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Bob Seay is a musician turned teacher turned blogger turned activist who lives in Colorado. A true news junkie, Bob is the Editor in Chief of NewsPrism.com. He is primarily interested in politics, social justice, education, and environmental issues but will write about almost anything. He is currently working on what will be his first book.

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The Problem Isn't What the President Said At the Prayer Breakfast

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 1:38 PM

The problem is the Prayer Breakfast

Conservatives are upset over President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, in which the President spoke not only of recent atrocities committed in the name of religion but also about the historical connection between religion and violence.

"We see sectarian war...
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Turning Science Into the New Welfare Queen

(51) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Ronald Reagan created a mythological character -- the "Welfare Queen" -- and taught America that it was OK to be racist, OK to hate poor people, and OK to resent paying taxes. More than 30 years later, a substantial number of Americans still believe that lazy black women make millions...

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Ferguson: No Shortcuts to Justice

(17) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 7:45 AM

Shortcuts almost always end up creating more problems than they solve. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took a shortcut through Ferguson. The results have been catastrophic.

McCulloch's shortcut involved using a grand jury to do the job of a trial jury. Grand juries are typically used to determine...

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Ted Cruz Wants to Shut Down the Internet Just Like He Shut Down the Government

(162) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:11 PM

It was not by coincidence that Texas Senator Ted Cruz came out against Net Neutrality almost immediately after President Obama made public comments in support of an open Internet. If Obama is for it, then Cruz must be against it. It's a predictable political move for an aspiring presidential candidate...

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It's October, and Newspaper Leaves Are Changing From Blue to Red

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:40 AM

The Denver Post, in their opinion columns and in the inevitable spin of their news reporting, has supported reproductive choice, a living wage, and marriage equality. The Post supports rational gun control laws, including limits on high capacity clips, and is a strong advocate for immigration reform. While the editorial...

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If Money Is Speech and Speech Is Freedom...

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:34 PM

If money is speech and speech is freedom, then it follows that those who have more money will have more freedom.

This includes the freedom to determine who gets to vote, the freedom to dictate how much workers are paid, and the freedom to impose their agenda regardless of public...

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The Crackpot Index for Media Content

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 1:14 PM

In 1992, mathematician and physicist John Baez created The Crackpot Index, which he called "a simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics."

Baez's work has obvious implications for fields other than physics. With some minor adjustments, this same index may be applied to media outlets,...

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Your Paranoia Is Not Their Crime

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 5:26 PM

A little over a year ago, in a Facebook status about Trayvon Martin, I wrote "Your paranoia is not their crime." I was reminded again of what I had written when I heard conservative commentator Ben Stein say Michael Brown "was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self."

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Common Core and Media Spin

(11) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Legitimate questions are buried beneath the noise

There are legitimate reasons to oppose Common Core, America's latest effort at education reform. You might be concerned that the standards leave no room for student exploration and creativity. You could follow the money and question the substantial profits...

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The Offensive 'Lazy Black President' Image

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Did Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, actually just say that President Obama is the laziest president since Grover Cleveland?

Here's the pertinent quote, as covered by Fox writer Chuck Ross under the headline "DNC chair makes painful admission about Obama's work ethic":

Wasserman...

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Boehner Uses CNN to Reach Low-Information Voters

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:22 AM

As Speaker of the House, John Boehner could choose any news outlet for his editorials. Media outlets love an exclusive, and an editorial from the man who is third in line to the presidency counts as an exclusive regardless of the editorial position of the publication in which it appears.

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The Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and the Need for a Single-Payer System

(9) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:02 PM

More than anything else, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby vividly illustrates the need for a single-payer health care system that does not involve employers. Only a single-payer system would relieve employers of the burden of having to pay for health care services to...

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Not Everyone Was Surprised That Eric Cantor Lost

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Eric Cantor's political obituary was read by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC and by Sean Hannity on FOX. A precise autopsy will take some time, although that didn't prevent commentators from immediately speculating about the cause of death. This is America. We don't have time to wait for actual data or...

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Cory Gardner Wants to Be Your Senator

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Cory Gardner -- Tea Party Republican -- wants to be your Senator.

Consider the implications of that. Given the current climate of the U.S. Senate, a single Senator can filibuster a bill and prevent a vote on any piece of legislation. Since 2008, obstructionist Senators have worked to nullify...

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Half Measures

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:30 PM

The "Nuclear Option" is far from nuclear. It's more like a hand grenade.

While it is true that judicial nominees and other routine nominations by the president no longer face the threat of a filibuster, Republicans can still block legislation. Ted Cruz can still shut down the government. Obstructionist...

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An Apology From a Progressive Living in a Red State

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:37 PM

On behalf of all Progressives, Liberals, and Democrats who live in Red States or Congressional Districts with Republican representatives, I would like to offer an extremely humble and sincere apology to the rest of America. Our Republican Congressmen voted against relief for Sandy victims. Yet they now have the nerve...

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I Am Not Trayvon Martin

(830) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 6:20 AM

I am not Trayvon Martin.

I keep seeing people say, "I am Trayvon Martin." I understand the sentiment. If that is you, then I respect that.

I am not Trayvon Martin. I am a middle-aged, middle class, overweight white guy. I am also a teacher, and in 20 years of...

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