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Do You Recognize The "FreeLoader" In This Pic?


It's SO About Race.


Meet The Press (Then & Now)


McCain won’t allow himself to react to this because he can’t admit the magnitude of his mistake.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) defended the controversial enhanced interrogation technique of waterboarding this weekend, and implied that the practice would still be commonplace “if I were in charge.”

“They obviously have information on plots to carry out Jihad,” she said at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting on Saturday evening, referring to prisoners. “Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”


For any neo-confederate acquaintance who may wonder aloud if slavery was so bad after all....

“There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones – there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one. Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not – may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance – discourse flippantly from arm chairs of the pleasures of slave life; but let them toil with him in the field – sleep with him in the cabin – feed with him on husks; let them behold him scourged, hunted, trampled on, and they will come back with another story in their mouths.”

-Solomon Northup

I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses...

V: Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?

DS: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?

Racism is a part of this, too, I think, but the general point is that his employees don't earn their keep. He gives it to them, and they take it from him.


OBAMA: "When ignorant folks advertise ignorance--you don't have to do anything--just let them talk"

President Obama on Sunday said that Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments show that racism still lives in the U.S.

"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That's what happened here," Obama said when asked about Sterling's comments during a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to CNN.

The president said that Sterling's comments prove that "the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation."

"That's still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often," he continued.


Gilded Age vs. NOW: Instead of Carnegie founding libraries-we have Trump yelling at people on TV

The New Gilded Age: A bigger con job than the first one
Inequality has reached 19th-century levels – but that era had a dynamism and optimism that ours can only fake

There are unquestionably things to prefer about our own era: Women, people of color and LGBT folk participate more or less fully in our cultural and political life, and the discourse of rights has evolved in directions few 19th-century Americans could have imagined. (Pot is almost legal now — but opium and cocaine were legal then!) But in economic terms, the first Gilded Age was a period of production and expansion (perhaps unsustainably so), whereas the New Gilded Age is its negative image, a period of contraction and consumption. Instead of Andrew Carnegie founding libraries, we have Donald Trump yelling at people on television like a low-rent parody of the Calvinist God. Instead of rising wages for almost everyone and universal free education, we offer ever cheaper goods made in countries we used to bomb, a mortgage you can’t afford on a house you don’t want in the middle of a former soybean field, and the prospect that one day you’ll get to sit on an airplane in a temporary bubble of pretend wealth – on your boss’s dime! — drinking Champagne and listening to tinny string-quartet music while the rest of us curse at our kids and cram our oddly shaped packages under the seat.


RNC: Don’t Lump GOP With Bundy!


The NRA Meets Its Potent New Foe: Moms

The NRA Meets Its Potent New Foe: Moms
Watch as parents and survivors brandish a new we

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