White Racism Dropped Slightly During Obama Administration

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

The charts above are from the Gallup Poll. Here is Gallup’s explanation of how they reached the numbers displayed in their charts:

Our review found eight questions that were asked in 2004 and 2007 — before Obama — and then again in 2015 and 2016 — during the Obama years. These questions, combined, provide what we believe is a reasonable measure of racial resentment. Analyzing responses from the two earlier surveys and comparing those with the responses from the two later surveys provides the needed divide between pre-Obama and Obama-era attitudes.

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The Religious Faith Behind Climate Change Fear Mongering

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From Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

Humans have an unlimited capacity for self-delusion. Climate catastrophists “see” climate change in every weather extreme in the same way religionists “see” the Hand of God in whatever they choose. But wishing won’t make it so. Nor is it possible to rebut wishful thinking rationally. It can as logically be claimed that floods are caused by Martians screwing with our weather in retaliation for sending robots to their planet. People in the 1950s blamed weather extremes on Sputnik. People in the 1960s blamed weather extremes on nuclear weapons testing. People in the 1970s blamed the moon landing. People have always blamed God. People have always looked for easy explanations for “this crazy weather,” even though weather has not changed much over the centuries. Climate Change is no different. When it comes to weather, most people have the memory of a goldfish: The latest of a recurring weather extreme is always something that has never happened before—except that it has and will again.

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Most Favor Travel Ban on Recent Visitor to Muslim Country

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From The Borowitz Report:

RIYADH (The Borowitz Report)—In a notable shift of public opinion, a substantial majority of Americans now favor a travel ban on a person who has recently visited a Muslim country, a new poll shows.

According to the poll, if such a person travelled to a country in the Middle East, for example, he should be subjected to extreme vetting before he is allowed to return to the United States.

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First Excerpt From President Trump’s Travel Diary

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From E.A. Blair at MadMikesAmerica:

Thanks to an exclusive leak, a confidential source on Air Force One has supplied me with advance notes from Donald Trump’s travel diary. In true Trumpish fashion, each entry appears to be 140 characters or less. I can only attribute the fact that these have not shown up in the presidential twitter feed to the secure communications environment on board the plane.

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A Civil Discussion of Trump’s Character

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From Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist at The Moderate Voice:

My dear sister, who is a faithful reader and critic of both my political rants and of my more sedate human interest writings, often has some good advice for me, especially when I use the Spanish word “pend***” to describe the present occupant of the people’s house.

She tells me that one can be just as persuasive and passionate – perhaps even more effective — without being uncivil.

Reflecting on her advice, I re-read Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham City Jail, written by a man who had every reason to be angry, combative and “inelegant.”

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No, the 25th Amendment Isn’t the Way to Boot Trump

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From Jonathan Bernstein:

Donald Trump has amply demonstrated he is not fit for the office he holds. But it would be a grave mistake to use the mechanism of the 25th Amendment to get rid of him, as a wide group of liberals have urged for a while, now joined by conservatives such as Ross Douthat.

Sorry, Congress: If you believe Trump needs to go, you’re going to have to do it yourselves.

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Leaking From the Top

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From Cato Institute: Julian Sanchez:

On Monday, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell, reporting that Donald Trump had shared highly classified “codeword” intelligence—provided by an ally on the condition that it not be more widely disseminated—with Russian officials during their meeting last week. While administration officials initially issued fierce denials, national security advisor H.R. McMaster, who had himself blasted the story as “false” in a carefully-worded statement, effectively confirmed the key elements of the report at a press briefing Tuesday morning. While McMaster repeatedly insisted that Trump’s decision to share information had been “wholly appropriate,” his remarks (perhaps inadvertently) raised several additional grounds for concern.

First, let’s dispense with the obvious: Classification authority in the United States flows from the president, and so a president is legally entitled to declassify or disclose information as he sees fit, for any reason or no reason at all. This is a case where that infamous Nixonism—”When the president does it, that means it is not illegal”—actually applies. Nobody, as far as I can tell, is seriously disputing that. It’s also true that presidents often choose, for strategic or diplomatic reasons, to share particular pieces of intelligence with foreign governments. Yet this does not appear to have been a “routine” instance of such sharing, as McMaster sought to characterize it—not by a longshot.

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Bending the Arc of the Universe

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From North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz:

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

In 1871, Unitarian minister Theodore Parker first spoke these words in opposition to slavery here in America.

In 1958 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. repeated them to a nation still fighting for equality for all its people.

In this day of uncertainty and grief, these words desperately need to be repeated again, though not as solace for weary spectators—but as battle cry for warriors.

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