Goddammit.

While we await the latest heartbreaking information out of San Bernardino, Calif., where today shooters opened fire at a service center for people with disabilities and left 14 dead and at least 17 wounded: This is our 355th mass shooting this year. What will it take, do you think, to get serious about this?¬†We can …

Some people are more equal than others, the water version

DickG. sends this, a tragic Washington Post story about how some wealthy Californians are balking at imposing water limits on themselves in the midst of that state’s historic drought. Here’s one analysis of the situation. I have nothing to add. Precisely who are the takers here?

Consumer demand did not create California’s drought

As pointed out here, at ThinkProgress and here, at Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, the fact that you like avocados (or almonds, or any of the host of crops grown in the Golden State) has nothing to do with that state’s drought. (And that’s despite what features such as this one would have you believe.) …

File this under “de-criminalize poverty.”

A so-called “right to rest” bill is winding its way through the California legislature, and some city officials are nervous. The bill, from that previous link: would allow homeless individuals to sit, stand, eat or rest without it being a criminal offense. Business owners often oppose such a bill, for fear that public loitering by …

Decriminalizing poverty in California

In the wake of a shooting death of a man who was homeless in Los Angeles, the California State Senate is discussing a Right To Rest bill, which would allow people who are homeless a little dignity while that state pushes to end homelessness. When a person is arrested for loitering or some other such …