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Jul 25 2014

Fox News Can’t Believe We Help Those Who Don’t Speak English

Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, easily the two dumbest men on television, are simply beside themselves at the idea that 911 emergency responders in Texas actually help people who don’t speak English. And they seem to think they’re supposed to determine whether someone is a citizen over the phone.
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Jul 25 2014

Victim-Blaming Judge Suspended in Montana

The Montana Supreme Court formally reprimanded and suspended (for 31 days) the judge who infamously blamed a 14 year old girl who was raped by one of her teachers and later committed suicide. Judge G. Todd Baugh says he’s going to retire at the end of this year when his term expires.
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Jul 25 2014

Paul, Booker Push Criminal Justice Reform

I’ve complained for years that Congress never tries to do anything to fix our unbelievably broken criminal justice system, mostly because there’s no moneyed constituency to pay them to do it. Rand Paul and Corey Booker are teaming up in the Senate with legislation that would at least be a tiny step in the right direction.
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Jul 25 2014

Bachmann in 2016? Oh Please Please Please

If the prospect of Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Allen West running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 isn’t exciting enough, now Michele Bachmann says she may run again too. Please pray, cross fingers, sacrifice chickens or whatever else you can think of to make this happen.
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Jul 25 2014

Uh Oh. The Wingnuts Turn on Ted Cruz.

I wrote the other day about the transparent sham of Ted Cruz pretending to give a shit about the child refugees he’s using as a political weapon, but for his more bigoted and extremist followers he has now revealed himself as a bleeding heart liberal and probably a communist. These are from his Facebook page:
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Jul 25 2014

Justice Kennedy States the Obvious

Justice Anthony Kennedy addressed the annual conference of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals a few days ago and said something that is obviously true but is bound to make a lot of conservatives lose their mind. Actually, he said two things that will do that. The first:
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Jul 25 2014

The Onion Takes On Abortion TRAP Laws

The Onion has an article that is just barely a parody of Target Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws. TRAP laws are designed to put onerous and unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinics to force them to shut down, as has happened with dozens of clinics around the country already.
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Jul 25 2014

Gimme That Old Time Klingenschmitt ‘Logic’

Gordon Klingenschmitt has a powerful and compelling argument for why trans women should not be allowed to use the women’s bathroom:

“The Scriptures say in Deuteronomy 23 that he that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord. And if they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom.”

Genius. That same chapter also says that no bastards can enter the assembly of the lord, yet Gordon seems to have made it in.
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Jul 25 2014

Pastor: Gays Possessed by ‘Putrid Smelling Demons’

In one of the most deranged anti-gay columns you’ll ever read, Pastor Bert Ferias of Holy Fires Ministries asks gay people to “please do not get upset with me” for speaking “very plainly and straightforward (sic) about homosexuality.” And then he launches on a long screed that includes this:
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Jul 25 2014

Gina Miller Wants God to Remove Obama From Office

Gina Miller is losing hope. She really, really wants Obama to be impeached but knows that isn’t going to happen, so she’s reduced to praying that God himself will see to it that the Kenyan Marxist Muslim will be frogmarched out of the White House in handcuffs.
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Jul 24 2014

Wingnut: 2nd Amendment Purpose to Repel Child Refugees

Jody Hice, the extremely far right House candidate in Georgia, knows what the First Amendment was for — repelling the “invasion” of helpless child refugees. And since the government won’t go down to the border and, presumably, shoot or threaten them, he thinks people should go do it themselves.
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Jul 24 2014

Benham Group Disrupts UU Service in New Orleans

Flip Benham’s Operation Save America, one of the most extreme anti-choice organizations in the country, disrupted a service at a Unitarian church in New Orleans this weekend, interrupting a moment of silence for a recently passed church member to shout about “abominations” and the like. They were shown the door. Here’s how Benham’s group described it:
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Jul 24 2014

Nurse Refuses to Do Job She Applied For, Files Lawsuit

One thing that happened last week while I was busy with the conference was a soon-to-be nurse applied for a position with a family planning clinic, told them she would refuse to prescribe some forms of contraception and then sued them for refusing to hire her for the job she refused to do. The ADF, which represents her, completely distorts the facts of the case:
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Jul 24 2014

A Really Bad Reason to Ban Circumcision

There is a growing movement in this country and around the world to ban male circumcision, but a legislator in Zimbabwe has come up with the worst justification ever for doing so: Because the foreskin can be used in witchcraft to curse people.
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Jul 24 2014

A New Face for the ‘Ex-Gay’ Movement

Candace Chellew-Hodge writes at Religion Dispatches about David Kyle Foster, the new face of the “ex-gay” movement. They need a new face, of course, because so many of the old faces have abandoned that ruse and admitted to, or been caught, still being gay despite having sold the ex-gay con for decades.
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