February 11, 2016
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is just the tip of the iceberg. We are living in a nation of Flints, thanks to racial bias, economic inequality, austerity and conservative governance. We can’t afford to kid ourselves about what it will take to fix it. Continue Reading →
February 5, 2016
Wingnut Week In Review: Everybody Hates Ted
Meet Ted Cruz, the Republican winter of the Iowa caucuses. He’s a liar, a jerk, and nobody who knows him remotely well — including his fellow Republicans and, quite possibly, his own family — appears to like him much.
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February 5, 2016
February 4, 2016
Ted Cruz Won The Iowa Caucuses. Here’s What He Wants To Do To America.
From the moment he launched his presidential bid, conventional wisdom said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wouldn’t even get close to becoming president. This week Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses, and got a little closer to the White House. Here’s why that should scare you.
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February 2, 2016
The Heritage Foundation has released its annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” As America enters an election season increasingly influenced by anger at an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, maybe it’s time to ask: What is “economic freedom,” and who is it for? Continue Reading →
February 2, 2016
- We’d rather pay for prison: Poverty, mental illness and the high cost of justice failing before a crime is even committed
In America, our answer to crime only focuses on the end game—that grand sweeping gesture of a trial, jail time, or the death penalty, as if the whole process offered any sort of remedy for the deep wounds of our society.
- To understand Michael Jackson and his skin, you have to go beyond race
Understanding Michael Jackson’s skin and what it was like for him to live in it isn’t simply a matter of picking a skin color and an actor to match.
- If the Snack Industry Was Like the Gun Industry We Would Be Even Fatter
Imagine what our lives would look like if for the last several decades, the snack food industry had put a portion of every bag of chips ever purchased into a fund set aside strictly to promote and preserve your personal right to crunch. Over the years, they spent that money advertising, lobbying and funding political candidates, all the time warning the public that the government was trying to take away your right to enjoy pretzels with your football and beer. They stoked fear, claiming that militant health foodies were taking over and that the government was coming to confiscate your Pringles. They appealed to your core values. This isn’t just about the right to Cheez Doodles, but about your God-given right as Americans to put Doritos in your kids’ lunch bags.
- Angry, White Primaries
This election, as we’ve all heard, is dominated by angry white people. That is because the primary system is fundamentally racist.
- A Right to the Land: Native Americans and Militias in Oregon and Nevada
If anyone has the right to demand that the U.S. government hand back federal lands to the people it’s Native Americans. For hundreds of years, the federal government has stripped territory from Indigenous tribes who have continually fought to regain their lands as sovereign nations.
January 29, 2016
This week two major right-wing crusades that started out with pretty big bangs — the Oregon Standoff and the Planned Parenthood sting — ended with disappointing (for wingnuts) whimpers. Continue Reading →
January 25, 2016
- The Poor of Flint Were Left Under the Cover of Darkness
It was in April of 2014 that the water turned bad. Residents of Flint, Mich., reported that the stuff smelled. It was yellowish brown. You drank it and your hair fell out. Or you developed a rash. Or you were nauseous.. Again, this was in April.
- Australia Gears Up to Celebrate Anniversary of Colonial Slaughter
The original Australians are the oldest human presence. To the European invaders, they did not exist because their continent had been declared terra nullius: empty land. To justify this fiction, mass murder was ordained. But this truth has no place in the Australian consciousness.
- It's Time to Get the Lead Out
Why does it take a disaster like this to get the attention of political leaders that safeguarding water and air and other resources is a human right? The primary responsibility of government "i.e. local, state and federal," is to protect the lives of its citizens. Clearly, this wasn’t at the top of the priority list for this governor.
- This New Yorker Cover Perfectly Explains the Problem With Donald Trump | Mother Jones
The point here is that what is distasteful about Trump is not that he offends old-fashioned American values; Trump is distasteful because he taps into certain old-fashioned American values—nativism, brash tough talk, slow-burning authoritarianism; family dynasties—that have played a not-inconsequential role throughout our history.
- The Work-Life Balance Goes to Court
Workers like those involved in two new lawsuits against Walmart shouldn’t have to choose between satisfying supervisors and caring for their families.
January 24, 2016
- 18 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is a Vulgar, Two-Bit Caesar, According to America's Conservatives
Those who know Republicans best know why he’s captured their party’s base and is a perfect reflection of the political groundwork they have been fomenting for years. When the GOP looks in the mirror, they do not see the party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, but the image of Donald Trump, smiling smugly.
- Racism is “America’s original sin”: Unless we tell the truth about our history, we’ll never find the way to reconciliation
Race is about the American story, and about each of our own stories. Overcoming racism is more than an issue or a cause—it is also a story, which can be part of each of our stories, too.
- Outcry Over the Austerity Crisis in Flint Grows
Details of how Flint’s water was contaminated, and of how pleas for help were neglected, are leading to calls for inquiries, arrest, resignation.
- Martin Luther King Was a Democratic Socialist
As we celebrate his birthday, it is easy to forget that Rev. Martin Luther King was a democratic socialist.
January 21, 2016
The record $1.5 billion jackpot has been won, and Powerball mania has died down for now, but Americans are still stuck with a Powerball economy powered by the “lottery mentality.” Continue Reading →
January 15, 2016
Wingnut Week In Review: Haley’s Comment
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley easily gave the most successful GOP State of the Union response in years. So, why do so many in her own party seem to hate her for it?
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January 13, 2016
Conservative Crybabies and at Obama’s Last SOTU
Crybabies. That’s the perfect word to describe conservatives’ reaction to President Obama’s final State of the Union address — as well as the official GOP response by South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.
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January 13, 2016
- Paul Ryan is delusional: His dream of a compassionate GOP that’s the party of “opportunity” is pure fantasy – Salon.com
Ryan may be earnest about transforming the GOP, but a party that allows Trump to exist cannot be an "ideas party."
- 4 Ways The State Of The Union Got Stronger Under Obama
Republicans, who routinely call the Obama presidency a "disaster," won’t believe it. And neither may most Americans, given that majorities consistently tell pollsters they think the U.S. is on the “wrong track.” But when it comes to four key areas of domestic policy — the economy, health care, the federal budget and the environment — Obama will have the better argument.
- Why Is Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed Police Killing of Eric Garner, the Only One Criminally Charged?
As Sgt. Kizzy Adonis Adonis becomes the first officer to face reprimand for Eric Garner’s death, the only person present that day to be criminally charged is the young man who filmed it. Ramsey Orta, who recorded the fatal chokehold on his cellphone, has been arrested multiple times since. Orta says police have deliberately targeted him for capturing Garner’s death on video and exposing it to the world.
- David Bowie, R.I.P.: He Used His Voice for Others Who Were Ignored
The iconic artist piled up a strong progressive track record.
- The telling way white Americans react to pictures of dark-skinned immigrants
It’s the lashing-out theory of Trumpmania. President Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and others have speculated that working class whites are signing on to Donald Trump and his inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric out of a deepening anxiety over their place in the 21st century American economy.
Some political scientists, however, say antagonism toward immigrants is being driven by a more primal instinct: mistrust of outsiders — or even racial prejudice, either of the conscious or unconscious variety.
- F*ck, yeah! People who swear may actually be smarter than everyone else
Hearing someone use swear words may bother you, or even suggest to you that they’re less verbally intelligent. If that’s the case, however, then you may be surprised by the results of a new study published in Language Sciences. According to the research, a lack of verbal fluency has nothing to do with how often people use profanity.
- Singer David Bowie dies at 69; influential performer of many alter egos
David Bowie influenced glam rock, new wave, punk and high fashion with edgy and androgynous alter egos who invited listeners to explore their personal mysteries.
- Yes, the armed Oregon occupiers would be raided if they weren’t white — same goes if they were leftists
The U.S. gov’t is fundamentally right wing, and supports many of the things the Bundys & militants are calling for.
January 8, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: Presidential Tears And Wingnut Clowns
When President Obama introduced his executive actions on gun control, he wept as he talked about Sandy Hook Elementary. Wingnuts couldn’t understand why he would still cry over 20 dead first graders.
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January 7, 2016
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January 5, 2016
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The right-wing lawlessness on display in the armed standoff in Oregon must not stand. The federal government needs to get it right this time, or risk emboldening homegrown extremists. Continue Reading →
January 4, 2016
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- Imagine if armed Black Lives Matter protestors occupied a federal building
Here’s a question worth asking right now: What would happen if 150 armed Black Lives Matter protesters occupied a federal building?
- They’d be killed if they were black: The racial double standard at the heart of the new Bundy family standoff
If Muslims took up arms, occupied a federal building, recorded martyrdom videos, and threatened to kill police and other authorities, they would be called “terrorists." Likewise, black Americans would be called “thugs,” “militants” or “anti-police."
- It’s time to retire Maryland’s state song
The pro-Confederacy anthem doesn’t represent the feelings of Marylanders.
- What's Happening in Oregon Is Nothing Less Than Armed Sedition | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
This is an act of armed sedition against lawful authority. That is all that it is, and that is quite enough.
- If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black, they'd probably be dead by now | Wajahat Ali
Extremism comes in different colors, ethnicities, beards and head coverings – which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist violence.
- America’s Real Racial Double Standard: How the Law (and White People) Turn “Race-Neutral” Into “Pro-White”
Time after time, black freedom of expression gets spun into something very different by the law and the media.
- [toread] Carrie Fisher is a national treasure. There's no other valid opinion about her | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
After an illustrious career in multiple media, she starred in the new Star Wars film – then proceeded to shut up haters who criticized her weight Carrie Frances Fisher is has been the gift that keeps on giving for decades, and this year is no different. In 1977’s Star Wars, she proved that a woman can lead a revolution (and shoot a gun and fly a spaceship and wield a lightsaber and be unafraid to tell the men that they really aren’t doing things right) – no small feat in the world of sci-fi, or in the world at large.
- [toread] Let's Stop Calling Tamir Rice's Death a 'Tragedy'
Clearly, Rice’s death exposes deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system, and the country as a whole, which is why we shouldn’t call it a "tragedy," as McGinty does. To label something a "tragedy" or "tragic" implies a certain amount of resignation in the face of what are taken to be unforeseeable, unpreventable, and inexplicable events. Otherwise put, "tragedy" manifests a somewhat uneasy combination of accident and fate: it says that, all things considered and unfortunately, things couldn’t have turned out otherwise.
December 29, 2015
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December 23, 2015
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Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Laquan McDonald. Sandra Bland. Walter Scott. Rekia Boyd. Tamir Rice. Most Americans have at least heard their names, and the stories of how they died. We have seen videos and images of their deaths, or of the aftermaths. They are African-Americans who have been killed by police, or died in police custody, in just over a year. There are many more. Continue Reading →
December 18, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Seig Hair
Donald Trump’s supporters are now yelling “Seig heil!,” and calling for a black man to be burned alive. Can we call them fascists now? Can we call them racists now?
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