Republicans saying Republican things (2.12)


The wit and wisdom of senators, governors, presidential candidates and state representatives, from the party that wants to outlaw yoga pants, expand Guantanamo, redefine rape, and make sure that all of our small children are safely implanted. [Read more...]

Cops behaving badly (2.4)

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The NYPD and police from Missouri are always making news, but not in a good way. Lutheran clergy shame the North Miami Beach PD’s teach-yourself-racism program. And lots of bad apples do a whole bunch of spoiling. [Read more...]

Republicans divided on germ theory of disease and the monstrous legacy of Dr. Jonas Salk

History's Greatest Monster. (Photo of Dr. Jonas Salk by Yousuf Karsh, 1956)

President Obama urged parents to vaccinate their children. As a result, for the past two days we’ve seen a steady parade of ambitious Republican officials denouncing the evils of vaccination and attacking the germ theory of disease, followed by another group of Republican officials trying to control the damage by arguing that #NotALLRepublicans think that preventing disease is a Bad Thing. [Read more...]

Political news round-up posted too soon after disappointing game

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A somewhat distracted collection of links to recent political news and commentary. [Read more...]

Why the Republican Party cannot, as Michael Gerson suggests, ‘raise questions’ about climate change

This stuff traps heat, whether or not we'd prefer otherwise.

Rather than the absurd claim that climate science is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Gerson would prefer that his fellow Republicans simple “raise questions about global warming.” OK, great. Please proceed. Raise whatever questions you’d like to raise. Ask away. But the problem here is that asking questions entails the possibility that those questions might have answers. [Read more...]

Slavery and the Creation of a Counterfeit ‘Biblical Civilization’ in America: 1619-1865


The King James Version of the Bible was completed in 1611. The first African slaves were imported into Jamestown in 1619. “Biblical” Christianity and the idea of “biblical civilization” grew up alongside slavery. The latter shaped the former, and the two things have been inextricably intertwined ever since. [Read more...]

Je suis Bat Boy


The anthrax attacks of 2001 killed five people, starting with the photo editor of a satirical supermarket tabloid. That happened. A terror attack here in the U.S. — in Boca Raton — targeted and killed a visual artist working for a satirical newspaper. And then, three weeks later, the Patriot Act was signed into law. [Read more...]

Cops behaving badly (1.17)


A Cleveland cop is described as a “serial abuser of women.” That’s not a problem in Arkansas, where undercover cops serially abuse women before arresting them for prostitution — while good cops/decent humans who complain about that wind up getting fired. A Las Vegas cop calls for a “race war” with his tribe — “American, Christian, White, Heterosexual” — taking on all comers. And San Antonio briefly suspends three cops, not for beating a suspect, but for beating the wrong suspect. [Read more...]