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Triumph of Rationalization: Today’s GOP

The author, a trained social scientist, examines the sociopathic behavior of the current incarnation of the GOP and posits an explanation for their ability to be on both sides of so many issues depending on how it affects them or their party.

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A Letter to Tony Perkins

William Turner delivers and incisive and scathing dissection of Conservative hate speech obfuscations and particularly, the Family Research Council hate group and its spokesperson Tony Perkins.

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2013: A Year In Review

Oh what a year! The highs, lows, and moments of comic relief were truly operatic, so here's an opera-inspired musical recap.

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Education Is Our Best Hope

Barry James recounts childhood memories of visits to his grandparents home in a small Texas town where Mrs. Kieke, a former school teacher, impressed upon him the importance of education to a free and self governed people. Like Mrs. Kieke the founders also believed education essential to self government. Thomas Jefferson founded the Univerity of Virginia in 1819 and, in 1817, proposed a plan for public education. Jefferson believed education of vital importance and felt "no other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness."

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The Trench: A Dark Tale of Evangelical Hegemony

This short story presents a haunting vision of a United States where the Radical Religious Right has gained complete power and is free to execute its vision of a theocratic government based on their interpretation of scripture. For some it’s the utopia they prayed for where Purity is no longer a matter of choice but a matter of law, a world where church attendance isn’t a choice but a duty, a world where religious fervor abounds.

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Texas Judge Prophecies Civil War When Obama Re-Elected

The author responds to remarks made by Lubbock County Judge Tom Head, with the support of Lubbock County Commissioner Mark Heinrich, when they both appeared on Lubbock's Fox News affiliate to spread reactionary rhetoric reminiscent of the Jim Crow era this past week.

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What’s Wrong with the US Economy?

Historical income share data and the lessons of the Great Depression demonstrate cutting taxes on the top one percent and the inequality this creates leads not to job creation but to economic disaster and discontent.

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“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” Revelation 13:1-3.

And the beast called itself GOP and written upon its seven heads are: Avarice, Cowardice, Entitlement, Homophobia, Ignorance, Misogyny, and Racism. And the meek shall cry out in agony. And the beast shall be slain by the Lamb, in their name. And the beast's name shall be erased from the minds of men forever.

Amen