Alabama, home of fine golf courses and miserable bastards

Once again Republicans show their true colors, this time in Alabama. They decided to tinker with the eligibility rules for food stamps in their hellhole fine state. The legislation would cut eligibility for Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) from five years to three. It would also require TANF recipients to sign a paper acknowledging …

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“Court-packing”

That’s becoming a meme in the right-wing media. I think this is the original op-ed suggesting that from the Washington Examiner: “Stand firm against Obama’s court packing, GOP” Nowhere in the column is it explained how adding a justice to bring the Court back up to its normal complement of nine means “packing.” Obama’s nomination …

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Unclear on the concept, militia division

There’s a guy on Facebook who’s cheering on the buffoons who’ve occupied a building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge up in Oregon, saying on his Facebook account “Rise Up Patriots!! If I had the gas money, my girl and I would be there!” One wonders whether his girl agrees with that sentiment, but never …

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Why am I not surprised?

Privatization of government work has not been the cost-saver the Cato Institute and its fellow travelers on the right have claimed it would be, for reasons that are blindingly obvious to those who don’t wear ideological blinders. So argues Donald F. Kettl at the Washington Monthly, in a preview to a new book he’s written. …

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