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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 30 2012

Scalzi Writes a Letter to Anti-Choice Politicians

The brilliant John Scalzi writes an open letter to Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Paul Ryan and every other conservative politician who wants to force women to bear the child of the man who rapes them. The letter comes from the perspective of the rapist, so consider this a strong trigger warning. Here’s the start:

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Oct 30 2012

Florida Keeps World Safe From Poker Players

Here’s yet another story about a police raid on a poker game, but it’s even worse than most such stories. This game didn’t even have a buy-in. It was a free tournament at a restaurant, where the winners get prizes and the restaurant gets the extra business. Clearly a threat to public safety, so they …

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Oct 30 2012

Americans Oppose Religious Restrictions on Contraception

Catholics for Choice and the ACLU commissioned a new poll that shows that large majorities of Americans — and Catholics specifically — oppose policies that allow religious businesses, organizations and individuals to deny contraception coverage to their employees or customers. The key findings:

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Oct 30 2012

Why Political Lies Work

Douglas LaBier writes in Psychology Today to explain why voters are so susceptible to political lies. The answer seems rather obvious to me: Because people tend to think tribally and generally don’t think critically, preferring cognitive shortcuts because they take less effort.

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Oct 30 2012

Appeals Court Rules Against Geller, Spencer

There’s been an ongoing court case here in Michigan involving an ad that Pam Geller and Robert Spencer wanted to place on buses in the Detroit area. The public bus system, called SMART, rejected the ad because they said it violates their policy regarding political and controversial content. Geller and Spencer’s group, the American Freedom …

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Oct 30 2012

Farah’s Old Time End Times Religion

Joseph Farah is joining the litany of Christians proclaiming that the end is hear in this column, which is based on the “prophecies” of a 13th century rabbi named Judah Ben Samuel who was alleged to have “performed many miracles.” And he’s got his golly gee amplifier turned up to 11:

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Oct 30 2012

Hurricane Sandy: What’s God Telling Us This Time?

Hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters are tragedies, of course, but there is one aspect of them that I find highly enjoyable: Keeping track of all the reasons why the wingnuts think God is punishing us by sending those terrible events our way. So let’s make a list:

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Oct 30 2012

More Bizarre Bible-Constitution Parallels

David Barton has made a habit of making the most absurd and strained connections between Bible verses and the Constitution, but he’s not alone. In his Founder’s Bible, he includes an article by Paul Jehle, Executive Director of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, who says that the famous phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” …

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Oct 30 2012

Jeffress: God Will Punish Us No Matter What

Right Wing Watch catches Robert Jeffress from the Southern Baptist Convention contradicting himself on Mormonism and the election. During the Republican primary he repeatedly called Mormonism a cult and said that if we elected Romney president it would invite God’s judgement on the country:

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Oct 30 2012

Other Rush Wants Journalists Tried for Treason

Erik Rush, the absolutely deranged Worldnutdaily columnist, has actually managed to turn up the level of authoritarianism in right wing rhetoric with his latest column, in which he proposes that Candy Crowley and other journalists be tried for treason. Yes, he actually says this.

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Oct 29 2012

Mormonism Erases the Past

Andrew Sullivan offers this quote from Bruce McConkie, one of the members of the Mormon church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the time that the church suddenly decided, after a century of teaching white supremacy, that blacks were no longer cursed and could now become priests. He said this shortly after that change of …

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Oct 29 2012

Corsi’s Latest Lunacy

Jerome Corsi has already proven, to the satisfaction of untold numbers of thinking-impaired people, that President Obama is a commie Muslim who was was in a same-sex marriage in college. But now he’s got his biggest “discovery” yet — Obama had plastic surgery to hide his “real” identity. And he has the pictures to, uh, …

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Oct 29 2012

CIA Whistleblower Pleads Guilty

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou has pleaded guilty to charges that he turned over material to a reporter about that agency’s program of torture under the Bush administration. This was done as part of a plea deal that will reduce his sentence down to two and a half years:

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Oct 29 2012

1.4 Million Voting for Jesus

I’ve written before about Bill Keller, who bills himself as the world’s top internet evangelist, campaigning to get people to write in the name of Jesus on the presidential ballot instead of voting for Obama or Romney. Last I checked in, about 250,000 people had pledged to do so. Now his website claims that almost …

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Oct 29 2012

Freshwater’s Absurd Defense

Former Ohio science teacher John Freshwater’s case for wrongful termination is currently being considered by the Ohio Supreme Court and his attorneys have filed their briefs in the case. Richard Hoppe looks at the most recent brief, which makes some really bad argument. First, as Hoppe noted a few weeks ago, the arguments they’re making …

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