Over the last four years or so, particularly now, there’s been a lot of talk about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Mostly by people who don’t actually know what it is. Namely, the outgoing President and a decent chunk of his followers. Now, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is tying $2000 COVID relief checks to the repeal of Section 230. But perhaps we should have a discussion about what this obscure section in a pretty obscure law actually means.

What Section 230 Is and Isn’t

To hear conservatives tell it, Section 230 allows Big Tech to censor conservative viewpoints and it must be repealed so…


Just about every disabled person in America, if not the world has had the following experience: They get some sort of adaptation that makes doing tasks in life manageable. Maybe it’s an alternative assignment to a motor skills -intensive project at school. Maybe it’s extra time on a midterm. Maybe it’s a workplace accommodation. Then the abled people start screaming like the preschooler who gets mad that he doesn’t get a present at someone else’s birthday party. They start whining that it’s “not fair” that the disabled person gets a mildly nice thing. They start badgering whoever is in charge…


In 1993, a bunch of cultists in Texas called the Branch Davidians decided that the best way to respond to a lawful search by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was to gun down law enforcement agents carrying out the search. After the Feds decided that was not okay, as any good law enforcement agency would, a siege started. It lasted for nearly two months and the Davidians used their children as human shields. Eventually it culminated in the Davidians burning themselves alive in what was probably the best example of authentic Texas barbecue ever conceived.

What was interesting…


Members of ADAPT fighting for disability rights

A common thread among conservative thought regarding social programs (such as Medicaid) is the idea that if we have social programs, the populace will be less inclined to rebel against government tyranny (granted, tyranny has been watered down significantly to include anything that doesn’t gel with Ayn Rand and Jerry Falwell). After all, a population that has government healthcare or anything else will be afraid to speak out against the government for fear of having their lives endangered. A common phrase I’ve heard is “enslavement to government dependency.” We’re told that voluntary charity is better than Medicaid.

Yet with the…


The disability community is in an uproar this week. The leader of National ADAPT, Bruce Darling got himself in trouble when he was advocating for the Disability Integration Act. During a tense meeting with Representative Anna Eshoo, Darling accused her and other Democrats of “caring more about people who are not legally in this country than their own citizens who are disabled.” Many disabled people of color reacted strongly to the attack, some of whom resigned from ADAPT or vowed to cease donations. …


Photo courtesy of Fox News

A weird thing happened recently. Fox News may have actually agreed with Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King on a subject. In other news, there have been several sightings of flying pigs, someone is a monkey’s uncle and several people are now in contention to be the next Queen of England.

King’s contention is that even though Manafort is a right-winger who supported many horrible policies and was the PR-man for many horrible dictators and works for all-around bad people, the Left should not wish for him (or other white-collar criminals) the same injustices they’re against. It’s a more wordy…


Image courtesy of Baltimore Sun

Baltimore’s Club1111 is a new night club for disabled people. It is the first of its kind. A lot of disability activists are saying that it’s segregationist. Disabled people should be in the same clubs as able-bodied people. I can understand that viewpoint. On the other hand, there are clubs and businesses geared towards all other demographics. Why can’t there be clubs geared towards us? Maybe having a few more disability-centered clubs and bars is a good thing. It would be great for political organizing. They could serve the same role as gay clubs did for the LGBT community.

And…


A friend stepped up and did something he shouldn’t have had to do

By now, we’ve heard the story of Tanner Wilson and Brandon Quall. Wilson saved up his money for two years to buy his friend an electric wheelchair because the only one his friend had was not suited for him. On the surface, it’s an inspirational story proving that the kids are all right. That’s what the news focuses on. I certainly applaud Wilson for his generosity. However, like all inspiration porn stories, it ignores a basic problem: He shouldn’t have had to do this.

The problem with inspiration porn

Inspiration porn stories like this have a big problem: They focus so much on the inspirational…


Aspiring teachers have it drilled into them that project-based learning is the best kind of learning. After all, hands-on projects teach more than simply writing a report or answering questions on a boring old worksheet. However, the project-based learning approach has some serious drawbacks that have gone unspoken in academia.

Project-Based Learning Hurts Disabled Students

When I was in school, there was one word I hated more than any other: Project. I have cerebral palsy so my fine motor skills aren’t great. No amount of practice or positive thinking would ever solve that. …


Socialists wouldn’t get elected if capitalism was functioning

People are increasingly taken aback that millennials have are embracing socialism in some form. No matter how much the elders scream about Venezuela or cases like Charlie Gard’s or Alfie Evans’, millennials have a positive view of socialism. Howard Schultz, who also benefitted from what would be called socialism today (public housing) thinks it’s crazy that my generation is embracing “eat the rich” politics. If you compare the economy that the Baby Boom generation had to the economy my generation is dealing with, it starts to become less crazy.

Previous generations had a functional economy

The generations before us had a working economy. They were employees…

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