A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
In a perfect world, all officers of the law would be worthy of the respect their positions command. They would not take advantage of their inherent power and authority to abuse and violate vulnerable people. But the world is far from perfect, and people are less so.
It’s only worth it to you if it’s worth it to you.
A couple of almost oldsters, just trying to get through a year.
Burt Likko has one of those sorts of problems that really aren’t such bad problems to have.
How would we get a social media service that won’t sell our personal data?
Where does the region go from here?
A guide to cashing in your credibility.
Despite the damage it has inflicted, coal is still king in West Virginia. Will the man held responsible for the deaths of 29 miners win the state’s Republican senate nomination?
How a gourmet donut shop became a battleground over gentrification, anarchism, white pride, and everything else.
How do you make universal assistance happen?
Hylas, Nymphs, and #MeToo. A missed opportunity for a conversation.
Like the paper barons of old, the real purpose of the online culture war is not the cause the true believers are fighting for. The real end-goal is the perpetual money machine that eternal aggrievement and outrage feeds.
Building what we want.
Many true crime buffs have been fascinated with this case for years; now it offers a new chapter of legal and scientific interest.
One of these things is not like the other.
Okay, actually, almost none of these things are like the others.
If the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he isn’t real, the GOP’s greatest trick is convincing working Americans that literally destroying the federal government is in their best interests.
You know what they say about fighting on the internet: even if you win, you’re still a loser. But Twitter has taught me that it can actually be good for you, if you do it right.
Back in 2015, in the aftermath of the South Carolina church shooting, Memphis’s City Council decided that it wanted to rid itself of statues celebrating terrorists and traitors. The city’s council voted to get rid of one such statue before being immediately overruled by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Sam Wilkinson talks about what happened next.
Introducing lawyer, liberal, and new Ordinary Times staff writer, Em Carpenter.
Conservatives especially would do well to remember that a core principle of their alleged beliefs is personal accountability. If conservatives or anyone else hope to attract people to hearing them out, a fully developed sense of handling unfairness in a constructive way is key.
19 years after Columbine, not much has changed. As kids across the country leave class to protest school violence in National Walkout Day, let us reflect on how we got here.
Advice to a supporter of a controversial anti-gay rights amendment.
An expression of values. But whose?
An attorney is responsible for knowing when he or she has stepped into the role of counsel to a particular individual. For all of his perceived shortcomings as an attorney, Cohen got this one right
How Ben Shapiro helped build a conservative movement Trump could thrive in.