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The Audacity Of Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Sit-In

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Can there be a nuanced response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? This is something I muse — a response that doesn’t immediately devolve into an expo of moral superiority, manifested by over-the-top spectacles of football jersey-burning patriotism. Kaepernick hit a double whammy of controversy. One whammy because of the audacity to assert black people should not face a disproportionate level of lethal force by police, and another whammy when he decided to air his grievance by sitting down during the national anthem at an NFL pre-season game. Kaepernick later explained to reporters, “I am not going to stand up…
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This Is What Liberal Media Bias Looks Like (To The Rest Of Us)

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When conservatives deliver sermons on the liberal biased mainstream media, first I wonder what exactly constitutes “mainstream.” I suppose if you aren’t mainstream, then you are what some call “new” or “alternative” media, but do conservatives really believe Fox News falls into this surrogate classification? I grant we could assign Fox News to a class of its own, but even if their brand nurtures a conservative echo chamber, I find it troublesome to view a high-rated cable news network as anything other than predominant. That makes Fox News very much part of the mainstream, never mind the radio airwaves dominated by conservative…
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Does Hillary Clinton Want To Abolish The 2nd Amendment?

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It took just twenty-four hours for Donald Trump to torpedo his latest “reboot.” One day after an economic speech intended to put his campaign back on track, Trump suggested “Second Amendment people” might be able to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing “judges.” While his comment could be viewed as ambiguous in a sanitized context, it’s hardly a stretch for someone to interpret it to mean an armed uprising against a U.S. president. Even if it was just a joke, and even if we can debate the meaning, the problem is not the intent, the problem is that it was said…
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Is Trump Trying To Win? Because It’s Not Clear To Me

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In the week after the two conventions, Donald Trump is suffering from an existential crisis of candidacy, something you’d expect to happen during primary season, resulting in an exit from the race. The only problem for Trump is that he actually won the Republican primary and was nominated by his party to be our next president. So what else can explain Trump’s post-convention failings? Is it just Trump being Trump? I guess for most of his supporters nothing has changed, save for the “lamestream media” being unfair to their candidate, as they’d like us to believe. His supporters have already established…
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Black Therapist Shot By Miami Police While Lying On Ground, Hands In The Air

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On Monday there was another instance of a police officer shooting an unarmed black man, this time in Miami. The video, reportedly taken with a cellphone, was filmed Monday and published online Wednesday, bringing swift condemnations. The man at the center of it is Charles Kinsey, who gave an interview to local TV news Channel 7 WSVN from his hospital bed in which he described telling officers — who were responding to a call of an armed man threatening suicide — that he was attempting to bring a man with autism back to the assisted living facility from which he…
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