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Gawd I love this:
What the hell? Republicans couldn’t come up with one real, live black female Republican for their new ad claiming that blacks are Republicans too? Nope.
Earlier, we told you about the enormous fail that is the #IAmARepublican hashtag campaign, and the equally enormous fail of an ad campaign to which it was pegged. As crummy as the “Republicans Are People Too” ad is, you would think that at a minimum, it would feature actual people who are actual Republicans. You would be wrong.
Lots of ads use stock photos, of course, but if you are trying to court a group of people you have been aggressively ignoring as a matter of political strategy, you might want to think about finding a real person to be in your ad.
But no! Click on “More…” immediately above and scroll down. This stock photo has been used in ads ranging from the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys to one for a virtual office assistant to a Christian counseling center to a payday loan outfit.
You probably heard about this yesterday:
The Supreme Court is Allowing Ohio to Cut Back on Early Voting. Now What?
On Monday, the Supreme Court decided to uphold a proposal from Ohio’s Republican legislature to scale back early voting hours in the state. The issue has been a flashpoint in state politics for a decade. But the net effect in 2014 is very hard to judge.
In short, the new early voting regimen would cut a week from the total amount of time that Ohioans can visit local polling places and cast a vote before election day on Nov. 4. It makes two key changes: 1) eliminating a week during which people could both register to vote and then vote, which offered campaigns a chance to easily expand their voter bases and 2) eliminating voting on the Sunday before election day, which makes it harder for churches to organize efforts to go to the polls. In fact, black churches were the plaintiffs represented by the ACLU in the suit that ended up before the Court, recognizing that “Souls to the Polls” programs would be disproportionately affected.
Race, population and early voting overlap heavily in Ohio. In 2012, counties with higher densities of black residents were also the ones that cast more early votes
In other words, Ohio Republicans, with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, have just made it harder for people who tend to vote Democratic to vote in Ohio. That’s how Republicans win, by gerrymandering districts, my “miscounting” ballots and by putting restrictions on the right to vote so the poor, those working three jobs, seniors who might need help getting to a polling place, etc., can’t vote.
Here’s the way USAToday worded its headline:
Here’s MSNBC’s headline:
But, by far and away my favorite is Al Jazeera’s headline. It’s the most honest:
On September 9 I posted about Todd Staples, Texas’s Agricultural Commissioner, who flipped out when schools in the little town of Dripping Springs decided to participate in the “Meatless Monday” movement. You know, we’re talking Texas and beef! (it’s what’s for dinner) here.
Well, he resigned last Thursday:
Texas agriculture commissioner Todd Staples announced on September 18 that he will resign his office, an announcement that comes 10 days after he wrote an awkward editorial calling the Meatless Monday initiative a “carefully orchestrated campaign.”
According to his announcement, Staples will transition out of the position within the next two months, and will become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association.
Following the controversy, a nutritional fact sheet on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website, which gave equal credence to beans as a source of protein, mysteriously disappeared on or about September 14.
I guess implying it was a giant, sinister (no-doubt liberal) plot to encourage kids to eat beans one meal a week did kind of make him look like he was drinking some sort of secret sauce. Now he can move on and make the Texas Oil and Gas Association look dumb too.
Religious fanatics come in all shapes and sizes:
In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question. And students will be banned from learning about elections and democracy.
Instead, they’ll be subjected to the teachings of the radical Islamist group. And any teacher who dares to break the rules “will be punished.”
ISIS revealed its new educational demands in fliers posted on billboards and on street poles.
In the letter, ISIS said alternative courses will be added.
Books cannot include any reference to evolution. And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry “are due to Allah’s rules and laws.”
That’s happening in Syria. This is happening right here in the good ol’ US of A:
Only a few months after he took office, [Louisiana Governor] Bobby Jindal signed the Louisiana Science Education Act, a law that was written and promoted by far-right religious organizations seeking to allow the teaching of new earth creationism in the public school science classroom.
As students settle in for a new academic year, the State Board of Education is about to begin consideration of proposed new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. The final vote is set for November. Unfortunately, early signs suggest that the state’s process for reviewing and adopting those textbooks is so deeply flawed and politicized that Texas families simply can’t trust it.
The last time Texas adopted social studies textbooks – in 2002 – political activists and members of the state education board themselves demanded scores of changes to content they didn’t like.
Publishers resisted some, such as demands to downplay slavery as the central cause of the Civil War. But they buckled on others, such as rewriting passages in geography textbooks so students learn that landscape features and fossil fuels formed “in the distant past” instead of “millions of years ago.” The latter conflicted with the beliefs of biblical creationists that Earth is just a few thousand years old.
ICYMI, this is what four-times married Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show yesterday about defining what constitutes consensual sex between college students:
It’s Monday and Rush Limbaugh is talking about what constitutes consensual sex between college students. The conservative radio host kicked off the week with a look at Ohio State’s new policy on consent, lamenting the fact that it “takes all the romance out of everything.”
“Seduction used to be an art,” Limbaugh explained to his listeners. “Now of course it’s brutish and it’s predatory and it’s bad.” After reading off Ohio State’s definition of consent, in which students must “agree on why” they are having sex and must be sober when they do it, Limbaugh arrived at this line: “The absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’”
This one seemed a bridge too far for the host. “How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that ‘no’ means ‘yes,’ if you know how to spot it?” he asked.
No words. Listen to Rush and you’re listening to a neanderthal.
Watching the cables for a bit today I’ve come to realize that when a
Democratic, African-American president wears a tan suit it’s a matter of national security and deep national embarrassment. Or something.
I had no idea.