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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 28 2012

Voter Registration Fraud in Action

Here’s a Youtube clip of a woman in El Paso County, Colorado who is registering voters — but only ones who are going to vote for Romney. I’d really like to know who she was actually working for. If it was the county, as she claimed, some elected official is in a world of trouble. …

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Sep 28 2012

Money Flowing Back to Akin Campaign?

As I predicted from the start, it looks like some of that PAC money that had initially been pulled away from Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign for the Senate may be flowing back in now that he’s refused, once and for all, to withdraw. ABC News reports:

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Sep 28 2012

Those Unskewed Republican Polls

Alex Pareene of Salon.com links to this website, which changes the demographic weighting of public opinion polls to conclude that Mitt Romney is actually a huge favorite to win the election in November. Unskewedpolls.com is all the rage on the right these days. They take a whole bunch of polls, change the makeup of the …

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Sep 28 2012

Wash. Post Reports on Popular New Form of Woo

Are you tired of traditional medicine and its artificial restrictions on “natural healing”? Do you have a chronic pain or illness that needs to be fixed? Maybe you should have someone scrape your back with a kitchen spoon. But be sure to give it an Asian name so you can convince yourself that it’s vaguely …

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Sep 28 2012

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Today’s dumbass quote of the day comes from W.F. Price, writing at something called The Spearhead about what he calls the “inherent conflict between atheism and feminism.” In explaining why there are more more male atheists in our communities than female ones, he proposes that it’s because women are just so damn irrational:

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Sep 28 2012

Philosopher Pulls a Sokal on Theology Conferences

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the now-infamous Sokal hoax, in which physicist Alan Sokal submitted an article to a postmodernist journal that was, quite literally, gibberish — they accepted it for publication, of course. Now a Belgian philosopher has pulled a similar hoax on two theology conferences.

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Sep 28 2012

No Blasphemy in Greece Either, Evidently

A lot of the original sources for this are written in Greek, which I can’t read, but it appears that a man has been arrested in Greece for blaspheming a famous Greek Orthodox monk. You can translate this page into English and this is what it says:

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Sep 27 2012

ZOMG! Obama is Desecrating the Flag!

obama flag logo

The wingnuts have fired up the faux outrage machine again, this time over a logo being sold by the Obama campaign on posters and t-shirts that uses the patterns of the American flag. Here’s that logo:

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Sep 27 2012

An Old Exchange With Ellis Washington

Michael Heath reminded me of an exchange of emails I had with Ellis Washington, a columnist for the Worldnutdaily who falsely pretends to have been the editor of the Michigan Law Review (truth: he was a fact and footnote checker when he was an undergrad; he did not attend U of M law school) back …

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Sep 27 2012

Kristol Thinks GOP Could Lose the House

With the Romney campaign resembling a circus and Obama’s reelection prospects surging, some poll analysts and pundits are saying that something that was unthinkable a few months ago — the Democrats retaking control of the House — is now within the realm of possibility. Even Bill Kristol is saying so now:

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Sep 27 2012

The Real Reason for Romney’s Reluctance to Release Returns?

Holy alliteration, Batman! Paul Abrams, writing at the Huffington Post, continues to argue that the real reason why Mitt Romney has refused to release most of his tax returns is because he took advantage of an amnesty provision to close a Swiss bank account that was being used to avoid taxes that he legally owed.

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Sep 27 2012

The Utterly Deluded William Murray

In doing some research for my book, I found out that Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s two sons were beaten up several times when she was challenging the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in their school. One of those sons was William Murray, who is now a Christian fundamentalist. And the man is either utterly irrational or …

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Sep 27 2012

Knight: Obama Reelection Could Destroy America

The absurd rhetoric from the religious right about Obama continues, as Robert Knight, formerly one of the men who ran the group Concerned Women for America and now a “senior fellow” at the American Civil Rights Union (one of the numerous wingnut legal groups that thinks it’s incredibly clever to name themselves in a similar …

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Sep 27 2012

Continetti Shows Standard Conservative Aversion to Facts

The freefall that the Romney campaign is experiencing is plain for all to see. Well, almost everyone. Matthew Continetti demonstrates the typical right-wing immunity and aversion to reality, blaming it all on that darned liberal media for bringing up those stubborn facts that disturb his almost touching self-delusion.

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Sep 27 2012

Plantinga and the Futility of Faith

I wrote the other day about Thomas Nagel’s review of Alvin Plantinga’s new book and the ignorance of evolution it betrayed. Sean Carroll also reviewed Nagel’s review, but he looks more at Plantinga’s ideas about faith and how untenable they are. Nagel wrote in his review:

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