koppie — Tue, 04/16/2013 - 21:03
I was just having a conversation with Yelena last week about how other nations perceive Americans as weak. I argued that what others perceive as our weakness, is actually our strength.
koppie — Thu, 12/13/2012 - 01:14
There's been a fair bit of buzz on a petition to let Texas secede from the Union. The logic is (a) they want to, and (b) the rest of us would be better off without them. It's hilarious nonsense, of course, but let's look at why.
koppie — Thu, 11/08/2012 - 01:20
Republicans: You now have two choices for the next four years. You can find common ground with your fellow Americans and work toward a future we can all enjoy, or you can be whiny little bitches.
koppie — Tue, 11/06/2012 - 13:55
I long ago made peace with the fact that I'm a "tax and spend liberal." But, see, it's okay when I like what the government is spending money on. Here's a brief recommendation on how to vote.
koppie — Fri, 06/29/2012 - 01:16
Today the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Here's why it's a good thing.
koppie — Thu, 04/26/2012 - 08:52
This started as a Facebook argument between myself and some of my right-wing Christian and Catholic friends. (For the record, I admire my friends and respect their faiths, even though they are different from my own.) But the question arose: what is the Jewish position on abortion? The truth is it's something I never researched heavily, so I did a little quick research and summarized it for my friends. Nothing worth publishing, to be sure, but in the process I got to know my own faith even better, and I thanked my friends for prodding me into it. (What does this have to do with the Jewish holiday of Passover? Keep reading.)
koppie — Thu, 02/16/2012 - 02:33
I've got a couple friends who have recently started telling people they're married. They're gay, but that's not the problem. The problem is there was no ceremony and no ring. (I'm not going to name names, because this rant really isn't about that, it's about a larger point.)
Obviously, we're entering a new era for marriage. There used to be certain assumptions about marriage:
koppie — Wed, 01/18/2012 - 20:58
So, a lot of websites, including Wikipedia, are blacking themselves out today to protest SOPA. Apparently someone has decided to take the protest one step further: instead of just imagining life without Wikipedia (because it's blacked out because of SOPA), some people are acting it out. I'm seeing a bunch of Twitter hashtags for #factswithoutwikipedia. Here's the best of the lot: