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October 22, 2014
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Digest for October 22nd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 22nd from 16:24 to 16:37:

October 16, 2014
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Digest for October 16th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 16th from 12:40 to 12:45:

October 14, 2014
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Digest for October 14th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 14th from 15:28 to 15:40:

October 14, 2014
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Digest for October 14th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 14th from 15:18 to 15:28:

October 13, 2014
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Digest for October 9th through October 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 9th through October 13th:

October 11, 2014
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Wingnut Week In Review: Forever Hold Their Peace

The Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court boosted the number of gay marriage states to somewhere between 30 and 35. Needless to say, the floodgates of wingnuttery opened wide.

On Monday, the Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in five states, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in 30 states. On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court reaffirmed same-sex couples right to marry in Idaho and Nevada, and cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in Alaska, Montana, and Arizona. Continue Reading →

October 10, 2014
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The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do

The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles,” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do.

Twenty years after Newt Gringrich launched the “Contract With America,” Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus presented a pablum of 11 vague “principles.” There’s a reason Republicans have gone milquetoast. It’s not that Republican’s aren’t for anything. It’s that Republicans can’t tell Americans what they are for — not if they want to have a shot at governing.

Here are the five worst things Republicans have promised to do. Continue Reading →

October 9, 2014
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Digest for October 8th through October 9th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 8th through October 9th:

October 8, 2014
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Digest for October 1st through October 8th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 1st through October 8th:

October 7, 2014
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Historic Court Decision Weds Marriage Equality To Economic Justice

Yesterday, the Supreme Court made history, by deciding not to make history. The Court rejected appeals in the marriage equality cases set to appear before it, and left intact appeals court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, and Indiana — effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in those states. The same goes for North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, and Colorado, which are under the jurisdiction of the same circuit courts. Continue Reading →

October 3, 2014
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Corporations Abandon ALEC’s Agenda, Some States Are Still Stuck With It

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made news on Monday when he told NPR’s Diane Rheem that Google was dropping its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because of the organization’s environmental policies — especially its climate denialism:

“Everyone understands climate change is occurring. And the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying” Continue Reading →

October 1, 2014
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Digest for September 30th through October 1st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 30th through October 1st:

September 30, 2014
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Digest for September 30th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 30th from 12:09 to 13:57:

  • 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men – Having compassion leads to increased happiness, freedom from gender stereotypes and better relationships with others.
  • ‘Is That Your F-ing Boyfriend? – The biggest news story in Philly for the last few days has been the alleged hate crime against a gay couple downtown by a group of twentysomethings out on the town — except Pennsylvania doesn't have a hate crime law protecting LGBTs.
  • Brooklyn Brewery war correspondents: Philip Gourevitch on coverage of Africa. (VIDEO). – Africa’s postcolonial recovery and the problem with how it’s covered.
  • Why Are So Many Black Towns Run by White City Councils? – It's not simply because blacks don't want to vote.
  • We Need Another Eric Holder – The reality of Blacks living daily fearful of an overwhelmingly white police force has not gone away. Fear of black people by white police has not gone away. Calling such things "unrest," would mean all we need in the Attorney General's office is someone who is calm. Therefore, "Guilty of being black while walking," and "Guilty of being black by driving," are issues for the next Attorney General.
  • The war on high-school history classes is a whole new level of dumb | Jeb Lund – Colorados school board and the American conservative movement in general are trying to pretend history never happened
  • Screw the national anthem – After what happened in Ferguson, I can't pretend the promise of that song extends to a black man like me
  • Single Parents Want to Be Good Parents – The growing trend of having children outside of marriage is not likely to be reversed, writes Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution, who has been studying childhood poverty for years. She has reached the conclusion that it's time to face up to that fact and help all parents become good parents. The second lesson is that parenting skills must be taught early.

September 29, 2014
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Digest for September 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 29th from 10:51 to 11:37:

September 26, 2014
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Demanding Justice for Dead Young Black Men

What passes for justice in police shootings, and extra-legal shootings, of young black men neither satisfies nor inspires us to “trust the system.”

In response to the epidemic of police violence that’s taken the lives of Michael Brown, John Crawford, and countless others, a coalition including Join Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment plan a “Weekend of Resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10 – 13, to build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence. News in three cases this week underscores the urgent need for such a movement. Continue Reading →

September 25, 2014
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Digest for September 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 25th from 15:18 to 15:23:

September 24, 2014
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Anger Is Still A Privilege in “Post-Racial” America

The New York Times caught hell for an article characterizing television producer Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman,” but anger is still privileged in “post-racial” America.

The only thing more shocking than Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times article that called Shonda Rhimes — creator of hit television shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” — an “angry black woman,” is that the piece made it into print without anyone at the New York Times realizing how offensive it would be. Stanley even described Viola Davis, star of Rhimes’ latest show “How To Get Away With Murder,” as “less classically beautiful” than lighter-skinned actresses like Kerry Washington or Halle Berry. Still, nothing raised red flags for Times editors? Not even after the “no angel” controversy?

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It’s shocking, but not surprising. Much has changed in “post-racial” America, but just as much hasn’t changed. Continue Reading →