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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 29 2012

Tar Sands Oil is Really Bad Stuff

A former high school classmate of mine, Pam Bullock — who, unlike me, seems hardly to have aged at all in the 27 years since we graduated — writes on her blog about the Keystone XL pipeline. She writes, in part:

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Feb 29 2012

Santorum: Too Crazy Even For Republicans

Rick Santorum’s repulsive pandering to stupid voters by bashing colleges as “indoctrination” mills and calling Obama a “snob” for thinking kids should have the opportunity to go to college has even his fellow Republicans crying foul. At the National Governors Association meeting, no one would defend him at all.

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Feb 29 2012

Greta on God’s Baffling Decisions

Someone on Facebook linked to a 5 year old post by Greta Christina about something that really annoys me as well, the claim by anyone who is fortunate in any way that God is blessing them and looking out for them. She begins with the example of a man who narrowly missed out on a …

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Feb 29 2012

WikiLeaks Exposes Private CIA

WikiLeaks has released about 5 million emails from a company called Stratfor, which appears to operate as essentially a private CIA for governments and corporations around the world. Here is some of what they say is in those emails:

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Feb 29 2012

FL Bill Would Drug Test All State Employees

Not content to force suspicion-free drug testing on everyone who gets public assistance in the state of Florida, now the Republican legislators want to drug test all state employees — except themselves, of course, because that would violate their rights.

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Feb 29 2012

Tea Partiers Lap Up Anti-Education Rhetoric

Despite being justifiably mocked for his simplistic demagoguery, Rick Santorum continues to push his anti-education position and claim that Obama is trying to indoctrinate people by making college more accessible for them. TPM interviews people at a Tea Party rally in Michigan where he spoke on the subject and finds them lapping it up:

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Feb 29 2012

Obama Wants FISA Amendment Challenge Dismissed

The Obama DOJ is being asked to dismiss a challenge to the 2008 FISA amendments, which were supported by Obama despite his threat to filibuster the bill, on standing grounds. There’s a great FARK headline for this: “The GOP’s conundrum: Created by Bush, so it’s good. Wait, it’s supported by Obama, so it’s bad. Crap, …

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Feb 29 2012

‘Psychic’ Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

A Colorado woman who defrauded her clients of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced to five years in prison last week. A local TV station in Denver has a full report:

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Feb 29 2012

Pope Palpatine No Like Artificial Insemination

Pope Palpatine I continued his courageous struggle to remain firmly rooted in the 19th century by telling those who have used artificial insemination to have children that they’re arrogant for not just resigning themselves to the fate God had in store for them:

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Feb 29 2012

Santorum: Romney is the 99%

It’s standard operating procedure in politics to try to paint one’s opponents in the most negative ways you possibly can, but sometimes those attempts are just laughable — like when Republicans try to paint Obama as a terrorist-loving appeaser. But now they’re turning those rhetorical big guns on one another. Did you know that Mitt …

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Feb 29 2012

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Gail Gitcho

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who exhibit psychological projection on a mind-blowing scale. Gail Gitcho, a spokesman for Mitt Romney, gives us a spectacular example of this in an email sent to reporters in Michigan:

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Feb 28 2012

Santorum Loved College in 2006

Talking Points Memo catches Rick Santorum in an obvious contradiction, bashing Obama for wanting more people to go to college in order to “indoctrinate” them while he was running in 2006 on a platform of increasing access to college for more people.

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Feb 28 2012

School Shooting to Promote Hysteria

There’s been another school shooting, this time in Ohio, so you know what that means. Cue the hysterical overreaction, finger pointing and hand wringing. By now, I’m sure someone has already blame it on “removing God from our schools,” or on atheism in general, or on the teaching of evolution (“if we teach kids that …

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Feb 28 2012

Romney’s Specter Attack on Santorum

It’s really quite amusing to watch rival candidates try to come up with new ways to attack one another, especially when the race is close and people are getting desperate. Here’s a video clip from the last debate when Romney attacked Santorum for endorsing Arlen Specter:

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Feb 28 2012

Maybe the Catholic Church Should Try This

Just when you thought you couldn’t be shocked by anything done by Christian loonies, this happens. A church in Florida has banned children from their services so their pastor, a convicted sex offender, can go on preaching without violating the law.

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