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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 31 2011

Atheist Billboard Hits Grand Rapids

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The Center for Inquiry’s Living Without Religion campaign has reached Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a new billboard now displays this message: You don’t need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live. I like that. It’s a positive message, better than some of the alternatives I’ve seen in such campaigns. Below the fold, …

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Aug 31 2011

The Weird World of Michael Moriarty

Actor Michael Moriarty’s warped mind has belched forth another love letter to Sarah Palin that is breathtaking in its lunacy. Or have they become that nervous as a result of Sarah Palin’s possible entry into the Republican race? She is making The New World Order Establishment profoundly nervous. Hysterical actually.

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Aug 31 2011

Bachmann Listens to God. And the People.

Michele Bachmann got into the act of blaming recent natural disasters on God sending us a message. This time it’s about spending. Or it might be. She doesn’t make that clear. In fact, she quite obviously changes her argument around right in the middle of it. Speaking at a campaign rally in Florida, Bachmann said: …

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Aug 31 2011

CIA Censoring Soufan Book

If you don’t know who Ali Soufan is, you should. He is a former FBI interrogator who played a vital role in the war on terrorism before he became an even more vital opponent of the government’s torture regime. He’s trying to publish a book that reveals even more, but the CIA is preventing him …

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Aug 31 2011

CAP’s Islamophobia Report

The Center for American Progress has issued a detailed report on the foundations and individuals who have been funding the self-described anti-jihadists. It focuses particularly on five people: • Frank Gaffney at the Center for Security Policy • David Yerushalmi at the Society of Americans for National Existence • Daniel Pipes at the Middle East …

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Aug 31 2011

Mayor Drives Illegally Seized Vehicle

Here’s yet another asset forfeiture horror story. The mayor of Tampa, Florida is now driving around in a vehicle seized from someone last month who hasn’t even been tried yet, much less convicted. Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s city vehicle, a jet black GMC Yukon Denali with tinted windows, was seized from a man charged last month …

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Aug 31 2011

Bill Donohue’s Latest Bit of Buffoonery

Is there a bigger and more ridiculous blowhard than Bill Donohue of the Catholic League? I’d be hard pressed to name one. He’s all verklempt over an organized boycott of an organization that funds anti-gay groups and he was distributing some major league manure on a radio show with Tony Perkins of the Family Research …

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Aug 31 2011

NY Clerk Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

Another clerk in New York thinks they can pick and choose which parts of their job they’d like to do and refuse to do their job for those they disapprove of. Ledyard Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti submitted a letter to the Ledyard Town Board saying that her religious beliefs prevented her from signing marriage …

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Aug 31 2011

Robert O’Brien Nominee: Linda Harvey

This one is a real doozy. Wingnut Linda Harvey of Mission America says gay people don’t even exist: Harvey: There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna …

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Aug 31 2011

Jacobs: Earthquake is a Sign From God

Add another whacko who thinks the recent earthquake was a message from god. Cindy Jacobs, one of the craziest of all the wingnuts, says she prophesied the whole thing in 1999 when the Holy Spirit told her that God would shake the earth. I’d just like to say that Mother Nature is going to make …

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Aug 30 2011

Pastor Wants National Registry for Atheists

Pastor Mike Stahl of the Living Water internet church thinks atheists should be registered. Brothers and Sisters , I have been seriously considering forming a ( Christian ) grassroots type of organization to be named “The Christian National Registry of Atheists” or something similar . I mean , think about it . There are already …

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Aug 30 2011

Allah Sent the Earthquake to Punish America!

Here’s an amusing twist on our theme from the last few days, a crazy Muslim claiming that the earthquake was sent by Allah to punish America. According to a posting titled “Allah’s punishment on Americans” on the Shoumokh Al-Islam jihadi forum by someone writing under the name Abu Ibrahim, “Allah has struck New York and …

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Aug 30 2011

Most Important Op-Ed You’ll Read This Year

Thomas Drake, the former NSA employee who blew the whistle on that agency’s unconstitutional surveillance programs, had an op-ed piece in the Washington Post last week that should be required reading in every high school government and civics class and should be read by every American. What he reveals here is enormously important, especially that …

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Aug 30 2011

1st Circuit Rules Recording Police Protected by First Amendment

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an enormously important ruling that says recording police officers during an arrest is not only constitutionally protected, but so clearly constitutionally protected that it overrides qualified immunity for an officer who arrests someone for doing it. You can read the full ruling here (PDF). As Balko notes, …

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Aug 30 2011

Underwear Bomber Doesn’t Get the Law

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the infamous underwear bomber, is filing some rather interesting handwritten motions with the federal court in Detroit. Like he wants to be released because only Allah can judge him: The Defendant Abdulmutallah, is a Muslim who believes in Allah and His messenger Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him], and believes that all Muslims …

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