Hey, remember back when we used to have a Voting Rights Act?

Click here to read Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, a document that will outlive the flaccid lack of argument and immorality of Chief Justice Roberts' majority opinion.

Well, the 15th Amendment was nice while it lasted. And thanks to the Voting Rights Act, it was actually mostly enforced for almost 50 years. Here’s a round-up of reactions and ramifications from yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling neutering one of the capstones of the Civil Rights movement. [Read more...]

Dives will always be with us — and so will selfish rich jackwagons who misquote the Bible

This is Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee. Or maybe it's the Sheriff of Nottingham. It's hard to tell them apart sometimes, what with their shared agenda of taking from the poor so they can plunder the public treasury.

Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought … and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. [Read more...]

A delusional fantasy … on fire!

I’ve sometimes characterized much of the “Teavangelical” right-wing of America as people caught up in a delusional fantasy — and elaborate make-believe role-playing game in which they pretend to be heroic champions battling against Satanic baby-killers, Satanazis, and other imaginary monsters. Some have suggested I’m exaggerating, but I’m not the one who made this video. [Read more...]

Ghosts of the 1980s

Koop “interviewed experts and activists on both sides and found that even more so than in the debate over AIDS, anti-choicers skewed science to fit their point of view. After doing the research, he concluded that there: ‘was no unbiased, rigorous scientific research on the effects of abortion on women’s health that could serve as the basis for a Surgeon General’s report on the issue.’” [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war


“The unemployment rate is still at a level which should cause politicians to panic. No one is panicking.” “If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth [since 1968], it would be over $16.50 an hour today. That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.” [Read More...]

‘Be bold. Be courageous.’

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“Basically, we pray for the community,” said Jose Rojas, pastor of the church. “This is the horror of the whole country. There are all these shootings. … I think it’s too much, too much to see innocent people being killed.” [Read more...]

Virginia Republicans back away from ‘three-fifths’ plan for black voters


First the good news: Virginia Republicans have backed away from plans to end one-person, one-vote elections in the state. The bad news, of course, is that Virginia Republicans introduced and seriously considered a proposal to end one-person, one-vote elections in the state. [Read more...]

‘Seneca Falls, and Selma and Stonewall’

(White House photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

I heard that and expected those allusive, alliterative references to be left to stand alone, but then President Obama went on to make a more specific and explicit endorsement of the continuing struggle for the rights pursued by the unruly patriots of Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall. [Read more...]