When you talk to your more emphatic gun advocates about the proposition of regulating guns, a similar refrain always arises: we have guns to protect ourselves against tyrannical government. Guns, you see, have the ancillary benefits of being awesome for home defense and hunting (unless you shoot the wrong person or whatever, but that only happens once every vice-presidential hunting trip). But the overarching reason the drafters of the Constitution put the Second Amendment in place was so that you could ultimately shoot those drafters.
One of the major enduring lines from the 2008 campaign is "This is good news for John McCain."
The burning question of the day is whether Nicki Minaj is a Republican.
Irin Carmon wrote a great piece about how rape exceptions make no sense in the choice debate; Amanda wrote a great piece about how rape exceptions, motivated by a desire to restrict abortions, can't work in when anti-choice sentiment goes hand-in-hand with rape denialism and shaming.
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Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's newly-selected running mate, and he has made this election one about substance! How do we know, you might ask? I mean, after all, Romney/Ryan (heretofore referred to as "RomRy" because they are a cute cute platonic anti-gay couple) have been together two days, most of which has been spent smiling at rooms full of really excited white people about how awesome it is to bros. Romney has also refrained from endorsing any part of Ryan's budget plan, which is sort of what Ryan's done with his life?
RNC Chair Reince Priebus is deeply concerned about your grocery bill. Prices, you see, have gone up, and he is very, very sad about the whole thing. It's unfair that a typical American grocery bill has gone up nearly fifteen percent since Barack Obama began seizing all of our goats and fields to feed his junta.
Look, everyone. I understand that Jonah Goldberg wrote Liberal Fascism lo those many years ago, and it forever changed the way we lie about fascism not being a right-wing philosophy. It is, however, still utterly hilarious to see conservatives get their dander up because someone dare links a nativist, racist, fundamentalist ideology to the right instead of directly to Barack Obama, our foremost white supremacist.
Via ThinkProgress, 170 law professors have written a letter to the Obama Administration explaining that "religious freedom" is not a catch-all for whoever most vocally claims it, but instead is an actual thing that requires consideration and balancing and thought.
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