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October 29, 2014
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Digest for October 28th through October 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 28th through October 29th:

  • Why the Term ‘Biblical Marriage’ Is Misleading – While same-sex marriage is not endorsed in the Bible, neither is a loving, mutually agreed upon union of a man and woman.
  • We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America – It is high time that we decide as a nation that the symbolic slaying (and perhaps the actual locking up) of some of our most beloved men is an entirely reasonable price to pay for creating a world safe for women and children, a world where we don’t accede to narratives that convince us yet again that predators are really “good guys.”
  • A Tax Bonus for Black and Latino Men? – What if I told you that there is a policy change that is pretty much guaranteed to help low-income people of color struggling to get out of poverty, and that it has Democratic and Republican support even in today's super-polarized Congress? Sound too good to be true? Well that's what the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion is.
  • America’s 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults – These are just 10 of the hundreds of comments made to this year's LGBT2020 research by U.S. respondents, who chose to write — in their own words — what is happening right now in their workplaces.
  • Video Proof That Men Are Pigs – In this video titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” we get to bear witness to what it’s like for a young woman to get from A to B, and why sometimes a compliment feels like harassment.
  • Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of Us Are Queer – This week for #FergusonFridays we turn to two Black queer leaders, Ashley Yates and Larry Fellows III, who have been working on the front line in Ferguson, MO along with others from the start of the burgeoning movement.
  • Empathy Deficit Disorder – Almost two-thirds of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. And they’re worried sick about whether their kids will ever make it. They need leaders who understand their plight instead of denying it.
  • How our winner-take-all society makes us tougher on our kids – The rise of helicopter parents like Amy Chua, whose 2011 book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" brought attention to an increasingly popular parenting style emphasizing hard work and strict child rearing, could be less of a cultural phenomenon than a mere economic reality.

October 29, 2014
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Rioting In Black And White: From Ferguson To Keene, And Back

A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely acquittal in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different America’s, under very different rules. The comparison was inevitable, as the images of unrest in Ferguson were still fresh in the minds of Americans, when a riot of a different color broke out in Keene, New Hampshire last week. Continue Reading →

October 27, 2014
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Digest for October 27th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 27th from 10:55 to 16:40:

October 24, 2014
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Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Gremlins

Calling gay people names is nothing new. We’ve been called many things throughout the ages. But “gremlins”? That’s a new one.

The first — and perhaps only — Wingnut WTF prize goes this week to South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Anthony Culler. His accomplishment: potentially minting a brand new anti-gay slur when we were positive we’d heard them all by now. Continue Reading →

October 24, 2014
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Digest for October 24th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 24th from 12:20 to 12:29:

October 24, 2014
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Digest for October 24th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 24th from 12:20 to 12:29:

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: