A GOP Supporter Drink Menu for Tonight’s Primary Debate

For politicos, tonight is a big deal. The first presidential primary debate of the 2016 election cycle is like the start of the NFL playoffs, NBA finals, World Cup, and Olympic Games all rolled into one — except way more entertaining (and horrifying). Tonight, 10 of the 16 mainstream GOP hopefuls will grace the stage with all the pomp, circumstance, arrogance, and ignorance that one might expect from the party, and the expected fireworks are sure to make it must-see-TV. (The remaining candidates will participate in an earlier Trump-less debate.)

Every time one of these events rolls around, the Internet becomes saturated with a list of patriotic drinks and drinking game rules to add some spice to the debate-watching festivities. But what about the people actually taking these folks seriously? How can they celebrate? Look no further!

If you’re as excited as we are to laugh, cry, and fret over the people supporting these clowns over some strong spirits, you may want to turn elsewhere for some tasty libation recipes. But for those actually rooting for the clown car denizens, we’ve got just the drinks for you:

Rand Paul’s Old Fashioned Fool



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Nepal Will Finally End Animal Slaughter at Religious Festival

In a welcome surprise, the organizers of Nepal’s Gadhimai festival — better known as the world’s largest animal sacrifice — have announced that they’re finally doing away with the ritual slaughter meant to appease the Hindu goddess of power. Nearly 500,000 animals (buffalo, goats, chickens, etc.) have been killed at the festival twice a decade for the past 265 years.



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If the GOP Defunded Planned Parenthood, This is How Americans Would Suffer

The fight to defund Planned Parenthood isn’t going very well.

The reaction to a series of heavily-edited videos intended to cloud an already maliciously-distorted debate lost steam in the Senate, where the GOP fell short of the votes required to pass the initiative. Not that it really mattered; President Obama pledged to veto any such bill that crossed his desk.



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As a Saudi Blogger Awaits More Punishment for “Insulting Islam,” What Can We Learn from His Essays?

Hemant’s note: Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is still facing punishment for the “crime” of “insulting Islam.” In June, the Saudi Supreme Court upheld a ruling of 1,000 lashes on top of a 10 year prison sentence. While he has received 50 lashes so far, subsequent sets have been postponed. In the meantime, a collection of the blog posts that got Badawi in trouble is now available under the title 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think.

Reader Richard Wilson read the book and offers his perspective below:



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Protesters in Nepal Want to Do Away with a “Secular” Constitution… and They May Have a Point

The nation of Nepal used to be the only officially-Hindu nation in the world. Its Constitution said as much until 2008, when the Unified Communist Party took over and declared it a secular country. Politicians are currently working on a new Constitution and protesters are demanding that the “Hindu” nation designation come back.



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