GOP Should Not Let the Left Set the Agenda

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

Donald Trump has certainly roiled the political waters for the Republican Party. Many believe, including myself, that Trump is the reaping what the pragmatist-oriented GOP itself has sown—and that the most likely result of the Trump phenomenon will be an implosion of the party.

The question is, what kind of rebirth will rise from the ashes? In the hopes of Tom Moran of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Trump starting a civil war in the Republican Party will end up with good little me-to conservatives in charge of the party.

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Bill Clinton Schools Black Lives Matter Protesters

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From The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

As someone from the hip-hop generation – and by that, I mean someone who was literally born in the 70s who did backspins on street corners on cardboard – I have to admit: watching Bill Clinton’s epic takedown of a couple Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia last week made me miss gangsta rap. Why? Because most often what’s missing from many of out political discussions is historical context.

Well, there’s that, and the fact that because gangsta rap is no longer a thing, we have the false impression that it’s all good in the hood. Guess what? It isn’t, and it has never been. But when yu listen to critics of Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill, you get the impression that the legislation was simply part of a grand conspiracy to throw black people in jail cells without any reason other than being black.

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Can a School District Decide How Catholic a School Is?

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From conservative James Wigderson at Wisconsin Watchdog:

A private school in Richfield, Wisconsin, and the parents of three students are taking Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers and the Friess Lake School District to court over the question of who gets to decide if the school is Catholic or not.

The lawsuit, filed April 8 in Waukesha County Circuit Court by attorneys with the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, alleges violations of the Free Exercise Clause and Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

Evers and the Friess Lake School District determined St. Augustine School is a Catholic school and therefore the students are not entitled to free transportation.

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Evangelicals: Stop Saying You See People Like Jesus Does

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

Most Evangelicals have a two-sided understanding of Jesus. There is the theological Jesus and the human Jesus. The theological Jesus is found on Sundays and in countless Christian books. While this Jesus often becomes the framework by which Evangelicals view the world, most often it is the human Jesus that determines attitudes and conduct. Let me explain this in the context of a statement often made by Evangelicals: dear Jesus, please help me see others as you do.

From a theological perspective, how does Jesus see others? Can we even answer this question? When it comes to theology, Jesus had very little to say. It is the Christian church, with its 2,000 year history, that has given us the theological Jesus. So perhaps the real question is how does the Arminian or Calvinistic Jesus see people?

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How a ‘Plan C’ Candidate Can Win the Republican Crown

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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg:

After House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that he would not seek the presidency in 2016 under any circumstances, Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money issued a challenge to those who think someone besides Donald Trump or Ted Cruz could be the Republicans’ nominee:

Anybody who thinks this is a plausible scenario really needs to explain specifically how this is going to work.

I think it is plausible and I can explain why.

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“Bernie-Bros” are the Teabaggers of the Left

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

I have supported and voted for progressive ideas since the late 1960’s (most of my life) — and I am proud of that. But I must admit that I have been shocked by the actions of some progressives during this Democratic primary campaign.

I guess I have been naive, because I always thought that progressives operated on a higher plane than right-wingers. While right-wingers don’t mind resorting to lies and unethical practices to further their policies and candidates, I thought we on the left didn’t have to do that — because we have the facts on our side.

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Bubble Land!

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From Max’s Dad:

Being a strict constitutionalist is a bitch these days. Why, every time you turn around there’s a mob of libtards trying to take a dump on the constitution and oppress the very people who love this nation so much they cry at the very sight of an eagle.

What I’m talking about of course is voting. The Founding Fathers made it very very clear that voting was a right. A right. A right almost as important as being able to own guns, Almost. But these so called progressives (and we all know that’s a PC term for godless commies) for some reason seem to think that voting is for everyone when the FF’s certainly did not intend it to be for everyone.

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YIKES! Unintended Technological Consequences

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Raymond: An odd mixture of insane tragedy and guilty mirth.
 
From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

You never know what nefarious activity might be associated with your IP address — as it turns out, companies that try to map the physical locations of computers and electronic devices have a crude workaround for searches that don’t return a valid location. They instead return a default location, which is the geographic center of the country or state or county. The problem is that sometimes there are people living there, and suddenly the police trying to trace a stolen laptop are knocking on your door with a search warrant.

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Obama Loses Patience Over Clinton Email Grilling by Fox

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From Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

President Obama granted Fox News Sunday its first interview with him since becoming president, and it quickly became apparent why that was. Host Chris Wallace took the interview from a tough but fair grilling about the Hillary Clinton email “scandal” to a badgering and yellow interrogation that laid the groundwork for post-email conspiracy theorizing. Wallace asked the reasonable question of whether Hillary Clinton will be treated the same as anyone else by the FBI and the Justice Department, but when he asked it an unreasonable five times, President Obama lost patience with him:

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