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Screenshot showing that Rep. James Lankford "likes" a racist Facebook page with lynching imagery called "Outraged Patriots"
A friend of mine recently pointed out that Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) "likes" an obnoxious and blatantly racist community page on Facebook called Outraged Patriots.

Complete with a noose and gallows cover photo, the content of the page should offend anyone's sensibilities except the most ignorant racists.

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I haven't posted anything here in ages, but an item I read has me laughing out loud.

So, the president travels outside the Beltway echo chamber to talk about health care reform to an audience in the thousands.  And "a half dozen protesters gathered."

Are you freaking kidding me?  I thought 85% of people were delighted with their coverage.  I thought every thinking person in America knows that health care reform will bankrupt the nation and bring down our society.  Wow, I must be listening to too many Members of Congress and op-ed pundits.

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Based on Beltway CW, how many people would you have expected to protest the President's Health Care Forum today?

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Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 09:36 PM PST

How long til Willard is out?

by Lucky Ducky

MSGOP just reported that tomorrow will be a day of "frank discussions" in the Romney camp.

A Thursday speech to CPAC is still on, but a Friday appearance in Kansas ahead of caucuses there is "in doubt."

So, how long will Willard's self-financed venture endure?

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When will Willard drop out?

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David Brooks's column in today's New York Times is one of the more interesting pieces he's written in his tenure at America's Newspaper of Record.  It's not that he breaks any new ground, it's that he discusses a cultural shift that is interesting and perhaps definitive of a gap between the generations.

I know about the "quarter life crisis" and I have heard friends in their early- and mid-20s explain that they don't have to know what they're doing in life until they're 30, because "thirty is the new twenty."  Brooks describes the "odyssey years" as a sojourn between adolescence and adulthood.

Whether the 20-something odyssey years are past, present, or future for you, I think it's interesting to reflect on the increasingly common experience of a distinct developmental phase between "college" and "career."

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I graduated from college at age

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Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 07:56 PM PDT

"We Are a Pro-Life Church"

by Lucky Ducky

An alarming thing happened in a worship service I attended this morning.  It was not my own church; I was visiting a friend.  If a discussion of religion & abortion or church & politics is not what you had in mind for a autumnal Sunday evening, you may want to skip this.

I worked in a church for a few years, after earning two degrees in religion and theology.  These days, my path forward is a bit more uncertain.  It's different sitting in the pews, rather than leading the people in them.

The experience has resonated with me throughout the day, and I just felt compelled to offer a reflection on my experience.

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Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 05:35 PM PDT

Why do you work?

by Lucky Ducky

I have been fortunate to have two great jobs that I loved.  I have also had a couple of jobs that objectively sucked and I really hated.  Probably most people can relate to this sentiment.  Some jobs amount to little more than wage slavery.  But other jobs are so great, we often don't even think about the connection between the work we do and the paycheck we get.

At the moment, I'm transitioning from a job I loved to looking for a job I'm almost certainly going to hate.  The reasons are complex, personal, and not especially relevant.  From the fact that I'm sitting here ruminating about such things, though, you can clearly assume that I'm presently unemployed.

Take a moment to tell us what your work means... and take the poll!

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My job is primarily...

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Most of us, surprisingly enough, are not lawyers.  We're not experts in constitutional law.  But we do have our personal pet issues about which we care passionately.  And, for many of us, that is where our interest in the Supreme Court enters into our political understanding.

I make no claim to be an expert, or even amateur, court observer.  But I do know we have a problem.  Through a lengthy profile of Justice John Paul Stevens in last Sunday's NY Times Magazine, Jeffrey Rosen offers a helpful analysis of the present and future dynamics of the Supreme Court.

In short, another 4- or 8-year Republican administration could easily wreck much of the process we've made on your most important issues.

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The next president will be...

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Some may read the title of this diary and think, "Unsubstantiated speculation."  Others may think, "Duh."

Either way, it is clear that the GOP's largest constituency, evangelical and fundamentalist Christians, are dissatisfied with this cycle's crop of presidential candidates, particularly the frontrunners.  In spite of a year filled with scandal and death for many of the Christian right's prominent leaders, James Dobson is still perhaps the most influential (partly because it's true, and mostly because the media says it's true).

Most Christian right activists are hostile to McCain (who they don't like), Guiliani (who they don't agree with), and Romney (who they don't trust).  Huckabee and Brownback speak their language, but can't break into even the second tier.  They staked their hopes on Fred Thompson, who is bombing out day by day.

What's a Christian right kingpin to do?  Dobson flirted with Newt Gingrich, then snubbed Fred Thompson as other conservatives touted him as their savior, and is apparently on fire for Gingrich again.

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Is Gingrich running?

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Dan Wakefield
The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate
New York: Nation Books, 2006
This review refers to the paperback edition.

If you have read any of the several dozen major books on the Christian right, this book will tell a story with which you are already familiar.  Wakefield, a Protestant layman and a journalist by training, investigates some of the social, cultural and political forces that led to the ascendancy of the Christian right and the decline of the influence of mainline Protestantism.  Wakefield is not afraid to say why this trend dishonors the life and ministry of Jesus and mocks his message.  But Wakefield undertakes his investigation a bit too late, portraying as novel mainstays such as megachurches and failing to express the meaningful distinctions between various Christian right leaders and personalities.

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How many books have you read about the Christian right?

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This diary is not intended to be a Hillary love-fest.  I have no particular affection for her; like many people, I was groomed from childhood to loathe her.  While I have given to Obama, Edwards, and even Richardson (many months ago), I have not given Sen. Clinton a dime and do not intend to unless she is the nominee.

However, I am so freaking tired of the Hillary Hate that is so rampant among the VRWC and that is just as vitriolic among what appears to be the overwhelming majority of the progressive movement.  I am sick of the "Republicans want Hillary" meme from the right, the left, and the media.

I'm sick to death of candidate diaries and have enjoyed a day with relatively few of them, no need to rec this. Just hear me out.  I just think Sen. Clinton should know that if she prevails, we will work tirelessly to elect her President.  I know I will.

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If Sen. Clinton is the nominee, I will...

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It looks like the traditional media have the wrong back story on the Mukasey nomination.  For several days, we have heard about conservative opposition to the highly regarded retired judge.  With Federalist Society types and the Christian right united in anticipation of Ted Olson, the Mukasay nomination is a slap in the face to the hard right.

On the surface, it was a concession by the White House in an attempt to avoid a fight.  But make no mistake, there will be a fight.  Maybe several.

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While most of the country spent Monday night killing babies, hating God, and furthering the homosexual agenda, the theocratic non-top-tier GOP presidential hopefuls had a Values Voters Debate Christian Right PanderFest in Ft. Lauderdale.

Although there was the predictable traditional media coverage and even some commentary by kos, I thought I'd try to dig a little deeper and find out what really went on.  When we're dealing with Christian right leaders and activists, the back stories are often more insightful that what gets reported.

I investigated the so-called Values Voter 2008 Presidential Debate (brought to you by the reactionary American Family Association).  Once I located a transcript, I read it so you don't have to.

Take the jump.  And the poll!

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Who is best positioned to capitalize on the Christian right's support

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