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What’s the NCAA going to do about anti-gay bigotry in Indiana?

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation the other day that gives businesses in his state the right to not provide service to gay and lesbian couples based on “religious freedom.” Negative reaction to the measure has been widespread among corporations and individuals. Some organizations have said they not hold meetings or conventions in Indiana if the law remains on the books. And now there’s THIS: The NCAA is “especially concerned” by a recently enacted law in Indiana, which hosts this year’s Final Four,...

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Absent a clear political angle in plane crash, where will right-wingers place the blame?

That sound you hear is the grinding of gears in the right-wing noise machine in the wake of word that the co-pilot in the crash of that German airliner in the French Alps apparently was not a Muslim. What to do? What to do? If Islam was not to blame, what or whom was? Steve M. at NoMoreMisterNiceBlog SUGGESTS that wingnuts might consider blaming one or more of these potential targets: –Eurosocialism. –Socialized medicine. –The decline of religion in Europe. Steve also reports that a certain right-wing blogger and men’s...

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Do right-wingers hate eggheads as much as they sometimes claim?

Since the word “egghead” is no longer as widely used as it once was, I’m going to play it safe here and tell you at the outset that the word is a reference to an intellectual. Now, to the matter at hand: Taken as a whole, our friends on the right side of the political spectrum seem to be divided on the issue of eggheadism. When Ivy League degrees are sported by the likes of Barack Obama or Bill and Hillary Clinton, your typical wingnut merely scoffs at such credentials. But when a right-winger has a similar academic...

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Add Galileo’s controversies to the list of stuff about which Ted Cruz knows nothing

Just as I was getting a little bored with mocking Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, another irresistibly delicious angle has come to my attention. In an interview yesterday with a Texas newspaper, Cruz haughtily likened his own global-warming denialism with the courage of Galileo Galilei (above), the legendary Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher. Cruz said: “Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. You know, it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth...

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Republican states suck-up more federal goodies than do Democratic states

For years now, I’ve been writing about how red states (those that lean to the Republican side) generally are so-called taker states, while blue states (those that lean to the Democratic side) generally are so-called giver states. I’ve made the point that red states get a lot more back from the federal government than they pay in federal states. The reverse is the case with blue states. They generally pay more in federal taxes than they get back from the federal government. The great irony, of course, is that politicians in the red...

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Wisconsin worst state in nation in decline of its middle class

Hey, Cheeseheads! THIS is your reward for electing right-wingers to run your state government: Wisconsin ranks worst among the 50 states in terms of a shrinking middle class, with real median household incomes here falling 14.7 percent since 2000, according to a new report. The Pew Charitable Trust report showed Wisconsin with the largest decline in the percentage of families considered “middle class,” or those earning between 67 and 200 percent of their state’s median income. In 2000, 54.6 percent of Wisconsin families fell into...

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