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The Good Doctor is correct, as usual.
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#Conservatives  invent non-existent predators, yet turn a blind eye to the very real predators in their own ranks.

"Child sex abuse, one of the most heinous of crimes, is also one of the hardest to catch because of offenders' power and victims' shame. [Former #Republican  Speaker of the House Dennis] Hastert's history of abusing boys he coached might never have come out were it not for his paying one, who was 14 when the abuse occurred, $3.5 million not to talk. Later Hastert would accuse him of attempted extortion.

"Even as Hastert was making these payments, law enforcement around America was pursuing other boogeymen. Black people were being pulled over disproportionately for offenses like broken tail lights. Others ended up dead after police encounters that began for trivial reasons. Prisons were disproportionately filling with African-Americans.

"And now state legislators are targeting other boogeymen — transgender people — on the same stated grounds that the caller objected to Target's bathroom policy: Public safety. As if anyone who were out to commit a sex offense would deliberately draw attention to themselves."
A caller to a public radio program on the presidential race wanted to talk instead about Target's bathroom policy.
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"Jim DeMint, the former South Carolina senator and Tea Party firebrand who is now the president of the Heritage Foundation, became the latest in a string of conservatives to admit that restrictive voting laws such as voter ID requirements are an attempt to help Republicans win elections, telling a St. Louis radio host yesterday that voter ID laws help elect “more conservative candidates.”"
Jim DeMint, the former South Carolina senator and Tea Party firebrand who is now the president of the Heritage Foundation, became the latest in a string of conservatives to admit that restrictive vo
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Bullshit is bullshit -- doesn't matter how you dress it up with sciencey-sounding words.
When you or your child is sick and all you care about is relief, you’ll perk up at any promise a pill bottle makes. But some of those packages hold no medicine at all, just homeopathic “remedies.” Their makers are legally allowed to lie to you and say these products cure disease, even though they absolutely definitely do not.
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It now appears that former #Republican  Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert sexually assaulted several young boys.

Naturally, Republicans ignore this fact and support Hastert anyway.
Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been convicted of paying hush money to cover up his raping of children and is about to be sentenced, and his political friends have closed ranks around hi…
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We are all susceptible to cognitive biases... but doesn't it seem like #wingnuts  simply wallow in them?
Are cognitive biases causing you to make bad decisions? Discover 10 of the most common and how you can avoid them.
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Heh. Got a huge laugh out of this meme.

The article is spot on, too.
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Worth the read.
 
Which of these people should use the women's restroom?

My hometown just passed an ordinance requiring people to use the restroom that matches the sex listed on their birth certificate, similar to the law recently passed in North Carolina, and I can't express how disappointed I am with the city council.

Some people are prejudiced against transgendered people, either out of ignorance or intolerance.  There's nothing I can do to reach the latter group, and I can only encourage the former group to educate yourselves about the issue.

But let's set that aside and talk about the logistical realities of these laws.

Which of the individuals in this photo should use the mens' restroom, and which should use the women's restroom?  On the left is a transgender girl, born male.  On the right is model Aydian Dowling, a transgender male (born female) who has appeared on a cover of Men's Health magazine.   These laws would require the man in the photo below to use the women's restroom, and the girl in the photo to use the mens' restroom. 

But unless everyone is required to show their birth certificate before entering the restroom, few people would think to call the police on Mr. Dowling if he walked into the mens' restroom, or on the girl in the photo if she walked into the women's restroom. 

But a tomboyish woman with short hair and wearing a t-shirt and jeans might have the police called on her, and a long-haired teen boy might be accused of being female and barred from entering the men's room.  And neither of these people would be able to prove their birth gender because people don't carry around their birth certificates -- which they shouldn't, because it's all an identity thief would need to open a bank account or take out a loan in your name. 

In fact, this already happens.  A video posted to YouTube in April shows a young woman being accosted by police simply because she didn't look feminine enough for the women's restroom.   https://youtu.be/hVuHAS2CtUM

Supporters of the laws claim they're to protect people.  But who are they actually protecting?  Transgenderism is not new, and transgendered people have been using public restrooms corresponding with the gender they identify with for pretty much all of history.  The first phalloplasty (the surgical construction of a penis) performed on a transgender male occurred in 1915, though the emperor Elagabalus, who ruled the Roman Empire from 218 to 222, reportedly offered vast sums of money to any physician who could equip him with female genitalia.  And yet the sexual assaults that these laws purport to prevent don't happen.  These laws wouldn't do anything to protect non-transgendered people simply because there's nothing to protect them from.

What these laws will do, however, is to put transgendered people at risk.  If the girl in the photo below were your daughter, would you feel comfortable sending her into the mens' restroom?  If you're a woman, would you feel comfortable with the man in the photo walking into the womens' restroom?  If you, as a man, saw him walk into the womens' restroom, what would you do?  At least some men would be willing to use force to protect the women from the "perverted guy" walking into the women's restroom.

That's what these laws will do.  They won't do a thing to prevent assaults on non-transgendered people by transgendered people, because that's a threat that hasn't been proven to exist.  But it would legitimize prejudice against transgendered people and put them at risk.

And if "bathroom monitors" aren't posted at public restrooms to verify people's birth certificates before allowing them into the "correct" restroom, all the laws will accomplish is to reinforce gender stereotypes and prevent women who don't wear "appropriate" amounts of makeup, wear sufficiently feminine clothing, or show some cleavage from using the restroom.
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#Republicans  are the party of hatred, bigotry, and fear. Period, end of discussion.

"Whether it's gay marriage 20 years ago or abortion issues ten years ago, the GOP has depended on measures designed to punish those people to get angry voters to the polls, especially in mid-terms.  It's worked in the past.  There's little reason to believe this won't continue to work in 2016, 2018 or beyond."
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I stopped shopping at Target several years ago after learning of their political contributions to anti-gay causes. Now, perhaps, it's time to reconsider.

"Target has nevertheless made strides toward embracing the LGBT community. A month after the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2012, Target ran national ads welcoming same-sex couples to choose the store for their wedding registries. They have also regularly embraced Pride Month celebrations, selling various rainbow-themed items and apparelevery year. The company also recently stopped separating its toys and bedding into “boys” and “girls” categories.

"By joining companies like PayPal and others resisting laws that target the LGBT community and transgender people in particular, Target is taking a leadership role that’s a far cry from apologizing for its anti-LGBT giving."
Target wants to make clear that respecting transgender people's identities is both easy and the right thing to do.
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Newt Gingrich: adulterer

Bob Livingston: adulterer

Dennis Hastert: child molester

Bet all you #Republicans  look back on the Clinton impeachment with pride, don't you?
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