Judge Moore: Evolution Destroying the Constitution

Newly reelected Judge Roy Moore is back in his old seat as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, where he can declare that lesbian women should be put to death to his heart’s delight. He went on a wingnut radio show recently and declared that evolution is to blame for the alleged destruction of the Constitution:
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Merry Christmas

A friend asked me a couple days ago if I had any profound thoughts about life and death during the last week as I faced open heart surgery. I said that while I’d like to say that I had discovered Christopher Hitchens-style insights during my travails, the answer is no. I was certainly terrified but I was too busy actually being terrified to think much about it.
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Saying Goodbye to Robert Bork

While I was in the hospital, Robert Bork died. Perfect timing. I have made no secret of my dislike of Bork. I consider the nation to have dodged a huge bullet when he was kept off the Supreme Court in 1987. He would have been Clarence Thomas to the third power, the most dangerous and malevolent justice in the history of the court that I admire so much.
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The Media Hack List is Out

I like Alex Pareene’s annual list of media hacks. I like it because it’s as objective as such analyses can be, going after hacks on the right and the left, and because it also rightly goes after those middle-of-the-road, play-it-straight beltway analysts who can be relied on to say next to nothing and pretend it’s profound. This year’s list can be found here. I like the entry on MSNBC:
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Aww. The Breitbart Kids are Fighting

This could make a good segment on wingnut on wingnut crime. Right wing loon Dana Loesch — truly one of the most vile voices on the right, rivaling Ann Coulter — is suing Breitbart.com, demanding that she be released from her contract and given $75,000 for not publishing her stuff and not allowing her to publish it elsewhere either.
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College Admin Loses First Amendment Appeal

You may remember the case of Crystal Dixon, a human resources administrator at the University of Toledo who was fired for writing an anti-gay op-ed column for a local newspaper. She filed a First Amendment lawsuit, lost at the district court level and now the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld that ruling. You can read the full ruling here.
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If I Had a Million Dollars…

After my open heart surgery on Tuesday, my brother had a brilliant idea. He said, “This is your big break. All you have to do is claim to have seen a bright light or talked to Jesus in a near death experience, write a book and you’d be a big star immediately and make a million bucks.” He’s probably right. But there’s this nagging little honesty thing that keeps me from doing that. Fun idea though, to do that and then reveal it as a hoax afterward.

How Can You Help?

I’ve had many people ask how they can help in my recovery from open heart surgery. First, you’ve already helped just by caring about me and being part of this community. So thanks for that. About 20 years ago, my stepdad had a quadruple bypass and my mother sat in the waiting room with the wife of another patient having the same surgery. The other couple had no insurance, while my parents had excellent insurance. With nearly a million dollars in costs associated with the heart problem, they paid less than $10,000 out of pocket. She wondered what on earth the other couple would do to pay such a huge bill.
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