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oliver_twist_david_lean_0 Here’s a shot of a typical Arkansas voter appearing at the county clerk’s office after casting a provisional ballot, affirming that they are too indigent to afford a photo id. Open thread.

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27 replies
  1. 1
    Violet says:

    I thought that was a photo of a moocher working at a minimum wage job and also getting food stamps. Why don’t they just borrow $20K from their parents and go out and start their own business?

    Or maybe it’s a picture of a child who wants the minimum wage job but can’t have it because the thoughtless government won’t let them work and the selfish adults are taking the fast food jobs so the poor children can’t get them.

  2. 2
    BGinCHI says:

    I’m pretty sure that’s a young Cliven Bundy begging for more free grazing from the Federal Demon Teat.

  3. 3
    BGinCHI says:

    @Violet: Why in my day we couldn’t even afford a bowl. Luxury!

  4. 4
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I’m surprised he isn’t darker.

  5. 5
    maya says:

    Are there no unpaid internships?

  6. 6
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @BGinCHI: You had a day? Toff. My childhood was but a dark and stormy night.

  7. 7
    p.a. says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: anyone working at newsmax or world nut daily circa 2008 can do a great darkening job if you need it.

  8. 8
    MattF says:

    Remember last week, when a congressman from Kansas claimed that the number of uninsured in his state had increased? He was just making shit up:


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    danielx says:


    Because as Mitt Romney will tell you, one must borrow at least $50,000 from parents in order to start even a hot dog stand.

    In other news, my fair city (well, close) is hosting the NRA’s national convention at the moment – I just had a banner ad show up proclaiming this event and featuring none other than Snowbilly Snooki as one of the guest speakers. I do believe I’ll avoid visiting any downtown drinking establishments for the next few days, since they’re expecting roughly 70,000 attendees. I anticipate that a good portion of these folks will be out partying hearty while armed…now if they could have just scheduled it during the NCAA Regional tournament, that would have been a real laugh fest.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    Christ all, the more I see responses to the Supreme’s AA ruling, the more despondent I am. It’s like fucking 90% of people have turned the page to either ‘RACISM DOESN’T EXIST SO IF YOU FAIL YOU JUST PROVED YOU’RE AN INFERIOR MUDPERSON’ bullshit or the ‘DEMS ARE THE REAL SUPER FUCKING ULTRA RACISTS’. God help me, I’ve seen more people come out of the woodwork claiming how Affirmative Action cost all Asians their future and that just proves Dems fucking hate all Americans and eveyrthing.. It’s a fucking goddamn deluge and it just makes me feel like we’ve wholly backslid here to an extend we’ll never recover from. All in the name of some pretend shield of ‘trule colorblindness’.

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    eldorado says:

    there’s always money in the banana stand?

  12. 12
    Lurking Canadian says:

    @Violet: kid’d be happier if he’d just learned to pick cotton, obviously.

  13. 13
    JGabriel says:

    There is nothing in the world that makes me more angry about the NY Times prohibition on using the word asshole in the comments section than reading a David Brooks column.

  14. 14
    Belafon says:

    Someone on the FP had better write about this awesome new quote from Bundy:

    If I call — if I say negro or black boy or slave, I’m not — if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offended, then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done then yet. They should be able to — I should be able to say those things and they shouldn’t offend anybody.

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    MattF says:

    @JGabriel: Krugman pointing out that young Mr. Brooks is FOS:


  16. 16
    MomSense says:


    HAHA! IN the banana stand.

  17. 17
    MomSense says:

    When I see that photo, I see a boy with a full soul.

    /paul ryan

  18. 18
    danielx says:


    The beauty part is where he proposes that the remedy for the problem of excessive wealth concentration is “a beefed up inheritance tax”. Yeah, Dave, the Republican Party we all know and love is going to get right on that idea…the Republican Party that exists only in your head, maybe. The Republican Party with which I’m familiar would set that idea on fire and piss it out. But do go on, maybe you’ve recently heard that the Republicans have some other concerns aside from defending the interests of their wealthiest constituents. I haven’t heard that, but then I’m less than fully informed with what passes for thought in wingnut circles.

  19. 19
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @BGinCHI: WIN!

  20. 20
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    The beauty part is where he proposes that the remedy for the problem of excessive wealth concentration is “a beefed up inheritance tax”.

    You mean a beefed up estate tax like that commie-lib-atheist Thomas Jefferson advocated for, and called his most significant accomplishment?

  21. 21
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @MomSense: Well, not so much anymore. The Big Yellow Joint ain’t what it used to be.

  22. 22
    SatanicPanic says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik: I know I said this to you the other day, but come down from the ledge Snarxist- the SCOTUS is terrible and there are dummies expressing their concern about Asians… but those dummies have always existed. They existed when I started college 20 years ago (yikes, it hurts to type that) and I was arguing about it in the dorms with them.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:


    If it was just the Supremes then I wouldn’t be so despondent. Pissed as hell, yes, but what has me despondent is the general public reaction acts like Affirmative Action was the worst racism in the history of ever and buys into the entire “we’re colorblind now, so if you fail it just proves you were an inferior git all along, you inferior piece of shit’ It’s a battle we’ve lost hard both legally and publicly and I dunno what to do about it. Especially since I’ve given up arguing this kind of shit and other issues with anyone because all that happens is hearts harden and they become anti-Everything You Stand For and everything. To the point where trying actively harms the cause. And that kind of quicksand feeling is just….god.

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    danielx says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Aye, the very same! But he (Brooks, that is) was just kidding – anybody who would say such a thing seriously is no better than a commie and hence not to be taken Seriously.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik: I think race-based Affirmative Action is probably dead. I say that as someone who may have benefited from it. I don’t think there is the momentum to get it back and probably won’t be. That being said, I think we can make progress making our cities less segregated and if we get better people on the SCOTUS we can strengthen laws protecting voting rights. Racist people have always been racist, I don’t think there’s much evidence that they’ve gotten worse in recent years.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I wonder if someone would be able to sneak a regulation through saying that colleges could make decisions based on ZIP codes. Given how much housing segregation still exists, it could theoretically give the same assistance while appearing to be “race neutral.”

    Suburban parents would go ballistic, of course.

  27. 27
    Elizabelle says:


    When I see that photo, I see a boy with a full soul.

    /paul ryan

    Weapons grade snark. Well done.

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