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|Do RFRA laws discriminate against atheists?
Here's one aspect of the RFRA controversy that I have not seen addressed by anyone else. Do such laws, by their very nature, discriminate against atheists? Why is it that people with deeply-held ...
|Who are the real victims, the real bullies?
Now that the Christian right is no longer able to pick on gays with impunity, and gays are asserting their right to be treated the same as every other American citizen, the righties are, at long last,
|Turns out people who actually use Obamacare like it
It has always struck me that one of the main problems with all those polls on the ACA is that pollsters keep asking people who really aren't all that affected by the law what their opinion of it is. ...
|Thomas Frank on how the Republicans stole the populist message from Dems
Thomas Frank has an article on Salon about how the Republicans "hijacked the mid-terms" by stealing the progressive message from Democrats - and how Democrats let them get away with it. He makes ...
|What to do when your only choice is a Republican
As a resident of CA-25, I find myself in a strange and unprecedented quandary this election season. Thanks to the crazy new primary system that California enacted this year - one in which the top ...
|Good Obamacare news: UnitedHealthcare jumps into market
This comes from Kaiser Health News . UnitedHealthcare, the largest insurance company in the nation that largely refused to participate in the Affordable Care Act exchanges in the first year, has ...
|Have a barf-bag handy while looking at this picture
Did you ever think this day would come? Well, apparently it has. The great George W. Bush Restoration Project has seemingly begun in earnest. After years of hiding him away in the attic, the RNC ...
|How the right is hoping that the absence of three small words will doom the ACA
"Or federal government" Apparently, the lack of those three simple words in the text of the law may spell serious trouble for the ACA. Let me explain. It seems that when the law was written, it ...
|Job creation breaks new record
As of June 2014, the U.S. economy has seen the highest number of consecutive months of private-sector job growth ever recorded (52 and counting). That compares with the second highest (51) under ...
|What would 30 million people actually look like?
To put things into a little perspective - and to get the full flavor of just how delusional the Far Right has ...
|Univ of MO students rally for Michael Sam
Just when you're about to give up hope, along comes a story like this one to re-affirm your faith in humanity - and especially the youth of today. When it was announced that the odious Westboro ...
|"Stand Your Ground" advocates always see themselves as the one with the gun
One of the problems with the "Stand Your Ground" laws is that those defending them always seem to see themselves as the ones making the stand and not as the innocent victims of the gun violence. ...
|Copay exemptions: Another way in which insurance companies screw their patients
On Monday, I went to the doctor for my annual physical checkup. As this was clearly one of those "preventative" appointments for which the ACA mandates there be no copay, I naturally expected not to ...
|"I Don't Want Health Insurance; I Don't Need Health Insurance"
It began innocently enough. I was having a conversation in the laundry room with one of my neighbors down the hall. He’s a single guy in his 40s who works as a security guard. I asked him how ...
|Mr. Climate Change Goes to Washington
Think Progress has a fascinating article up today showing how climate change has come to Washington D.C. For over five and a half days, the temperature was at least 80 degrees in D.C. This 138-hour ...
|Tragic News: Major gay-rights activist in Africa tortured and killed
Just when we think we've taken a major leap ahead in LGBT rights in the world, we are confronted with the grim reality that being gay can still be a very dangerous thing. This comes from an article ...
|David Gregory lies about Medicare tax provision of the ACA
It's bad enough we have to put up with endless disinformation coming from outlets like Faux News, but it is really too much when it comes from supposedly "unbiased" news sources like NBC's "Meet the ...
|WP/ABC News Poll: majorities back gay rights decisions, disagree with voting rights decision
According to a Washington Post/ABC poll released Wednesday morning, a majority of Americans agree with the Supreme Court rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA, and disagree with its ruling on the Voting Rights ...
|A reminder of when the IRS went after the left
In the wake of the recent apology from the IRS for targeting right wing groups and the brouhaha that has resulted from that action, it might behoove us to at least be reminded of a time when that ...
|VIDEO: GOP lies about Obama spending cuts exposed
Think Progress has put out a great video showing just how disengenuous the GOP is when it comes to the spending cuts they claim Obama hasn't made. Over and over again we hear how the president isn't ...
|SB1070 hurting Arizona businesses
This is something most of us on here predicted would happen back in 2010 when the Arizona legislature passed the draconian "Papers Please Law" SB1070, which pretty much made it legal to pull someone ...
|Will wonders never cease? Gingrich comes out for marriage equality?
To see just how far we've come on the issue of marriage equality, even serial adulterer and diehard social conservative Newt Gingrich is coming to acknowledge the inevitability of same-sex marriage.
|A Tale of Two Videos: Hannity/Coulter on why Romney would win/why Romney lost
I came across these two videos on youtube. The first is from the night before the election in which Sean Hannity and guest Ann Coulter confidently explain why Romney is destined to win the ...
|Video: Allan Lichtman's 2011 prediction of an Obama win
I've been following American University Professor Allan Lichtman ever since I heard about the 13-key system he came up with in the 1980s for accurately predicting the outcome of presidential ...
|Most accurate popular-vote pollsters: ABC/WaPo, Pew Research
Now that it looks like the final vote tally is going to shake out as Obama 51 Romney 47 , it's time to give credit where credit is due and declare the ABC/Washington Post and the Pew Research polls ...
|Michael Reagan's unique explanation for Romney loss: not enough W.
Straight out of the now-I've-heard-everything file comes conservative columnist Michael Reagan's explanation for why Romney lost the election: George W. Bush was missing-in-action. Yup, that's it. ...
|Gun shop owner won't sell weapons to Obama voters
The collective freak-out over the re-election of President Obama continues unabated on the Right, with yet another business owner taking out his anger on his customers. This time it's the owner of ...
|Were gay voters the determining factor in Obama's victory?
Much has been made of the fact that minority voters - Hispanics in particular - were a decisive factor in President Obama's re-election. But could the same case be made for yet another minority ...
|No, undecided voters DON'T wind up breaking for the challenger
In the weeks leading up to last Tuesday's election, one of the ways in which those on the right convinced themselves that Romney was going to win, despite what the polling was saying, was to make ...
|Dick Morris admits to trying to help Romney with his prediction
Dick Morris returns to the scene of the crime to try and explain why he was so off in his prediction of an electoral landslide for Romney. In addition to blaming the usual scapegoats like Super ...
|Head of Focus on the Family admits culture-war defeat
Even some of the nation's most prominent culture-warriors seem to be getting the message. The country has changed, and if the religious right doesn't change with it, they may wind up stuck out in ...
|Romney de-friended on Facebook at rapid clip
Sucks to lose. According to a story on Mashable , in the first three days after he lost the election, Mitt Romney was abandoned by more than 50,000 cyber friends, at the rate of 847 per hour. As ...
|I can't wait for next year's CPAC Conference
Seriously, there's nothing more entertaining than tuning into the American Conservative Union's CPAC Conference in a year after which the right has just been the victim of an electoral schlacking. I ...
|The NRA: the only group to get a worse return on its investment than Crossroads GPS
All the talk this week has been about how much money Karl Rove's super-pac, American Crossroads GPS, threw away on Tuesday's elections, but one group actually got less bang for its buck than Turd ...
|Republican official in Texas calls Obama-voters "maggots"
Here we go again. Example #3175 of someone becoming completely unhinged by the re-election of Barack Obama. Have you ever seen such a collection of hyperbolic drama queens as those on the right? ...
|Another myth shattered: undecideds do NOT always go to the challenger
One of the many things Republicans, unhappy with what they were seeing in the polls before the election, told themselves was that Romney was likely to win because "undecideds" always break for the ...
|A margin-of-error question
On the Ed Show tonight, Jonathan Alter tried to rain on Ed and Richard Wolff's pre-election parade by cautioning them not to become over-confident about Ohio because the polls show Obama's lead to ...
|Eric Bolling is now officially the dumbest pundit in America
I know that that is a difficult assessment to make given the quality of the competition, but Eric Bolling said something so monumentally stupid on FOX yesterday that I find it hard to fathom that ...
|Wayne Powell's newest anti-Cantor ad: creepy cardboard cut-out
The Wayne Powell for Congress campaign has a clever ad out that nicely illustrates why women need to vote majority leader Eric Cantor out of the Congress. It shows a young woman consulting with her ...
|An encouraging statistic from Nate Silver
Recently, Nate Silver ran the numbers on state polling in Presidential election years and found this interesting statistic: that every single time a candidate has been ahead in the aggregate of ...
|My letter to the editor regarding Romney endorsement
The Los Angeles Daily News officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president over Barack Obama. My written response is as follows: Romney? Really? You're endorsing a man who would bring back pre-...
|When I phone bank, I do it for Stacy Lihn
Let me just state right up front that I'm not a natural fit when it comes to phone banking. In fact, as a live-and-let-live kind of person who does pretty much everything he can to avoid ...
|Obama best president for corporate profits since the 19th Century
How's this for socialism run amok? While those on the right accuse President Obama of being terrible for American business, it turns out that Obama has presided over the greatest increase in ...
|Nordstrom comes out for marriage equality
To help clear the palette after the distasteful display from Chick-fil-A this past summer, a titan of corporate America has taken a firm stand in the fight for marriage equality. Luxury retailer ...
|1000 humans spell out "Dump Citizens United" on beach
Karl Rove may have the money, but we've got the creativity! In the picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words category, one thousand Americans took to the beach near San Francisco on Saturday to spell out ...
|"Friday Night Lights" creator not happy Romney stole show's slogan
Let me just state right up front that "Friday Night Lights" may well be my favorite TV series of all time, so I took it as a bit of a personal affront when the Romney campaign chose to adapt the show'
|Drive home the meme: Mitt Romney = George Bush III
For reasons I can't quit figure out, the Obama campaign seems to be passing up a golden opportunity to define Mitt Romney as the second coming of George W. Bush. The campaign has thus far done a ...
|7% of Americans believe PBS accounts for 50% or more of federal budget
File this one under "Oh, please, people can't really be this stupid, can they?" According to a poll conducted by CNN/Opinion Research in March 2011, 7% of respondents answered that PBS and other ...
|CNN fact-checking: minus the facts
This Young Turks clip shows exactly how NOT to do fact-checking. This one involves Obama's assertion in the debate that Romney is offering a $5 trillion tax-cut and that, in so doing, will be ...
|Study proves ACA's contraception availability will lead to fewer abortions
Most rational, logical, thinking people would assume that the more people use contraception, the fewer unwanted pregnancies - and thus fewer abortions - there would be. But then those on the right ...
|Hey, Georgie Boy, here are a few other reasons to vote for Obama
George Will made the suggestion that the only reason Obama seems poised to win re-election is because he's black and Americans are reluctant to throw out of office our first black President. In his ...
|Anti-teachers union movie sets near-record as box office bomb
"Won't Back Down," the movie that paints teachers unions as the main culprit in low student achievement, has achieved a record of sorts. According to boxofficemojo , it had the second all-time-...
|More Republican voter-registration fraud, this time in Calfornia
It's odd that the party that always pretends to be so concerned about voter faud - enough to actively disenfranchise millions of Democratic-leaning voters all around the nation - turns out to be the ...
|J.K. Rowling: the flip-side of Romney on taxes
Unlike the Republican nominee for President, author J.K. Rowling is a millionaire who doesn't spend all her time and energy trying to avoid paying taxes. When asked why she continues to live in ...
|Chris Wallace calls poll-trutherism "craziness" (with audio)
Apparently, even Chris Wallace of FOX News, has had it with the "poll-truthers." When challenged by the host of The Mike Gallagher Radio Show on the efficacy of the polls, Wallace responded with ...
|Video: Dick Morris predicts Romney win
With Obama's poll numbers rising seemingly by the hour on both a national and swing-state level, the pundits on the right are going ape-dump crazy trying to convince themselves and their minions ...
|Native American tribes go all-in for Obama
Wow, guess the racist shenanigans of those Scott Brown campaign staffers aren't going to do much to help rectify this situation. In the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, there was a front-page story ...
|Recent changes in voters' attitudes towards the economy are benefiting Obama
Tuesday's Los Angeles Times featured a front-page article entitled Mitt Romney Campaign Impaired by Shift in Voter Attitudes by David Lauter. It starts off with this: Republican nominee Mitt ...
|The TRUE stars of the Romney 47% video: the waiters and waitresses
James Poniewozik in TIME (unfortunately, behind a firewall) analyses the infamous Romney 47% video from a rather unique perspective: that of the hardworking staff catering the event. He argues that ...
|Obama raking in money in battleground states
In another heartening sign as we head into the final stretch of the presidential race, the Obama campaign has raised more money than Romney's in 10 of 11 swing states over the course of the last two ...
|Actress, after receiving death threats, sues producer of anti-Islam film
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who appeared in the crude, low-budget film "Innocence of Muslims" - whose aggressively negative portrayal of the prophet Mohammed has caused a violent reaction in the ...
|Millionaires are also part of the 47%
Before Romney goes casting aspersions on the deadbeat leeches known as the 47%, he should take note that some of those leeches are esteemed members of the 1%. According to the non-partisan Tax ...
|No surprise...Romney insulted mainly red state residents
One thing Romney might want to consider is that many of the 47% of Americans he insulted actually reside in the states most likely to vote for him. The ranking of states with "filers with no ...
|Stirring the pot: Huckabee releases Islamophobic song
Honestly, can't you just hear them gleefully gearing up for a war between the West and Islam? The latest entry? A song posted on Mike Huckabee's website, a "parody" done to the tune of Billy Joel'...
|One year anniversary of repeal of DADT: sky hasn't fallen
It's not polite to say "I told you so," I guess, but we did tell them so, and told them, and told them... After years of listening to right-wing know-it-alls like John McCain predicting dire ...
|Righties just can't understand why Romney isn't winning
There's nothing like a bunch of right-wing in-fighting and angst-ridden hand-wringing to spice up one's day. Why, the right wingers wonder, isn't Romney mopping up the floor with the President ...
|"Anti-Christian" film met with violence
A movie deemed by many to be offensive to a particular religion results in violent protest against said film. But I'm not talking about the recent events in the Middle East. I'm talking about what ...
|Some telling facts from the New Jersey presidential poll
Of course, it's no real surprise that Obama is leading Romney by a fairly substantial margin (51-37) in the reliably blue state of New Jersey. What I found more telling were some of the details ...
|Republican Congressman calls Planned Parenthood "racist"
The crazy just keeps coming out of the Value Voters Summit. Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp had a lot of whoppers in his speech, including wrongly claiming that taxpayers will be funding ...
|How the "billionaire barbarians" are taking over the GOP
Mike Papantonio of Ring of Fire Radio performs a brilliant riff on the slow and methodical take-over of the Republican Party by a group of billionaire oligarchs whose grand scheme is to turn back ...
|Ronald Reagan used the government to spy on his own daughter
According to a recent article by Seth Rosenfeld in the New York Times , the patron saint of small-government Republicans, Ronald Reagan, assisted the FBI in spying on suspected Communists in ...
|CNN Chyron labels Charlie Crist a "turncoat"
Our "liberal media" is at it again. As democratic underground points out, how much you wanna bet CNN didn't label "Democrats" Joe Lieberman or Zell Miller "turncoats" when they spoke at Republican ...
|CBS News hires Frank Luntz as election analyist
Oh Lord, just what we need, yet more infiltration of the right wing into the mainstream media. A major news network has hired the generator of Republican talking-points as an "objective" analyst for ...
|Republicans are responsible for weak jobs report they blame Obama for
Every first Friday of the month, it would seem, we are fated to go through the same kabuki theater routine concerning the jobs report numbers. The Republicans tsk-tsk and point fingers at Obama for ...
|MSNBC tops in ratings for first time ever
MSNBC scored a first by beating out its rivals to become the most-watched cable news network on Tuesday, the first night of the Democratic Convention. http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/msnbc-wins-...
|Even Romney himself admits we're better off than we were four years ago
Now that the Republicans and the ever-helpful mainstream media have settled on their meme for Democratic National Convention week - the old "are you better off now than you were four years ago?" ...
|Why the "Are you better off now?" question may not work this time around
Steve Kornacki in Salon makes a point I honestly hadn't thought about before as to why the perennial election-year query "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" may not work this time ...
|Why is Mitt Romney not called on the carpet for being a "draft dodger"?
I remember the 1992 campaign all too well. Bill Clinton was mercilessly savaged for being a "draft dodger." Indeed, this was one of the most intense lines of attack leveled against the Democratic ...
|"War and Peace" battlefield falls victim to commercialization
Commercialism comes to Russia. Borodino, the battlefield immortalized in such works as Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture , is about to be turned into a place filled ...
|Obama's lead continues to grow on Nate Silver's site
While others are looking for a potential bounce for Romney after his convention or at least a narrowing of the gap between him and the President, Nate Silver shows Obama with a widening lead going ...
|Meredith Blake, why did you become a journalist?
"Alleged" It seems an innocuous enough little word on the face of it, but when used by L.A. Times reporter Meredith Blake in her article, entitled Republican Convention's Noteworthy Media Moments ...
|RNC delegate shocked to find Mexican working at American pavilion at EPCOT
An RNC delegate from Pennsylvania apparently doesn't think a "Mexican" should be working at the American pavilion at Disney World's EPCOT Center. From Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/ ...
|Robert Reich warning: Right's constant lying could lead to rise of demagogue
So how does one have a reasonable debate when one side lies and lies, then when called on it, simply lies some more? That's the situation Obama and the Democrats are facing this campaign season as ...
|If Obama were running his campaign like Romney is running his...
...that is to say, with outright lies, distortions, and ripped-out-of-context quotes, we might get something like this... A whole night of the convention built around the theme " WE Don't Like to ...
|Just for fun: If you want a genuine belly-laugh, check out this Young Turks video
I know this isn't much of a diary, but, honestly, I can't remember when I've seen anything this out-and-out entertaining. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
|Putting the anti-Obama movie's box office in perspective
The big news coming out of Hollywood this weekend is that the anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America , based on the discredited book by Dinesh D'Souza, will likely be the #3 or #4 film at the ...
|Ballot-box intimidation: True the Vote's efforts to steal the election
While people have been rightfully focused on the voter suppression skullduggery taking place in states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, another effort at stealing the vote has been pretty much ...
|Airlines taking leg room from the peasants and giving it to the elites
Apparently, class warfare will now be conducted in the friendly skies. First they took our salaries, then they took our benefits. Now, they're taking our leg space. Two airlines, Jet Blue and ...
|NBC Poll: Obama more trusted on Medicare
Perhaps one of the reasons the Obama campaign doesn't seem too concerned about the "Romney and Ryan are the true defenders of Medicare" meme the Republicans have been pushing of late is numbers like ...
|Putting that $716 billion back where it was originally would actually HURT seniors
Like the loathsome opportunist that he is, Mitt Romney has been running around saying that, if he is elected, he will restore the $716 billion he claims Obama "stole" from Medicare to give to ...
|When crystal balls turn cloudy: pundits get the future economy wrong
Huffington Post has an interesting piece up entitled "The 12 Worst Predictions about the Economy," zeroing in on some of the most notorious soothsayers who, though they have legions of credulous ...
|Ryan pays 20% tax on $323,000; Romney pays 14% on $20 million
That's right. Mitt Romney's running mate paid 6% more on his taxes than Romney paid on nearly 60 times the money. From USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-08-17/paul-ryan-
|A Breakdown of the $700 billion number
Amidst all the Republican-induced misinformation and hysteria, Think Progress has provided a nice breakdown of the $700 billion "cut" to Medicare that really isn't a cut at all. These changes are a ...
|Can we finally dispense with the fiction that Americans hate socialized medicine?
Ever since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick, Republicans have been falling all over themselves trying to prove that they are more pro-Medicare than Democrats. In fact, ...
|Ayn Rand would have HATED Paul Ryan
I know what you're thinking...not ANOTHER Paul Ryan diary. But I'm not sure if this aspect of the man has been covered on here or not. Even though Ryan professes endless love and admiration for ...
|Early Christian church run on socialist principles
If you listen to the modern evangelical movement in this country, you'd think Jesus was a devotee of Ayn Rand who advocated for the accumulation of wealth at any and all cost and thought unbridled ...
|Anybody born after 1957 or 1958 will be SCREWED!
That will indeed be the likely demarcation point between those who have Medicare and those who don't - if the Romney/Ryan team wins the election, that is. According to the plan, those who are 55 or ...
|Irony alert: The Queen of Vitriol decries Obama's lack of civility
You know the Democrats must be doing something right when even Sarah Palin is squealing like a stuck, lipstick-wearing pig about just how mean that President Obama is. I guess he learns from the best.
|RCP poll average: Obama is a stronger incumbent than GW Bush
This is a follow-up to my diary from yesterday, which showed that, according to the poll averages from Real Clear Politics, the Obama/Romney race is nearly identical to the Obama/McCain race at this ...
|RCP poll averages: Obama/Romney = Obama/McCain
Real Clear Politics has an interesting page that compares the state of the presidential race in national polls from 2008 with those of 2012 on a daily basis. These numbers represent the averages of ...
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