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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stories to Watch: 1/21/14

A look at the ancestors of the Tea Party -- the John Birch Society -- and their rabid opposition to Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. It pays to revisit history occasionally, if only to clear out all the bullshit.

A Florida Republican demands that President Obama be hanged, because that's what Jesus would do. This is so far out of line that most of the pushback Joshua Black is getting is coming from his fellow Republicans. This demonstrates a simple fact: that the GOP's greatest fear for 2014 is that the nutjobs will come crawling out of the woodwork and ruin an off-year election where Republicans normally have the advantage.

Conservative media seem incapable of talking about Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis without resorting to over-the-top sexism.

Why did the Republican Party fail to rebrand after 2012? Because they couldn't without alienating the only demographic they could rely on to vote for them. Years of wedge-issue politics have made them reliant on a group of voters that they've trained to be hostile to everyone else.

We have our first "arrested for being gay" story from the Sochi Olympics. Apparently, Olympic officials made the bust. Chew on that one for a while.

Also in Olympic-sized homophobia news: an American anti-gay activist pleads with parents not to allow their children to watch Olympic figure skating on the teevee. Because openly-gay color commentator and former skater Johnny Weir will turn them so gay. "BE FOREWARNED: If you allow it at all, don't let your children to watch the Olympics without supervision," Catholic News Agency's Louie Verrecchio warns.

Professional blowhard Sean Hannity threatens to leave New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that "extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay… have no place in the state of New York." No doubt, many New Yorkers won't be sorry to see him go. It's funny though, he talks about himself like he's freakin' Goldman-Sachs or something; "Gov. Cuomo, I'm going to leave and I'm taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny. And by the way governor, because I work here – there's a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I'm sure you'll take care of them." Yeah, the State of New York's going to collapse without your tremendous economic contributions. And your "fuck my employees" attitude is really just the rawest, most naked example of your shitty Republican ideology -- i.e., "Do what I demand or I start shooting hostages!" You're a trained monkey, Sean, not a national treasure; don't let the door hit you on the ass.

Finally, a man chases down a kid in a hoodie, shoots him dead, and then claims it was all in self-defense and he was just "standing his ground." He just naturally assumed the guy was armed because of said hoodie and "because his pants were falling down." This happened in -- you guessed it -- Florida, where it's always open season on unarmed, young minority males.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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