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  •  People just have a hard time being (0+ / 0-)

    remotely rational, or even thoughtful, about their own tribes; and of course, we all belong to different scales of tribe, and the smaller the scale gets, the less rational we become. Thus, the Tsarnaevs' mother quite clearly really believes that her sons were simply incapable of such an act, and that the whole thing is just some sort of weird hoax, put on by who knows whom?

    Meanwhile, the same wingnut wackos who believe that the US government is a constant force of limitless evil here at home, simultaneously get all hot and bothered if anyone suggests that the same Eebil Federal Gubmint is doing, you know, anything wrong, ever, anywhere else to anyone else. It's about as bizarre as human behavior gets.

    Hilariously, I for the first time today learned that OMG ERIC HOLDER SAYS HOMESCHOOLING IS NOT A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT!!!! What actually happened, of course, is that the federal government's lawyers argued in court that people shouldn't be granted political asylum for violating their home country's schooling laws, because, you know, the right to homeschool doesn't really come up to the same level as the right to freedom of conscience. Nonetheless, the wingnuttery are sure that as soon as he confiscates their guns, he's going to come drag their kids off to those gubmint indoctrination camps.

    I wonder what they'd say if a million chinese citizens showed up demanding asylum because the chinese government won't let them own AR-15s.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:42:18 PM PDT

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    •  Political asylum has only been given to a short (0+ / 0-)

      list of people over the last five decades.  People who would be persecuted in their home country because they represent a political challenge to the regime in charge might be given political asylum.  A home schooling snag doesn't rise to that level.  Requiring juveniles to attend accredited schools doesn't threaten their safety for refugee status either.  

      Eric Holder is very popular with the right wing.

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:56:55 AM PDT

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