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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 29 2011

North Carolina Sheriff Doesn’t Get First Amendment

I’m sure it will come as a shock to you all that a sheriff in North Carolina doesn’t understand the Establishment Clause, but it’s true. Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown took out an ad in the local paper saying, in part, “Our society in in a big mess today because good, decent and respectful citizens …

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Nov 29 2011

Why Cutting Defense Helps America

Benjamin Friedman explains how cuts to American defense spending will, in fact, weaken the nation’s military capabilities — and why that’s a very good thing for everyone other than defense contractors.

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Nov 29 2011

Bradley Manning Gets Day in Court

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified data to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, is finally going to go to court — for a pretrial hearing to determine whether there is even enough evidence to charge him with anything. Forbes reports:

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Nov 28 2011

So Much for the Terrorist Turkeys

I know this will come as a shock to you all, but it turns out that Pam Geller was wrong about your Thansgiving turkey having been “sacrificed to Allah.” Color me shocked.

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Nov 28 2011

Gingrich: Wrong Again

Newt Gingrich says he will repeal the Dodd/Frank bill, an incredibly weak set of regulations that has done almost nothing to solve the systemic problems in our financial system, because it’s destroying community banks (banks with under a billion dollars in assets). And by destroying them, he means they’ve doubled their earnings.

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Nov 28 2011

David Usher: A Wingnut’s Wingnut

You’ve probably never heard of David Usher. I hadn’t either until I saw this post from him. He’s the president of the Center for Marriage Policy, a group so off on the lunatic right wing fringe that he makes Maggie Gallagher sound like a gay rights activist. There are so many levels of crazy going …

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Nov 28 2011

Bachmann Gets Second Godhead Endorsement

We all know that Michele Bachmann has claimed that God told her to run for president. But now it appears a second member of the triune Godhead has endorsed her as well, according to wingnut preacher Peter Waldron. Warren Throckmorton reports:

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Nov 28 2011

Fed. Judge Rips FBI For Lying

A federal judge has sanctioned the FBI for lying to the court in a FOIA lawsuit. The agency had claimed that they didn’t have any more documents that were germane to the request, but then they were forced to turn over more documents to the judge in camera. And the judge didn’t take very kindly …

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Nov 28 2011

Please Don’t Reveal Old Unprofessionalism

It’s long been clear that Justice Scalia’s declaration that police misconduct isn’t a problem because law enforcement officers now have a “new professionalism” is utter nonsense. But it should also be clear that those in charge care more about bad PR than they do about actually addressing police brutality. Here’s a perfect example:

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Nov 28 2011

The Defense Cuts That Won’t Happen

Spencer Ackerman says the automatic defense cuts triggered by the failure of the supercommittee will likely never actually happen because Congress will pass a bill reversing the sequestration plan in the name of saving America from spending less than 50% of the world’s money on its military.

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Nov 28 2011

The Mythical Restrictions on Super PACs

ProPublica, a non-profit news organization that has done Pulitzer prize-winning work, takes a look at Super PACs. Those entities are supposed to be independent of any candidate but the reality is quite the opposite.

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Nov 27 2011

Obama’s Godless Atheist Thanksgiving

The night before Thanksgiving, President Obama did the traditional pardoning of the turkey, called 10 military families to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and sent out a video message waxing eloquent about the virtues of supporting the troops and helping other people. But he didn’t mention God. Cue the wingnut outrage.

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Nov 27 2011

Conservatives Can’t Be Intentionally Funny

The complete collapse of Dennis Miller’s ability to be funny over the last few years should convince everyone that, with rare exceptions, conservative just aren’t funny. And when Glenn Beck tries to be, it will just make you cringe. Here’s a clip from a new conservative alternative to the Daily Show that Beck is running …

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Nov 27 2011

New Mexico SOS Reveals Her Own Fake Claims

Like most Republicans these days, New Mexico’s Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, likes to make wildly exaggerated claims about virtually non-existent voter fraud. Her own investigation found those claims to be false but she’s still accusing anyone who points out that fact of being motivated by partisanship.

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Nov 27 2011

Brother Sam at Skepticon

Here’s the video of Brother Sam Singleton’s performance at Skepticon. It’s very funny stuff. I strongly recommend other skeptical groups invite this guy to speak.

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