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A person with a long history of over 20 arrests, arson, destruction of property, domestic violence, vandalism, restraining orders (due to people in his only family living "in fear" of him), making threats, mental illness that required institutionalization, manic depression and/or bipolar disorder, and a record of "extreme erratic behavior," according to court documents, was able to acquire a gun easily and legally.

But Bobby Jindal expresses "surprise" that a person like that could shoot another person.

"Surprise"? Really? Why, just a general, pure lack of awareness?

Guns don't kill people. People kill people. People like Rusty Houser, who shouldn't have been able to buy a gun but was able to do so anyway.

"Oh, but where do we draw the line?"

Right here: I'd say it's appropriate to draw a pretty clear, bright line right next to a person who leaves buckets of feces around the house he's been evicted from, and then tries to blow it up. I'm comfortable with that line right there. Nooooo problem.
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ZORTAN THE DEFILER, BRINGER OF NIGHTMARES AND SCOURGE OF THE SEVEN MOONS OF QA, WISHES TO ANNOUNCE HE HAS SEVERED ALL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS WITH DONALD TRUMP.

SO LET IT BE WRITTEN. 
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zortan the defiler apologizes it's just that this phone does it automatically ok bye 
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There are a lot of fundamentalist conservatives who are angry at the White House lighting up in rainbow colors last Friday. They decry the association of the rainbow with the idea of support for love and marriage equality, instead of as the traditional reminder of the murder of millions of innocent children, their lungs filling up with water as an angry god tries to wipe clean his mistakes through genocide. But he promised never to do it again! Well, specifically not by using a flood: fire from the sky is still kosher, or just killing all the firstborn in the country. Or in the end times, when blood will rise up to the bridles of the horses in his righteous army! Or just sending people to murder the locals because someone else is living on land they were promised.

Grrrrr! So angry! Stop re-purposing our symbols!
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They say never give up on your dreams: I had a dream of a place in my neighborhood where you could get some really good Vietnamese soup, a decent cup of coffee and maybe a hair styling, all over the lunch hour.  

And today I announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for my new restaurant: "Phở, Coffee and Dye"

Please help support me with your contributions.  And remember, if you're thinking about joining me for lunch, why don't you Phở, Coffee and Dye?
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Even more important than the fact that the next President of the US may get to nominate 2 or 3 Supreme Court Justices, is the fact that they get to pardon AT LEAST 4 of the next Thanksgiving Turkeys. Do you really want the President pardoning a turkey that has committed election funding fraud? Is it appropriate for the President to pardon a turkey who has gerrymandered his own districts in order to discriminate against quail? Do you want the pardon to happen because the President decides the turkey's "religious freedom" supersedes our liberty to consume its moist, delicious flesh?

I didn't think so. ELECTIONS MATTER.
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WHERE ARE THE LOCUSTS WE WERE PROMISED LOCUSTS
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It's the 53rd anniversary of the Supreme Court 6-1 ruling in "Engels v. Vitale" from 1962, which declared that forcing children to recite a prayer in public school was unconstitutional.  

Contrary to what critics of this ruling say, this does not mean that "prayer is illegal" or that the ruling "took prayer out of public schools".  Children are still free to pray whenever and wherever they want, in the manner prescribed by their beliefs (and not that of their teachers) as long as they are not being disruptive to the learning process that is the purpose of the school... NOT indoctrination into a particular religion.  But they can't be coerced or forced into praying, regardless of their religion or lack thereof, and their teachers cannot require any practice of any religion.

It was a ruling that supported freedom of religion, since the families who brought the lawsuit were concerned about government officials mandating the style, manner, timing and language of a personal form of worship.  Ultimately the Justices concurred.

Also going through the courts at the time, and to be decided almost a year later, was the Abington v. Schempp case in which laws in multiple states that mandated Bible verse reading in the public schools were also declared unconstitutional.  Lest you think that this practice was open-minded towards religion and religious beliefs, a student named Ellery Schempp kicked off the lawsuit process by reading from the Qu'ran instead of the Bible, for which he was ejected from class.  The book "Ellery's Protest" presents the story of that action and lawsuit, and is a great read if anyone wants to borrow it.
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Video is released of a white person standing up and asserting their rights against police or other government officials acting like assholes: YAY PATRIOTS FIRSTSECONDFOURTHAMENDMENT BOO GOVERNMENT TYRANNY BACK OFF OBAMA

Video is released of a non-white person standing up and asserting their rights against police or other government officials acting like assholes: WELL IF THEY HAD ONLY OBEYED THE OFFICIAL THEY WOULDN'T HAVE ENDED UP ARRESTED OR DEAD IT'S REALLY THEIR FAULT FOR BEING AGGRESSIVE WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE RULE OF LAW APPLIES YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THE AUTHORITIES

If you want a crystal-clear example of white privilege, you couldn't ask for a better one.
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I would respect her position if she had been consistent: did she also require that couples applying for a marriage license be of the same religion (no Christians marrying non-Christians, no Lutherans marrying Catholics)? Did she also deny marriage licenses to people who were previously divorced? Did she also resign every time she was asked to provide a marriage license to atheists? Did she make sure that the woman was a virgin before providing a marriage license, and gave her a certificate good for one death by stoning otherwise?

Because her Bible teaches those things too. If she did not do the above, then no: her holier-than-thou posturing is not worthy of respect, because she cherry-picked the parts of the Bible that she wanted to get all righteous about, and they happened to match her pre-existing bigotry. She's not a martyr with heroic principles, she's just another run-of-the-mill hypocrite.

Well, let me take my first sentence back a tiny bit: I actually do respect her position... a tiny infinitesimal micron more than those who want to stay in a job they refuse to perform and expect to have the state pay them to discriminate. But it's not noticeable without an electron microscope attached to the Hubble, because it's not just tiny, it's really far away.

If she truly believed what she says she believes, she would have resigned a looooooong time ago. Her position isn't "I resign because the Bible tells me I must": not really, because her Bible told her to resign before she even got a job where she had to grant marriage licenses to divorced people: let no one tear asunder what god, etc. etc. Her position is really "I resign because I find gay people icky, and I can cherry-pick the Bible to support that position."

But she and several other clerks can expect some nice speaking fees from the Alliance Defending Freedom, NOM, Focus on the Family and all the other organizations that will tout her as a martyr. Watch how quickly her story goes from "I resign" to "I was forced to resign" to "Obama violated my First Amendment religious freedom", depending on who is running in the elections and how much she gets paid per appearance. That's what happened with the Benham brothers, the two bigots whose TV show was cancelled before it ever aired because of their views, and now run the fundamentalist speaking circuit claiming Obama denied their freedom of speech.

At least until the 2018 mid-term elections, after which I predict this issue will go the way of opposition to interracial marriage. Not that I'm saying it will go away: people have resigned for publicly refusing to perform interracial marriages as recently as 2009, so they'll be around for a while. It'll just become the position that people take when they really want to be disqualified from jury duty.
Citing the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Grenada County Circuit Clerk Linda Barnette resigned Tuesday.
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It's not a surprise that many extreme right-wing Tea Partiers believe Obama is the most ineffective President ever: after all, if he has achieved nothing on what you think his agenda is (taking away their guns, putting Christians in jail, establishing Sharia law, implementing communism, dismantling the Constitution, ushering in the End Times as the Antichrist), then he's been spectacularly ineffective.

The problem is that, instead of thinking "Huh, maybe I was wrong about his agenda," the response to this perceived ineffectiveness is "Boy, Ted Cruz has been really good at stopping him!"
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Bristol Palin is pregnant. In her announcement, she makes the point that this pregnancy (her second, both while unmarried) is a "huge disappointment" to her family, a statement that her unborn child will surely love to read in the future and definitely not be psychologically damaged by.

"Yeah, you were a huuuuuuuuuge mistake, #2. That's why we never named you."

I predict that in 30 years, printed and defaced online articles containing the quote "huge disappointment" will be found pasted all over the walls in this kid's basement, next to his collection of tiny shoes and bait candy. And hundreds of vials filled with children's tears.

Bristol Palin, you might remember, was paid over a quarter of a million dollars to be the "abstinence ambassador" for the pro-no-no-on-the-giggity-giggity Candies Foundation.

Remember ladies: abstinence is great, because if you don't protect your haminah-haminah from the wee-wees, you might end up famous, on television dancing with the stars and earning $30k per public appearance to talk about how Jeebus thinks sex is icky.

Man, that family is one big ol' slow motion train wreck. Her statement also says that she "doesn't want any lectures", which is a request we should all totally respect because that's the lesson we all learned from her totally non-judgmental mother. Along with the lesson of how to use a fucking condom, apparently.

I hope she qualifies for tax subsidies on her healthcare: she's only got 2 more years to be on her parents' plan. And guess what all healthcare plans have to offer now?

BIRTH CONTROL!
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Of course!  Their grandmother reads... ALL the magazines and newspapers.
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Notice how quickly the conversation went from gun reform as the appropriate response to a mass murder, to taking down a flag?

Don't think that redirection wasn't intentional.
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President of the MN chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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