Trump Lies A Lot

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Here are some links just from the past few days. PolitiFact has compiled 52 rulings that land on the false side of the organization’s truth spectrum. Washington Post: “Donald Trump is constantly lying.” Washington Post: “Trump’s outrageous claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks“ Business Insider: “Fact-checkers are shredding Donald Trump’s claims he saw people ‘cheering’ … Read More

The Murder Of Laquan McDonald

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It was murder.  Plain and simple. But let’s start with the account from the police union, as described to the Chicago Tribune in October 2014: “He’s got a 100-yard stare. He’s staring blankly,” [Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat] Camden said of the teen. “[He] walked up to a car and stabbed the tire of the car and kept walking.” Officers remained … Read More

Warren Beatty Is So Vain (Among Others)

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Well, mystery partially solved: Carly Simon released the hit song “You’re So Vain” about a self-absorbed lover in November of 1972, leaving fans to wonder for more than four decades who it could be about. Now the mystery is somewhat solved. Simon, 70, told People magazine that at least part of the song refers to actor Warren Beatty. “I have confirmed … Read More

Anti-Refugee Fearmongering Continues

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What Obama Says: What I say: [fb_embed_post href=”¬if_t=feed_comment/” width=”550″/] Turning our backs on desperate Muslim refugees plays right into ISIS’s hands.  After all, they recruit from a disenfranchised and angry population.  What better to create a disenfranchised and angry population?

How Hating Muslims Plays Into Terrorists’ Hands

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Jonathan Chait: This is what ISIS, the Islamic State, wants. “This is precisely what ISIS was aiming for — to provoke communities to commit actions against Muslims,” said Arie Kruglanski, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland who studies how people become terrorists. “Then ISIS will be able to say, ‘I told you so. These are your enemies, and … Read More

Vetting Syrian Refugees: A Governor With Guts

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Kudos to Gov. Peter Shumlin SOUTH BURLINGTON – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Monday that governors who turn away Syrian refugees are “stomping” on American values. As of early Monday afternoon, nine Republican governors had said they would attempt to stop the relocation of refugees from Syria because of safety concerns following Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris. “The governors who are … Read More

Paris Attacks: A Summary

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There were seven coordinated terror attacks in Paris carried out by militants, killing at least 129 people. The first attacks were launched virtually simultaneously, with two explosions close to the Stade de France at just after 9.20pm local time, four miles apart. The explosions came as a large crowd were enjoying the first half of the international friendly between France … Read More

Bad News Coming Out Of Paris

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Looks like a series of pre-planned coordinated terrorist attacks happening in different places throughout Paris. Also a reported hostage situation at the Paris Bataclan concert hall. 18 killed in central Paris according to another report. A possible response to the killing of Jihadi John by a U.S. drone strike? Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium north … Read More

Dissecting The GOP

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There’s a new book coming out by Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and in it, he divides the Republicans into four camps: They are: (1) moderate or liberal voters; (2) somewhat conservative voters; (3) very conservative, evangelical voters; and (4) very conservative, secular voters. Each of these groups supports extremely different types of candidates. … Read More