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Framing the debate

Posted by Greg on March 1, 2011

This, which has gone viral on Facebook, about covers it:

A public union employee, a tea party activist and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”

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Was John Adams’ health care mandate unconstitutional?

Posted by Greg on January 21, 2011

Was John Adams’ health care mandate unconstitutional?.

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Clearer heads in California

Posted by Greg on August 27, 2010

And it’s not the hope of legal pot.

An interfaith coalition has released an open letter in support of the NYC Mosque.

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Dummies are revolting

Posted by Greg on July 21, 2010

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Another Christianist hypocrite

Posted by Greg on May 4, 2010

Great, here we go again with a whacked up bitter homophobe dragged kicking and screaming from the closet.

This time it’s George Reckers, caught coming back to Miami with a lovely barely legal male escort.

Funny Odd Thing has comprehensive coverage.

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Go Ricky!

Posted by Greg on April 30, 2010

Ricky Martin added a few unscripted comments about Arizona’s new immigration attitude at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

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Not your little girls’ tea party

Posted by Greg on February 16, 2010

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And they’re just noticing now?

Posted by Greg on December 23, 2009

Garrison Keillor is a shallow, ill tempered,  self important, douche bag. I’m surprised it takes something like this for more people to notice.

Hat tip:  Brayton

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Prop 8 Trailer Released

Posted by Greg on October 20, 2009

My friend Reed has been busy.

Here is the trailer:

Check out the full site here.

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Time doesn’t change the nature of the crime

Posted by Greg on September 29, 2009

I am sick to death of the glitterati and their silly defenses of child rape.  Yes, Roman Polanski has made a great film or two (and a lot of mediocre crap).  That doesn’t change the fact he’s a child rapist.

Kate Harding calls it well.

The point is not to keep 76-year-old Polanski off the streets or help his victim feel safe. The point is that drugging and raping a child, then leaving the country before you can be sentenced for it, is behavior our society should not — and at least in theory, does not — tolerate, no matter how famous, wealthy or well-connected you are, no matter how old you were when you finally got caught, no matter what your victim says about it now, no matter how mature she looked at 13, no matter how pushy her mother was, and no matter how many really swell movies you’ve made.

*****

The reporting on Polanski’s arrest has been every bit as “bizarrely skewed,” if not more so. Roman Polanski may be a great director, an old man, a husband, a father, a friend to many powerful people, and even the target of some questionable legal shenanigans. He may very well be no threat to society at this point. He may even be a good person on balance, whatever that means. But none of that changes the basic, undisputed fact: Roman Polanski raped a child. And rushing past that point to focus on the reasons why we should forgive him, pity him, respect him, admire him, support him, whatever, is absolutely twisted.

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Calling it out

Posted by Greg on September 17, 2009

Great piece at MyDD.  Money quote:

But while it is arrogant and dangerous to accuse the entire conservative movement or Republican Party of racism, it is equally dangerous to stick one’s head in the sand and claim it isn’t a factor. There is racism afoot in the modern conservative movement, we can prove it, and even if it is only relegated to the movement’s fringe, it only takes one nut to inspire another to commit what he sees as a necessary murder for the good of his country. It is wrong to accuse 46% of voters or 5 million Fox News viewers of racism, but it is equally wrong to look the other way when even just a few hundred racists speak up. I went to high school in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where the presence of a few bad apples (the Aryan Nations compound) taught a good community a hard lesson: silence is acceptance.

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Jefferson’s whole thought

Posted by Greg on August 14, 2009

Prooftexting is as dangerous in the political arena as in the spiritual.  Exhibit one would be the wingnut fetish with a certain quote by Thomas Jefferson to the effect that the tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots.

Not surprisingly, the full context take it in a different direction.  This great piece at Firedoglake provides an analysis.

I wonder how many of the misguided wingnuts who intimidate and strive to thuggishly silence their fellow citizens have read the whole passage? They may be comforted by what seems to be stirring phrase, when torn out of context, but they shouldn’t. They misunderstand its meaning, and misunderstand their fate if they give in to violence.

Jefferson told the rest of the citizenry what to do in the face of any such violent watering. Jefferson’s advice to the peaceful is much more arduous than striking out in ignorant violence, but we cannot shrink from his instructions. It is our duty as patriotic citizens to remember the words that surround that disturbing phrase, and act on them if necessary.

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Reality vs. Glenn Beck

Posted by Greg on August 14, 2009

Priceless.

Hat tip:  MyDD

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Falling for it

Posted by Greg on August 4, 2009

I suppose it isn’t surprising the birthers are so desperate to believe they’ll fall for an obvious hoax.  But it remains a sad spectacle of how little of substance the right wing has to say.  Ed Brayton discusses:

Dave Weigel, my Center for Independent Media colleague, has an article at the Washington Independent about the latest idiocy from Orly Taitz, the endlessly ridiculous leader of the birthers. It’s a fake Kenyan birth certificate. Naturally, it’s the Worldnutdaily credulously publishing about it and calling it real:

“The new document released by Taitz bears none of the obvious traits of a hoax.”Really? None of the obvious traits of a hoax? Take it away, Mr. Weigel:

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Another one for the GOP duh files

Posted by Greg on July 21, 2009

Imagine that.  Children who aren’t taught about safe sex have unsafe sex.  Who’d have guessed that might happen.

Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body.

In a report that will surprise few of Bush’s critics on the issue, the Centres for Disease Control says years of falling rates of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease infections under previous administrations were reversed or stalled in the Bush years. According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled.

The CDC says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.

Hat tip to John Cole who observes, “At least the southern states get to lead the nation in something.”

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