A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
Rufus takes a stab at explaining why he finds the local culture where he lives to be pathological but not in decline.
Flip through a few American newspapers and magazines, and it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that there’s a cultural obsession with fertility. (“Where Have All The Babies Gone?” “America’s Baby Bust.” “More Babies, Please.”) Against the backdrop of a never-ending, wheel-spinning conversation about work-family balance, there are stories like this New York Times…
Just why is the new boss always the same as the old boss?
The news that Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie has me thinking of just about everyone else in the world I wish Warner Bros. chose instead.
New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled today in favor of a plaintiff who sued for violation of one of that state’s anti-discrimination laws based on a photographer refusing to take pictures at her same-sex commitment ceremony. Burt Likko presents a digest of the decision.
The US government is a big fat liar. Their pants are on fire, and it’s your own fault if you believe them.
Nob Akimoto looks at Europe’s method of detaining potential terrorists.
I always enjoy reading political analyst Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics. What makes him interesting is that he tends to go against the conventional wisdom that is flying around the politisphere. This week, he written a three part series on the future of the GOP and true to form, he goes against the grain.
When the developmentally disabled are accused of crimes, prosecutors often take advantage of their limited mental capacity to get them to waive their rights in order to secure convictions.
“What do you boys have planned for tonight?” The question sounded innocent enough, but coming from a police officer at a roadblock it was definitely a bit more complicated. We had found ourselves sitting in an old Chevy with flashlights shining through the windows because we decided this night was perfect for going frogging. Our…
Citing high divorce rates, an estate planner recommends that the legal partnership of marriage be adapted to include arrangements that do not last a lifetime, but rather a period of years specified by the couple, so that the end of a marriage “can be as simple as vacating a rental unit.” Is this a good idea?
The escalating war of words between two of the GOP’s leading 2016 contenders is a healthy sign that the Republican Party may finally be on the verge of overcoming its nihilism to build a coalition capable of governing again on a national level.
Republicans may be floundering at the national level, but here in North Carolina the party is alive and well and intent on imposing its radical right agenda over considerable opposition. But can they retain their control over the state?
At some point in the last few years I realized that I could not reconcile my pro-life position on abortion with a pro-death penalty stance. Yes, I understand the arguments that the former does not choose to have their life ended in a medical procedure while the latter does choose execution through their intentional actions.…
There are several viable alternatives to fossil fuel, if we’re actually willing to consider them.
Bradley Manning — convicted criminal. Whether he’s a martyr or a fool has yet to be determined.
The Ordinary Times fundraising drive continues.
I want to elaborate on something Elias touches on in his recent Salon piece. Declaring the Republican Party paralyzed by their on strategy of obstructionist nihilism, Elias explains,
Are hospitals really prone to acquiesce to racist patient demands?
The most obvious and lasting results of the sequester are being felt by those who need the government most, and influence it the least.
If the American middle class vanishes, will the American bourgeois mindset be lost forever?
Around the country, cities are looking to eminent domain as a way to fix mortgage messes. Dave explains why they shouldn’t.
Ordinary Times is proud to introduce its latest sub-blog, penned by our own Elias Isquith, Ethan Gach, and Shawn Gude.
Must law school suck, and must it do so as expensively as it does?
Why I bothered with the neo-Confederates.