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Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 04:30 PM PST

Why Don't We Teach Social Skills?

by Thunder Road

I think there’s a glaring hole in our nation’s public school curriculum. I’m talking about an imaginary missing course called “Social Dynamics 101″. Since it’s my imaginary course, I get to come up with an imaginary syllabus…

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Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 11:19 AM PST

They Have Blood On Their Hands

by Thunder Road

Last night, Rebecca Mansour, one of Sarah Palin's top aides, had this to say about her boss' role in yesterday's tragic shooting in Tuscon:

I don't understand how anyone can be held responsible for someone who is completely mentally unstable like this," Ms. Mansour said. "Where I come from the person who is actually shooting is culpable. We had nothing whatsoever to do with this. (source)

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Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 04:33 PM PDT

What Just Happened?

by Thunder Road

Are you walking around in a daze today, like me, wondering what just happened? It seems like just yesterday we were basking in the joy that our fellow citizens had finally taken hold of their senses. The very same country that voted this guy:

gwb

into office (twice!) had, at long last, chosen hope over fear and substance over sound bytes.

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Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM PDT

Don't Stop Believing

by Thunder Road

Remember how happy we were on November 4th, 2008...

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Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 02:39 PM PDT

Remember This Date

by Thunder Road

March 21, 2010. Remember that date because it's going to be an important one. If everything goes according to plan, tomorrow the US House of Representatives will approve H.R. 4872 ("The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010").

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Wed Dec 09, 2009 at 06:35 PM PST

Five Myths of Health Care Reform

by Thunder Road

I'm seeing a rash of diaries trying to spread blame for the prematurely declared failure of health care reform. People like to point their finger at a particular person or group because it gives them an outlet for their rage. But our failure to pass comprehensive health care reform is not the fault of any one individual or group; it's due to this simple fact: We live in a sharply divided country (much more closely divided than one might think given the current composition of Congress), and the depth of that division is manifested in the incredibly close fight we are seeing over the health care debate.

Below the fold, I will present what I consider to be five myths about the fight for health care reform.
[cross-posted at Marc's Space]

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As Shakespeare once wrote "Facebook maketh for strange bedfellows". OK, he probably didn't say that, but I'm sure he thought it. Anyway, I have a friend who posted a facebook update bemoaning a new "war tax" proposal. My reaction to the latter caught the attention (and the ire) of my friend's ultra-wingnut buddy. Below the fold is my annotated transcript of the ensuing bizarre conversation, which would be funny if it weren't so scary.

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Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 04:06 PM PST

Why Are Jews Democrats?

by Thunder Road

It's a stereotype but one that happens to be true - Jews in America disproportionately support the Democratic party. In 2008, despite concerns about whether the huge bloc of elderly Jewish voters in Florida would vote for an African American candidate (see Sarah Silverman's hilarious Great Schlep video), Barack Obama won 75% of the Jewish vote.

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Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 02:36 AM PST

Kucinich: So Far Left He's Right

by Thunder Road

I don't mean "right" as in correct. I mean "right" as in wingnut. By voting against this bill, Dennis Kucinich has traversed a kind of political worm-hole and popped out the other end siding with Republicans on what may be the most important vote of his career.

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[cross-posted at Marc's Space]
Remember when everyone was clamoring for Joe Lieberman's head? After doing everything in his power to defeat Obama, including firing up the crowd at the Republican (!) National Convention, many Democrats wanted Senator Joe stripped of his prized Homeland Security Chairmanship, or worse. As you can see here, I was part of the "Kick Joe to the Curb" mob myself.

You may also recall that one big reason why Lieberman was shown compassion, rather than the door, was because then President-Elect Obama publicly stated his recommendation to cut Joe some slack. At the time, I was disappointed in this response but here we are nearly a year later and we could really use Joe's vote to pass health care reform. I know what you're thinking: What good did leniency do us? He's up to the same old tricks again, threatening to support a filibuster with his fellow Republicans. But here's why things are different this time around...

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[Cross-posted at mkcohen.com]

This morning I read Spud1's diary about how the Mormon Church is up to their usual tricks (this time in Maine) of backing anti-gay rights groups while publicly distancing themselves from such contributions.
I got curious about something: given their obvious aversion to publicity in this area, I wondered how the Mormon Church itself portrays its views on gay rights. So instead of consulting an anti-Mormon web site, I went straight to the source, the official LDS web site to see what they have to say about their position gay rights. Here's what I found...

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I was recently discussing the quest for marriage equality in the US with a buddy of mine, who happens to come from Pennsylvania (the significance of which will become apparent below). My friend asked "why do gay people need to be married? With many states recognizing civil unions and many companies providing domestic partnership benefits, don't they already have the equivalent of marriage?".

Join me over the fold to see how I answered...

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