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Man Kills Girlfriend, her Kids, and her Mother. The Reality of Gun Violence in the US

In St. Charles, Missouri, Richard Darren Emery shot and killed Zoe Kasten, 8; her brother, Jonathan Kasten, 10; their grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61; and their mother, Emery’s girl-friend.After a shoot-out with the police, he abandoned an attempt to flee in his pickup and tried to carjack another vehicle. He stabbed the driver seven times ...

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How to Tell a Conservative that Trump's Border Wall is an Expensive and Pointless Folly.

 In Trump’s monomania about getting his wall funded, he has adopted the narrative strategy of professional wrestling. There are good guys (guess who) and the bad guys. The good guys want to save America like a modern day Superman, and the bad guys (the Democrats) are plotting her destruction. The ...

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A Black Man Gets Thrown out of a Hotel for Making a Phone Call.

Jermaine Massey visited Portland, OR to attend a Travis Scott concert. On returning to his hotel, the Portland DoubleTree, he noticed his mother had called. He was concerned as it was very late on the East Coast where she lived. So he called her from the hotel lobby. During the call, he was approached by a ...

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Mattis' Resignation Letter Tells Trump He Isn't Keeping America Great.

Gen. James Mattis quit as Secretary of Defense. It is no surprise that a man as steeped in military tradition would resign rather than work for a man who formulates his capricious military policies on the fly - without consulting the men and women who have made the military their lifetime study. The ...

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A Little Girl Shows Conservatives Just Don't Give a Damn.

A seven-year-old girl sets out with her father on a journey of 2,000 miles to seek asylum in the US. Conditions in her Guatemalan village were so dire that this dirty, exhausting trek across an inhospitable terrain seemed a better option than staying amidst fear and squalor. On arrival in the US, she is detained by border ...

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The Symphony of the Seas, the USS Ford, and a Tale of Political Piracy.

November 29, 2018

The Symphony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship. It is 1,188 ft long, 215 wide and has a gross tonnage of 228,081. It can carry almost 9,000 passengers and crew. It cost $1.35 billion. But it is not the world’s most expensive ship. The most expensive is the aircraft carrier, USS Gerald Ford. This largest-ever naval ship is 1,106 […]

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From High Humidity to Foreclosure, Voting Problems on Election Day

November 15, 2018

It’s not just Russian interference in our democratic process, state politicians have done a masterful job of gerrymandering and voter suppression. Take Kansas. In the historically infamous Dodge City there are no polling places. City residents have to travel 2½ miles out of town to vote at the city’s only polling place.  Technological failures in Texas and Georgia (or is it […]

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Anatomy of an Ann Coulter Lie.

November 15, 2018

Ann Coulter is a conservative, and she is a liar —  but I repeat myself. However, she is a sophisticated liar. Unlike Trump, who says whatever he wants, safe in the knowledge his base will never fact-check anything, Coulter strives for credibility by giving her lies a superficial plausibility. Let me give you an example.  […]

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The Conservative Base is Scared Witless. And Has Been for Years.

November 3, 2018

Conservatives love to be scared. And Trump loves to scare them. Rational Americans look at a caravan of desperate, hungry, thirsty, dirty vagabonds and see a people yearning to be free. But Trump paints them as terrorists, gang-bangers and drug dealers — rapists in their spare time — and his acolytes eat it up.  This fear is […]

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Today’s Conservatives Engender a New Age of Anti-Semitism.

November 3, 2018

The massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue is just the most violent, recent expression of anti-Semitism in the US. The gunman may have acted alone, but he had many accomplices. The severity of the event makes it unique, but it sprang from soil well fertilized by many Americans, from the meanest white nationalist to the President […]

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Twelve Things Conservatives Believe About Liberals That Are Just Not True.

October 27, 2018

The conservative echo chamber resonates with claims made about what liberals believe and stand for. As you might expect, there is no factual basis for what they say. Let’s analyze their top dozen mischaracterizations: 1. Liberals want open borders, where anyone, for any reason, can come to America at any time. Liberals do not believe […]

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Whiners: Heidi Cruz Can’t Buy a Second Home. David Brat Says He Is Worse off than a Drug Addict.

October 21, 2018

Which came first, whining or conservatism? Trump complained that the election was fixed before he won. And then when he did win, he complained that millions of illegal votes were cast, denying him the popular vote. Now he complains about ‘fake media’ which is code for reporting he doesn’t like. And it’s not just Trump. The rest […]

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‘Christian’ Lawmaker Celebrates Kavanaugh Confirmation by Telling Women to Get their Hangers Ready

October 21, 2018

In West Virginia, Parkersburg City Councilman, Eric Barber, celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by posting a ‘celebratory’ message to Facebook: “Better get you’re [sic] coathangers ready liberals.” Barber had made a big show of leaving the Democratic party a year ago because it was “anti-Christian” so it is no surprise that he is […]

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Democrats Misplayed the Kavanaugh Confirmation. But It May Help Them Win an Election.

October 21, 2018

I believe that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was held down as a 15-year-old by a drunken 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh while his friend, Mark Judge, watched sniggering. I say this because I want the reader to know that I am on Ford’s side and that no way should Brett Kavanaugh sit on the Supreme Court. Bearing that […]

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