No self-awareness. No self-awareness whatsoever.

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Dr. Benjamin Spock:

People have said, “You’ve turned your back on pediatrics.” I said, “No. It took me until I was in my 60s to realize that politics was a part of pediatrics.”

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In the Guardian. Ieshia Evans, who gained fame for fearlessly standing as she was arrested by a crew of robocops on a Baton Rouge street, tells her story. Here’s a bit:

It was 1am in Queens, New York. I was 18 years old. My roommate and I just wanted to buy some juice on our journey home from working night shifts in Manhattan. But as we came up to the busy corner store, a white police officer stopped me. He searched me and asked for my identification. I didn’t understand why.

“I just need to make sure that you’re not a prostitute,” he said, projecting his voice so that all the customers in the store could hear. Their jaws dropped. I was so embarrassed. We went home without the juice.

Would this have happened if I were a white woman? I don’t think so. I wasn’t dressed in a provocative way.

Do please read the rest.

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Title:  White Privilege.  Image One:  White man holding Tuesday's newspaper with headline, Police murder black man.  Man says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Catherine Rampell notes that, despite their small-government protestations, what Republicans truly want is a nanny state, one that mops their tears, protects them from the real world, and coos over their booboos, all the while keeping them swaddled in their bigotry and prejudice. A snippet:

What kind of nanny state do these alleged fans of limited government desire? The kind that fulfills their wildest fantasies, yes, but more importantly that cocoons their constituents from offense, discomfort and perhaps even financial distress.

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They . . . want policymakers to bar transgender Americans from using the public bathroom of their choice, lest those in neighboring bathroom stalls feel vaguely threatened.

They want government to protect religious freedom, yet they also want government to expel holders of select religious beliefs — a policy that couldn’t possibly pass constitutional muster even if you could figure out a way to implement it.

They also want their small, spartan government to round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, quickly and on the cheap, but “in a very humane way, a very nice way.”

Follow the link for more on the liturgy of white-wing whining.

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Joseph DiStephano dissects Trumps lies about taxes in the U. S.

Aside:

It won’t do any good. Trump is merely repeating a lie that has been Republican orthodoxy for over a generation.

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Rat to Goat:  Do you want to play a drinking game with me?  Goat:  What?  Rat:  Have a drink every time a CNN political analyst starts a sentence with

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Give your grandchildren an opportunity to be polite.

A 7-year-old Jones County boy was killed earlier this week after he picked up a relative’s gun and accidentally shot himself, authorities said Friday.

The boy was at his grandparent’s house in the River North subdivision, near the Bibb County line in west Jones County, on Wednesday afternoon when he picked up the unsecured gun, Jones County sheriff’s investigator Kenny Gleaton said. Two adults were home, but the child was in a room by himself.

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Helen Hayes:

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

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Also, too.

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A festival of frolics.

And here’s a special bonus racist twits on twitter.

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Headline of the day: Republicans know they’re bowing to a false idol in Trump.

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Republican Elephant facing one way but with shoes pointing backwards.

Via Job’s Anger.

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