Trump Does Not Know What Civil Liberties Are, and That Should Be Terrifying

The interview in which Donald Trump stated that, under a Trump presidency, the U.S. would not necessarily fulfill its NATO obligations has been discussed at length. What I have not seen widely examined is what that interview says about how Trump views civil liberties. This isn't going to be pretty, but it desperately needs to be discussed.Here is a segment from the transcript:SANGER: Erdogan put nearly 50,000 people in jail or suspend them, suspended thousands of teachers, he imprisoned m … [Read more...]


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Magical Wishful Thinking on the Family, 2016 Republican Party Platform Edition

A lot has been said about the Republican Party's 2016 platform. It is, for example, the most anti-LGBT rights platform in the history of the Republican Party. There's one thing I've seen less attention drawn to, though, and that is the platform's wishful thinking when it comes to the family---or to be specific, the platform's fairy tale contention that marriage magically fixes everything it touches. The Republican Party platform's section on marriage and the family rests on some really bad … [Read more...]


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My Life Until the Election: A Political Parable, with Dinosaurs

Guest Post by Petticoat PhilosopherME: Holy shit, you guys, there's a herd of hungry velociraptors coming straight for us! We need to all get in this fleet of trucks we've got here and drive us to safety as fast as we can!SOME DUDES: Never! I wanted different trucks and I refuse to compromise! And I resent people like you trying to manipulate me with your threat of velociraptors!ME: Well, nobody's trying to manipulate you and it's not MY threat really, because that sort of implies … [Read more...]


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Why Hispanics Are “White” on Surveys (and Other Things)

In doing research for an earlier post on race and policing, I came upon a bizarre piece of conspiracy mongering a conservative website, the American Observer. The article in question was posted last November. Check it out: The FBI’s own current (November 2015) list of most wanted murder suspects in the US . . . contains 71 suspects—of which only six are actually white, as can be seen from their mugshots. Some 51 of the remaining suspects are nonwhite Hispanics. Nonetheless, the FBI has classif … [Read more...]


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The White Invisibility of Racial Profiling

I can count on one hand the number of times I've been pulled over by police. The first time, it was late and I was tired, driving across the state to a friend's house. I was weaving slightly, and I think the cop who pulled me over thought I was drunk. When he saw that I wasn't---and he didn't even breathalyze me---he let me go, urging me to be more careful. The second time, I didn't come to a full stop at a stop sign. Again I was only given a warning, a reminder to be more careful. I can't … [Read more...]


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I Was Raised to Be a Conservative Culture Warrior. Then I Jumped the Political Fence.

I grew up in a conservative homeschool family and religious community firmly ensconced in the Christian Right. I was raised to be a culture warrior. I was raised to create change, to be a mover and a shaker. But only for the conservative side of things, of course, and there's the rub, because I'm no longer conservative. My mother recently told me she thinks I should write historical children's books---she's always suggesting careers that she thinks would allow me to work from home and homeschool … [Read more...]


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The Eve of Destruction

Sitting at the kitchen table listening to this morning's Dallas press conference on NPR, I told my grade school daughter, Sally, that this year is one that will be remembered in the history books as a turning point, one of those important years where significant things happen over and over and over again. And I cried. I cried because I don't know where we go from here. I cried because some days everything seems broken. I cried because I am honestly not sure what kind of world I'll be leaving to … [Read more...]


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