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Mike Bloomberg and is “Stop and Frisk” Racist?

With the entry of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg into the race to be the Democratic Party presidential nominee, we have the inevitable. The other runners, and their supporters, are digging into his past to find any dirt they can to discredit him. The primary attack against him is the New York police’s use of the tactic “Stop and Frisk” when he was mayor. Basically, it meant that... read more

Laurence Tribe vs. Alan Dershowitz

Laurence Tribe is someone I’ve respected and followed for some time. So, when I saw he’d given an opinion in the Washington Post: ‘Trump’s lawyers shouldn’t be allowed to use bogus legal arguments on impeachment’. It’s mainly in relation to the argument Alan Dershowitz is making in opposition to President Trump’s impeachment. I’m obviously no scholar of the US... read more

Where I’ve Been, Soleimani, and Solace

I thought you were all deserving of an explanation. I said, “I’m back,” and since then there’s been little further. As well as the other posts I previously mentioned, I’m now trying to write a Proper Post about the Iran situation, but it’s going slowly. So, I’m including a few initial thoughts here about the crisis following the killing of Iran’s... read more

White Island (plus Tweets)

After saying ‘I’m Back’ a few days ago, there was nothing more on the site to encourage you to believe me. I’ve been writing about the topics that got a mention in that post. But, short of posting boring videos of me tapping away, there’s no way to prove that. Further, it produces no immediately digestible product. So here’s a short post about Whakaari/White Island, and... read more

I’m Back (plus Tweets and other Stuff)

Though obviously not with the presence of The Terminator! There are, of course, a lot of other cool examples of the use of this phrase in popular culture, but Arnie’s my favourite. This post, mostly comprising of tweets, is to ease me gradually into the habit of writing and posting again. It’s been several months, and my first post needs to be one I can start and finish in one day. Having said... read more

Abortion and the US Republican Party

Before I start, I should note I am unapologetically pro-choice. I’ve been pro-choice for as long as I can remember. I recall thinking women should be able to have an abortion, if they want one, when I was just eight year old (1972-73). (New Zealand’s Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Bill was making its way through parliament at the time. It was naturally controversial, and was in the... read more

The Federalist Society (plus Tweets)

This is a short post about the Federalist Society (or rather, why I don’t agree with them) that I need to do so I can link to it when my very long post about abortion finally makes it onto the site. It was a part of that abortion post, but it took up too much space for what is really a side issue. As it’s so short, I’ll add a few tweets at the end to keep you entertained a bit longer!... read more

Heather’s Homilies on Facebook

I have to apologize to you all because it’s been so long since I’ve put anything on the website. For those who are on Facebook, there is a Heather’s Homilies Facebook page. On a reasonably regular basis I post news stories there along with a short commentary of my own. I know it’s not much, but at least it lets you know I still exist. I hope I can rely on you all to continue to be... read more

To Impeach or Not to Impeach: That is the Question

Following the public release of the Mueller Report, I spent some time writing the second post, in what I thought would be a series, on that topic. However, everything I was writing was written about elsewhere. It’s easy enough to find all the information if you look. The real question is what to do about it. Now that we know what President Trump and others did, what next? In the case of Trump... read more

US Politics of Single-Payer Healthcare and Abortion

As regular readers know, I’ve written multiple posts over the years about why I think the US needs a single-payer healthcare system. The most recent was less than two months ago: ‘The Benefits of a Single-Payer Healthcare System’. As the only OECD country without such a system, the US is an outlier. In my opinion, there is a direct causal link between this and three other facts. The... read more

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