A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
When the developmentally disabled are accused of crimes, prosecutors often take advantage of their limited mental capacity to get them to waive their rights in order to secure convictions.
“What do you boys have planned for tonight?” The question sounded innocent enough, but coming from a police officer at a roadblock it was definitely a bit more complicated. We had found ourselves sitting in an old Chevy with flashlights shining through the windows because we decided this night was perfect for going frogging. Our…
Citing high divorce rates, an estate planner recommends that the legal partnership of marriage be adapted to include arrangements that do not last a lifetime, but rather a period of years specified by the couple, so that the end of a marriage “can be as simple as vacating a rental unit.” Is this a good idea?
The escalating war of words between two of the GOP’s leading 2016 contenders is a healthy sign that the Republican Party may finally be on the verge of overcoming its nihilism to build a coalition capable of governing again on a national level.
Republicans may be floundering at the national level, but here in North Carolina the party is alive and well and intent on imposing its radical right agenda over considerable opposition. But can they retain their control over the state?
At some point in the last few years I realized that I could not reconcile my pro-life position on abortion with a pro-death penalty stance. Yes, I understand the arguments that the former does not choose to have their life ended in a medical procedure while the latter does choose execution through their intentional actions.…
There are several viable alternatives to fossil fuel, if we’re actually willing to consider them.
Bradley Manning — convicted criminal. Whether he’s a martyr or a fool has yet to be determined.
The Ordinary Times fundraising drive continues.
I want to elaborate on something Elias touches on in his recent Salon piece. Declaring the Republican Party paralyzed by their on strategy of obstructionist nihilism, Elias explains,
Are hospitals really prone to acquiesce to racist patient demands?
The most obvious and lasting results of the sequester are being felt by those who need the government most, and influence it the least.
If the American middle class vanishes, will the American bourgeois mindset be lost forever?
Around the country, cities are looking to eminent domain as a way to fix mortgage messes. Dave explains why they shouldn’t.
Ordinary Times is proud to introduce its latest sub-blog, penned by our own Elias Isquith, Ethan Gach, and Shawn Gude.
Must law school suck, and must it do so as expensively as it does?
Why I bothered with the neo-Confederates.
Yes, yes, I know. When I do show up lately it’s to tamper, tinker, and otherwise destroy everything you’ve grown accustomed to with this blog. Today I decided to make another drastic change. Enough commenters were unhappy with the redesign that I felt something needed to be done—in fact, I quite agreed that the busy…
This article in Harper’s about the project to create the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was written by a human being who has never done anything to me. Still, I feel entitled to crap all over it.
What to do when we are what we are at the pleasure and with the resources of the state.
Russell and Rose discuss the dubious prospect of a more-famous Jenny McCarthy.
Conservatives have drawn lines in the silliest of wars: the war on bikes.
Sam Wilkinson on the hard work of sobriety.