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A Jury of Their Peers

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On December 11, 2017
Racist terrorists in Kansas have invoked their right to a jury of their peers: Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge Friday to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are twice as likely to have voted for President Donald Trump. […]
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I Am Not Your Negro

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On November 19, 2017
It’s been nearly ten months since Raoul Peck’s extraordinary documentary I Am Not Your Negro first hit theaters in the U.S, and it’s now been available on DVD and streaming services for a couple of months. For those who are unfamiliar, the film’s script is cobbled together from a book that James Baldwin started in the 1970s […]

The Virtue of Voters

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On November 17, 2017

I don’t have many answers for what’s wrong with the American electorate. But here are a few statistics from a Fox News poll in the Alabama special election that are, um, telling: – Men in Al

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Donald Trump, Consoler-in-Chief

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On November 15, 2017
Another day in America yesterday, another mass shooting. This one in northern California. Donald Trump, self-acknowledged to be among the greatest of American presidents, tweeted his condolences: You may be thinking to yourself, “wait, Sutherland Springs, Texas isn’t in northern California.” You would be correct. What we have here is Trump copying and pasting his […]
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Celebrating When We Can

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On November 7, 2017
Before I pour a taste of Bulleit Rye and ponder the year since Election Day ’16, there’s some good news to consider. Like Loomis (and many others), I’m elated that Ed Gillespie got bulldozed in the Virginia gubernatorial race today. (While I don’t find Phil Murphy at all interesting, I guess I’m glad that a […]
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