The Sky Is (Not) Falling! Homicide Rates Edition

Can we talk about Donald Trump's acceptance speech last week? I've been ruminating and ruminating on it and it's not getting any better. Trump focused on increases in crime and the violent threat posed by illegal immigration. Except that none of that is real. Violent crime has been declining for decades, police are killed on the beat far less frequently than they used to be, and undocumented immigrants are actually less likely to commit crime than American citizens. Trump's acceptance speech was … [Read more...]


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Hillary Won Because of Voters of Color

I recently came upon an interesting Facebook post by filmmaker Gabriel Diego Valdez, who wrote the following about Hillary: If you're uncomfortable with the candidate voters of color chose to an historically overwhelming degree, I don't care. How many times have Hispanic voters, have Black voters backed candidates with whom we're uncomfortable because we had faith in the coalition that we keep with you. Valdez writes that voters of color voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, but it's more than t … [Read more...]


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How Black Americans Became Democrats

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," First Lady Michelle Obama said in her speech on Monday night. The New York Times confirmed that this is true---the White House was indeed constructed via slave labor. Of course, not everyone was moved by her line. Republican television host and well-known conservative Chuck Woolery tweeted this in response:Text: I would just like to point out a fact. The lashes suffered on the backs of #Slaves were administered by who? … [Read more...]


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Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Bill Gothard

Roger Ailes, the long-time chief executive director of Fox News, announced last week that he was stepping down amid sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by Gretchen Carlson numerous and other female Fox News employees, including the popular Megyn Kelly. Donald Trump responded as follows: "I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them, and even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful … [Read more...]


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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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