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As we predicted, it looks like there’s going to be a quick, albeit temporary resolution to the social-media-friendly story of Spencer Collins, the Kansas 9-year-old who was told he had to remove his “Little Free Library” because it violated a zoning rule on structures in front yards. Stupid bureaucrats were stupid. But since Spencer is […]

So here’s another of those “bureaucracy before brains” stories that reliably get trotted out to prove that All Government Is Bad: in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kansas, adorable nine-year-old Spencer Collins has been informed by the city that his nifty “Little Library” is in violation of zoning ordinances, and has to be removed. […]

This one’s long, but it’s worth watching. Rachel Maddow brings us an in-depth look at the extremist roots of Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in the Overland Park, Kansas shootings over the weekend, and we learn that not only was he persuaded by the FBI to inform on his white supremacist pals back in the […]

Another day, another shitwit with a gun going off his nut and very publicly shooting a bunch of holes in a bunch of innocent unarmed people somewhere in America. Okay, this actually happens every day, but Sunday’s shooting in Kansas City is getting the media attention so let’s talk about it for a minute. The […]

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is branching out from hating immigrants (he helped draft Arizona’s “papers please” immigration law), and is now touting the virtues of the state’s restrictive voter ID law, which requires people to present their birth certificate or other proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The measure has […]

Pastor John Benefiel of Oklahoma City’s “Church on the Rock” revealed, in a webcast with Mike and Cindy Jacobs, that he and another pastor, Chuck Pierce, prayed so hard and cast out so many demons in 2007 that they completely broke the demon Baal’s hold over Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri, and as a sign […]

Kansas Legislature, we are beginning to think we do not like you very much. Scratch that. We are well on the way to loathing you. First you wanted a law that made it super easy for teachers to spank children, even if they were over the age of 18. Then you decided that you should […]

Dear Kansas: just last week your Supreme Court did a good thing and told your terrible legislature that they needed to actually spend some coin on poor schoolchildren because of how it was unconstitutional not to, but your legislators responded by explaining that they probably weren’t going to do that, because freedom. Your legislators are […]

Greetings, Time Tourists! We’re almost finished with our visit to the 1950s as seen through the lens of rightwing Christian textbooks. This week, we’ll look at the beginnings of the modern Civil Rights movement, and next week, we’ll wrap up the decade with the books’ coverage of the economic boom of the ’50s. The important […]

Greetings, worthly wokette skum, and welcome to another edition of Derp Roundup, our weekly barf bag of bits and bytes that were too stoopid to ignore altogether, but not quite enough to do a full post on. This week, we’ll start off with an update on an update to a story from 2011: John Pike, […]

Are you already hitting the sauce after today’s news about anti-gay loons trying to sue the gay away and Utah Boy Scout leaders doing a little improvement project on nature and Peggy Noonan being Peggy Noonan, and Jesus Christ, what is wrong with everyone, this is why Mommy cries? Well, here is a tiny shred […]

Well, Wonketteers, did we ever jump the gun back in June! We went and celebrated the Supreme Court’s smackdown of Arizona’s dumb voter-registration law, which required people to show a photo ID in order to register to vote. Basically, the SCOTUS held that states can’t have more restrictive registration requirements than federal law, and since […]

Man, what is it with Republicans whining about not getting everything they want, up to and including a pony for their birthday and a tiara? It’s like the party has been taken over by a bunch of 4-year-olds who insist their tantrums be taken as serious arguments. Who are the latest group of pouty monkey-howlers? […]

You know what’s bringing this country down? Not big money in politics, not gerrymandering Congressional districts to create 832 safe seats, and not even bakeries shutting down because they can’t be bigots. No, those are all peripheral issues — the real problem in America is the poors. Seriously, it’s sickening how poor people are just […]

Don’t you just HATE how abortion clinics are like catnip for violent, dangerous “pro-lifers” who like to threaten and stalk and harass and terrorize — and, oh yeah, sometimes bomb and murder — doctors and their patients? Boy, those violent, dangerous “pro-lifers” sure do! That’s why they’re trying to shut down the abortion clinic in […]