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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 29 2012

Ironic Quote of the Day

From the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Police Department has suspended a special unit’s regular reviews of dash-cam video from patrol cars because officers felt they were being nitpicked with disciplinary action for minor infractions such as speeding. You mean like you do all day long while writing tickets to civilians? Oh yeah, it’s only …

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Apr 28 2012

Glenn Beck’s Crazy Church Rant

This video is a perfect little two minute primer on Glenn Beck. The empty emotionalism, the utterly irrational claims of connections between things, the flat-out lies about a subject, the bizarre non-sequiturs (“if I can go and have sex and there’s no consequence, I’m a slave” — What?), it’s all there. This was at Skyline …

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Apr 28 2012

Bryan Fischer on CNN

And once again I have to ask the question: How much of a crazed loony do you have to be not to get on CNN these days? Even Bryan Fischer, who deserves nothing but scorn and ridicule, was on to spout his anti-gay hatred recently. On the other hand, I’m all for exposing these guys …

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Apr 28 2012

McElroy on the Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert had Don McElroy, the dentist who used to chair the Texas Board of Education, on the Colbert Report the other day and he admitted to thinking that humans and dinosaurs lived together. And he babbled like the idiot that he is.

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Apr 28 2012

NPR on Rock Beyond Belief

NPR did a story about Rock Beyond Belief that featured an interview with Justin Griffith and with Rachel Medley, the atheist member of the Golden Knights that parachuted in to the event (she was awesome, I got a chance to talk to her for a while backstage).

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Apr 28 2012

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Antonio McElroy, speaking about Justin Griffith and Rock Beyond Belief: “All the chaplains on post are under orders not to speak about the atheist festival. But off the record… Sgt. Griffith is doing the work of Satan himself.“ Damn it, they’re on to us! Satan would have been there himself that …

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Apr 27 2012

Newt to Drop Out

Well Dispatchers, you won’t have Newt Gingrich to kick around anymore. He’s going to suspend his campaign for the Republican nomination next week, no doubt to give him time to negotiate some sort of deal with Romney in exchange for his endorsement:

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Apr 27 2012

The Priorities of the Catholic Church

You’ve probably heard by now about the decision by the Roman Catholic Church to take over the largest order of nuns in the United States, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, because it has dared to focus more on helping the poor and the powerless than on abortion and attacking gay people. Gary Wills points …

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Apr 27 2012

Truth in Action Still Wants to Jail Gay People

Truth in Action, one of the worst of the anti-gay hate groups on the Christian Right, is still upset that the Supreme Court overturned state sodomy laws in 2003 in Johnson v Texas because they think gay people should still be thrown in prison for their “crimes.”

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Apr 27 2012

Student Dresses as Jesus for Fictional Character Day

Hemant Mehta has a post about a high school student from Tennessee who dressed up as Jesus when the school had a “fictional character” day and the students were to dress as their favorite non-existent characters from books and movies. Unsurprisingly, the school told him he had to take it off.

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Apr 27 2012

Virginia’s Virtually Non-Existent Voter Fraud Problem

The Richmond Times Dispatch has an article about voter fraud investigations in Virginia that begins by inaccurately saying that “an ongoing Virginia State Police investigation of voter registration irregularities from the 2008 general election may signal a more significant voter fraud issue than some state lawmakers realized.” But the actual facts of the article say …

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Apr 27 2012

Robert Bork’s Warped Constitutional Ideas

I wrote the other day about the fact that Robert Bork chairs Mitt Romney’s legal advisory committee and will apparently have a role, along with Jay Sekulow, in helping him pick nominees to the federal courts if he is elected president. Someone suggested more detail on Bork’s insane ideas about the constitution, so I thought …

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Apr 27 2012

Obama’s Astonishing Chutzpah

If you aren’t cynical enough about politics, this will make it worse. President Obama, who has maintained and even expanded the federal government’s illegal surveillance program and steadfastly refused to hold anyone accountable for torture, actually issued an executive order allowing the U.S. to sanction “foreign nationals” who do the same thing he is guilty …

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Apr 27 2012

The Outrage of Prison Labor

Steve Fraser and Joshua Freeman have an article on Salon.com about the return of the chain gangs and how private prison companies sell inmate labor for next to nothing to major corporations. Prepare to be appalled.

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Apr 27 2012

The Pundits Are Almost Always Wrong

Jim Newell at Salon.com has an article about the volumes and volumes of nonsense that issues forth from political pundits, especially leading up to and during campaign season. He goes back and quotes “expert” after “expert” as they predicted that each and every potential candidate — Giuliani, Trump, Palin, Huckabee — was serious about the …

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