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Month: October 2013

Ted Cruz’s Father: “Send Obama back to Kenya”

This is remarkably unsurprising, but here is Raphael Cruz, the father of U.S. Senator and Tea Party loon-du-jour Ted Cruz, talking to a crowd of good ol’ boys. He says, in his lie-filled delivery which includes the old canard about giving the United Nations taxing power, that we “need to send Barack Obama back to Kenya”. I’m sure this will not be viewed as racist or even remotely inappropriate by the right-wing echo factory, and Mr. Cruz senior will be expected to explain that he isn’t racist because he happens to be friends with a black...

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Voter ID Requirement: Transvaginal Ultrasound

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court struck down large parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stating that it had accomplished what it set out to do. Historically, the VRA had made Jim Crow laws of The South like poll taxes and literacy tests and other obstacles for black people to vote, illegal. The result of the Supreme Court overriding the Voting Rights Act freed up nine Southern states which went to work immediately on legislation to change their election laws which no longer require approval from the federal government. Racial gerrymandering (see what the Texan’s...

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The Racism of the Republican Party

There was a point in time in America when the Republican Party consisted of northern liberals and progressives, and the standard-bearers given forth from an august set of ideology about progress fought for what was right. The party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt fought against Southern Democrats, who were staunch conservatives accustomed to their “cherished way of life” and smarting in perpetuity over the loss of the South’s “peculiar institution” of slavery. In the 50’s, after the defeat of the Southern efforts to halt desegregation and the civil rights movement, the parties experienced a polar reversal over a...

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NRA Lottery Winners: 2 dead, 2 wounded

Monday in America, and another school shooting has taken place. Let’s go ahead and rename school shootings “The NRA Lottery”. Did your kid win the NRA Lottery this week? Who will win next week? Could be your neighbor, your kid, or even you! You could win the NRA Lottery at a shopping mall, a school,┬ácity hall, or even at home. With 87 winners per day in the United States, the next person to win a lifetime supply of lead could be someone you know! No need to enter, as you (and your loved ones) are automatically eligible for tomorrow’s...

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Mixing Religion and Government

Who would ever venture to disagree that there is a body count associated with mixing religion and government? Enshrined in government at the state and local levels are laws and even constitutional amendments that fly in the face of the Establishment Clause, and their effect is a measurable one. In my home state of Florida, discrimination against LGBT individuals is codified in the state constitution, passed by merit of popular vote the religious-backed notion that gay people are not entitled to the same rights to marry as straight people are. It was only two years ago that a circuit...

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