This fixation has migrated from the fringe of the fringe over on Breitbart.com, which shamed itself in July with headlines announcing that border officials had found a “Muslim prayer rug” at the Arizona border that turned out to be an Adidas soccer jersey. In August, Breitbart protégé James O’Keefe, the goofball behind the ACORN sting and other dumb stunts to entrap evil liberals, snuck across the border in an ludicrous Osama bin Laden costume, to “prove” America’s worst enemy could penetrate our weak southern flank, even though he’s dead.

If you heard about O’Keefe’s stunt, you probably chuckled darkly (especially if you saw photos.) You chuckled, that is, unless you’re Sen. John McCain. If you’re Sen. John McCain, you used O’Keefe’s stunt to browbeat a top Homeland Security official, Francis Taylor, at last week’s Senate hearing about the ISIS threat.

When Taylor insisted officials “have the intelligence and the capability at our border” to block terrorists from crossing, McCain shot back: “Well you know it’s interesting because a American reporter named James O’Keefe dressed as Osama bin Laden walked across the border at the Rio Grande river undetected. Does something like that concern you?” Taylor said O’Keefe was not “undetected,” and that border officials saw him and his crew, but McCain wasn’t satisfied.

Now it’s a full-blown panic. The Drudge Report’s top headline hypes “ISIS at the border?” even though the New York Times story it links to explains how the U.S. is working hard to debunk this conspiracy, though it can’t work faster than Fox News is hyping it.
For some unknown reason, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women…
Majority Leader Harry Reid said before the vote, which fell mostly on party lines from GOP Blocks Equal Pay Bill in Senate | RealClearPolitics


On August 28, Miguel went to his restaurant. It was just another normal workday. ICE showed up to his workplace with a list of names, and his name was on the list. Four years ago an unscrupulous scammer told him he could fix his immigration status if he went back to Tijuana, Mexico. When he arrived to Tijuana, Miguel found out that this was a scam and he had to cross back to the U.S. to continue providing for his family. On that trip back he was stopped by an immigration officer and was issued a court date. Since he had three children that needed him at home, and bringing in money, Miguel decided that showing up to that court date, where he would likely be deported, was not an option. Since he didn’t show up, he was issued a deportation order. 
Miguel is an exemplary community member. He has never had any issues with the law, and he has cared for his kids. His youngest son, Javier (16) still depends on his father’s financial support. With the mother out of the picture, Miguel needs to stay in the U.S. to continue supporting his son.
Today Miguel, his family and his community asks you to please take part in preventing this unjust separation to occur. After over a decade of living and working in the U.S., Miguel belongs here, in his home. Please take a moment to sign this petition and share with your networks. Our community must stand strong in solidarity when law abiding community members like Miguel are ripped away.

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On August 28, Miguel went to his restaurant. It was just another normal workday. ICE showed up to his workplace with a list of names, and his name was on the list. Four years ago an unscrupulous scammer told him he could fix his immigration status if he went back to Tijuana, Mexico. When he arrived to Tijuana, Miguel found out that this was a scam and he had to cross back to the U.S. to continue providing for his family. On that trip back he was stopped by an immigration officer and was issued a court date. Since he had three children that needed him at home, and bringing in money, Miguel decided that showing up to that court date, where he would likely be deported, was not an option. Since he didn’t show up, he was issued a deportation order.

Miguel is an exemplary community member. He has never had any issues with the law, and he has cared for his kids. His youngest son, Javier (16) still depends on his father’s financial support. With the mother out of the picture, Miguel needs to stay in the U.S. to continue supporting his son.

Today Miguel, his family and his community asks you to please take part in preventing this unjust separation to occur. After over a decade of living and working in the U.S., Miguel belongs here, in his home. Please take a moment to sign this petition and share with your networks. Our community must stand strong in solidarity when law abiding community members like Miguel are ripped away.


There is a word for someone who lives and works in or around Palo Alto then takes money to place an advertisement like this: whore.

There is a word for someone who lives and works in or around Palo Alto then takes money to place an advertisement like this: whore.

7+ Women Working Tirelessly to Screw Over Other Women

  1. Christina Hoff Sommers
  2. Cathy Young
  3. Jill Stanek
  4. The Politichicks
    Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Dr. Gina Loudon
  5. Janet Bloomfield
  6. Lila Rose
  7. Phyllis Schlafly

Names have been named.

The Talent that is Antonio Gates

Just in case you missed that catch yesterday.

At least in Somalia Islam makes it hard to get a drink.

At least in Somalia Islam makes it hard to get a drink.

Everyone hates a hipster, but that is particularly so when it’s a hipster who wears dashiki not because s/he likes the way it looks or feels, but s/he thinks it makes other think about him or her more as a hipster. Can you dig it, fam?

Maybe it isn’t terminally hip, but the cynic in me finds the suggestion that I am a member of a family of people haven’t and am unlikely to ever meet insulting. The notion of family is important to some people - to me, family are people who are available to you for face time any time you ask. The way and frequency that the social media manager of The Grio conjures up the notion of family is fatuous. I might troll them asking on these posts, apropos of nothing, with “We are family?” or “You have had me over for Thanksgiving?” infer that point.

I don’t begrudge people who have no family or are alienated from their families. I get it when an LGBTQ person or a kid who has run away from an abusive home says “family is what you make of it” and never spends Thanksgiving or Christmas with them. But that’s not the case with The Grio.

The Grio’s social media team is too busy being vain to respect readers who follow them on Facebook — so I’m done following them.

Tell Gov. Brown to Sign SB 1124!

Our healthcare shouldn’t cost us our home.

That’s why we’re asking you to email Governor Brown to demand that he sign SB 1124 into law now!

Without this bill, California will remain one of only 10 states that collects for all medical care for Medi-Cal recipients, including the total premiums paid to a health plan. That means that when someone insured by Medi-Cal passes away, their family members can be stuck with big bills.  Too often this means losing family homes to pay the bill.

SB 1124 (Hernandez) would require the state to only collect what is required under federal law, prohibit collecting from the estate of a surviving spouse of a Medi-Cal beneficiary, and require DHCS to provide information free of charge, of the total amount of Medi-Cal expenses that would be subject to asset seizure.

Will you tell Governor Brown to sign SB 1124 now?