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Category Archive: Politics

Feb 25 2014

My sordid history of showering with gay men

Jack Burkman is a lobbyist who is trying to get a congressperson to support his idea of a good law: one that would ban gay people from being in the National Football League. It doesn’t sound constitutional, and although it wouldn’t surprise me if some of our congressvermin wouldn’t approve, it’s so toxic that I’d …

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Feb 25 2014

A magnificent denunciation of libertarian revision

Really. It’s terrific. Watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from yesterday. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook

Feb 25 2014

They will return with stories, I’m sure

David Silverman, Amanda Knief, and Dave Muscato are going to be at an American Atheists booth at CPAC, that radical Conservative Political Action Committee meeting all the wingnuts attend. It’s a cunning trick. If they survive, they know we’re all going to have another reason to attend the convention in Salt Lake City — so …

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Feb 25 2014

Thousands of channels and nothing on

So much junk. So much failed ambition. It seems like even the cable channels that are set up with high purpose (hello, History/Discovery/Learning channels) immediately succumb to the lure of the lowest common denominator and turn into dreck, so where is The Sportsman Channel to go? Wait, you say, the Sportsman Channel doesn’t sound that …

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Feb 24 2014

Math with letters is a liberal conspiracy

There is no test for competence before any old yahoo can get elected to congress. Take Al Melvin, a Reagan Republican from Tucson, who recently joined in the vote against implementing the Common Core standards in Arizona. He has a fabulous reason for voting down the standards. Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he …

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Feb 22 2014

Fascinating developments in the Ukraine

After prolonged unrest and violence in the streets, the Ukrainian parliament voted to oust President Yanukovych — which Yanukovych called a “fascist coup” while trying to flee the country. Meanwhile, as the corruption of his regime dissolves away, peaceful protestors march on the presidential compound. What do they find? Impressive opulence and that the president …

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Feb 16 2014

That’s some pep talk

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Today’s Doonesbury has a couple of characters reminiscing about being in the Iraq war in 2004…and they quote George W. Bush. Is that real? I’ve been working hard to erase the Bush years from my memory, but did we really have a president that simple-minded in office just 5 years ago? Yes, we did. “Kick …

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Feb 11 2014

Funny story

There was an accident at a suicide bomber training camp: an instructor set off a vest loaded with explosives, killing himself and 21 other terrorists-in-training, wounding 15 more, and 8 were arrested in the aftermath. Laugh, everyone! Bad guys are dead! And ironically so! Of course, imbedded in the story are details we might otherwise …

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Feb 07 2014

Another fine American export

Andy Warner

The Olympics have always been political, always been tied to the nationalist aspirations of the host country. Always. Even when they are hosted in relatively benign countries, we should be wary of this attempt to hijack what ought to be simply an international athletic event into propaganda. (It’s not just the Olympics, either; what is …

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Jan 31 2014

How Mormons deal with poverty

It’s very Republican. Uintah Elementary School had a bunch of deadbeat kids who weren’t paying their lunch money, so something must be done. And it must be done in the worst, most callous and insensitive way. So they snatched the lunches away from kids after serving them. Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, …

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