While I'm in shock over the Batman shootings (check out Garance Franke-Ruta's painfully accurate outline of how this will play out in public discourse), here are some further thoughts from around the web on the Boy Scouts' decision to keep out the homos:
The Scouts seem to be saying: If gays are around, we can?t stop thinking about homosexuality. ...
As a former Scout, I have too much affection for the organization to take any pleasure in this latest embarrassment. ?They?re stuck in the Dark Ages,? my mother said, over the telephone, and she?s 76.
And yet somehow the Girl Scouts get by without LDS money. Check out why here at this LDS forum:
The financial industry is taking another run at a plan to help homeowners, this time the proposed program in San Bernardino County that would use eminent domain laws to acquire underwater mortgages and then refinance them for borrowers at market rates.[...]
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The Mississippi Economic Policy Center, to whom I have linked many times, has some excellent analysis of the effects of the proposed Medicaid expansion. Here are three posts to read to help combat the GOP hype machine, which is stuck in overdrive on this issue:
4 Reasons why Medicaid Expansion is Good for Mississippi?s Economy
Rejecting Medicaid Expansion would create coverage gap for Mississippi?s most Vulnerable Working Families
Health Care Jobs become Critical to Mississippi?s Economy
The bottom line is that the federal government is looking to pump money into a vital portion of Mississippi's economic equation, and we'd be foolish to refuse it.
Check out what happens when a Republican stands up to the crazies in their party's midst. Read the comments below this post from Matt Lewis criticizing Michele Bachmann's racist attack on a top Hillary staffer simply because the woman is Muslim-American.Here are two samples of the comments - welcome to the modern Republican party:InRussetShadowsThe DC needs to fire Matt Lewis NOW. His...
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Fox News opinion host Bill O'Reilly says that President Barack Obama's misguided disdain for capitalism is a reaction to "historical grievances" about slavery.
During his Thursday "Talking Points" segment, O'Reilly said that footage of president's comments about business, which critics say were deceptively edited by both Fox News and Mitt Romney's campaign, proved that "the real Barack Obama has finally stood up."
"What the president wants to do is restrain capitalism through taxation," the Fox News host explained. "If you score big, he wants a big piece of the action so he can give what you get to other people."
"Now I could be wrong about this, but I think Mr. Obama allows historical grievances -- things like slavery, bad treatment for Native Americans and U.S. exploitation of Third World countries -- to shape his economic thinking," O'Reilly continued. "Rather than seeing the U.S.A. as basically noble, he gives the bad things about America far too much weight, leading to his desire to redistribute wealth, thereby correcting historical grievance."
"Mr. Obama is not a communist, he's not a socialist," he conclued. "He's a social justice anti-capitalist. That's what he is."
(h/t: Media Matters)
Once again psychotic rage rises up to preempt our attention. Real blood splatters innocents enjoying movie mayhem and sets off another round of parsing a twisted soul?s life and motives.
In coming days, curiosity about the ?Batman? killer will sweep aside everyday anxieties to swamp us with unanswerable questions about mental illness, popular culture, gun control and the degradation of American life.
James Holmes will join Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in dominating the Google universe, leaving them--and us--helpless to do more than express shock and grief in a literally unspeakable situation.
As HBO?s ?Newsroom? ends its weekly installment of agitating us into reflection about our media diet with last year?s Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Arizona, our nerve endings are now in a Denver suburb.
Slowly, the victims will acquire names, faces and life histories to let us mourn themas real people rather than statistics, but what then?
In time, the unspeakable will exhaust its 15 minutes and we can go back to worrying about the presidential campaign and who is sleeping with whom in Aaron Sorkin?s fevered imagination.
The darkness will still be out there.
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The Pentagon has announced that members of the military were among those shot overnight at the mass killing in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. In a press briefing, a Pentagon spokesperson provided little information, but confirmed that military members were either shot or killed.
The Delaware County, Indiana Republican Party is reconsidering its decision to display a punching bag with the likeness of President Obama with a black eye at the Delaware County State Fair.
On Wednesday, the fair hosted Democrat Night, and attendees offended by the caricature asked officials to remove it. At least one Republican was equally outraged with the display. Brad Oliver, who is running for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, had asked the individuals tasked with running the party’s tent to remove the punching bag, and when he was “overruled,” he instructed his supporters to leave the fair in protest.
The display was finally removed after a veteran approached Tom Bennington, a spokesman for the county GOP , and voiced his concerns:
Bennington confirmed reports that among the people objecting to the Obama punching bag was a local man who, like Bennington, was a military veteran. The man objected to the disrespectful image of the military commander-in-chief and Bennington agreed.
?My contention is that it is not racial,? Bennington said. ?Obama is somebody we want to defeat. It was all meant in fun. But in reality I considered it a little offensive myself. It?s taken down. It was taken down five minutes after the discussion.
Despite complying with visitors’ demands to remove the punching bag, so far Republicans have largely remained unapologetic. Even Bennington, who asked the party to remove the display, seemed oblivious to the truly offensive nature of it: ?It was what I consider mildly offensive,? he said initially. ?We had a lot of people having a good time with it.”