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The Final Straw

Not only did Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem allegedly help plan the failed attack on Pam Geller's Garland, Texas Muhammad cartoon contest. Yelp reviewers said his moving service was like the worst ever.

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When Brian Murphy told me about what was going on with Texas and this effort to 'repatriate' the state's gold bullion I couldn't believe what I was hearing. And this is after the state's elected governor had starting sounding the alarm about President Obama possibly planning a military takeover of his state. So my disbelief was a pretty high bar. The story is sort of a perfect microcosm of a sizeable and wealthy state under 100% GOP verging into Tea Party management.

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Schrodinger's Cat and the Color Line

Here's a really interesting piece in the Times, by a professor of legal history at Vanderbilt, on how Rachel Dolezal and whites passing as blacks is not as unprecedented in our history as we might think. Certainly not as common as light skinned African-Americans passing as white - but it has its own history.

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Dave Chappelle: “The thing that the media’s gotta be real careful about, that they’re kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what [Dolezal] means. There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what’s construct as far as racism is concerned. I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady. And she’s just a person, no matter how we feel about her.”

Si Se Puede

I go offline for the afternoon and return to see that the Rachel Dolezal story has managed to get a lot weirder in my absence. First, she resigned from the presidency of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, which can probably be put down as a predictable turn of events. Less predictable is the news that when she was white in 2002, Dolezal sued Howard University for racial discrimination (Howard is a historically black university) for denying her graduate support, a scholarship because she was white. Then there's news that Dolezal is currently supporting the alleged victim in a child sex assault case against her biological older brother, Joshua Dolezal.

With the news Jeb Bush had formally entered the presidential race I thought the GOP might be angling to top Obama with Bush/Dolezal black/brown fusion ticket. Si se puede!

The Sorrow and the Pity and the Derp

As you can see, we've now had a watershed moment in the long-running Brownback/Kansas budgetary train wreck. The Senator-turned-Governor slashed taxes, with the tax shortfall to be made up by increased revenues driven by tax-cut fueled economic growth. The economic growth didn't happen and the state tumbled in a severe budgetary crisis which Brownback has been trying to find some way out of for months.

Now most of the state's Republican lawmakers have taken the plunge and violated the "Norquist Pledge" most made never to raise taxes.

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