Alfred Doblin is disheartened by Republican rants about brown people.

Most frightening about the tenor of the immigration debate on the Republican side is the unrelenting dehumanizing of immigrants into something less than a whole person. Maybe it is not so accidental that Trump wants to get rid of the 14th Amendment. If America returns to a pre-Civil War mentality, it can just replace blacks as being 3/5ths of a person with all undocumented immigrants.

Scary stuff. Maybe America is not 1933 Munich, but we are not a shining city on a hill, either. This rhetoric by smart, pragmatic politicians like Christie and Bush is dangerous. It shows how much both men will sacrifice to become president. They are willing to abandon all that was good about their public lives just to compete with a billionaire P.T. Barnum with straw-colored hair. Is this the only choice: The scarecrow or the straw man?

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The Rude One points out that contemptuous of court Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is, by her actions, attempting to impose Sharia Law. A snippet:

Tweet:  No one is being jailed for practicing her religion.  Someone is being jailed for trying to force someone else to practice her religion.If you don’t get it, let’s make it clear: This is an attempt to enact fundamentalist Christianity as law. It is an attempt to make religious doctrine take the place of secular legal decisions. It is, in theory and operation, no different than the Shariah law that cowardly conservatives fear will overtake the nation, with Muslim Obama as chief mullah or some such shit. You can say you prefer your flavor, but it’s still motherfuckin’ ice cream. (Note: The Rude Pundit really wants some ice cream.)

Image via Kos.

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Walter Kim:

The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away.

Aside:

Also, politicians.

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Farron Cousins minces no words.

I fear that he may be optimistic. Hate sells.

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Giles Frazier writes of England, but his words apply throughout (to use an old term) Christendom.

For years our politicians have piggy-backed upon Christian morality for electoral advantage. We should “feel proud that this is a Christian country”, said Cameron earlier this year (pre-election, of course), in what some might uncharitably see as a call to maintain a Muslim-free view from his Cotswold village. But there is no respectable Christian argument for fortress Europe, surrounded by a new iron curtain of razor wire to keep poor, dark-skinned people out.

More at the link.

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Black folks viewing wall between themselves and voting booth:  Republicans love walls.

Image via Juanita Jean.

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A report from the field.

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Jeb is sandboxed in.

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Politeness builds strong families 12 ways.

A shooting in Rankin County leaves a five-year-old girl hospitalized after deputies say her nine-year-old brother pulled the trigger.

Just collateral damage in NRA Paradise . . . .

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A Kentucky judge tries an end-around on the culture front.

A local judge contends the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has derailed Tennessee’s ability to determine what constitutes divorce — leaving one Signal Mountain couple married against their will.

As marriage is a legal contract and you are either in a contract or you’re not, this is prima facie stupid, but culture warriors will no doubt think it’s a brilliant tactic to allow them to interfere in the private lives of others.

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Vladimir Nabokov:

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.

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Leonard Pitts, Jr., thinks it’s “game over.”

“In retrospect,” wrote Hodges, “Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”

You may cringe to hear the nation’s response to the December 2012 massacre of 20 young children — six school staff members also died — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., described in that fashion, but you can’t deny the brutal truth of the observation.

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They never just go away, do they?

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Voice from the other side of the glove to Europe:  You need to solve your refugee crisis.  Image:  America behind a wall.saying,

More here.

Image via Job’s Anger.

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Via Mediaite.

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Shorter Nikki Haley:

Pah!

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Still under 300k.

Jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 282,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.

(snip)

The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, climbed to 275,500 from 272,250 in the prior week.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 9,000 to 2.26 million in the week ended Aug. 22.

The number went up more than Bloomberg’s “experts” predicted, so Bloomberg’s headline writer is having the vapors. All this proves is that Bloomberg needs new “experts.”

Remember what an “expert” is: “X” is the mathematical symbol for an unknown quantity. A “spurt” is a drip under pressure. An “expert” is thus an unknown drip under pressure.

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Let Reg Henry explain.

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