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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 27 2013

Alan Keyes’ Theocratic Vision

Alan Keyes has always had a bizarre conception of the concept of natural rights, an idea espoused strongly but enforced incompletely and hypocritically by the founding fathers. He seizes on Jefferson’s reference to “Nature’s God” to claim that rights are limited by whatever the Biblical God allegedly says. He repeats this in his latest Worldnutdaily …

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Feb 27 2013

Cruz and the New McCarthyism

Newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — where else? — is already developing quite a reputation as one of the most reactionary men ever to serve in that body, garnering comparisons to Sen. Joe McCarthy. And for good reason, as Jane Mayer notes at the New Yorker. Cruz claims that there were a dozen …

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Feb 27 2013

Shooting the Moon on Prop 8

Lyle Denniston has an analysis of the briefs filed in the Prop 8 case before the Supreme Court, particularly the brief filed by Ted Olson and David Boies, the unlikely legal tandem challenging the law. He notes that their brief takes a very aggressive pro-equality stance:

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Feb 27 2013

The Worldnutdaily Fear and Paranoia Machine

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In 1964, Richard Hofstadter wrote the famous essay The Paranoid Style in American Politics, noting that the right is always marketing paranoia, preying on our fears to make us clamor for more authoritarian policies. A quick look at the Worldnutdaily front page shows that, 60 years later, they’re still doing the same thing.

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Feb 27 2013

Lively: Censor and Discriminate Against Gays

The maniacally deranged Scott Lively is just thrilled about legislation being considered in Russia that would forbid the advocacy of gay rights. And he says he has the solution to the whole problem, which is to actively discriminate against gay people as the Bible demands.

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Feb 27 2013

Private vs Public in Indiana

My friend Sheila Kennedy, a longtime Dispatches reader and a law professor who has done some important work on church/state matters, has a blog post about the guy who submitted the bill to require transvaginal ultrasounds in her home state of Indiana:

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Feb 27 2013

Bangladeshi Rioters Demand Fascism

Thousands of rioters took to the streets of the capitol of Bangladesh on Friday, demanding death for atheist bloggers who dare to write things that they find insulting toward Islam. The resulting clash with police resulted in a great deal of violence and mayhem.

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Feb 27 2013

Obama Administration Files Brief in DOMA Case

The DOJ has filed a brief in United States v Windsor, the case challenging the constitutionality of section three of the Defense of Marriage Act. The brief argues that section three of DOMA, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal, violates the Equal Protection Clause of …

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Feb 27 2013

Creech’s Staggeringly Stupid Take on Church and State

You know, people of all political and religious persuasions hold dumb opinions and say dumb things. But if you come across something so egregiously moronic that it causes your jaw to slump into your lap at the fact that the person writing it manages to tie their shoes in the morning, there’s a good chance …

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Feb 26 2013

National Review Writer: Repeal Women’s Suffrage

Joining Vox Day and Jesse Lee Patterson, Michael Walsh at the National Review Online thinks we should take the right to vote away from women. Mario Loyola wrote a column calling that referred to alcohol prohibition, but mistakenly said that was the 19th amendment (it was the 18th, repealed by the 21st). But Walsh says …

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Feb 26 2013

Wingnuts: Obama Building Black Army

The far right has always been strongly correlated with racism and sometimes that spills over into the public statements of wingnuts, especially when they’re talking to each other. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (a group that thinks the NRA is a bunch of weak-kneed liberals) went on a radio show with Greg Howard …

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Feb 26 2013

Dumbass Quote of the Day

An Indiana Senate committee last week passed a bill that would require trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions — not one, but two of them. Indiana Right to Life legislative director Sue Swayze sees no problem with this. After all, those women got pregnant through their vaginas so what could be wrong about putting something …

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Feb 26 2013

Bradlee Dean: Civics Educator

Reading the latest Bradlee Dean column at the Worldnutdaily made me laugh out loud when I came across this line: After performing constitutional lyceums in 341 high schools across America, I have seen firsthand the indoctrination being imposed on the future generations of this great country – which, for the most part, they are rejecting. …

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Feb 26 2013

Rush Limbaugh Hates America!

Rush Limbaugh, showing all of the moral myopia that afflicts not just the right wing but most Americans, says that the sequestration deal has, for the first time, made him ashamed of his country. Because of all the things our government has done, budget negotiations are the one thing that can cause him shame.

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Feb 26 2013

DOJ Gives Gift to Blackwater

Remember when Blackwater was charged with 15 counts of illegal weapons possession and trafficking, falsifying documents, lying to the government and bribing foreign officials? The Department of Justice just let them off with less than a slap on the wrist after two executives pleaded guilty to much lesser charges.

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