It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the number of words needed to fully describe the stupidity behind a Christian children’s coloring book that contains images like this would rival Proust:

Is it any wonder that the most fundamentalist states in the south also have the worst test scores?

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the number of words needed to fully describe the stupidity behind a Christian children’s coloring book that contains images like this would rival Proust:

Is it any wonder that the most fundamentalist states in the south also have the worst test scores?

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the number of words needed to fully describe the stupidity behind a Christian children’s coloring book that contains images like this would rival Proust:

Is it any wonder that the most fundamentalist states in the south also have the worst test scores?

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Matt Taibbi’s new article in Rolling Stone speaks some serious truth about what truly caused our current financial crisis:

The mistake most people make in looking at the financial crisis is thinking of it in terms of money, a habit that might lead you to look at the unfolding mess as a huge bonus-killing downer for the Wall Street class. But if you look at it in purely Machiavellian terms, what you see is a colossal power grab that threatens to turn the federal government into a kind of giant Enron — a huge, impenetrable black box filled with self-dealing insiders whose scheme is the securing of individual profits at the expense of an ocean of unwitting involuntary shareholders, previously known as taxpayers.

You have to read the whole article — it’s brutal and filled with a lot of hard truths.

I do have to warn you — It’s hard not to finish reading the article without getting the sense that we’re completely and irretrievably fucked.

I’m really not sure at this point whether we’re ever going to learn anything truly valuable from this crisis.

Update: Rachel Maddow just covered much the same ground on her show tonight.

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I just received a fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was addressed as being sent from Paul Begala. First, I’ve never given money to the DCCC or given them my email address so I’m unclear why I got an email from them. I guess it was because I donated to Obama during the campaign…?

Anyway, aside from the fact that I never gave them my email, why the hell does the DCCC think that addressing fundraising emails as coming from Paul freaking Begala would be somehow attractive to me? Maybe it’s just because I’m only a recent fellow traveler in Democratic circles… Do people in the party actually like this syrupy, mendacious “Ahm so charming because ah talwk with a Southern accent” Clinton shill?

I went to the DCCC’s website to unsubscribe from their list and here is what I wrote when it asked me why I wanted off:

Because Paul Begala is an unscrupulous gasbag and I no longer wish to receive emails from him.

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Al Giordano wonders why there is so much outrage over the AIG bonuses when other, more important matters get nary a mention. He also wonders why more people don’t actively harness their anger to do something positive about the things that spark their outrage:

I have felt outraged at key moments in recent years by various human events: Like learning, in 1999, that President Bill Clinton, when he came to Mexico for an “anti-drug” summit, stayed in the mansion of a drug trafficking banker (some similar outrage seems to be sweeping France right now over the same thing). But when something outrages me, I try to do something about it that goes beyond mere expressions of my angst via public tantrum (as I did then). Other things that have outraged me in recent years were the march to war after September 11, 2001, and the subsequent revelations that torture was suddenly back in the Pentagon’s playbook… I was outraged by the US complicity in the attempted 2002 coup d’etat against an elected government in Venezuela and continue to experience outrage that 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States are kept under inhumane conditions by the refusal of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, as recently as 2007, to gather up enough votes to put them on a path to citizenship. We all encounter matters that shock our consciences.

It never ceases to piss me off how OUTRAGED people can get over relatively minor stuff (e.g. AIG bonuses) but yet pass by truly shocking and outrageous things like the U.S. government’s deliberate, systematic torture of prisoners during the reign of Premier Bush without more than a neutered whimper.

Where’s the perspective? Where’s the true human empathy? Doesn’t it say something truly scary about us, as a people, that we get all hot under the collar over some greedy execs while bona fide war criminals get off scot-free?

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This video of Ron Paul debating Stephen Baldwin (!) on Larry King Live casts the stupidity of Stephen Baldwin the war on drugs in stark relief:

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Just awesome:

The approval rating of GOP leaders among Republicans has plummeted 12 points in a month, down from 55% in February to a minority of 43% now. That’s striking.

Not only that, but approval of GOP leaders overall has dropped to 28% overall — the lowest rating for GOP leaders in 12 years of Pew polling.

In fact, approval of Republican congressional leaders has fallen from 34% in February to 28% currently, the lowest rating for GOP leaders in nearly 14 years of Pew Research surveys.

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