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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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 had to send in heavily armed cops to break it up and arrest people.
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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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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 Defense Initiative (AFDI), filed a federal lawsuit and the district court issued a preliminary injunction in the group’s favor. But now the appeals court has overturned that injunction. You can read the full ruling here.
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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” came from the Bible too. And you’re gonna love his argument:
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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, “prove” it.
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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 1.5 million people have joined the crusade. That’s more than 1% of all the people who will vote on Nov. 6.

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 are entirely different than the ones they used in their request for the court to hear the appeal.
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