Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Stand With Rand — And Sit With Jon Stewart

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sat down on The Daily Show to talk about his recent talking filibuster against the renewal of the Patriot Act. Rand said that many of his fellow Republicans don’t like big government — until they do like it, when it comes to the security state.

Larry Wilmore talked about all the stories he missed during his vacation: ISIS, the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, the Duggar family’s scandal, the biker gang shootout in Texas — and the fact that in the latter case, many people are hesitating to call them “thugs.”

A Letter Carrier’s Special Delivery to Congress

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow — nor even the likelihood that he’d be killed en route — could stop this letter carrier from making his appointed rounds.

Doug Hughes is one gutsy and creative mailman. In April, this rural letter carrier from Florida stunned the Secret Service, eluded federal aviation authorities, embarrassed Washington’s haughty all-seeing security hierarchy, and threw members of Congress into a chaotic panic. Hughes did all this by boldly flying his tiny, homemade gyrocopter right through the heart of our nation’s most restricted airspace, then landing it on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Far from a terrorist or a kook, Hughes was just a mailman on a mission, a patriotic citizen who — like most of us — is disgusted that Big Money interests are able to openly buy lawmakers and laws.…

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The Disintegration Of Us-Vs.-Them Politics

For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:

Us versus them.

As in, an implicit promise to defend the former against the latter. This was its mission when it pushed for immigration quotas in the 1920s, when it animated the Red Scare of the 1950s, when it defined civil rights as a clear and present danger in the 1960s, when hardhats rioted against hippies in 1970. It is its organizing principle even today, as red states pass legislation to protect themselves from Sharia law and some of us define religious persecution as baking a cake for a same-sex couple.…

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