Current Events, crushed.
It’s a deep, dark abyss in this mind. The pressures at these depths compress normal thought into rock candy for the grotesque creatures I call Ideas.
Thoughtful commenters welcome; all others go away and buy a thought you can take out in public.
About the Author
Being unemployably disabled gives Steve time to ponder the world. With 25 years of business consulting experience and a Masters of International Business, some of these ponderings are credible.
Hey, Rudy, Colonialism is Bad!
“America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani went on another anti-Obama rant last week at a non-campaign campaign event for Wisconsin Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker. Giuliani accused President Obama of, among other things, not loving America and being anti-colonialist. Although that’s not Obama’s fault, according to Rudy. He just...Read More
Administration: For the ADA, Speak Softly and Carry a Tickle Feather
The Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit against Atlantis Events, Inc. for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Atlantis Events packages and sells cruise vacations to many of the world’s most desirable destinations. It also has a history of overt and public discrimination, going so far as advertising...Read More
Swedish Fish Health Care
There is a very peculiar “delicacy” found in the northern parts of Sweden called surströmming which is sometimes called sour herring. Which is a euphemism for fermented herring, which is a euphemism for rotten fish. Herring are tossed in a can with a little yeast and, after a while in...Read More
“Let Them Eat Fencepost”
When allies are attacked, tyrants are lauded and lies are alt-facts, it is no surprise that the Great Society is now the Society For The Great, and that the War On Poverty is transformed into pogroms to kill the poor off. Jim Wallis, author and founder of Sojourners, writes that...Read More
A View From Sweden
Since The Great Pumpkin brought up the “horrible” thing that did (not) happen in Sweden a few nights ago, my Swedish friend who lives in Sweden (just so we’re clear) and I have been trading emails about the immigrant situation there. Sweden has long had a very welcoming policy toward...Read More
Tax Credits For Health Insurance A Bad Deal
Here is the deal-making prowess of the current government: the average family’s health insurance costs are about to double. As expected, the Republican “plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act is coalescing around providing tax credits to people who pay privately for health insurance. Other than repealing the ACA and...Read More
We Don’t Need No Education?
Betsy DeVoss, billionaire by birth and a not-worker, not-educator, not-administrator and not-businessperson, had just squeaked by to become head of the Department of Education when Republicans offered up a bill to eliminate the Department. To justify this, they invoked the usual incantations of transferring curriculum and spending decisions to the...Read More
The Value Of Life
This will be hard. This may be controversial. This is certainly radical thinking and may spark arguments, but today I am going to write something that is truly central to who I am.My last post was trolled for sympathizing with people being barred from entering the country. A few days...Read More
Changing Lives In The Wrong Way
Leviticus 19:33-3433 When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. 34 Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am...Read More
At Wells Fargo, Crime Really, Really Pays
Fraud and discrimination at Wells Fargo have cost the company’s shareholders a quarter of a billion dollars. As punishment, head of Community Banking Carrie Tolstedt will be paid $125 million to retire. The fines – $185 million for account fraud, $55 million for ADA discrimination, and $3.5 million in student loan fraud...Read More
Wells Fargo Fined for ADA Violations
Lost in this week’s spectacular yet inevitable revelations that Wells Fargo illicitly opened millions of unauthorized customer accounts is the company’s illegal treatment of people living with disabilities.Wells Fargo was ordered to pay $16 million in compensation and fines in 2011 in a settlement for denying access to facilities, products...Read More
State Disabled Parenting Laws Morally Impaired
Children are a most precious gift. We, as a nation, have a moral imperative to protect and nurture our children, to educate them, and to ensure that they have a safe environment in which to grow. To this end, our states have enacted laws to protect our children from being...Read More
Guns Do Kill
Yet again this nation is mourning what most people are calling a tragedy. The hate murders in Charleston were not a tragedy, they were an inevitability, the inevitability of a culture of violence and a cult of gun ownership.I was unable to complete this post before hearing of another fatal...Read More
Celebrating 25 Years of Inclusion
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark in civil rights legislation. Less than a generation ago people living with physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities were largely shut out of employment opportunities, shut out of community life, and shut in their homes. We were invisible...Read More
Ban the Confederate Flag
Flying the Confederate battle flag is not only racist, it’s seditious. The Confederacy was a movement that broke away from the union, set up it’s own government, created their own currency, and fought to overthrow the legitimate, elected, government of the United States. All so that states could have the...Read More
How Much Does Your Lowest-paid Worker Earn, Rush?
This just in: Rush Limbaugh becomes expert in behavioral psychology, the Seattle job market and what’s inside Gravity CEO Dan Price’s head all in one week. Forbes To review, on April 15 I posted how Dan Price, owner of the firm, chose to cut his $1 million salary to 70k...Read More
Finally, A CEO Who Gets It
My son’s Wheaton Terrier is a great candidate for one of those viral videos with pets chasing a dot of light from a laser pointer. It’s hilarious watching her futile chase to catch the red dot, or, for that matter, any reflected light on the ceiling or walls. While I...Read More
The Right to Freeload
There is an insidious movement afoot across the country. A movement to entitle people to receive benefits they did nothing to earn, benefits paid by the rest of us. We are creating a class of freeloaders when there are jobs out there to be had. What’s more, our elected representatives...Read More
I choose to speak out
“Where are you supposed to be? was the first thing an angry policeman said to me, It was Homecoming weekend at Valparaiso University and some of the guys participating in an overseas study program decided to ditch our tour guide and play football in a park, using a hairbrush for...Read More