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About a1skeptic

A disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.

Policing is Complicated: there are Good Cops and Bad Cops and sometimes they are the Same Cops

I have never fantasized about being a cop. Not even a little bit. Not when I was a boy, not when I grew older, not at any point in my life. It just doesn’t interest me at all. If anything … Continue reading

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Count me among those who think it’s a mistake to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that they are jointly recommending a “pause” in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. They’re recommending this pause after that … Continue reading

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CDC Director Rachelle Walensky is prophesizing a “4th wave” of the coronavirus.

Earlier this week Dr. Rachelle Walensky prophesized “doom” and a the eruption of a 4th wave of the coronavirus. Fantastic, everybody! Great work! Earlier this week I mentioned that we really “aren’t smart enough to stay alive” as a species, … Continue reading

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The Republican Effort to Suppress Voting, part 4 (the Filibuster)

If we can all agree that the filibuster has become problematic (frankly for both sides, for both Democrats and Republicans), the question is, how do we reform the filibuster? There seem to be two options: Eliminate it entirely. Return to … Continue reading

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The Republican Effort to Suppress Voting, part 3 (the Filibuster)

For the last couple of days we’ve been talking about the Repubican efforts to suppress the vote in the aftermath of the 2020 election. The Democrats have the perfect response with the “For the People” Act, but they have to … Continue reading

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The Republican Effort to Suppress Voting, part 2

In response to the more than 253 bills that would restrict voting access that have been introduced in 43 states and efforts like the recently signed  “Election Integrity Act of 2021” in Georgia, the Democrats in Congress introduced the “For … Continue reading

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The Republican Effort to Suppress Voting, part 1

Last week Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021” as part of the opening salvo in the Republican efforts to suppress the votes of minorities, liberals, progressives, and anyone else who isn’t a conservative white … Continue reading

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I’m sorry to report that, as a species, we really aren’t smart enough to stay alive

We’re supposed to be the “smart” species on the planet, but I’m sorry to report that as a species, we really aren’t smart enough to stay alive. Or, in any case we don’t have the needed self-control. Forget, for a … Continue reading

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Well, that wasn’t suspenseful in the least

When I heard that there had been three separate shootings of women at Asian “massage” parlors in the Atlanta area I thought — probably the same as you — this is guaranteed to be some ugly rat-faced sexually dysfunctional skinny … Continue reading

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Our Hypocrisy is not like theirs, part 25

Last week Joe Biden signed the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,” which he had also championed as his first order of business as the new President. Then, on Thursday, Joe Biden gave a speech to the nation in which … Continue reading

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