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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 29 2011

I Have to Join This Group

Howard Friedman points to a court case involving religious freedom out of Idaho where the plaintiff was the “Ethereal Enigmatic Euphoric Movement Towards Civilized Hedonism, Ltd.” That’s the coolest organization name ever. Though “civilized hedonism” sounds a lot like planned anarchy.

Oct 29 2011

The Smartest Thing Said Yet About Iraqi Withdrawal

Conor Friedersdorf explains to the neo-cons who have yet to meet an invasion they didn’t love that the argument that leaving Iraq strengthens Iran’s influence in the region is an argument against intervention in the first place:

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Oct 29 2011

A Confluence of Stupid

In what might be termed a modern day Yalta conference for the congenitally stupid and crazy, Bryan Fischer interviews Kirk Cameron. Don’t even pretend you don’t want to listen to it. You know you do.

Oct 29 2011

Encountering the Irrational

I was surprised — though I shouldn’t be — by two examples of irrationality among my acquaintances and friends last weekend. The first was at a poker table, where two guys I’ve played with fairly regularly — friendly acquaintances but not guys I know particularly well — were wearing these braided rope necklaces. I thought …

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Oct 29 2011

The Centre for Unintelligent Design

The Centre for Unintelligent Design, a pro-science, anti-creationist website, has received a letter from the esteemed Dr. Steve Fuller, one of the witnesses for the ID side during the Dover trial. Responding to the argument that examples of unintelligent design support evolution but not special creation, Fuller ducks into the punch:

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Oct 28 2011

Sign This Petition Please

Dustin Chalker, an atheist soldier who has filed a lawsuit with the help of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has a petition that calls on the White House to end discrimination against non-Christians in the military. If it gets 5,000 signatures, the White House has to at least consider it. It is less than 200 …

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Oct 28 2011

Oh How They Loved Sarah Palin

Right Wing Watch cites a long list of quotes from social conservatives praising John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his vice president in 2008 to high heaven. They were sure she was going to turn the race around for him. It’s quite funny to read in retrospect:

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Oct 28 2011

The Inevitable Conspiracy Theory About OWS

It’s been amusing watching the wingnut press try to discredit the Occupy Wall Street movement. They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at the protesters — “terrorists,” “Nazis,” “communists.” Soros is obviously behind the whole thing, right? And you knew it was just a matter of time before they figured out that it’s all just a front …

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Oct 28 2011

Exactly What We Don’t Need

orlando jones

Add actor Orlando Jones to the list of people who really ought to shut up. On his Twitter account he said: “Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin(: “

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Oct 28 2011

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Colby May

Someone suggested that I name an award after Bryan Fischer, given to those who engage in hypocritical statements about their own defense of principle while consistently violating that principle in practice or who suffer from massive psychological projection in accusing their enemies of doing the very thing they do themselves. Finding candidates for this award …

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Oct 28 2011

WND Pimps Old, Fraudulent Sharia Law Study

Gotta love that Worldnutdaily. They’re still trying to promote a 6 month old study about the alleged influence of Sharia law in America that is as fraudulent as anything you will ever read.

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Oct 28 2011

How Creepy is the TSA?

As someone who flies a lot, this story is incredibly disturbing. A TSA agent inspected a woman’s luggage, found a sex toy and left a note for her in the suitcase about it.

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Oct 28 2011

OMG! Scientology Killed Kenny!

Or tried to. A former top executive with the “Church” of Scientology has revealed that the organization tried to dig up dirt on Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, after they made an episode making fun of the group’s weird beliefs.

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Oct 28 2011

WND: Obama Wrecking Economy On Purpose!

You really have to marvel at the Worldnutdaily’s faux-journalism business model. They have one of their own reporters write a book accusing Obama of trying to destroy the economy on purpose, then they write up a “story” with the headline: Obama now accused of destroying U.S. economy … on purpose!

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Oct 28 2011

The Army’s ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Babble

Justin Griffith links to the Spiritual Fitness Program for the Abardeen Proving Grounds, an Army base in Maryland. He quotes this passage, which struck me with exactly the same response that he had to it:

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