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Calling Out Fake Christians

While many will take this post as a diatribe against Christians, it really isn’t. It’s a plea to start calling out FAKE Christians. You know who I mean; people who wield their alleged Christianity like a blunt instrument, or those who invoke God in a political argument with the goal …

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Why Trump Waited So Long and Still Blew It

All weekend, Lord Donny barely Tweeted. He claimed to be in meetings all day, but we all know he was probably playing golf. We know this because he doesn’t attend many meetings and when it rains enough to wash out a golf game, he takes to Twitter to insult people, …

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The Warriors for Free Speech

Funny. I have been a “warrior for free speech” all my life. I have worked continuously to make sure everyone’s speech is properly protected from government and private interference, to the extent possible. For example, I would never deny that Lord Donny has the right to Tweet about anything he …

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Major Flashback: Pro-Choice is the Essence of Liberty

For the New Year, I decided to repost something I wrote and published for the first time on April 18, 1997. It’s depressing, in a way, that it’s even more fitting now than it was when I wrote it. Women’s rights will be under assault like never before. We all …

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Where Have You Been? Welcome Back!

I am flabbergasted, and I don’t flabbergast easily. It’s probably because I am a white liberal, but I am amazed at how many of my fellow white liberals are screaming that they are now worried that the election of Donald Trump “will embolden” white nationalists and other white racists to …

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White Privilege is Fact. Period.

A few days ago, I got tired of the asinine postings about Colin Kaepernick. I mean, I can’t believe so many people care about this nonsense. So, on my personal Facebook page, I did the unthinkable; I posted about 4 paragraphs on it. The entire issue is asinine. Yes, Kaepernick …

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Voter Suppression Can Only Work if…

Anyone who thinks the Republican “message” is why they keep beating us in elections is remarkably gullible. There I said it. Phew. Republicans win because of a two-pronged approach that we could counter easily, if PUBs and the professional left were just a bit smarter. Sorry guys, but this is …

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Document Dumpers are Not “Heroes”

Just before the convention last week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had to deal with the release of thousands of emails through Julian Assange and Wikileaks. According to most sources investigating this matter, it is likely the hack that led to the email release was conducted by Russian intelligence, which …

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Walk and Chew Gum

There was a disturbing analysis in this morning’s New York Times, suggesting that, while the shootings of two men by police may have given more life and extra urgency to the Black Lives Matter movement a few days ago, the shootings of Dallas Police officers seems to have caused “the …

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Shove Your “Thoughts and Prayers”

This week has featured a lot of tragedy. And make no mistake, it’s all tragedy. The police who were gunned down in Dallas last night is a tragedy. The killing of unarmed black men is a tragedy. And all we seem to do about any of it is to react …

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It’s Not About Religion, It’s About Hate

Okay, it’s time to be honest here… In keeping with my basic philosophy, I never use the names of mass shooters, but that will work great in this case. For the sake of this article, let’s call him Biff. Biff was born in the United States from parents who were from …

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There is no “Abortion Debate.”

There is really no such thing as an “abortion” debate. What we are actually having when we discuss abortion is a freedom debate. Who gets to decide whether or not a woman should stay pregnant against her will? Should it be the woman herself, or should she be forced to cede that power …

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Here’s the Thing About Privacy

It used to be really easy. If we wanted privacy, we could just stay at home, hide under our covers and keep to ourselves. Alone. No problem, unless we wanted to work for a living. It’s funny, but while we complain about privacy constantly, are we really worse off than …

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Republican Exceptionalism or, March of the Perverts

In May, I turn 58. I have been going in to public restrooms by myself since first grade, so that’s more than a half century. In a half century, I can honestly say that I am unaware of anyone checking out my junk to make sure I was “qualified” to …

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Caucuses are Undemocratic

You know, one of the few areas where pretty much everyone to the left of hardcore Republicans agree comes with the idea that everyone should be allowed to vote. Everyone. We progressives are all in favor of stopping any attempt to suppress votes, whether it’s unfairly canceling registrations, purging people of color …

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Blaming Islam

Once upon a time, there was a country called East Germany. It was a communist country, wholly influenced and dominated by the old USSR, which stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. For its part, East Germany’s official name was the German Democratic Republic. Likewise, the official name that China …

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White Liberals, Stop Embarrassing Me!

Yesterday was unbelievable. It was certainly a watershed moment in the history of #BernieBro rage. (Once again, before I start, a disclaimer: I have nothing against Bernie Sanders. In fact, there is a great possibility I will vote for him in the primary and, if he wins the nomination, I …

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Gunloons Gone Wild

I’ve been talking about this for years on this blog and elsewhere, and it’s finally starting to take hold. President Obama has finally done what should have been done a while ago, precisely because Congress won’t do anything at all to reduce the number of gun deaths in this country, …

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The Second Amendment Says WHAT?

Has there ever been a time in history in which the complete and utter misinterpretation of one single sentence has led to such a swath of death and destruction? Here’s the sentence; see if you recognize it: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the …

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A Call for Congressional Candidates to Take a Test on the Constitution

Here’s the thing: Before they are allowed to take a seat in the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate, every single member is required to take the following oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all …

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