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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 30 2011

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Pat vs Ann Coulter

Our old friend Pat has moved his blog from politicalbyline.com to Blogspot, calling his new blog Thoughts and Rantings (one out of two ain’t bad). And he seems to have it in for Ann Coulter, criticizing her for saying that she would prefer Ron Paul to Newt Gingrich with his usual class and grace:

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Dec 29 2011

2011: Year of Anti-Choice Extremism

Though the Tea Party-backed Republicans who stormed into the House and into state legislatures around the country promised to focus on jobs and fiscal responsibility, the reality is that they have instead pushed an anti-choice agenda that is absolutely breathtaking in the sheer number and scope of the bills proposed (and often passed). ThinkProgress has …

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Dec 29 2011

Ron Paul’s Crazy Conspiracy Theories

One of the other serious problems I have with Ron Paul is his embrace of some of the right’s looniest conspiracy theories. Talking Points Memo details one example, his claim that there is a plot to eliminate American sovereignty and form a single union with Canada and Mexico. On his 2008 campaign website, he said:

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Dec 29 2011

Pat Buchanan’s Christian Nation

“Whose country is it, anyway?” asks Pat Buchanan in his latest column. His answer, of course: It belongs to Christians like him — and to no one else. Or at least that’s how it used to be and how he wants it to be again.

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Dec 29 2011

Those GOP Promises to Close Federal Agencies

We all had a good laugh watching Rick Perry embarrass himself during a Republican debate a few weeks ago by not remembering which federal agencies he had promised to eliminate, but we should actually be laughing just as derisively at all of the candidates claiming that they’ll just close up a bunch of agencies and …

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Dec 29 2011

Another Reason to Love the First Amendment

Austria continues to have a serious problem with freedom of speech. The nation that put David Irving in prison for three years for Holocaust denial has now fined Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for the crime of “denigrating religious beliefs.”

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Dec 29 2011

Obama Keeps Gingrich Off VA. Ballot

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Crooks and Liars catches some of the wingnuts at Tea Party Nation blaming the fact that Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry can’t get on the primary ballot in Virginia on — of course — President Obama.

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Dec 29 2011

Gingrich Lied About Divorce

CNN reports that newly released documents from Newt Gingrich’s first divorce show that his repeated claim that it was his first wife who wanted their divorce, not him, is a lie. He filed for divorce and she disputed it.

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Dec 29 2011

Iraq: Worth The Cost?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had a press conference in Turkey a couple weeks ago after participating in a ceremony in Baghdad marking the end of America’s official (but not unofficial) military presence in that country. And he claimed that the invasion of Iraq was worth the cost:

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Dec 29 2011

DOJ Approves Some Online Gambling

In a new development being hailed as great news by online gambling advocates, the Department of Justice has concluded that the Wire Act does not prohibit certain types of wagers over the internet. The decision is limited to state lotteries, but the logic behind it could help pave the way for online poker and other …

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Dec 29 2011

Agreeing With Erick Erickson

I don’t recall ever agreeing with Erick Erickson about anything, but I think he’s right to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would do enormous damage to the internet as we know it today.

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Dec 28 2011

Gingrich, Perry Hoisted on Fake Voter Fraud Petard

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have failed to turn in enough valid signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot in Virginia, a situation with at least two levels of irony to it. The first is that the Gingrich campaign is complaining about exactly the kind of measures that Republicans always advocate in their desire …

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Dec 28 2011

How to Raise an American Idiot

Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum says that everyone should read a new book called How to Raise an American Patriot by someone named Marijo Tinlin. You’re gonna love what this book is about — and especially about one particular claim made in it.

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Dec 28 2011

Romney Refuses to Release Tax Return

This is a very interesting development. Mitt Romney has said that he does not intend to release his tax returns publicly even if he wins the Republican nomination, as all candidates have done for a very long time.

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Dec 28 2011

Reddit Makes Me Hate Men

Rebecca Watson exposes some seriously vile behavior in the atheism sub-Reddit, a torrent of misogyny and rape jokes aimed at a 15 year old girl who had committed the terrible crime of being attractive and posting a picture of herself with a Sagan book that her mother gave her for Christmas despite being religious.

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