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Dismantling the DOE, eliminating corporate regulations and oversight, destroying Medicare and Medicaid, eradicating welfare, WIC, and food stamps will disproportionately impact poor folk, which inherently (and disproportionately) impacts black and brown people. That may be an unintended consequence of Paul’s libertarian views, but that does not make these outcomes any less institutionally racist. The fact that we even have to have these conversations; that we have to listen to Santorum tell us that he really said “blah people” or that Gingrich can double down on his “food stamp President” comments; or that Perry can still campaign beyond “Ni%$er Head;” or that Bachman can believe that enslaved children are better off than free children – means that anti-black racism is still squarely entrenched in America’s political and public sphere. To think (or to argue) otherwise is just taking us back to an era where racism was more widely accepted as this country’s modus operandi.

James Braxton Peterson and David J. Leonard, Code BLAH In The Republican Party, Racialicious 1/10/12

Now that Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary, he’s going to think that he has some “voters’ mandate” to keep carrying on about his nostalgic vision of an all-white US. SMH…

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A sign Minnesota Republicans can hold at their next rally to protect marriage



A sign Minnesota Republicans can hold at their next rally to protect marriage


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And so, Bachmann leaves … to the cheerful melodies of Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister,” which is how we’ll remember her campaign. Like an upbeat Train song.

 Damn, what the hell did Train do to her?

Train is awful, but not nearly as awful as Michele Bachmann. Also, she is neither gangsta nor thug and she is DEFINITELY not a soul sister.

Peace out, oh Lady Purveyor of Total Falsitudes!

Let me keep my thoughts about this short: Gurl, bye. 

And this is why I feel that way.

Gurl, bye. Except, oh wait, she’s coming back home to run for congress again (or maybe Senate). Damn damn damn.

  • Q: The Constitution says that 'the Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes… to provide for the… general Welfare of the United States.' But I noticed that when you quoted this section on page 116 [of "Fed Up!"], you left 'general welfare' out and put an ellipsis in its place. Progressives would say that 'general welfare' includes things like Social Security or Medicare—that it gives the government the flexibility to tackle more than just the basic responsibilities laid out explicitly in our founding document. What does 'general welfare' mean to you?
  • Rick Perry: I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term 'general welfare' in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address. Not the federal government. I stand very clear on that. From my perspective, the states could substantially better operate those programs if that’s what those states decided to do.
  • Q: So in your view those things fall outside of general welfare. But what falls inside of it? What did the Founders mean by 'general welfare'?
  • Rick Perry: I don’t know if I’m going to sit here and parse down to what the Founding Fathers thought general welfare meant.
  • Q: But you just said what you thought they didn’t mean by general welfare. So isn’t it fair to ask what they did mean? It’s in the Constitution.
  • Rick Perry: [Silence.]
  • Q: OK. Moving on [...]



I liked Michele Bachmann. A lot,” says Lori Ziganto at RedState. That ends now. I don’t care if she’s “actually cuckoo pants or if she’s just lying and using children and the fears of their parents to score political points,” but this “tall tale” about a 12-year-old absurdly “catching” mental retardation — something you’re born with — tells me all I need to know: Bachmann’s “not very bright” and she’s a “Jenny McCarthyist.” Let’s not forget: “Vaccinations save lives.”

Michele Bachmann: ‘Anti-vaccine wingnut’?

Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Nice to see the rest of the country waking up to what we in Minnesota have known about Bachmann for years.

"Jenny McCarthyist"



Congressman Keith Ellison responded to our story about Reince Priebus, and started quite the discussion on Twitter.

Minnesotans know that [Obama] is not one of them.

We’re going to turn Minnesota red for 2012.

Reince Priebus, Minnesota GOP Chairman, speaking about the 2012 elections.

Oh, FFS. >_<

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