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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

When ISIS came to Texas

Starting in August of last year, Texas Governor Rick Perry began to hone a new message. In an effort to manufacture foreign policy credibility, Perry tried to repackage the policy challenges of a border state governor into a poor-man’s version

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Posted in Texas

A thought to ponder for the weekend

25 years ago, Rick Perry was a Democrat and Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. That is all. Have a great weekend.

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Posted in Republican Party

Republicans after white supremacy

“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long-term.” Sen. Lindsey Graham Inside today’s GOP, racism is like global warming. It’s an inescapable reality with powerful implications for our daily lives that is too ideologically

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

Why Sorenson will go to jail and Perry won’t

Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson pled guilty this week to Federal charges that are likely to send him to prison. The influential Tea Party Senator accepted $73,000 from the Ron Paul campaign in 2012 to shift his endorsement from Michele

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Posted in Election 2016, Texas

Muslims are coming from Mexico to murder you

Kent Brockman: Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside? Professor: Mmm, yes I would, Kent. The Simpsons, Season 5,

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Posted in Election 2016, Foreign Policy, Uncategorized

Which immigration problem do we want to solve?

Answers are only helpful if you know the question. That’s the problem with our efforts to build a sane, reasonable immigration scheme. Markets could provide us with solutions to our immigration challenges, but not until we decide exactly what problem

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Posted in Economics, Immigration

When Does Life Begin?

Texas Governor Rick Perry has called a second Special Session of the Legislature in order to pass new abortion rules that were thwarted last month by Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster. The legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks. More importantly

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Posted in Religious Right, Reproductive Rights

How Texas Disciplines Unchaste Women

The anger that’s pouring out against the Legislature over a new round of draconian anti-abortion rules has actually been building up for several years. Religious fundamentalists, let off the leash by the Texas GOP, have been placing provisions on the

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Posted in Reproductive Rights, Republican Party, Texas

Reconstruction 2.0 and the Neo-Confederate Backlash

The Federal Reconstruction effort that followed the Civil War is generally regarded as a failure, but over the past few decades a powerful combination of Federal intervention and global capitalism is transforming Southern life in ways that Yankee armies never

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Posted in Economics, Libertarian, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Race

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