Have a Coke and a STFU

Coca Cola’s ‘America the Beautiful’ Super Bowl commercial angers conservative pundits (New York Daily News) MSNBC Goes To Free Speech Jail For Pointing Out Racist People Are Racist (Wonkette) Racism is not an inherent trait of conservative philosophy. If anything, the conservatives I know would argue that any kind of discrimination — no matter what its basis, and whether by law or by deed — goes against the principles of free markets, because it has the tendency to remove both consumers and producers from the…

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Preserving the Kakistocracy

Libertarian Party of Ohio Suit Against SB 193 to Gain Allies (independentpoliticalreport.com) Senate Bill 193 places undemocratic restrictions on third parties: Letter to the Editor (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Ottawa Hills is the name of the suburb for the ultra-rich here in the greater Toledo area. As their high tax base means that their schools are funded well, they had the natural “rival schools” for the private school I went to, and Ottawa Hills isn’t far from where I live, so it’s a part of town…

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Buying Off Academia

Papers show Koch money behind economic study (The Rachel Maddow Show) My teaching styles and philosophies can be traced back to a number of intellectual leaders, including the American educator and philosopher John Dewey. His treatise Experience and Education is probably his most famous work; in it he proposes the radical idea (sadly, almost as radical now as it was seventy-five years ago) that instead of treating students like a bunch of empty vessels we should unthinkingly pour “knowledge” into, we teachers should treat our…

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Dumbfuck Dynasty

Sarah Palin, Gov. Bobby Jindal defend Phil Robertson after he’s suspended from ‘Duck Dynasty’ (Washington Post) Megyn Kelly: I Was Just Kidding About Santa Being White You Race-Baiter (Gawker) Lost amidst the more high-profile departure of Alec Baldwin from their prime-time lineup, MSNBC recently had a much more difficult personnel struggle that resulted in another of their hosts leaving. Martin Bashir, who once interviewed Michael Jackson on television years ago and then somehow popped up hosting an afternoon show on the network, was highlighting stupid…

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Broken Promise

Judge rules pensions can be cut in Detroit bankruptcy (Detroit Free Press) One of the most infuriating aspects of the federal bailout of our nation’s biggest banks following the 2008 economic collapse was that so many of the executives, whose actions both within their banks and through the elected officials they basically had in their back pockets, were allowed to keep so much of the severance pay in their contracts. At a time when our economy was shedding jobs left and right, at a time…

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