Obama’s speech last night was, in my opinion, second only to his game-changing speech on race. Here’s the video:

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Obama’s speech last night was, in my opinion, second only to his game-changing speech on race. Here’s the video:

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Obama’s speech last night was, in my opinion, second only to his game-changing speech on race. Here’s the video:

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Obama’s speech last night was, in my opinion, second only to his game-changing speech on race. Here’s the video:

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Republican Governor John Huntsman (from staggeringly conservative Utah) recently lambasted the Republican “leadership” in Congress in some breathtakingly honest remarks. As John Cole opined, sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due:

“I don’t even know the congressional leadership,” Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, shrugging off questions about top congressional Republicans, including House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “I have not met them. I don’t listen or read whatever it is they say because it is inconsequential – completely”…

“That’s why no one is paying any attention,” he said. “Our moral soapbox was completely taken away from us because of our behavior in the last few years. For us to now criticize analogous behavior is hypocrisy. We’ve got to come at it a different way. We’ve got to prove the point. It can’t be as the Chinese would say, ‘fei hua,’ [or] empty words.”

Good job, Governor. I hope your honest words don’t land you in too much hot water with the nutjob ideologues in your party.

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A scientist responds to Creationists seeking a propaganda exercise debate:

Academic debate on controversial topics is fine, but those topics need to have a basis in reality. I would not invite a creationist to a debate on campus for the same reason that I would not invite an alchemist, a flat-earther, an astrologer, a psychic, or a Holocaust revisionist. These ideas have no scientific support, and that is why they have all been discarded by credible scholars. Creationism is in the same category.

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I don’t know how I missed this polling data from back in December:

Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) favor either marriage or domestic partnerships/civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Only about two in 10 (22%) say gay and lesbian couples should have no legal recognition.

That’s pretty stunning. Three-quarters of Americans favor at least civil unions for gay couples, with only 22% saying that gay people should just go burn in hell already and stop trying to interfere with their God-given right to hate.

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Matt Yglesias put up a thought-provoking graph which illustrates that legalization of pot receives a higher approval rating among Americans than the Republican Party and its leaders:

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I wonder what else is more popular than Republicans right now? Repo men? VD?

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