Prick

Bill Clinton Tells Millennials They’re What’s Wrong With America, Only Hillary Can Fix It (inquisitr.com) The 2016 enthusiasm gap (politico.com) As the presidential primaries wind down here, a lot of pixels are being spilled over the similarities between the 2008 and 2016 Democratic nomination contests. A lot of Bernie Sanders supporters are complaining about the role that superdelegates play in the Democratic primary, and how the primary calendar being front-loaded with southern states makes it easy for more conservative Democrats like Hillary Clinton to take…

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Buying the Election

Donald Trump’s Delegate Woes Worsen (Huffington Post) Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates should stop whining: Why Sanders supporters have every right to challenge their super-votes (salon.com) An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention (abcnews.com) One of the things that struck me when I was studying American history back in the day was how indirectly American democracy works, and how that actually used to be more common in the early days of the republic. Sometimes it’s jarring to remember how indirectly things like presidential…

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This Year’s Monster

North Carolina governor signs controversial transgender bill (CNN.com) Young children have a tendency to use slurs and other disparaging words without really knowing what they mean. Often times when you hear a child say X slur, you can ask that child “What does X mean?” and quickly find out that they have no idea. The only thing they know for sure is that X is an other, and of course that means X is deserving of scorn and ridicule. I was no different when I…

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More Than Better

(For those of you who missed the announcement on the two million social media accounts I have to keep up these days, the first episode of my new web series on teaching, Socratic Sense, is now up. Yep, I’m getting back into video production again, this time with more expensive software and crappier visuals. Enjoy or not, as the case may be. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.) One of the problems with using politics as a frequent topic for class discussions…

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