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Sharia Fell on Alabama

It is one of the great pillars of American democracy that ignoramuses and douchebags are able to propose and place before the people for a vote new laws which are either stupid, awful or in some cases merely ridiculous. Then the people, perhaps first agreeing to the proposition, see through the nonsense and vote the measure down, thus vindicating the great, silent non-jackass majority and reconfirming the virtuous cycle of democratic self-government.

Of course, the system does not always work perfectly.

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Fundamental Right to Fish?

Is voting a fundamental right? How about privacy? What about the right to fish?

Well, if you live in Mississippi, next Tuesday you can vote to enshrine the fundamental right to fish and hunt in the state constitution.

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Is The Site Faster?

As many of you have told us, the speed of the TPM website has been an issue of late. So we spent some time auditing the different components of the site to improve performance. And over the last week we've been able to cut download times by just over 30%. We think we can cut it even more. And we're working on doing that.

Most of the boost will be felt by non-Prime members. But Prime members should see improvement too.

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Oh Dear. How Could That Happen?

Bad Luck is hard. It seems like only yesterday that I was telling you about that leader of the whacko Texas border 'militia' who got arrested and then had his hotel room raided where the feds found a cache of arms and ammonium nitrate used in making car bombs and other good-time explosives. Actually, it was only yesterday. Well, now it turns out, just a few days earlier 'militia leader' Kevin "KC" Massey had his photograph taken with Texas governor candidate Greg Abbott.

A Big Win For Science And Rationality

A state judge in Maine just drop-kicked out of his courtroom the arguments from pseudo-scientists like Paul LePage and Chris Christie for quarantining Kaci Hickox, ruling that the nurse should not have restrictions on her movement.

"The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information being spread from shore to shore in our country with respect to Ebola," he wrote, according to the AP. "The court is fully aware that people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational."