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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 27 2012

The Myth of the Liberal Media

A new Pew survey of news coverage during the primary season found that President Obama has gotten the least positive coverage of the major party presidential candidates. The two candidates that got the most? Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

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Apr 26 2012

Romney, the Judiciary and the Religious Right

Now that he has the nomination all but sewn up, some theocons are still having trouble supporting Mitt Romney. But others are embracing him, even if not enthusiastically, because he promises to appoint judges to the bench that they approve of. Like Bork. Or Alito. On his radio show, David Barton made the case:

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Apr 26 2012

Limbaugh Tries to Scrub Fluke Comments from Youtube

It seems Rush Limbaugh is getting a bit sensitive about having his vile attacks on Sandra Fluke out there for everyone to see. The Daily Kos made a Youtube clip putting a whole bunch of his disgusting comments together and now Limbaugh has had it removed for a copyright violation.

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Apr 26 2012

Bradlee Dean: Even Republicans Don’t Like Him

After years of having close ties to Michele Bachmann and Tom Emmer in Minnesota, it seems Bradlee Dean has become too hot for the Republican party in that state. The Minnesota GOP is now warning college Republican groups not to associate themselves with him or it could have “consequences.”

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Apr 26 2012

Arizona Gov. Appoints Arpaio Ally to State Board

On a list of Republican governors that includes Scott Walker of Ohio, Rick Scott of Florida and Jon Kasich of Ohio, Arizona’s Jan Brewer may be the worst of a bad bunch. Now she’s appointed an ally of Joe Arpaio — one so bad that even the recently disbarred Andrew Thomas fired him — to …

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Apr 26 2012

Immigration From Mexico at a Standstill

As the Republicans compete with one another to see who can come up with the most draconian solution to the immigration problem — especially when it comes to Mexican immigrants; you never hear complaints about too many British, do you? — a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that the problem is virtually …

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Apr 26 2012

Colson’s Fake Prisoner Rehab Numbers

The Atheist Experience blog has an interesting post about how Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship faked the data to make it appear as though taking part in their Christian rehabilitation program had a much higher rate of success in avoiding recidivism than it actually did.

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Apr 26 2012

The American Torture Regime

Larry Siems, leader of the team that produced The Torture Report, a book put out by the ACLU, has read some 140,000 formerly classified documents on torture, released after a successful ACLU lawsuit. He reports on the reality of the American torture regime:

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Apr 26 2012

A New Barton – Beck Lovefest

Glenn Beck had David Barton on his show last week and Beck declared that “if we save the country, when we save the country, a lot of the credit in the afterlife is going to go to you.” Barton says God has put all those historical documents that he lies about in his hands.

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Apr 26 2012

The Amusement of Wingnuts in Groups

Right Wing Watch has an amusing video and transcript of a conversation between some of the looniest wingnuts in the country — Lou Engle, Rena Lindevaldsen, Matt Barber, Cynthia Dunbar (yes, the one from the Texas BOE) and Greg Quinlan (an ex-gay type). Engle wants to pray, you see, but he’s waiting for God to …

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Apr 26 2012

Obama’s Terrible Record on Civil Liberties

Steven Rosenfeld has an article about President Obama’s terrible record on civil liberties, which in some ways is actually worse than Bush’s record. I didn’t expect Obama to be great on those issues, but I certainly never expected that he would be as bad as Bush, much less worse.

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Apr 26 2012

Michigan Man Wins Right to Resist Police

In a major victory for sanity and constitutional limits in my home state, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of a man who was arrested for resisting the police when he refused to let them search his home without a warrant. The ruling was 5-2, with the two most conservative justices in dissent. The …

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Apr 26 2012

Forbes: Time to Legalize Drugs

Forbes magazine, long considered one of the most important outlets for business, has an article explaining why the war on drugs has been a massive failure and why it’s time to legalize drugs and end the destruction. It’s written by economist Art Carden.

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Apr 25 2012

You’ll Know They Are Christians By Their Love

Here’s another disgusting email sent to Mikey Weinstein, sent by a nice churchgoing lady who called Mikey on the phone to tell him that she and her friends are praying for all the women involved with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to get breast cancer. Seriously.

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Apr 25 2012

The Limits of Fingerprint Analysis

PBS’ Frontline has a new show called The Real CSI that examines many of the most commonly used criminal forensics techniques and shows the problems and limits of how useful they are. In a segment just released from the show, they look at a study about cognitive biases in fingerprint analysis:

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