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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 29 2012

Wingnut on Wingnut on Wingnut Crime

This one is especially fun. Remember when Rand Paul said after President Obama endorsed marriage equality that he didn’t think Obama’s position “could get any gayer”? Tony Perkins criticized him for that and now Peter LaBarbera is criticizing Perkins for criticizing Paul:

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Jun 28 2012

Barton’s Substance-Free Response to Critics

With our own Chris Rodda joining John Fea, Warren Throckmorton and others in debunking David Barton’s new book full of lies about Thomas Jefferson virtually line by line, Barton took to his radio show to offer a pointless and entirely substance-free response to his critics:

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Jun 28 2012

The Texas GOP’s Extreme Platform

My friends at the Texas Freedom Network have a rundown of some of the more extreme provisions in the 2012 platform for the Texas Republican Party. They did finally drop their demand that homosexuality be criminalized, but they left plenty of crazy bigotry in there:

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Jun 28 2012

Bozell Group Uses Fake Jefferson Quote

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Warren Throckmorton reports that the group ForAmerica, which was founded by right wing looney L. Brent Bozell, has been spreading a fake quote from Thomas Jefferson all over Facebook. This one isn’t about church and state though, it’s about the scope of government:

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Jun 28 2012

OMG! Obama’s Turning the Boy Scouts Gay!

Chuck Norris has a Worldnutdaily column, which may well have been written by someone else, using the familiar rhetorical trick of “just asking questions.” Hey, he’s just asking questions, the presumed answers to which point to a rather silly conspiracy theory that Obama is trying to create a “pro-gay Boy Scouts.” His evidence for this? …

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Jun 28 2012

Ellery Schempp on 50th Anniversary of Engel Ruling

This is a guest post from Ellery Schempp, the plaintiff in one of the most landmark Supreme Court rulings in history. June 25th was the anniversary of another such ruling, Engel v Vitale, which removed mandatory prayer from public schools. This is his celebration of that ruling.

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Jun 28 2012

Why I Don’t Listen to Limbaugh

During my brief day at home before flying back out again, I had a lot of running around to do and I came across Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on the radio while seeking out something to listen to. I left it on that station for a few minutes and was reminded of just how inane …

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Jun 28 2012

Right Wing Reactions to Health Care Ruling

It’s going to be fun to watch the right wing put out their pre-written responses to the Supreme Court upholding the individual health insurance mandate. You know everyone had multiple statements written in advance depending on the outcome, right? My favorite so far is from Ross Kaminsky at the American Spectator, under the breathless headline: …

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Jun 28 2012

Crouches Accused of Covering Up Granddaughter’s Rape

Things may have just gone from bad to worse for Paul and Jan Crouch, owners of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. One of their granddaughters is already in court alleging massive financial fraud by the organization and now another granddaughter has filed suit claiming they covered up her rape by a TBN employee.

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Jun 28 2012

Health Insurance Mandate Upheld

Reports are out that the individual mandate has been upheld by a 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal members of the court in upholding the mandate under Congress’ power to tax. I’m not shocked by this. The law was written that way on purpose, enforcing the mandate through the tax …

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Jun 28 2012

Another Police Lie and Arrest for Photography

The indispensable Carlos Miller reports on yet another case where the police arrested someone for photographing them manhandling a suspect during an arrest, then apparently lied on the police report to make it sound as though the victim was the aggressor.

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Jun 28 2012

Chuck Norris: Plagiarist?

Wonkette has apparently caught Chuck Norris plagiarizing the columns he writes for the Worldnutdaily and other right wing websites. Or at least caught his ghostwriter, who also happens to be his pastor, plagiarizing.

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Jun 28 2012

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Regnerus

Scott Rose has filed an ethics complaint against Mark Regnerus, the author of the highly dishonest “study” on gay parents, and written a letter to the University of Texas detailing the ethical and scientific problems with that study. You can read the full letter here. A sample:

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Jun 27 2012

SCOTUS Overturns Juvenile Life Sentences

In another very important decision, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin with Justice Kennedy joining the four more liberal justices, ruled that mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. You can read the full ruling here.

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Jun 27 2012

Fox News Reporter Jumps to Vatican

A Fox News reporter has changed bosses, though only slightly. He’s leaving the network to become a communications adviser to the Vatican. AP reports:

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