Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 1, 2015

So I’ve been thinking about this clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue gay marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court ruling. I understand the principle of the thing. I really do. A lot of people take principled stands in this country. It’s a noble thing. But that doesn’t make it right. And it certainly shouldn’t be invoking Godwin’s Law. (Hi, UtahGOP Facebook group!) That’s right, our favorite Kentucky clerk is being compared to a judge who refused to follow orders in Nazi Germany. Honestly, a law allowing gay couples to…

Ashley Madison: Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. This applies as much to using Ashley Madison to arrange an affair as it does to using the Ashley Madison hack to expose those who used the site. As a political blogger read by literally dozens of people worldwide, I know that the allure of dumpster diving into the Ashley Madison database for dirt on local politicians and politicos is tempting. If there’s a sure way to get eyeballs on posts, it’s scandal. But it’s still dumpster diving. And whatever you find in…

Ashley Madison and the betrayal of trust

If you’re like me, you’d never heard of “Ashley Madison” until very recently. Who knew there was a website aimed at married folks with the tag line “Life is short. Have an affair.”?! But there is such a website. They  promised security to their tens of millions of users in exchange for the chance of illicit encounters. The first mistake their customers made was signing up for such a website. Their second mistake was thinking no one would/could ever find out. In today’s world, it’s safe to assume that nothing remains…