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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A parent in the Houston area is rending garments because his five-year-old daughter was forced to put a T-shirt on over her sundress due to spaghetti straps being against her school's dress code. "Have you ever stopped to think how weird a school dress code really is?" writes Jeff Rouner. "I went and checked out the one for my daughter's school district and it's amazing in how hard it tries not to say what it actually means. There are literally no male-specific guidelines anywhere on that list. I mean prohibitions against exposing the chest or torso could hypothetically apply to boys except that they don't. Not really. They don't sell boys clothes that do that. There's nothing that is marketed to boys that is in anyway comparable to a skirt or a sun dress. Essentially, a school dress code exists to prevent girls from displaying too much of their bodies because reasons." read more


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hunter, Daily Kos: Former Rep. Michele Bachmann is very excited that the world may be coming to an end. Iran may be getting the bomb, and gay people are getting married these days, and all of this is wonderful news because it means Israel is going to be destroyed and there will be wars and plagues and famines and that means Jesus is going to come back to fly all the bestest Bachmann-approving-of Christians into heaven while her enemies get left to rot in whatever post-nuclear wasteland comes next. You think we are making this up. We are not making this up. "We get to be living in the most exciting time in history," she said, urging fellow Christians to "rejoice." "Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church." read more


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

If you would believe the logic the NRA has used to justify guns everywhere from inside capitol buildings to bars to schools, more guns equal more safety. With that premise, one would think an NRA convention – a place where thousands of gun-owners congregate to buy, sell, and talk weaponry – would be the safest place in the world. The NRA disagrees. In fact, they'd rather you kept your guns at home, please. read more


Sunday, April 05, 2015

In a new poll, a higher percentage of likely 2016 voters felt favorably toward gays and lesbians than evangelical Christians. The poll, commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, and conducted by Democratic pollster Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found that 53 percent of respondents held a favorable view of gay people and 42 percent held a favorable view of evangelical Christians, while 18 percent of the likely voters surveyed held an unfavorable view of gay people and 28 percent held a negative view of evangelical Christians. Jameson Parker of Addicting Info writes, "Nobody likes a person using a religion to justify their intolerance, and as [Mike] Huckabee and his ilk become increasingly out of step with the average American, it is more and more obvious that that is exactly what's happening here." read more


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zaid Jilani, AlterNet: Republicans have teamed up with their counterparts in the Israeli political system to do everything they can to obstruct a deal [with Iran] -- with tactics such as drafting new sanctions legislation and warning the Iranian leadership that the nuclear agreement will not outlast President Obama. But this past week Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) ratcheted up this sabotage to a new level. During a floor speech he gave on March 24, the senator suggested that Israel "go rogue" and that if they don't they may not survive the next 22 months of the Obama presidency: "The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue." read more


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