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|S. Dakota official refuses to disclose complaints about banks because it might harm the banks
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|Alabama Senate opens with prayer against 'sexual perversions'
Alabama will eventually be forced to accept the reality of same-sex marriage -- but some folks will kick and scream the whole way there. Take, for instance, the Rev. David Gonnella, pastor of ...
|Alabama still collects tax to fund Confederate park but wants to close state parks for lack of money
This is one of those things that you just can't believe still exists in 2015, even in Alabama. Years and years ago the state of Alabama passed a property tax to fund pensions for Confederate ...
|Where are all the interviews with Iran's foreign minister?
Professor Juan Cole asks this very pertinent question regarding the media coverage of the nuclear deal with Iran. Why has Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu been all over American TV but ...
|Looks like Ronald Reagan will be on a US coin after all
Republicans have long pushed the idea of putting Ronald Reagan on a US coin. The dime was suggested but that went nowhere because it would have meant replacing FDR and the March of Dimes theme that ...
|An Alabama redneck discovers that gays have not taken over his brush pile
Alabama awakened on Monday to the realization that gay couples could, for the first time ever, apply for an Alabama marriage license and actually get one -- instead of being mocked or arrested or ...
|Supreme Court won't intervene in Alabama same-sex marriage case
The U.S. Supreme Court has notified attorneys for the state of Alabama and plaintiffs that there will be no ruling this weekend on the state's request for a stay of Judge Callie Granade's ruling ...
|Shakeup imminent at MSNBC?
MSNBC is in the doldrums as far as the ratings are concerned. The slide has been going on for a while now, but things seem to be hitting bottom. And that is setting off a new flurry of speculation ...
|11th Circuit denies stay of same-sex marriage ruling in Alabama
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta today refused to issue a stay of the ruling by a federal judge in Mobile that Alabama's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is ...
|Commission: New US gold coin should feature Liberty as an African-American woman
If you have ever wondered how designs are selected for the various coins and medals produced by the US Mint, the process includes a panel known as the Commission of Fine Arts. This commission ...
|Sports Unillustrated: Magazine lays off its entire photo staff
The trend in major media these days is to do without as many warm bodies as possible, especially warm bodies that require things like paid vacations and health insurance. Sports Illustrated, which ...
|Obama proposal gets support from ... wait for it ... an Alabama Republican
Yes, you read that correctly. There is at least one Republican in the Heart of Dixie who is not afraid to come out and say that President Obama actually has a proposal that should be seriously ...
|Hell Freezes Over: Alabama considers Medicaid expansion
Now that the election is over and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley finds himself safely re-elected, it was time today to deliver a dose of reality to state legislators about the dismal state of the state'...
|A story of police-citizen interaction to renew your faith
It is good to remember, especially at this time of year, that there are many, many fine and dedicated police officers who strive to serve and protect their communities. One such officer is William ...
|Donald Trump embarrasses himself at a NASCAR banquet
If you are going to make a speech at a banquet to honor the champions of the recently concluded NASCAR season, it would probably be a good idea to have at least some basic knowledge of just what the ...
|Alabama federal judge gets slap on the wrist in wife-beating case
Mark Fuller is a federal district judge in Montgomery, Alabama, sitting on the bench in the Middle District of Alabama since he was appointed by President Bush back in 2002. He is best known for ...
|Missouri newspaper publishes cartoon showing Ferguson protesters as looters
The Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri is catching hell, and rightly so, for its racist editorial cartoon that accompanies a column by conservative writer Rich Lowry. The cartoon shows a protester ...
|It's not a game
There are days when it is quite difficult to watch MSNBC during the day. Today is such a day -- a day in which the coverage of the Affordable Care Act is nearly 100 percent about the horse race ...
|Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in their stores
Apparently Starbucks doesn't really appreciate all those Starbucks Appreciation Days that gun owners have been holding. NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, ...
|Speaking of secession, how about the state of West Mississippi?
Republicans in northeast Colorado, northern California and now western Maryland are incensed that they should have to endure living in blue states with such horrors as health care. So they want to ...
|Poor Rupert Murdoch. He has to sell his yacht
Times are tough for multi-billionaire media moguls who are fending off British prosecutors and wives filing for divorce. So bad, apparently, that Rupert Murdoch has to put his yacht up for sale. ...
|When Nazis tried to take over a North Dakota town
Nazis in North Dakota? Sounds like the plot for a bad B-grade movie, doesn't it? Except that it is true. It seems that a particularly loathsome white supremacist/neo-Nazi by the name of Craig Paul ...
|Top 10 Reasons Why Ted Cruz is a Secret Canadian
10. He knows the words to "Oh Canada." Real Americans can barely recognize the music. 9. His favorite Star Trek actor is William Shatner (Canadian) rather than Leonard Nimoy (Vulcan-American) 8. Has ...
|Howard Kurtz joins Fox News
This news should come as no surprise to anyone who has spent much time listening to Howard Kurtz and his CNN show on the media. FOX News Channel (FNC) has hired veteran media reporter Howard Kurtz, ...
|Alabama pension fund chief to Obamacare critics: 'Get over it'
God bless David Bronner. Bronner has been in charge of the public employees' pension system for years and has been extremely successful at making a ton of money through very savvy investments, ...
|Karen Finney to host an MSNBC weekend show
MSNBC has announced that former DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney, a regular feature on many of the network's talk shows, will have her own show on Saturdays and Sundays from 4-5 p.m. EDT. Finney will ...
|Magazine editor: Women are ornamental, kinda like 'cool cars'
I suppose this guy from Esquire at least deserves credit for being honest. But certainly nothing else. "The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental," he said, speaking on a panel at the ...
|Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend to Republican Saving Time
Much of the country will "spring forward" this weekend (Sunday at 2 a.m. to be specific) for the start of Daylight Saving Time. But "spring forward" sounds kind of socialistic. Today's GOP just can'...
|Esquire: 'The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden ... Is Screwed.'
Esquire magazine has a fascinating article up on the SEAL Team 6 member who shot Osama bin Laden and the struggles he has gone through since leaving the military. Identified only as "The Shooter," ...
|Fox uses photo of same-sex couple with story touting traditional marriage
Ya gotta love the irony of this. Atop yet another typical Fox News article espousing the merits of heteronormativity sits a decidedly atypical sight: A photo of the same-sex couple who made ...
|Gomer Pyle marries his longtime partner
There is no way that Jim Nabors could have done this in his home state of Alabama. The man beloved by millions for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle comes from Sylacauga, Alabama, a state which has ...
|Did you know there is an 'unmet need for conservative news'?
Oh sure, America needs jobs, health care, gun control and a swift end to the war in Afghanistan. But did you know that conservatives have practically nowhere to go in this country for conservative ...
|The Donald gets no respect
Which is to be expected ... since all he deserves is scorn and derision. And that's what he got in buckets this morning when he tweeted congratulations to Deadspin for its work on the Manti Te'o ...
|Jake Tapper leaves ABC to join a dying network
Jake Tapper, the poster boy of mainstream Beltway journalism, is leaving ABC. That's the good news. The bad news is that he is joining CNN, which considers this a good thing. Tapper has been a ...
|Forget about gun control. What's needed is ammo control
With something like 280 million guns already floating around out there in the country, laws to make it a little harder to buy a new one wouldn't be as effective as something else that might --- ...
|McDonald's employees "voluntarily" sign up to work holidays?
McDonalds hasn't been all that happy about sales at its zillions and zillions of restaurants lately but last month it hit upon a way to boost those numbers -- stay open on Thanksgiving Day. People ...
|Newspaper tells two reporters to decide which one gets laid off
This has to be a new low. A company -- in this case the Kansas City Star newspaper -- feels the need to lay off an employee. Instead of making the decision themselves, the Star management targets ...
|When Al Gore tried to get Bob Woodward to oppose Bush and the Iraq War
Bob Woodward of Watergate fame was in Maine on Sunday to receive an award. In his remarks after receiving the award he told a few stories, one of which recounted a dinner he attended in 2005 when ...
|Conservative blogger considers taking a dump on the lawn of Democratic neighbors
Ya think some folks are just a tad bitter about Romney's loss? How about this guy, Eric Dondero, a former aide to Ron Paul who blogs at libertarianrepublican.net He's taking it to a bit of an ...
|Romney campaign charging reporters to cover his 'victory' party
Gotta love that Mitt Romney -- a class act to the end. The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears to be setting a precedent this election year in charging journalists and ...
|Alabama finally getting around to repealing segregation
Today I not only had the opportunity to vote to re-elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden, I also got to cast a vote to repeal segregation in Alabama. What, you say?????? Yes, if you were to look up the ...
|Lock and Load 2012: Alabama GOP to hold victory party at a firing range
The opening line to this column says it all: This is Alabama, where you just can't make this stuff up. Indeed.
|NJ turns away power crews that aren't union? Not exactly
If you have ever wondered how some of the outrageous stuff you hear from the right and on Fox News/Limbaugh etc. gets started -- well, this is how. This morning there were reports that power crews ...
|The Obama campaign should go to Atlanta
Georgia isn't going to turn blue this year, that much is pretty certain. But one of these upcoming elections it might very well be the next North Carolina -- an otherwise red state with a very ...
|Is Current TV for sale?
The New York Post has a story today that says Current TV may be for sale. Current TV, of course is the progressive cable news network started by Al Gore that hired Keith Olbermann after MSNBC ...
|Giving Fox News the finger earns man a visit from the Secret Service
Who knew that flipping the bird during a live Fox News interview was such a dire threat to national security? Jake Katel, a videographer for Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach, was ...
|GOP congresswoman walks out of interview when asked about redistribution of wealth
Martha Roby represents southeast Alabama in Congress. She was elected in 2010 by defeating incumbent Blue Dog Democrat Bobby Bright for the 2nd District seat. She is your basic hard-core Deep South ...
|Newsweek to cease publication of print edition
Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced this morning that it will cease publication of its print edition at the end of the year and become a web-only operation. Here is how the move was explained in a ...
|Jobs report denier Jack Welch can't take the heat, so he quits
Former GE Chairman Jack Welch jumped the shark, two dolphins and a humpback whale last week when he tweeted that the jobs reports must have been cooked up to benefit Obama. He then declared to ...
|Rasmussen gives hint at post-debate reaction: No bounce yet for Romney
The Rasmussen tracking poll -- yes, Rasmussen -- is out and some of its respondents were interviewed after the debate (although there is no indication as to how many). It's early, and "most" of the ...
|Aaarrggghhh. Fox (sort of) corrects its pirate mistake
I guess this is what passes for a correction at Fox these days. The picture we aired this morning of the President & the pirate was from 2009 — fox & friends (@foxandfriends) September 20, ...
|NY Times TV critic rips MSNBC anchors as 'bloviators'
NY Time TV critic Alessandra Stanley doesn't think much about MSNBC. She wrote a column today in which she described a network that "stains" the reputation of the great and fabulous NBC News ...
|Joe Scarborough says Chris Matthews must shape up if he wants to come back to Morning Joe
By now Chris Matthews' righteous rant on "Morning Joe" on Monday in which he kicked Reince Priebus's miserable ass is the stuff of legend. Matthews ripped Priebus for the GOP's blatantly false, ...
|MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has lost her home in New Orleans
MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry has tweeted that the home she and her husband recently bought in New Orleans, where she teaches, has been destroyed by Hurricane Isaac. Feeling sad. # Isaac ...
|Joe Biden could have used better language
Vice President Biden is taking a lot of heat for his remarks about chains. The folks in the GOP -- well known for their sensitivity to racial issues -- are just aghast that Biden would use the word "
|Romney's horse loses, but manages to avoid putting hoof in mouth
Ya gotta love the British press sometimes. Ann Romney's horse failed to win today in the dressage competition at the Olympics, but it managed to avoid insulting its hosts, unlike the owner's ...
|Romney gets only 51.3% in Alabama poll
Alabama is about as solidly in the Republican column as it gets. In fact, in 2008 John McCain carried Alabama with 60.4% of the vote to Obama's 38.8%. John Kerry could do no better than 37% in ...
|AP tells its reporters to stop taunting CNN about its screw-up
CNN and Fox committed a massive screw-up this morning in reporting that the Supreme Court overturned the health-care reform act. It is hard to understate the FUBAR mess that CNN and Fox created for ...
|Southern Baptist Convention elects its first black president
Yes, you read that correctly. The Southern Baptist Convention -- formed 167 years ago to help maintain segregation -- finally gets it. Or, at least, they are starting to get it. The nation's ...
|Romney wants to be president of 'A Better (but misspelled) Amercia'
If you go around telling folks that you should be president of the United States because you're the smartest business guy on the planet, then you might want to hire people who can at least spell the ...
|So, Jon Tester wants a campaign contribution from me
I get a lot of fundraising letters from Democratic congressional candidates. A WHOLE LOT. And I have one basic criteria that determines whether I consider making a campaign contribution -- are they ...
|America's first gay president (Hint: It's not Obama)
Newsweek is going to have to run a correction after its cover story this week proclaimed Barack Obama to be the nation's first gay president. Yes, I know ..... they are playing off the whole "Bill ...
|He's baaaaaaack. Roy Moore wins in Alabama
Just when you thought Roy Moore had ridden off into the political sunset .... .... he comes storming back to win his old job back as chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court. Yes, that Roy Moore. ...
|Rick Santorum -- The Food Stamp President
Rick Santorum is running out of cash. He's burned through so much of his own money in his presidential campaign that he has started whining about it. (Insert crying violins here) "I walked away ...
|Top 10 Catholic teachings ignored by Rick Santorum
Who would have figured that a smug and sanctimonious prick like Rick Santorum would turn out to be a Cafeteria Catholic? For those not familiar with the term, a Cafeteria Catholic is someone who is ...
|Some fun with a Republican pollster
Just got off the phone with a robo-pollster from the Alabama Farmers Federation FARM PAC. They asked me if I was planning to vote in the March GOP primary in Alabama. "Why, yes," I said slyly. (...
|Rick Perry is absolutely correct
I have long suspected that Turkey was not an ally that can be trusted. And now, after Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has bravely blown the whistle on this phony baloney country, my worst fears have been ...
|U.S. bans imports of Burmese pythons, other large snakes
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that the ...
|AL-06: Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. I can vote again!
It has been more than 10 years since I have been able to vote for Congress. I wasn't prevented by law from casting a ballot, just the fact that I live in one of the reddest districts east of the ...
|How Dana Milbank wasted the Washington Post's time and money in New Hampshire
Dana Milbank needs to find another job. The one he has -- covering politics for The Washington Post -- seems to bore him to tears. He was up in New Hampshire to cover the Republican primary ...
|Company wants to be able to fire people and prevent them from getting new jobs
This is a twist that Mitt Romney wishes he had thought of at Bain Capital -- where firing people is tons of fun. A company called Halifax -- owned by Arkansas billionaire Warren Stephens -- ...
|A new low in political news coverage
It's bad enough when a presidential campaign is covered like a horse race. It's aggravating enough when each day there is a new round of hyperventilation that starts with Morning Joe and continues ...
|Another unnecessary dollar coin failure
Vice President Joe Biden announced today that the U.S. Mint would curtail ...
|Alabama cracks down on illegal Japanese immigrants
Fresh off its embarrassing arrest of a Daimler-Benz employee under its harsh immigration law, law enforcement in Alabama have given the state's business community another big case of heartburn. It ...
|What news stories do people actually read? (Hint: It's not politics)
It has long been known in the news business that you can publish all the long thoughtful policy analysis pieces you want, all the stories about tax or other issues that affect the the public and ...
|Occupy Birmingham: Lessons learned from the civil rights movement
Long before there was an Occupy Wall Street there was an Occupy Birmingham. Oh, they didn't call it that back in 1963, but that's what it was. Folks trying to march peacefully to assert their human ...
|CEO who laid off thousands gets $37 million retirement package
This story sums up pretty much everything that is wrong with corporate America today. And it ...
|Bringing Khmer Rouge war criminals to justice before they die
With as many war criminals as there are running loose in the world today it is easy to lose sight of the ones that have been out of power for decades. But there is no statute of limitations on ...
|Beverly Hills Tea Party member Pat Boone says Obama born in Africa
I'm not sure which is harder to grasp. The idea that there is such a thing as the Beverly Hills Tea Party. Or trying to determine which planet Pat Boone is from. For those of you too young to ...
|David Vitter finally gets to wear that diaper
David Vitter is an asshole. Plain and simple. The fact that he remains in the United States Senate is a reflection on the notoriously poor judgment of a large segment of voters in Louisiana -- who ...
|The price that is paid for low prices
We all like to be able to buy things at the lowest price possible, but we often put out of our minds how it is possible for us to be able to buy things at dirt-cheap prices.
|Alabama Gov. refuses to send state flag to soldier in Afghanistan
You have to wonder sometimes what substances some Republicans are smoking these days. It's fine to be frugal with tax dollars, ...
|Just how creepy can Republican candidates get?
It's bad enough that their ideas belong in a toxic waste landfill. But some of these Republicans who run for office can be pretty creepy. Take Jim Russell, for instance. Russell won a GOP primary ...
|If Rush hates the debt deal, it can't be entirely bad
I'd probably be a shitty president because I would have told the Tea Party f**kers to kiss my sweet ass. Nonetheless, I'm willing to wait to see the fine print on this deal before I start ...
|Ice island the size of Manhattan drifts closer to Newfoundland
A massive island of ice the size of Manhattan that broke off Greenland's ...
|McCain already backing away from his anti-Tea Party tirade
You just knew it was too good to be true, didn't you? There was John McCain on the floor of the Senate ripping the Tea Party a new asshole, calling them hobbits out to destroy Mordor. Great stuff. ...
|Getting paid $100K a year to read the newspaper
It's hard to imagine, but there are actually five people who are being paid $100,000 a year to read the newspaper. Nice gig if you can get it, eh? The five are members of a committee that was ...
|BREAKING!!!! Michelle Obama ate a hamburger
OMG! OMG! Did you know that Michelle Obama was caught red-handed handling some red meat? Well, ...
|Protecting the unhuggable
It's relatively easy to stir people to action to protect some endangered species -- the cute ones with cute babies. Pandas, polar bears, baby seals, tiger cubs, etc. They just have those adorable ...
|Top 10 rejected new names for al Qaeda
There is a story out about Osama bin Laden not being ...
|Ex-CIA official: Bush White House tried to 'get' Juan Cole (updated)
I suppose nothing that the Bush Crime Family did should surprise me. But you would think that after Watergate and the revelations about Nixon's enemies list that no one would try to use official ...
|Lapsing into a comma: 'A punctuation paradigm is shifting'
The rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling are not carved in stone, contrary to the language Nazis who would like everyone to adhere to the rules they grew up with from elementary school. Rules ...
|'Misrata is free': Report says Ghadafy has retreated
Moammar Ghadafy's thugs have lifted their siege of Misrata and fled the city, according to reports out today. Two ...
|Boss' prerogative to have sex with intern? Talk show host thinks so
In the world of right-wing radio it is getting harder and harder for talk-show hosts to top each other with wild, insane, conspiratorial, racist, misogynistic bullshit. But Jay Severin of WTTK in ...
|Fox exec admits calling Obama socialist was 'mischievous speculation'
This should end forever the myth that Fox News is fair and objective toward to Obama Administration. It should -- of course, it won't. Bill Sammon, the network's Washington managing editor,
|Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore might run for president
You may recall former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore is a darling of the lunatic right for his infamous battle over a sculpture of the Ten Commandments that he erected on the ...
|Worst zoo in the world
There are plenty of zoos in the world that would qualify for the title of Worst Zoo, but the privately-owned Teuk Chhou Zoo in Cambodia is clearly in the running. The zoo is owned and operated by ...
|Fox can't even cover Libya from their hotel room
A few days ago, CNN's Nic Robertson blasted Fox News ...
|Google Maps redraws national borders
It's a whole new world today with Twitter and Facebook Revolutions. Is it possible we could have a Google War? Might seem far-fetched, but Google Maps is already so influential that when it makes ...
|BP reneges on promise to rebuild oyster beds, repair wetlands
BP has apparently shifted from public relations mode to send-in-the-lawyers mode over its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Remember all those commercials where friendly, concerned BP employees were ...
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