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SALAM: The conservative backlash against the TSA is just part of a bigger revival of civil liberties talk on the right. We’re going to see a lot more of it in the next year or two.

There is a some interesting things going on here. There is a standard "I'm for civil liberties when my party isn't in power" vibe, that frankly is pretty strong in both our dominant political parties. When in power they tend to be all for exective priviledge (Obama is a strong proponent of executive priviledge, he just wants to be more open about it except when its convient not to be). This easily strays into classic paranoia country. Which lead us to conspiracy thinking (and again, both sides are prone to this, I just think the right allows it to be more mainstream). We're going to see a continuance of this worry about dwindling human autonomy that leads to the right's best conspiracy thinking, and inevitably we'll see some masculinist outbursts of "regeneration through violence" that will probably make Oklahoma City seem like a warm up.
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What exactly does the National Republican Congressional Committee mean when it says that Nancy Pelosi needs to be put "in her place"?

Does that "place" involve a back hand slap? A punch to the gut? A tumble down stairs?

Does it perhaps involve any of the following list?
  • monitors what you're doing all the time
  • criticizes you for little things
  • constantly accuses you of being unfaithful
  • prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family, or going to work or school
  • gets angry when drinking alcohol or using drugs
  • controls how you spend your money
  • controls your use of needed medicines
  • humiliates you in front of others
  • destroys your property or things that you care about
  • threatens to hurt you, the children, or pets, or does hurt you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting)
  • uses or threatens to use a weapon against you
  • forces you to have sex against your will
  • blames you for his or her violent outbursts

Scarily enough, it kind of does.....

So not only are republicans starting to sound more and more like Klansmen, they are woman abusing klansmen as well (wait is that redundant?)
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It comes as no surprise that my local representative, Paul J. Donato, voted to progress the ballot question that would ban gay marriage. I've written several letters and called his office (and voted against him, even for a republican!) and all to nothing. I'm wondering what the next step is. I wonder what the recall process looks like.

He'll certainly be getting another letter from me this week.
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In short, if embryos are human beings with full human rights, fertility clinics are death camps—with a side order of cold-blooded eugenics. No one who truly believes in the humanity of embryos could possibly think otherwise.

Rather fluffy piece on Slate which at least states a basic truth about the inanity of the whole stem cell debate. Its not really about embryos. Or if it i only because people who are against stem cell research are being rather inconsistent.

Not that saying the simple truth ever gets through to conservative true-believers. Or any other sort of true-believer unfortunately.
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More proof [ profile] kniedzw should return to Massachusetts.
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"Thirty-four percent of Americans believe in UFOs. Twenty-four percent believe in witches. And in the new AP-Ipsos Poll out today, 20 percent of Americans say they "approve strongly" of the way the Bush administration is handling the war in Iraq."

From Tim Grieve's War Room on Salon.

I'd just like to add that UFOs and witches make better stories and games than Bush too.


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