Category Archives: Social Issues
Down in Fresno, the debate over what is and what is not “Free Speech” continues to boil over, thanks to Randa Jararr. Oddly enough, simply by putting that name into the Facebook post discussing what she said and the reactions to it, the Facebook algorithm will automatically pounce on it and limit the showing of the post to a grand ToTaL of roughly nine people.
(By the by and as a complete aside, that is why you should be following me on Twitter (@DaveBowmanShow), because Facebook assumes that anybody it has identified as “conservative” who mentions Randa Jararr is automatically going to make fun of her looks or criticize her positions and complain about her self-identification a rather controversial “Muslim-American.”)
Which, when it comes back around, is really what we are talking about – what exactly is “free speech” and who has it?
The City of Seattle has hit on the idea of a “Head Tax” to “address homelessness” which many of its City Council Members believe has been exacerbated by a growing tech boom. You see, if only these companies coming to Seattle wouldn’t pay people so much, rents (and Real Estate) wouldn’t be so expensive and there wouldn’t be as many homeless people. So their plan is to drive up the costs of businesses. That’ll show them!
There is much Conservative chatter today over the Broward County schools policy on discipline, which appears to be based in Political Correctness. The effect of the policy is that minority and LGBTQ students who were being arrested at a higher rate than non-minority/non-LGBTQ students stopped being arrested. But there is a bigger question: Did political correctness contribute to the death of seventeen people in Parkland?
The definition of “progressivism” is simple, and direct – use the power and authority of government to solve a perceived social ill. If that social ill is that too many minority students are being arrested in schools, what can be done about it? Well… lower the figures. Okay, technically they used an agreement to reduce the types of crimes being committed to be handled by internal discipline. So… 39… or 23… times later, a problem child starts shooting.
Once again, we’re left with solutions in search of problems. In the 1920’s, we tried prohibition to end a perceived problem and ended up with more problems. The question is, like Prohibition was needed to accomplish another goal, what is needed that the elimination of guns will help accomplish?
Many folks are posting the Gun Control in 1935 China this week. Please… stop it. The meme is historically inaccurate (i.e., “wrong”) and it makes you look dumb.
A Big Announcement of something that I have dreamed about for a long time. We start testing this coming weekend on the 24/7 Podcast 99 Internet Radio Station. If the testing goes well, we are looking at an official launch date of 01 April. Which isn’t a joke!
Spring Training is upon us! Huzzah! The problem is that unless your team has been burnt to the ground already (Tigers, Reds, Phillies, Giants), or has more cash than common sense (Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox), this is unlikely to be a season to remember. Why?
Because the combination of a three factors have collided to make this year one of the potentially worst ever in Baseball, not just the Major Leagues. The players made fools of themselves in the last CBA. Combine that with the luxury tax issues and the reset at the end of this season, and lastly the timing of the Free agents for next season, it has made this off season frustrating to players and fans. And it’s put a pall over the regular season.
Now we head in to the 2018 Season with players feeling betrayed by Owners who gave the Players what they wanted in the CBA. Fans are left to wonder, how bad will my team be, and will it really be that bad or will they just be tanking? And since tanking seems to bring success, isn’t that a positive thing?
The State of California, along with New York and Illinois, has introduced legislation to ban tackle football for kids under High School age. Now… the bill hasn’t become law yet, but it raises questions. First, it is appropriate for the State to ban a sport? Second, is there a role for the State government in oversight of an athletic endeavor? Given the numbers and types of injuries, shouldn’t other sports be banned as well?
At the Olympics, the main topic du jour seems to be sex, rather than actual competitions. Specifically gay sex, which will NOT be happening in Indonesia, but WILL be happening in Indiana…