Democrats & Liberals

On Transgender Issue, We're Making Fools of Ourselves

Posted by TreyL on June 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Recently, 51 families whose children attended a school district in Palatine, Illinois had to sue the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration because they objected to their daughters having to change in the same locker room as a biological male. The school district offered to allow the male student to use a partitioned area of the locker room, but the Obama administration said that wasn't good enough, and that Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, mandates that a male with all the plumbing to prove it, must be allowed into a women's bathroom upon request. You have got to be kidding me.

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Benghazi Nothingburger

Posted by Warren Porter on June 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM

The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its report. It doesn't say much that we didn't already know.

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Posted by TreyL on June 23, 2016 at 2:07 AM

As the old protest chant goes, "This is what democracy looks like." It's 2:10 A.M. here in the Eastern Time Zone, the morning of June 23, 2016. C-Span is broadcasting a webcam video from Congressman Eric Swallwell after Speaker Paul Ryan shut down the main House of Representatives cameras. Why? The Democrats are waging a sit-in over the No Fly No Buy bill. This is what democracy looks like.

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College Affordability Is About More Than Managing Tuition Costs

Posted by DanikaK on June 22, 2016 at 4:06 PM

There is bipartisan recognition that students need to be encouraged to attend and graduate from college. Whether the concern is rooted in fears about America's position in the global economy, or founded in reducing systemic inequality--there's a convincing argument to be made that we need more college graduates to move forward as a society.

But while we all agree that a college education will drastically transform the trajectory of our country, there is still the issue of cost to take into account, and the opportunity to attend college--whether you graduate or not--has a lot to do with how much money your parents already have.

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New CIA Torture Documents Released

Posted by KeelanB on June 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM

New documents have been released by the CIA, detailing torture techniques the agency used against terrorism related detainees after September 11, 2001.

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Power at the End of a Gun

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM

There was a good guy with a gun. I don't mind the idea of having fully qualified, well-trained, certified people carrying weapons. In fact, the more we put the onus on this being a right that carries obligations, the better. But there is something fundamentally naive about expecting a hero to save the day when the bad guy has the jump on everybody else.

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Orlando Nightclub Attacked

Posted by Warren Porter on June 12, 2016 at 9:18 PM

In the wee hours this morning, a man entered The Pulse, an Orlando nightclub catering to the LGBT community. Armed with an AR-15 rifle and a Glock 17 handgun, Omar Mateen committed the worst atrocity on American soil since September 11, 2001. Approximately 50 people are dead and nearly as many injured.

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Muhammad Ali: Rest in Peace

Posted by Warren Porter on June 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Last weekend, America lost one of its greatest heroes, a man not scared of controversy. Muhammad Ali transcended the boxing ring, with activism expressing opposition to the Vietnam War and the segregationist policies that dominated much of the country in the mid-twentieth century.

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Feds Investigate Sexism In Hollywood

Posted by KeelanB on May 13, 2016 at 11:42 AM

There's no doubt that Hollywood is a man's world. The most prominent roles go to men, they make more money on average than actresses, and names like James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan, dwarf female directors like Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Julie Taymor.

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State-Run Internet Lotteries Should Be Shut Down

Posted by TreyL on April 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

I happened to stumble upon an episode of Frontline from 1990 in which they document America's lottery fever at that time. Lotteries are one of the issues that liberals and conservatives agree on. Almost every state that put the question to a popular vote of the people, liberal or conservative, red or blue, has voted by an average of a 2-to-1 margin in favor of establishing a state lottery. Only Alabama in 1999 and Oklahoma in 1994 (Though voters later approved a lottery ballot measure in 2004) voted down the creation of a state lottery.

Here in Michigan, the ballot measure to create the Michigan Lottery passed with 73% of the vote in 1972. Everywhere from Texas to Louisiana to California, states on every side of the political spectrum all overwhelmingly supported having a state lottery. Florida voted with 63.57% in favor in 1986, Georgia with 52% in 1992, New York with 60.57% in 1964, Iowa with 67% in 1972, Ohio with 64% in 1973.

But as time has gone on and technology become more robust, states have become increasingly shameless in their move away from marketing the lottery as a revenue-generator for education and toward making the lottery the only form of legal online gambling.

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The Hypocrisy of "Family Values Republicans" is Hilarious

Posted by TreyL on March 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Last week, Alabama's "Family Values Conservative" Republican governor Robert Bentley was caught having an affair with his top aide. As Republicans call for Mr. Bentley to resign, Mr. Bentley stubbornly refuses to step down, just like every other elected official in Alabama currently facing scandal and indictment. The hilarity of it is that every single one of these scandals involved Christian conservatives who seek to force their religion on the general public at large that won't practice what they preach.

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Scores Perish in Brussels

Posted by Warren Porter on March 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Both an airport and a train station in Brussels were attacked this morning. Evidence indicates that DAESH is likely to be responsible although it will be impossible to say for sure for the time being.

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Talonic Law and Vengeful Injustice

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 17, 2016 at 8:18 AM

So, let me get this straight: The reason why Obama doesn't get to nominate Scalia's replacement, is that he once temporarily blocked a justice who got on the court anyways? I think it's time to review an often misunderstood notion of ancient law, the one that goes, "An eye for an eye..."

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Merrick Garland nominated to High Court

Posted by Warren Porter on March 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Today, Barack Obama fulfilled his Constitutional duty to nominate a replacement for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court formerly occupied by Antonin Scalia.

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Trump Campaign Played With Fire, Now it Got Burnt.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 12, 2016 at 12:15 AM

I'm sure they'll play the victim on this one, talk about thuggish protestors and all that. They may even play up the Chicago angle, and do even more race-baiting about Black Lives Matters. What I'm not sure about is whether Donald Trump has a clue about why, out of all the Candidates out there, he's the one who ran into this. I'm pretty sure he's not about to take responsibility. He should.

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