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Thank God for big, faceless corporations

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is scrambling to rescue his career. In an election year he should have known better than to sign a mindbogglingly stupid bill aimed at intimidating gays and lesbians. Republican Governors in such progressive strongholds as

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Religious Right, Uncategorized

Revenge of the Reality-Based Community

“I beheld the wretch — the miserable monster whom I had created.” Dr. Frankenstein Early in the second Bush Administration, even before the 9/11 attacks, reporters began to describe a strange pattern of delusion among aides and advisors. Any expression

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Politics of Crazy, Republican Party, Uncategorized

Being Southern

On US 61 about halfway between Vicksburg and Natchez sits a sagging shack under a rusting tin roof. As you speed by on your way to someplace important you might wonder why dozens of cars are awkwardly crammed into the

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Uncategorized

A Flag Ceremony

It was a strange, remarkable, and hopeful moment. Flanked by legislators from both parties the Governor of South Carolina called for the Confederate flag to finally be removed from its revered place on the statehouse grounds. Republicans have been granted

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Tea Party

How to destroy Texas’ public schools

Texas’ legislature is poised to approve the boldest school privatization program in the country. This is what happens when you place a mildly deranged radio host in a state’s most powerful elected office. Sending public school students to private religious

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Texas

Scott Walker faces the Blue Wall

In the prevailing campaign narrative, we are supposed to believe that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is uniquely electable because of his success in a solidly blue state. Instead of demonstrating a Republican path to the White House, the Walker campaign

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Posted in Civil Rights, Election 2016, Neo-Confederate, Tea Party

Here’s a chance to do something

A post on this blog back in January described the troubling history of Confederate Heroes Day in Texas. Now, you have a chance to do something about it. One of the commenters to that post proposed the most obvious and

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Texas

The Mark Kirk Dilemma

Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk is a sound, rational, all-around decent guy who represents the best that the GOP has to offer. In 2010 I made phone calls, walked the precincts, and generally laid out to get him elected. It

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Posted in Climate Change, Election 2016, Environment, Illinois, Immigration, Neo-Confederate

Perhaps if we understood the minimum wage…

Jeb Bush, who is trying to brand himself as the sane alternative to the Republican Presidential field, just backed the repeal of the Federal minimum wage. So, that’s that. Meanwhile, there is still time for Republicans to prepare a credible

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Posted in Economics, Election 2016, Neo-Confederate

Republicans for Same Sex Marriage

This is what the GOP might look like when the culture wars finally end. Republicans in Massachusetts have openly backed same sex marriage, joining an amicus brief filed by former RNC Chair and Bush Administration official Ken Mehlman. Almost all

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Religious Right
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