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Is Trump Trolling The GOP?

In the past, Donald Trump has held several liberal political positions — on abortion rights, raising taxes on the rich, and universal health care: [H]e was once a registered Democrat who called for legalizing drugs, a massive one-time 14.25 percent tax on the wealthy and staying out of wars that didn’t present a “direct threat” […]

Repenting Of My High School’s Confederate Flag:

Repenting Of My High School’s Confederate Flag:

As a guy who grew up in a community whose neighborhood high school was dripping with symbols of the Confederacy, I’m all too familiar with folks who defend the Confederate flag with claims that it represents “heritage, not hate.” History, of course, doesn’t leave much room for this argument. From the 1940’s to the 1960’s, […]

A Spike Lee Joint:

For me, an Instagram gem:  Bono on Spike Lee’s IG feed. Last Night The Lee’s Checked Out U2’s Great Show At The United Center Here In Chicago. Afterwards BONO Rocked His CHI-RAQ Baseball Hat. U2 Is Coming To The Worlds Most Famous Arena-Madison Square Garden For 8 SOLD OUT Joints. Awwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeetttttt. Y’Know I’m Goin’ […]

Social Conservatism & Pharisaic Christianity

In the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, a disappointing response from the governor of my home state of Texas, Greg Abbott: Marriage was defined by God. No man can redefine it. We will defend our religious liberties. #tcot — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 26, 2015 What social conservatives […]

Underselling Climate Change?

Over at, David Roberts points out that for over 30 years, climate scientists have been telling the public, “We’re running out of time; we’ve only got five or 10 years to turn things around, but we can do it if we put our minds to it.” The obvious problem here:  We’ve now passed several […]

Rubio And The Rube-Wing Media:

I find it hilarious that Marco Rubio’s team thought it could confuse certain right-wing media, however briefly, by questioning the accuracy of a Spanish-to-English translation of Rubio’s recent Univision interview. Here’s Jonathan Chait: Rubio has renounced his own [immigration] plan, but he is being very cagey. In an interview with Univision last month, he promised […]

Pale Blue Dot:

Happy Earth Day, fellow Earthlings! Happy #EarthDay! Today, we’re all bein’ green. A photo posted by The Muppets (@themuppets) on Apr 22, 2015 at 10:10am PDT  

Dumbledore’s Army:

I refreshing exchange on Twitter this morning between author J.K. Rowling and a fan: Lest Potter Fan Ana Kocovic be misunderstood as homophobic, she immediately replied: amazing answer… Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!! And followed up again with additional context for her question: I wish that McGonagall and Dumbledore are couple So, […]

Ted Cruz is Runnin’:

There are some things my native state of Texas shouldn’t export. Ted Cruz is one of them. More Matthew McConaughey, less Cruz. But here’s Kevin Drum this morning flagging a fresh bit of news from The Los Angeles Times: For years, business lobbyists complained about what they derided as “job killer” laws that drive employers […]

Another Historic Low:

When Arctic sea ice peaked this winter, it was the lowest maximum on record: Arctic sea ice has reached its peak winter extent for the year, and it’s the lowest winter maximum on record. The sea ice cap of the Arctic appeared to reach its annual maximum winter extent on Feb. 25, according to data […]