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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 30 2012

CO Hospitals Wipe Out Medical Bills of Shooting Survivors

It’s been widely reported that many of the survivors of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado don’t have health insurance and could face massive bills for the treatment they’ve received. But now some of the hospitals that treated them have agreed to wipe out those bills:

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Jul 30 2012

NJ Supreme Court Sets New Standards on Eyewitness Testimony

Here’s very good news for the cause of justice. The New Jersey Supreme Court has established a new set of jury instructions that includes disclaimers about the reliability of eyewitness testimony, which is often the primary basis on a criminal conviction rests.

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Jul 30 2012

Obama Reelection Will Destroy America!

Con man Rick Scarborough insists that his latest crusade, which he calls 40 Days to Save America, is “not a political effort.” Which explains why he goes on a radio show to promote that event and declares that American will not survive if Obama is reelected in November:

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Jul 30 2012

Benny Hinn: Revival Begins with Billy Graham’s Death

Famous evangelist Billy Graham is 93 years old and in poor health, so his death at any moment would hardly be a surprise. And it looks like faith-healing fraud Benny Hinn is positioning himself to take over that mantle, telling followers that God has shown him that Graham’s death will mark the beginning of a …

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Jul 30 2012

Fake Ex-Terrorist Spews Crazy on Abedin

With Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, in the crosshairs of the loony right, fake “ex-terrorist” Walid Shoebat is turning the crazy up to 11 by showing how one false premise can lead to two ridiculous conclusions.

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Jul 29 2012

Aurora Shooting Victim: We’re Not Blessed

Here’s a welcome break from the flood of “thank God I wasn’t hurt” drivel coming from those who survived the shootings at the Batman screening in Aurora, Colorado. One of the survivors says bluntly that they weren’t blessed to survive, they got away because they reacted quickly, got lucky and some skilled and dedicated people …

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Jul 29 2012

The Christian Right Colonizes Africa Again

Political Research Associates has a new report out about American Christian right organizations dramatically ramping up their missionary and political efforts in Africa, where those efforts are often intertwined with anti-gay and anti-witchcraft crusades that have left thousands of people dead and many more oppressed.

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Jul 29 2012

Texas BOE Does Something Right!

Holy cow. The Texas State Board of Education, which very rarely does anything that could be called even remotely rational, has actually voted — unanimously, even — for scientifically accurate textbooks, rejecting creationist books in the process. The NCSE reports:

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Jul 29 2012

The Return of Mabus/Markuze?

Martin Wagner notes that Dennis Markuze (aka David Mabus) may have violated the terms of the probation he received after pleading guilty to making threats over the internet to many atheists, including me. That probation required him to no longer comment on blogs or any social networking site, for at least 18 months.

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Jul 29 2012

Mikey Gets the Attention of a Messianic Jew

I love seeing some of the crazy emails sent to Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. His latest bit of stupid comes from a guy who calls himself Mevashir. He is a Messianic Jew, better known as a Christian. In his first email, he wondered why Mikey was appearing at an atheist event:

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Jul 28 2012

Sign the Alexander Aan Petition

The Center for Inquiry has put together a petition demanding that the White House use its diplomatic leverage to pressure the Indonesian government to release Alexander Aan, who has been convicted and sentenced under that nation’s barbaric and unjust laws. Here’s the text of that petition:

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Jul 28 2012

Chick-Fil-A’s New Homophobia Sandwich

When all this controversy broke out over Chick-Fil-A’s support for anti-gay bigotry, I was a bit baffled; I’d never even seen such a restaurant, much less eaten at one. I didn’t even know they existed. The Onion has now written an amusing satire on their introduction of a new homophobic sandwich:

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Jul 28 2012

Chaplain’s Assistant Gives Awesome Speech

This is a very cool video of a soldier giving a brief speech upon reenlisting as a chaplain’s assistant in the military. He comes out strongly against bigotry and injustice in all forms.

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Jul 28 2012

Greenwald Moves to the Guardian

Glenn Greenwald is leaving Salon for the Guardian, where he will write a weekly column along with the daily blog posts he has done for years. He says a grateful and gracious goodbye to his home for the last five years:

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Jul 28 2012

Bear in the City

Like movie director Kevin Smith, I have been told by several of my gay friends that if I ever decided to “switch teams” my dance card would be full because I am, evidently, a “bear,” which is apparently in demand among a certain subset of the gay male community. Now there’s actually a romantic comedy …

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