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Today’s GOP: Modern-Day Pharisees

So this is the definition of a pharisee: a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity. Another more, say modern-day definition of a pharisee would be someone who is “a sanctimonius, self-righteous, or hypocritical person” (dictionary.com). I’ve […]

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Religious Liberty Disguised as Jim Crow

So I’ve been following this whole “religious discrimination” movement going on across the country. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) famously vetoed S.B. 1062, which would’ve allowed any business in Arizona to turn away customers if those customers weren’t up to religious snuff per se. I’ll give Republics (if they insist on calling us the “Democrat […]

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Gay Rights or Civil Rights, the Struggle is American

This column originally ran in thegrio.com on June 28, 2013. Like many Americans, I wake up everyday and turn on my favorite morning television program (Morning Joe, of course!) to make sure I didn’t “miss anything” while I slept. Luckily, the world didn’t change much Wednesday but I did arise yesterday morning to that ever-familiar […]

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Racial Entitlements & the Supreme Court

NOTE: this column was originally published at MSNBC.COM on March 2, 2013. Back on November 8, 2012 I wrote this column about President Obama’s legacy after securing a second term. It seems I grossly underestimated myself, especially in light of this week’s oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder. Shelby is the latest case the court […]

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Narrow Justice

Justice has been served. Today a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced former Penn State University Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over the course of his career. The picture above is that of a monster and he will rot in jail until God takes him from […]

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Romney vs. Ryan

I’ve been asked over and over again for my opinion on Governor Romney’s vice presidential pick of Representative Paul Ryan (WI). Ryan is, if anything, authentic. And that’s a HUGE problem for Romney. Listen, Ryan is a smart guy. He’s a serious policymaker and he has proposed serious policy positions, many of which I’ve legitimately […]

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Supreme Court’s Ruling is a Game Changer

Today’s Supreme Court decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, is watershed and a game changer. Simply put, Roberts’ decision will change the face of healthcare in America because now not only is it constitutional, it forces the GOP to be in favor of actual reform (something they’ve only given lip-service to for years).  The […]

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Thank You, Ms. Donna Summer

The death of Donna Summer isn’t political. I’d be remiss, though, if I didn’t write a brief post on the impact this woman had on my life. This five-time Grammy winner gave us great hits like Last Dance, MacArthur Park, Bad Girls, and She Works Hard for the Money. But what she gave me, with my […]

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Gay President? I Don’t Think So.

There seems to be much ado about President Barack Obama being the first “gay President. Newsweek and the New Yorker magazines devoted their latest covers to this cause du jour. I get it but I’m not comfortable with it. This kind of hyperbole was used when then-President Bill Clinton was declared America’s first “black” president. […]

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What the Hell is Wrong with the Republican Party?

I love when someone criticizes a group of people or a segment of the population but then adds that caveat “Oh, and I have a lot of  (                    )  friends.” This brings me to something I’ve been debating in my head for a while: what the hell […]

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