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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 30 2012

Michigan Considering SWAT Transparency Bill

Rep. Tom McMillin, a very conservative Republican, has submitted a bill that would bring greater transparency to the use of SWAT teams in the state of Michigan. The bill would force law enforcement agencies to detail how and why they have used SWAT teams in every instance:

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May 30 2012

2,000 People Protest Bigoted NC Pastor

Remember Charles Worley, the demented North Carolina pastor who told his congregation that gay people should be rounded up and put into concentration camps? There was a huge protest outside his church this weekend, with 2,000 people showing up to condemn him.

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May 30 2012

Awww. Chris Staab Doesn’t Like Me

I wrote a couple weeks ago about Olivet College student Chris Staab and his amusingly idiotic videos about my friend Jeremiah Bannister’s radio show. That prompted him to make a video about me that is exactly as juvenile as one might expect given his previous efforts.

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May 30 2012

Mugabe: Equality Violates Women’s Rights

Robert Mugabe, the insane leader of Zimbabwe, spoke recently at a conference on AIDS and delivered a bizarre, rambling diatribe. It’s hard to make out exactly what he’s saying, but he clearly thinks that homosexuality violates the rights of women by robbing them of the ability to have children.

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May 30 2012

Newt: Romney Will Get 40% of Latino Vote

I’m not sure why NBC is inviting Newt Gingrich to appear on Meet the Press at this point. Has any politician made themselves more irrelevant than Gingrich at this point? But he’s stumping for Romney now, despite calling him a liar during the primary. And he’s offering up some koolaid:

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May 30 2012

Breitbart Site Engages in Absurd ‘Vetting’

One of the features at Breitbart.com these days is something they call “the vetting.” It’s a series of articles purporting to show the real Obama by digging up obscure pictures and statements from decades ago that show that he’s really a Muslim, communist, socialist, atheist or whatever bugaboo they’re going for this week.

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May 30 2012

Sanchez v Douhat on Religious Ethics

Julian Sanchez, who works for the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation, and Russ Douthat, conservative columnist for the New York Times, have been having an exchange, preceded by one between Douthat and Slate’s Will Saletan, about the validity of religious ethics. And Sanchez is absolutely pummeling him at this point. It began with this …

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May 30 2012

Science in the Service of Absurdity

A couple of geologists are now claiming that they may have nailed down the year that Jesus was crucified by looking at varve data to determine the year that an earthquake occurred, because the Bible says that when Jesus was resurrected, the earth shook. Yes, I’m serious.

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May 30 2012

Equality Doesn’t Undermine Marriage a Bit

We are forever hearing the bigots declare that allowing gay and lesbian people to marry will destroy the institution of marriage, or even civilization itself. But as more and more states and other countries have legalized it and — surprise, surprise — straight people are still getting married. Slate looks at the numbers:

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May 29 2012

Appeals Court Grants Standing in Ten Commandments Case

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling in a very interesting case involving a Ten Commandments monument in Fargo, North Dakota, granting standing to a group called the Red River Freethinkers in a legal challenge to such a monument on city property. Like most other such monuments, this one was donated to …

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May 29 2012

The Naive Mr. Leakey

Richard Leakey, son of Louis and Mary Leakey and himself one of the most important and famous paleontologists in the world, showed his naivete when he told the San Francisco Chronicle that reluctance to accept evolution will disappear in the next few decades.

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May 29 2012

McCotter May Not Be on November Ballot

Now this is pretty amusing for folks in Michigan. Rep. Thad McCotter, one of the loonier right wing congressmen we have, may not appear on the ballot for reelection in November after apparently failing to turn in enough valid signatures on petitions.

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May 29 2012

Fischer’s Loony Conspiracy Theory on Holder

Bryan Fischer continues to be a reliable daily weather vane for seeing which way the wingnut mind is blowing. On one of his recent shows he offered up a bizarre and clearly false conspiracy theory on Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that he refuses to prosecute anyone if the victim in the case was white …

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May 29 2012

Legislators Want to Legalize Govt. Propaganda

Buzzfeed reports on an amendment that has been submitted to this year’s defense authorization bill that would repeal two federal laws that prohibit the use of government propaganda inside the United States (it’s legal in other countries and both the Pentagon and the intelligence services have entire agencies that engage in it, especially in countries …

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May 29 2012

Ken Ham: Evolution Leads to Gay Marriage

The always laughably idiotic Ken Ham spoke at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall conference recently and told the crowd that you must interpret Genesis literally or you get gay marriage. Which actually sounds like a good argument against taking Genesis literally, doesn’t it?

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