I like that Trump picked Pence for his VP candidate.

Ok, let’s talk about Donald Trump and Mike Pence. First, Mike Pence.  What does his nomination mean?  Well, polls indicate that Trump is predictably struggling with women voters and racial minorities.  His VP pick was a chance for him to forge an inroad with those demographics. Instead, we got Mike Pence.  Pence gives Trump zero [Read More…]

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Bernie endorses Hillary for President.

Hey gang!  Sorry about yesterday.  The wife has a week off before med school starts, so we ran some errands for her and then spent the day snuggled up. As for today, we’re gonna head 90 minutes down the road in a sec to fill out some paperwork, so I’ll be out again. But worry [Read More…]

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FBI Director James Comey makes a statement on the Hillary Clinton email scandal to people who only see the political value of such a statement.

Today the FBI released its findings on the Hillary email scandal.  It turns out that mistakes were made (the same ones made by her predecessors, none of whom were indicted or even slapped on the wrist, because it turns out everybody makes mistakes at their job), but to quote FBI Director James Comey (who, it [Read More…]

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Google: “What is the EU” is the 2nd top search in the UK a day after most of their citizens voted to leave it.

And now I’m back to keeping up with the rest of the world.  I won’t lie, as time goes on there is a growing sense of ennui inside of me.  I used to think that atheists were more skeptical, more reasonable.  After all, they reached the more reasonable position about god’s existence, so wouldn’t that [Read More…]

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Appeals court upholds net neutrality.

A quick thing before I get cleaned up and hit the road, just because I saw it pop up in my new feed and I think it’s important: a federal appeals court upheld Obama’s directives on net neutrality this morning: A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers [Read More…]

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McConnell: “It’s pretty obvious [Trump] doesn’t know a lot about the issues.”

It’s a rare occasion where I immediately agree with Mitch McConnell: In an interview with Bloomberg’s Masters of Politics podcast, McConnell said he hoped Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would select a vice presidential candidate with a lot of experience to make up for his lack of policy expertise. “He needs someone highly experienced and [Read More…]

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Victory for the FFRF! Crosses come off police cars in Brewster County.

The sheriff in Brewster County, Texas fought this last year to put crosses on his county’s police cars — an obvious church/state violation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked him nicely to not do that.  He did it anyway.  Now they had to ask not-so-nicely for those crosses to come off the cars.  The not-so-nicely [Read More…]

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Public schools in Kansas are shutting down, but Gov. Brownback just signed a bill limiting access welfare. Priorities.

Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will reduce the amount of time families can be on welfare: SB 402 will reduce the time frame a family can receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to 24 months from 36 months, unless a family gets a hardship exemption. It also reduces the lifetime limit in Kansas [Read More…]

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Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law applies to three very specific, Christian-based beliefs.

Mississippi, like a few other mostly Southern states, has passed a “religious freedom” bill which is really just a “let religious people slide around discrimination laws” bill. But Mississippi’s is different in a very relevant way: it stipulates that religious freedom, in this case, only applies to same-sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, and that [Read More…]

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Republicans trying to slip anti-gay provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act.

Like they do every year, Congress is working on passing the National Defense Authorization Act.  According to Wikipedia, “the authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.”  It’s pretty straight forward. But some Republicans are trying to slip anti-gay bits into the [Read More…]

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