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by Randi Rhodes posted Jul 31 2013 4:40PM

Amid all of the Fox News bloviating about the deficiencies of “black culture,” this week saw shocking evidence of the dysfunctional nature of white culture... and I’m not even talking about the US House of Representatives. A rally of surfers in Huntington Beach, California, over the weekend turned into a violent riot. It’s odd that Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly didn’t have anything to say about these hordes of white kids rampaging on the streets of a law-abiding American city. Forget hoodies! The real thugs in America wear flip-flops and baseball hats on backwards.

On CNN, Bernie Sanders totally dismantled Douglas Holtz-Eakin in a debate over the minimum wage. Bernie pointed out that Walmart is being subsidized by US taxpayers because their workers are paid so poorly that they need Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing. Essentially, Walmart pays only part of their salary. If companies like Walmart are allowed to pay less than a living wage, then it’s you and me who have to make up the difference—we pay the “living” part of the wage. And then Walmart wants tax breaks. Not only do they expect taxpayers to support their underpaid employees—they want to avoid being one of the taxpayers! If they had their way, Republicans would eliminate the minimum wage. They want wages to be like Republicans—there would be no depth to which they would not sink.

The Republicans have rejected President Obama’s grand bargain. At this point, the Republican response to any Obama proposal is so Pavlovian that Obama might as well just ring a bell. Obama should make a proposal to make Mitch McConnell the president in his place… just to see McConnell automatically reject it before he knows what it is.

This Congress is essentially just a placeholder Congress until the world of reality as we know it ceases to exist. The Republicans do nothing. The voters in all of these gerrymandered red districts could be getting the same results if they just elected a traffic cone or a cinderblock to Congress. At least the cinderblock wouldn’t be trying to repeal Obamacare.

A judge has ruled that whistleblower Bradley Manning is innocent of aiding the enemy... and guilty of about everything else in the book. If convicted of aiding the enemy, Manning could have gotten life in prison. As it is, he’s facing 136 years. I fail to see the difference. Forget being sentenced to life—Bradley Manning could be sentenced to longer than life.

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