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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stories to Watch: 9/19/13

Coal is a dying industry. No one wants to mine for it anymore.

GOP Rep. Raúl Labrador thinks he's got the best idea ever: a license to discriminate against same-sex married couples. The idea is that Christians are so downtrodden and LGBT people have it so good that... You know what? I can't even finish it. I'm afraid all the stupid and backward will get my brain dirty.

California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier smacked down anti-food stamps Republicans today, because she is bad ass.

I mentioned it briefly today (i.e., reblogged it on my Tumblr), but the comment by Pope Francis that the church is too "obsessed" with gay marriage, abortion and birth control really got me thinking. Francis' criticism applies just as well to the broader Christian conservative movement, not just the Catholic church. When was the last time a Republican quoted the Sermon on the Mount when talking about the poor -- or guns or the military or healthcare or etc.? You know, that whole be meek, be merciful, be peaceful, be kind, be charitable thing. In fact, when was the last time you heard a Christian conservative mention the Sermon on the Mount at all? The fact is that the Christian conservative movement doesn't talk about the things Jesus said, but instead the things they wish He'd said -- and those things are pretty much the polar opposite of His teachings. Now granted, I'm not a Christian, but it seems to me tthat if here's anyone trying to drive Jesus out of the public square, it's social conservatives and they should probably stop doing it.

Related: House Republicans vote to slash food stamps by $40 billion dollars, because Jesus said to the hungry multitude, "Starve, you lazy leeches!"

Tom DeLay finally weasels out of his guilty verdict for money laundering, thanks to fawning Texas judicial activists.

With the fiscal year end rapidly approaching, Tea Party loudmouths in the senate are finding themselves in a "put up or shut up" situation. According to Brian Beutler, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul are "already indicating they don’t plan to put up much of a fight. And if they lie down, it will expose their Defund Obamacare campaign as a farce engineered by hollow charlatans."

Finally, Bill de Blasio pretty much is the mayor-elect to the City of New York right now. Polling shows it's nearly impossible for Republican Joe Lhota to win. At this point, the election is practically a formality.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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