The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates calls birther jokes "(t)he involuntary spewings of a resentful class who know they should be better, and hate you for holding them to this." It's good to know someone besides me thinks right-wingers throw themselves a giant pity party every damn day of their lives.
Speaking of racism, an ex-Republican describes how he came to understand that Voter ID laws are racist. And he's got details -- like how replacing your naturalization papers sets you back a few hundred, or how getting a birth certificate could mean a court visit, or how getting ID takes a few hours in rural areas. Quite inspired -- until the end, when he suggests we ought to try to make the best of Voter ID laws, like Republicans will ever let that happen.
Paul Ryan performs at soup kitchen! His handlers muscle their way into a closed soup kitchen and have the Boy Wonder wash some clean dishes for the cameras, and then shoo the press away from any "impromptu" conversation he might have with the Unwashed Masses. In this, too, David Cameron has outclassed him.
Ho hum, Ross Perot endorses Mitt Romney. Any right-wing fool could have written this endorsement, which kinda makes you think Ross Perot was never really all that special, doesn't it?
Finally, Paul Buchheit describes "Five Ways Deregulation is Ripping America Apart." Admirably compact. Spoiler alert: deregulation has actually reduced the number of entrepreneurs-per-capita, precisely the opposite of what Paul Ryan or Newt Gingrich would have you believe.