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This time it’s Kansas

KCTV in Kansas City reports:
A man yelled, “Heil Hitler,” after he was taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of three at two Jewish-related sites in the Kansas City area.
Two males were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. A female was killed a few minutes later in the parking [...]

Southern labor update

The United Auto Workers union is claiming unfair interference by leading Republican officials after losing a union representation election in February at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen assembly plant.
NewsChannel 5 in Nashville reports:

United Auto Workers lawyers issued subpoenas Wednesday for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker and key members of the Haslam administration to [...]

The lawn mower and the Jewish question*

It’s no surprise to see rightwing televangelist Pat Robertson indulging in musty stereotypes about wealthy Jews. But it’s something of a surprise to see a rabbi abetting him.
Robertson introduced [Rabbi Daniel] Lapin by asking: “What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on [...]

Is this anything like New Labour?

I’m not exactly sure whom this latest GOP rebranding effort is supposed to convince. But Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (one or both of whom may seek the 2016 presidential nomination) have lent their support.

The obvious question arises: how is a New Republican different from an Old (or “Classic”) Republican? [...]

Atheist discrimination in the United States

This is a cross-post from Futile Democracy
When Thomas Jefferson was establishing the University of Virginia, he fought hard to ensure that no religious books were included in its library. According to Professor Leonard Levy of Southern Oregon State University:
“No part of the regular school day was set aside for religious worship….Jefferson did not permit the [...]

On Brendan Eich’s resignation

Brendan Eich, CEO of Mozilla, has resigned following controversy over news that (back in 2008) he donated $1000.00 to an organization set up to oppose gay marriage.  Here is part of Mozilla’s own response:
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know [...]

Obamacare Kentucky watch

The last time I posted about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)– in November, when things weren’t looking good and Republicans were gleeful– I advised a laser-like focus on the State of Kentucky.
I chose Kentucky for two reasons:
1. Kentucky is a Republican-leaning “red state” which sent anti-”big government” Rand Paul to the US Senate in [...]

Pat Dollard: ‘Time to kill all Muslims’

Shootings at the Fort Hood base in Texas have left four soldiers dead, including the gunman, and sixteen injured. Many commentators were quick to speculate that the gunman (like Nidal Hasan) might have been a Muslim.  He has now been named as Ivan Lopez, and it is being reported that he was undergoing treatment for [...]

Texas town pays Ted Nugent not to appear

The City of Longview, Texas, has paid rocker Ted Nugent $16,000 not to perform at a Fourth of July Festival.
A city spokesman said the Motor City Madman was “not the right feel for this kind of community event.”
The city had reached a verbal agreement with Nugent, scheduling the rocker as the headliner who would play [...]

The State of Louisiana versus science: the saga continues

Remember when Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal mocked the very idea of monitoring volcanic activity?
And when Louisiana adopted a law that no public school teacher could be disciplined or fired for teaching an “alternative theory” (for example, creationism) to evolution?
And when Jindal’s administration tried to provide state-funded vouchers for students to attend schools that teach [...]