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White People More Likely to Support Voter ID When They See Black People Voting

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A new University of Delaware study has revealed two disconcerting pieces of information: a whopping 67 percent of white Americans support voter ID laws, and that number jumps to 73…

I’m not an actual “terrorist,” but years ago the the government convicted me of a property crime it deemed “terrorism,” and since then, life has been interesting.

Especially flying. Since 2009, I’ve been on the TSA’s “terrorist watch list.” Not quite the “no fly list”, but close.

This means that when I fly, the TSA goes crazy. At various times, I’ve been refused entry to planes, tailed through airports, and told my Starbucks coffee might be a bomb.

This is my journal of traveling in post-9-11 America as someone on the government’s “terrorist” list. And it’s a lot funnier than you’d think…

After 9-11, congress directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to identify people “who may be a threat to civil aviation or national security.”Those on The List are not allowed to be told why they are on The List, and the requirements for being added to The List are not made public. As of 2009, it is believed there are 14,000 people on The List.

But only one writing about it.

The Jetsetting Terrorist

This is fascinating.

(h/t seanbonner)

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

If you’re too young to remember the truly awful Republican Jesse Helms, here’s a little info to go with that picture.
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that the country would be better off if the Senate was full of people like Jesse Helms, the late senator who was ardently opposed to all kinds of civil rights measures and even tried to block the Senate from approving a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Helms, the conservative North Carolina Republican who served in the Senate for 30 years, was known for his efforts to stop progressive polices relating to gay rights, abortion and race. He opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he referred to as “the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress.” When the Senate acted in 1983 to create a federal holiday honoring King, Helms staged a 16-day filibuster to try to block it. He ultimately caved in exchange for action on a tobacco bill.
In 1988, Helms opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS bill, stating that there “is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.”
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/ted-cruz-jesse-helms_n_3909610.html

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

If you’re too young to remember the truly awful Republican Jesse Helms, here’s a little info to go with that picture.

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that the country would be better off if the Senate was full of people like Jesse Helms, the late senator who was ardently opposed to all kinds of civil rights measures and even tried to block the Senate from approving a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Helms, the conservative North Carolina Republican who served in the Senate for 30 years, was known for his efforts to stop progressive polices relating to gay rights, abortion and race. He opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he referred to as “the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress.” When the Senate acted in 1983 to create a federal holiday honoring King, Helms staged a 16-day filibuster to try to block it. He ultimately caved in exchange for action on a tobacco bill.

In 1988, Helms opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS bill, stating that there “is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/ted-cruz-jesse-helms_n_3909610.html

Saying “urban” is just them trying their hardest not to say black. Like it would just fucking kill them to admit that black culture has a direct influence on high fashion. Calling these looks urban is not the same as crediting black people. It’s nothing more them doing linguistic gymnastics to completely erase black people from black culture.

think-progress:

"I always had a feeling I was a walking time bomb, and it turned out I was right. If it hadn’t been for gaining insurance and being able to go to the doctor, I might not be here."

Meet the people whose lives have been transformed by Medicaid expansion.

(via States | Freedom to Marry)