The difference between current GOP leaders and Teddy Roosevelt

John McCain wants to send 10,000 American troops to fight ISIS. Before and after his Presidency, TR volunteered to raise a troop of volunteers, train them, and then lead them personally in combat in wars he supported. If McCain wants American ground troops fighting ISIS, then he should recruit volunteers, help equip them, pay for their training, and then lead them in battle. If not, he should shut up.

Plainer than Boehner

Nothing could be plainer than John Boehner

In the morning, noon and night

Nothing could be finer

Than to be in Carolina

When the Republicans are in bloom

With the scent of freshly minted cash

Added to the GOP stash from the Kochs

Citizens United unites citizens of the 1%

Against the rest of us

We are reverting to a monarchy

Replacing King George 3 with King Cash.

“Christian Exceptionalism”: Conservatives Want To Rewrite The History Of The Crusades For Modern Political Ends

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At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a statement that you wouldn’t expect to be controversial: violence in the name of religion is a global problem and it’s bad.

He referenced the war in Syria, the killings in Nigeria, anti-Semitism’s resurgence in Europe and religious violence in India. He admitted that it can be hard to “counteract such intolerance. But God compels us to try.” Then he offered a longer thought about humility:

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The subsequent controversy fuelled by right-wing American commentators and politicians has shown that…

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