February 26, 2016
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Thursday night’s tenth GOP presidential debate was, ironically, best summed up by CNN’s closed captioner for the hearing impaired.
Last night’s Republican presidential debate was many things, but you only need to watch about 30 seconds to get the gist of it. Continue Reading →
February 25, 2016
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- Jim Crow lives on in Missouri: Student banned from St. Louis charter school because he’s black
The legacy of Jim Crow lives on, five decades after it officially ended. Edmund Lee is a third-grader at Gateway Science Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, a charter school he has attended since he was in kindergarten. Yet his family recently learned that he will no longer be able to attend the charter school because he is black.
- The astonishing human potential wasted on commutes
It now takes the average worker 26 minutes to travel to work, according the the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the longest it’s been since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. Back then the typical commute was only 21.7 minutes. The average American commute has gotten nearly 20 percent longer since then.
- Eric Holder gets real about heroin and race: It’s a crisis because white people are hooked
In a startling scene from the documentary, Frontline correspondent Martin Smith, who is white, asks Attorney General Eric Holder, “Not to be too glib, but isn’t [the new public health response to addiction] because a lot of white kids are doing heroin?” Holder, who is the first African-American attorney general, struggles to be diplomatic. Smith presses him further. “Richard Pryor said, you know, famously—about cocaine—that it’s an epidemic now ‘cause white people are doin’ it.” Holder responds, “There’s an element of truth to that.”
- Donald Trump’s intolerable cruelty
He’s a rich man who’s always had it easy; his lack of empathy makes him dangerous.
- This Pastor Is Sleeping Outside Until His Church Accepts LGBT People
"It’s a God thing."
February 24, 2016
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Black Votes Matter, Because Black Lives Matter
In the 2016 presidential primary, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders can’t afford to take African-American votes for granted.
With the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary behind them, both Clinton and Sanders are vying for the African-American vote with an intensity that hasn’t been seen before. African-American voters have been in the Democratic fold long enough that candidates — and elected officials — often take African-American votes for granted. Ever since Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy”, started the GOP on the road to winning the south by appealing to racism against blacks, most of African-American voters don’t vote Republican.
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February 22, 2016
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- Black Law Students at Georgetown: We are shaken and angry at conservatives' response to Scalia's death
- Why rational people believe stupid Scalia conspiracy theories
It may be tempting to assume that reasonable people are immune to conspiracy theories, but doing so would be a mistake. Research into misperception, rumor, and conspiracy theory suggests that even reasonable individuals can reach conclusions that don’t align with the best available evidence.
- It's Time for an LGBT Supreme Court Justice
HRC president Chad Griffin says Obama should nominate an out person for the job, and he has some suggestions.
- The Speaker for the Dead: Antonin Scalia and the Truth
Whatever Justice Scalia may have been to his family and friends, he was to the nation a wrecking ball. One may try to deny that he was a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, an unabashed authoritarian and in the end a simple, shabby ward-heeling Republican lackey. The black-letter truths about the man, buried in his decisions for the majority and the minority, as well as his oft-quoted public comments, tell the true tale.
- Congrats on That New Citywide Minimum Wage. Now Republicans Are Going to Try to Kill It.
As cities throughout the country pass minimum-wage raises, GOP state legislators have a wicked little plan to undo them.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: In defense of political correctness
Yes, it sometimes sounds silly. But we need more sensitivity, not less.
- Scalia Was Not a Hero. He Was a Bigot.
Speaking about Scalia, Justice Elena Kagan remarked that, "He is the justice who has had the most important impact over the years on how we think and talk about law." If this is true, that tells us something deeply disturbing about the current state of American politics. Because Scalia was far from a hero. He was a bigot.
- How Republicans Are Trying To Nullify The 2012 Election
"There’s a strong likelihood that at least one of them will leave the bench, which means that Obama, if reelected, will likely be able to replace one of them with a liberal."
February 16, 2016
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- If Justice Scalia Really Had His Way…
His desire was for an America as it was before Gone With the Wind.
- Antonin Scalia’s frozen racial past: How his Voting Rights Act ignorance excluded millions
It’s certainly appropriate to mourn the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia and remember his passion and wit. But let’s also remember that his view of the Constitution hurt millions of Americans excluded from his theory of constitutional originalism.
- Op-Ed Columnist: How America Was Lost
Why is the death of a Supreme Court justice bringing America to the edge of constitutional crisis?
- People who don't 'see race' are erasing black people and their contributions | Rebecca Carroll
White people like Bill Clinton can say ‘We are all mixed-raced’ because they perceive themselves as race-less and think it’s a boon to offer that to black people.
- 'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron
I have long believed that when it comes to protecting the rights of minoritized groups in the United States, we can include "Justice Scalia" on the list of oxymorons since Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women’s reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.
- “People of color … have to be the first thought”: Why it’s time for Democrats to give up on swing-voting whites
It’s time for Democratic Party leadership to give up on the so-called white swing voter and focus on its real base, people of color.
- Black deaths matter: victims' humanity, not perfection, are the reason to mourn | Kameelah Janan Rasheed
The ‘perfect victim’ narrative is not just suffocating; it’s dangerous, creating the ideal conditions for rampant and repeated abuse of black bodies.
February 16, 2016
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With one question, moderator Gwen Ifill flipped the script on race relations in America during the last Democratic presidential debate. Now, Democrats must learn how to answer it.
Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff of PBS made history at the Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just by showing up. After all, they were the first all-female team to host a major presidential debate. Then veteran PBS journalist Ifill turned the conventional narrative on race relations on its head. Continue Reading →
February 12, 2016
Wingnut Week In Review: The Last Roundup
Give the feds credit. Playing the long game in the Oregon standoff worked. Not only did they bring in the last of the wannabe “militiamen” without giving them what they wanted, federal agents also nabbed the grandfather of them all.
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February 11, 2016
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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
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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
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February 4, 2016
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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.
If you’re driving abroad and take out a temporary European car insurance policy, think about getting breakdown cover as well. It’s only around L4 a day and is definitely worth it for the peace of mind.
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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
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- 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
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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
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- 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
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- 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
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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
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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
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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
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- 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.