Uncle Tom Sheriff Blames Black Lives Matter for Cop Shooting

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A police officer in Houston was ambushed and killed last week, which is a horrible tragedy. To hear the right wing tell it, however, this is all the fault of President Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement for leading an alleged "war on cops" that has turned the people against the police. And they've got their very own Uncle Tom, a black sheriff from Milwaukee, eager to make that argument for them so they can cover up their racism. … [Read more...]

What If You Threw a Secession Rally and No One Showed Up?

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The Alabama Flaggers, a self-declared "group with the conviction to fight four our Southern heritage," tried to hold a rally at the Alabama state capitol on Saturday calling for that state to secede from the union because those evil Northerners don't like them flying the Confederate flag. Like so many previous right-wing rallies, it fizzled when only a handful of people showed up, baffling the organizers. … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Pretextual Traffic Stop

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Police officers are trained on how to use disingenuous pretexts to stop a vehicle. They do this in order to get face to face with a driver to see if they can smell alcohol or drugs or find some reason to do a search and they use all manner of absurd, trumped-up excuses for it. Here's a perfect example caught on tape, an officer who pulls over a black man (of course), first telling him it's because he didn't turn his turn signal on far enough from the turn and then saying it's because he made eye … [Read more...]

Trump Nails Down Another Important Endorsement

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Already faced with criticism for his blatantly racist campaign against Mexican immigration and for having every white supremacist in the country seemingly coming out of the woodwork to declare their love for him, now Donald Trump has nailed down another huge endorsement that should help his campaign: David Duke. The former KKK grand wizard and frequent candidate for office says Trump is the right choice for Republicans. … [Read more...]

Seattle Police Union Official Should Really STFU

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Ron Smith, the president of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild, is accusing the Obama administration of declaring a "war on cops." He posted a video to the police union's Facebook page from Fox News where one of their many dim bulb talking heads made that same accusation and captioned it "Truth." It was later removed from the page, but not before Smith confirmed that he had posted it and said that he agrees with it 100%. … [Read more...]

White Supremacists Just Love Donald Trump

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I wrote the other day about all the people at Donald Trump's campaign rallies spouting racist things in support of him, but it turns out it goes much deeper than that. A whole bunch of prominent white supremacist groups, individuals and websites are endorsing Trump as fast as they can. Political Research Associates and the Southern Poverty Law Center are monitoring and documenting all those endorsements. … [Read more...]

Beck Thinks a Musical Will Solve America’s Racial Problems

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Of all the various sides to his personality he likes to show, it's hyper-emotional, sentiment-soaked Glenn Beck that makes me laugh the hardest. He gets all weepy-eyed over some bit of pop culture schlock and declares that if only everyone would see this, we'd all join hands and sing in perfect harmony forever. The latest object of his teary obsession is a Broadway play called Amazing Grace that left ol' Glenn quivering with boundless love. … [Read more...]

And Now, a Message From Donald Trump Supporters

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Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of around 20,000 in Mobile, Alabama on Friday and there was much fun to be had. He gave his usual rambling, incoherent stump speech, much of it packed with false claims and wild exaggerations. But the real fun was in talking to his fans to find out why they support him. I'm sure you'll be shocked to find out that a whole bunch of them are racist bigots who just love his xenophobic attacks on immigrants. … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and Originalism

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Garrett Epps, a constitutional law professor from the University of Baltimore and one of the nation's foremost experts on the 14th Amendment, has a column at The Atlantic thoroughly debunking the conservative argument against birthright citizenship based upon the original intent of that amendment. As Republicans are proposing both a statutory change and a constitutional amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship, this is an important thing to keep in mind: … [Read more...]

Mickelson Stands By Slavery Plan, Hosts Another Presidential Candidate

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Iowa right wing radio host Jan Mickelson is not backing down from his appalling suggestion that immigrants who are in the country illegally should be rounded up and made slaves of the state. He told Media Matters that his idea is "constitutionally defensible, legally defensible, morally defensible, biblically defensible and historically defensible." And then Ted Cruz went on his show as if he wasn't a horrible piece of shit. … [Read more...]

There Is No ‘Anchor Baby’ Problem

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To hear the right wing tell it, millions of people from all over the world -- but mostly from Mexico, of course -- are constantly streaming into the United States illegally in order to have babies because that baby is automatically a citizen and therefore their parents can't be kicked out of the country. Janell Ross at the Washington Post shows that this entire narrative is one big lie. … [Read more...]

This Oughta Help Trump Look Less Racist

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Remember Craig Cobb, the white supremacist from Idaho who has been trying for years to build a town just for himself and his fellow racists? Well he's trying again, having purchased a bunch of property near the Canadian border. And he wants to name it after Donald Trump, which should certainly help Trump overcome suggestions that he's a racist based on his, frankly, racist statements about immigration. … [Read more...]


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