Author: BrokenLaughter

Congressional Inaction

With polls indicating that Congressional approval ratings are in the single digits, it would help Speaker Boehner to understand that preventing development of regulation and blocking the President’s agenda, which the majority of Americans support, are not accomplishments. Preventing things from happening is not action, it’s inaction. And inaction is not what the American people pay him and his colleagues…

Unnecessary Anti-Abortion Law in Texas

It is too bad that the Texas legislature is implementing laws regulating abortion providers that are not necessary: “Rep. Jody Laubenberg, insisted the bill is intended “to protect the health and safety of every woman who undergoes an abortion.” Under questioning from Rep. Jessica Farrar, she refused to answer whether the state had data to show that women need the…

Intelligence and Humanity

I like this quote on human intelligence and our humanity, from Adam Gopnik. “Yet human intelligence has another force, too: the sense of urgency that gives human smarts their drive. Perhaps our intelligence is not just ended by our mortality; to a great degree, it is our mortality.” ― Adam Gopnik

Gay People and Ugly Bigotry

To those who favor discrimination (employment, familial, religious, civil/legal, financial, marital, etc.) against gay people: The bigotry that some heterosexual people feel and demonstrate against gay people is absolutely no different than the historical bigotry many white people have felt and demonstrated against black people, or other ethnic groups. Ever heard of the Three-Fifths Compromise? It said that black people…

Theodore Roethke was from Saginaw, Michigan

I have never been a huge fan of the poet Theodore Roethke, but I learned today that he grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. The Theodore Roethke Home Museum is located in Saginaw. According to the Museum's website,  "The Roethke House was designated  a National Literary Landmark in 2004 in recognition of the profound impact Roethke had on American poetry and the…

Guns in America

I agree with people who believe that law-abiding people should not have to exert extraordinary efforts to protect themselves from people who would harm them with guns. It is fairly obvious that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Part of this “people need to defend themselves” rhetoric comes from the NRA and its surrogates. And it’s…