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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 31 2012

Computer Help Needed

So they came and installed the new equipment in my office for my radio show today, but there’s a problem. The microphone plugs into my computer through a USB connection, with an adapter that runs from the standard XLR plug to the USB port, but when I plug it in it also kills my sound. …

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Jan 31 2012

What About All the Non-Gay Kids Who Kill Themselves?

Anti-gay loony Michael Brown was on an American Family Association radio show last week and he admitted that gay teenagers do commit suicide because of anti-gay bullying, but then said, in essence, that it’s no big deal because kids kill themselves for lots of other reasons too:

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Jan 31 2012

Fox News Lies About Rock Beyond Belief

Todd Starnes of Fox News tries his damnedest to dredge up faux controversy over the Rock Beyond Belief event at Ft. Bragg. Justin Griffith, the force behind the festival, has the full transcript of the interview he did with Starnes, which shows how he hacked it up dishonestly.

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Jan 31 2012

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Barber vs … Everyone

With much of the right wing punditry going at Newt Gingrich with pick axes, Matt Barber of the badly misnamed Liberty Counsel, a Newt supporter, comes to his defense with his usual illogic and simpleminded rhetoric. You see, it’s all Matt Drudge’s fault for linking to things said by other conservatives.

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Jan 31 2012

Fischer: Bill Clinton Causes Cancer!

A new report finds that mouth and throat cancers are increasing because of HPV infections brought on by oral sex. And according to Bryan Fischer, it’s all Bill Clinton’s fault. Seriously.

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Jan 31 2012

Boykin Pulled From West Point Event

Got some great news from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation Monday night. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin has withdrawn from the National Prayer Breakfast at West Point, likely under pressure from the Pentagon to do so. MRFF and VoteVets had been putting the heat on to make this happen, working on behalf of more than 100 …

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Jan 31 2012

Rationality and Recognizing Important Distinctions

A discussion in the comment thread of an earlier post got me thinking about the influence of tribalism and simplistic thinking in political and religious discussions. In the midst of political and religious disagreements of the kind discussed here every day, it is very easy to fall into the trap of turning one’s opponents into …

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Jan 31 2012

Pennsylvania Declares Year of the Bible

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted last week to declare 2012 the “year of the Bible.” And they voted for it unanimously, a 193-0 vote. And the whole thing is standard-issue Christian nation nonsense. Here’s the full text:

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Jan 31 2012

Another Wingnut Endorses Newt

Newt Gingrich has won the endorsement of yet another first class religious right whacko, this time the self-declared “apostle” Dutch Sheets, one of the leaders of the dominionist New Apostolic Reformation. Gingrich has named him vice-chair of his “faith leaders coalition.” And this guy is seriously nuts.

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Jan 31 2012

Indiana Senate Panel Wants To Get Sued

The Indiana Senate apparently wants to lose a really big lawsuit. The Committee on Education and Career Development passed Senate Bill 89 last week by an 8-2 vote, sending it to the floor for a full vote. Here’s what that bill would do:

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Jan 31 2012

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Newt Gingrich

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who displays weapons-grade projection in accusing their opponents of their own worst traits. Newt Gingrich is the walking embodiment of that concept, a man who, with a completely straight face, slams his opponents for negative campaigning when he, more than anyone else, taught conservatives how to do …

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Jan 31 2012

Obama and ‘European Socialism’

One of the constant features of Republican rhetoric about Obama, especially from Mitt Romney these days, is that President Obama is leading American down the path to “European socialism.” Andrew Sullivan explains why this is nonsense:

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Jan 30 2012

Ron Paul Approved of Newsletter Copy?

The Washington Post has a long piece about Ron Paul’s now-infamous newsletters, which contained lots of racist and just plain insane rantings, and quotes several sources who suggest that Paul approved the newsletters before they went out and made a deliberate decision to put more extreme content in it for financial reasons.

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Jan 30 2012

Newt: Saul Alinsky Radical

One of the more amusing memes coming from the loony right, especially the Glenn Beck set, for the last three years is the obsessive focus on the formerly obscure Saul Alinsky. Newt Gingrich has adopted the Glenn Beck line that Alinsky was plotting to destroy American society and that Obama is the Lenin to his …

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Jan 30 2012

Newt’s Lunar Dreams

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Newt Gingrich dusted off his famous penchant for coming up with big ideas and told an audience in Florida that if he’s elected, he’ll build a permanent base on the moon. Politico reports:

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