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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 30 2012

Happy Blasphemy Day!

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For the first time in 3 years, I’m not speaking anywhere for International Blasphemy Rights Day. I’m going to spend the day helping put together the 4th quarter newsletter for CFI Michigan (yeah, I know — I live an exciting life). If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate blasphemy day, may I suggest …

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Sep 30 2012

RNC May Fund Akin Campaign After All

What a shock. As I predicted a few weeks ago, the Republican party money is starting to flow back into Missouri to help the Senate candidacy of Rep. Todd Akin. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, after swearing they would not support his campaign, now says they might do so:

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Sep 30 2012

Newt’s Latest WTF Statement

We’re certainly accustomed to hearing Newt Gingrich deliver baffling and bizarre pronouncements, but this one seems particularly odd to me. I have no idea what the hell he’s trying to say here.

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Sep 30 2012

Dick Morris: Romney is Winning!

Given that Dick Morris is almost always wrong in his predictions, it’s probably good news for Democrats that he is now jumping on the “the polls are lying, Romney is really winning” bandwagon. And he’s using an old argument that simply isn’t true:

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Sep 30 2012

Republicans Still Searching for Real Voter Fraud

As we’ve documented many times, the Republican party is constantly claiming that voter fraud is rampant in America. And from time to time, a specific Republican official will come up with a scary sounding number, a list of thousands, or tens of thousands, of names that may have committed voter fraud. And then that number …

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Sep 30 2012

Arab League Leader Demands Criminalization of Blasphemy

I’ve heard people in the past wonder about the wisdom of celebration International Blasphemy Rights Day, which is today. The last couple weeks have, with spectacular timing, underscored the importance of standing against religious authoritarianism and in favor of free speech. Now the head of the Arab League has called for global criminalization of any …

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Sep 29 2012

Thiessen Spreads Another Anti-Obama Lie

Marc Thiessen, the former Bush speechwriter and torture apologist who was inexplicably given a spot as a columnist for the Washington Post, is behind the currently popular lie that President Obama has “skipped more than half of his daily intelligence briefings.” Glenn Kessler, writing at the same paper, shows why this is nonsense:

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Sep 29 2012

Blasphemy Laws On the Way in Russia?

In the wake of the Pussy Riot scandal, some Russian lawmakers are pushing for even broader laws to prevent people from offending the delicate sensibilities of religious believers (meaning, in this case, Russian Orthodox Christian believers only, I suspect).

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Sep 29 2012

Hagee Joins the ‘End of America’ Brigade

John Hagee has, predictably, joined the chorus of wingnut voices telling their followers that if President Obama is reelected, America will be destroyed — and probably bring about plagues of locusts and frogs, dogs and cats living together and who knows what else.

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Sep 29 2012

Boykin Measures the Religion in Islam

Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin continues to spew some of the most outlandish rhetoric in the country. He’s long claimed that Muslims should not be covered by the First Amendment, repeating the tired and absurd line that Islam isn’t a religion but is a political ideology, but now he’s actually put a number to it:

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Sep 29 2012

Bizarre Wingnut Quote of the Day

From the utterly whacked Rep. Allen West, informing us of what he would have said in Obama’s place if he’d spoken at the UN: My statement to the United Nations would have been, “The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in …

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Sep 28 2012

Farah Blames Suicide on Evolution

Joseph Farah has yet another column full of contrived statistics and illogical explanations for those numbers. He begins by noting that “the American Journal of Public Health reported than more Americans now commit suicide than die in automobile accidents.”

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Sep 28 2012

Wingnut: Freedom Comes From Garden of Eden

Wow. This might actually be too stupid even for David Barton. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, did a radio show with right-wing pastor Tony Evans and they claimed that the founders based America on the Bible — and that the very idea of freedom came from the Garden of Eden.

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Sep 28 2012

Romney: Ban Teachers Unions From Giving Money to Campaigns

Mitt Romney, who is on record saying that people and corporations should be allowed to contribute any amount they want to a campaign, doesn’t seem to think that should apply to teachers unions. Because that would be a conflict of interest.

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Sep 28 2012

Government Removes Buddhist Display from National Park

A federal agency has removed a Buddhist display from the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, citing establishment clause concerns at the display of religious icons on public land. A New Mexico public radio station reports:

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