The importance of fighting with someone on something

February 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Students from Texas Tech University build a house for Habitat for Humanity in 2010. Students from Texas Tech University build a house for Habitat for Humanity in 2010. (

In 1954, social psychologist Muzafer Sherif ran an experiment that could not be repeated today. Sherif was investigating prejudice and contesting Freud’s model of prejudice as an acting out of unresolved childhood conflicts.

At the Robbers Cave Boy Scout camp, Sherif wanted to test whether he could take a group of people, without any inherently hostile attitudes towards each other, and create conflict by introducing competition.

What Sherif found was not only that he could, but that he could also resolve the conflict if he introduced a shared goal. As I talk to people about politics and work for change, I always try to remember the importance of fighting with someone on something.

43 U.S. presidents who would be considered ‘libtards’ today

January 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

George Washington: Weak, government-loving socialist by Gilbert Stuart Williamson.

Recently, I got into a discussion with some conservatives about whether Paul Ryan was a Muslim-loving socialist RINO.

I love these types of discussions because it gives me the chance to ask questions like:

What does it take to be a real Republican these days?

Things then get weird because people haven’t really thought about it much. They just seem to know it when they see it. So I continue the conversation and then ask questions like, which of our presidents were libtards? You know, the term that some on the right love to throw around.

Here’s my (surprisingly long) list.

“I would rather stand in an unemployment line than harm the children in my care.”

February 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Elyria 5th-grade teacher Dawn Neely Randall finally spoke out over fears of reprisal against the 20 hours of tests designed for Ohio public school students.

From her Facebook post:

Well, I did it. I addressed our school board. I had packets for each member as well as our superintendent and walked them through sample PARCC passages that had no clear articulation through the grades and shared with them information straight from the website that proved that the maturity matrix of many passages were well beyond the students’ grade levels.

Randall encouraged the school board to stand up to Columbus and for Elyria students. The Lorain County Chronicle featured her story here.

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Vaccinations are about freedom, just not Rand Paul “freedom”

February 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Chris Christie said on Monday: You know it’s much more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. And that’s what we do. But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the […]

What Freedom (Industries) Looks Like

January 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

Go to  2237 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV on Google Maps.

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It’s right across the street from Freedom Industries. Switch to street view and you can see Freedom.

John McCain, Freedom, and Iran

June 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

John McCain just seems bitter lately.

First, he lost the election and now he’s starting down the Dick Cheney, grumpy ex-Vice President road of griping and swiping.

This week McCain came out and said Obama wasn’t taking enough of a stand against the current Iranian government.

A List of Bills Democrats Should Pass

January 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Since Republicans keep playing partisan politics as they have egregiously for the past 8 years (and further, the past 8 years have just been the worst), I think the Democrats should start pushing bills through Congress that will be very difficult to vote against. Here’s my list: The Banking Responsibility […]

When Republican Terror Marketing Collapses

July 3, 2008 at 11:35 am

President Bush and the neo-conservatives have argued for some time for waterboarding and intelligence techniques to elicit information from detainees.

The argument Bush uses is very similar to the following: we’ve got to give intelligence experts the tools they need in order to extract information to prevent terrorist attacks.

Historic Messages: Ben Franklin

December 16, 2007 at 11:47 pm

Here’s a selection of a few Benjamin Franklin (the original self-made man) quotes from Bartleby’s and his Autobiography to remind us of some of his thoughts on America. Liberty “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Historical Review of […]