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Enjoy your NFL playoffs...or don't, if that's not the type of person you are. See if I care.
Hundreds of people showed up at a rally to protest the way the town of Steubenville, Ohio, is allegedly dragging its heels on investigating the rape of a teenage girl in order to protect toe football team. As well they should have.
Because you can't make this stuff up: FreedomWorks made a movie called "Runaway Slave" about how the social safety net is creating a modern version of slavery. No, seriously. From the movie's IMDG page:
A perpetual state of welfare exists in the U.S., creating a form of modern slavery for a large percentage of African-Americans. Rev. C.L. Bryant presents an insightful and compelling look at how freedom can be restored.
Yes, because the existence of welfare is EXACTLY like the institution of slavery. If this is the way conservatives hope to conduct outreach to the black community, they might need a new game plan.
Some Republicans are apparently threatening gridlock if Rep. Barney Frank is appointed to fill Sen. John Kerry's seat if, as widely expected, he is nominated and confirmed to be our next Secretary of State:
“His actions directly contributed to the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression,” Livingston added, referring to Frank's approach to the mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during his tenure atop the Financial Services Committee. “I just think his performance as congressman has been dangerous to the economic health of the country.”
Of course, the problem with a Republican threatening gridlock is the implication that there are things they could be doing that they haven't been doing, which doesn't exactly ring true.