Quote of the Day: Red State edition…

“Democrats, we don’t win elections in Kansas. Republicans lose elections.” -Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), quoted by the Lawrence Journal-World.

Black Children are Beloved and Beaten

by Rev. Irene Monroe “Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African American children—past and present—are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African American parenting discipline style that is painfully... Read More
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Think Scottish vote was bad for Tories, Swansea ambulance death blamed on Tory NHS cuts

Family of Sonia Powell, who died in an ambulance after waiting for more than half an hour outside hospital, criticise care she received. The family of a grandmother who died while waiting in a queue... Read More
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Here’s one Scottish vote that made sense! R&A golf club ends 260-year ban on women members

Members of Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews vote to change outdated rules. The independence referendum was not the only historic decision made inScotland on Thursday, with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club... Read More
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The Three Muckrakers – Episode 1 (Farewell Scotland?)

Welcome to the inaugural podcast  of The Three Muckrakers. In this episode Phil Parry, creator of Wales Eye and former BBC anchor; Dr. Dario Llinares professor of media at Falmouth University and UK Progressive editor,... Read More
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So kiss a safe red Senate seat buh-bye! Two Words Helped Remove Kansas Democrat From Ballot

Roll Call explains… The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor will not appear on the general-election ballot as a candidate for Senate — and it all came down to just two words... Read More
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World Leaders Have Failed to Seriously Confront Climate Change. Could That Change Next Week?

Mother Jones reports. Break out your protest sign materials and take your polar bear costume to the dry cleaner, boys and girls: This coming weekend marks the kickoff of Climate Week NYC 2014, a flurry... Read More

It is still racist: Lawmaker to introduce bill to end NFL’s tax-exempt status because of Redskins name

Washington Post reports. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced Tuesday that she will introduce legislation to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status because of its refusal to address the name of the Washington Redskins. Flanked by several... Read More

Obama Has Indeed Learned Some Foreign Policy Lessons, Just Not the Ones the Establishment Likes

Mother Jones reports. Over at FP, David Rothkopf has a long and critical examination of President Obama’s foreign policy. Unfortunately, it starts with a biting assessment from “one of America’s most dependable Middle Eastern allies,”... Read More
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You expected different? Editor of St. Louis Post-Dispatch slams Fox’s looter-obsessed coverage of Ferguson

Raw Story reports: The editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper said in an interview with Media Matters that while much of the national media did a good job conveying the events in Ferguson, Missouri,... Read More
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War on women is winning

by Brent Budowsky A warning to the women of America: If Republicans win control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections this fall, it will be a powerful victory for the war on women,... Read More
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Consequences: Judge: Hobby Lobby Decision Means Polygamous Sect Member Can Refuse To Testify In Child Labor Case

SCOTUS opened a real Pandora’s Box, feckless RW zealots now have a real problem… Citing Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court’s decision last June holding that the religious objections of a business’ owners could... Read More
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Nate Silver is good… Princeton’s Sam Wang is better

Meet the One Numbers-Cruncher Who Foresees Democrats Holding the Senate He’s not as well-known as Nate Silver, but Princeton’s Sam Wang has a method, too, and he sees Democrats holding (barely) the upper chamber. The... Read More
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72% Of Americans Disapprove Of Republicans In Congress

According to Huffpost. An astounding 72% percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress, according to a recent poll. President Obama and the Democrats fared a bit better. The poll, conducted by... Read More
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Avoid oinking/snorting: Rush Limbaugh on consent for sex: ‘No means yes if you know how to spot it’

Raw Story reports Conservative host Rush Limbaugh on Monday suggested that sexual conduct policies stifled romance because sometimes “no means yes if you know how to spot it.” Last week, the Department of Education’s Office... Read More
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What Could Go Wrong for GOP? (Lots of things related to their feckless past catching up.)

The National Journal shows what… At this point, most independent political analysts are giving the edge to Republicans in this year’s fight for majority status in the U.S. Senate. Personally, I give the GOP a... Read More
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Tough when your deceptions catch up with you-Wisconsin’s Walker, struggling, rolls out new platform

via Maddowblog Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) had a plan: win a second term, take advantage of a good year for Republicans, and soon after prepare for a national campaign. The plan is looking a... Read More
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The Possible Price of Scottish Independence

Time reports on Scotland… Voters will likely have one eye on their wallets as they cast their votes on Thursday in Scotland’s independence referendum. When Scottish voters go to the polls on Thursday to decide... Read More
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The Dumb Debate: Big vs. Small

by Tina Dupuy One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It’s a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their... Read More

And with them so go the trolls? Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court reports on the end of software patents. The Supreme Court’s June ruling on the patentability of software — its first in 33 years — raised as many questions as it answered. One specific software patent... Read More
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This will not end well: Independent Scotland should not use pound, say 63% of English and Welsh

Pssst anybody want some pounds for dollars? Today? Real cheap… The Guardian reports: More than six out of 10 people in England and Wales believe the government should bar an independent Scotland from using the... Read More
Can this man outrace a Circle Line train in 1 minute and 20 seconds?

Can this man outrace a Circle Line train in 1 minute and 20 seconds?

Kids do not try this at home… Mansion House to Cannon Street… at full speed. Awesome!!!
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Imagine being from newtown, CT and spending a year in the NRA

Buzzfeed’s Rob Cox did. Not a week had gone by since Adam Lanza stole an AR-15 from his mother’s arsenal, killed her, and drove through my hometown to Sandy Hook Elementary School to massacre 20... Read More

Pesky things facts-Is an Obamacare-Bashing Congressional Candidate Actually Receiving Obamacare?

Tea Partier Marilinda Garcia refuses to say how she gets her health coverage. A Tea Party-backed Republican Congressional candidate that seeks to repeal Obamacare won’t reveal if she currently receives health coverage mandated by the... Read More

Still too soon-Urban Outfitters: Come For The Bloody Kent State Gear, Stay For Master Class In Terrible Apologies

From ThinkProgress: Urban Outfitters, the clothing manufacturer and hipster closet-filler, was marketing a “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt” for $129earlier today. The sweatshirt is splattered with what appears to be blood. According to, the sweatshirt... Read More
Why Starbucks cannot seem to the spelling of your name right

Why Starbucks cannot seem to the spelling of your name right

Turns out it’s not an accident… very funny video…  

The ‘Un’-United Kingdom

by Ryan Carter In a few days, Scotland may be waving ‘Goodbye’ to her brothers and sisters across the United Kingdom. Though separation would not be finalised until 2016, finally breaking the 1707 Union Act... Read More

Such a classy guy: Mark Sanford’s Ex-Fiancée Surprised By Facebook Breakup Post

Time Magazine reports: Maria Belen Chapur learned about South Carolina politician’s Facebook breakup post the same way the rest of us did When Rep. Mark Sanford’s (R-S.C.) announced the end of his engagement to the... Read More
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Dude, easy on the caffeine-Lindsey Graham unhinged: We will ‘all get killed back here’ if Obama lets ISIS open ‘the gates of hell’

Raw Story reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not hold back on Sunday in expressing his outrage at President Barack Obama’s refusal to send ground troops to confront ISIS, warning that the “gates of hell”... Read More
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Where’s the money? Scotland bets on North Sea oil, even as the wells start to run dry

Clara Peller was an advertising gem with her “Where’s the beef?” line. Scotland should ask the same question before voting to secede. The discovery of oil deep beneath the waters of the North Sea has... Read More