Outdoing the Willie Horton ad

Older readers may recall the infamous Willie Horton ad that was unleashed during the 1988 presidential election by the campaign of George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis that implied that Dukakis was responsible, as governor of Massachusetts, for the weekend furlough program of a criminal who went on to commit rape and assault. It has been seen as a high-water mark of vicious campaign tactics.
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Stories that will make your blood boil

Jamycheal Mitchell, a 24-year old mentally ill black man, was found dead in his jail cell. That is bad enough but what makes it even worse is that he had been held in jail for four months without bail after being “accused of stealing a bottle of Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake worth a total of $5.” Four months in jail without bail for stealing $5 worth of merchandise? How can that be even possible?
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It’s martyr time, Kim Davis!

Today the US Supreme Court turned down the request of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis for a stay of US District judge David Bunning’s ruling that she has to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, including same-sex ones, pending a hearing on the merits of her case by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. That court had already turned down her request for a stay on the grounds that her appeal was unlikely to be successful.
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Mount McKinley is now officially Denali

You may recall my post of a couple of months ago about how members of the Ohio congressional delegation were using legal maneuvers to prevent Alaska’s Mount McKinley being changed to Denali, its original Athabascan name, simply because president McKinley was from Ohio and even though he had never been to Alaska or had anything to do with the mountain.
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Kim Davis has committed a boo-boo

The saga of Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, who has been fighting for Jesus by denying marriage licenses to all couples ever since the US Supreme Court ruled in June that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, has got weirder. (Her appeal for a stay of the district judge’s order to issue licenses is now before the Supreme Court.) It turns out that in February, she had issued a marriage license to a couple consisting of a transgender man and a woman.
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Are these psychics practicing their skills on parole boards?

Michael Wilson has a fascinating article in which he examines the transcripts of psychics testifying before the parole boards where they come clean and admit that they are running scams. What was interesting in the article is that it seems like there is no shortage of people willing to give them huge sums of money. He cites the case of Celia Mitchell.
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