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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 29 2013

Scalia and Sociological Evidence

During the oral argument on the Prop 8 case, Justice Scalia trotted out the tired old “gosh, this same-sex marriage stuff is so new that we have no idea what effect it will have” argument and he claimed that this was a matter of some controversy among sociologists.

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Mar 29 2013

Farah on Justice Kennedy

As the Supreme Court takes up the two marriage equality cases this week, Joseph Farah has a column about Justice Anthony Kennedy that picks up on the same lines the justice delivered in Sacramento a couple weeks ago that I wrote about when it happened, about the idea of legislating from the bench. He asks …

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Mar 29 2013

Pilon on Marriage Equality and Abortion

Roger Pilon, the vice president of legal affairs for the Cato Institute, has a column at the Huffington Post responding to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal urging the Supreme Court to reject marriage equality. The WSJ argued that if the Supreme Court mandates marriage equality, it would have the same discordant result as …

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Mar 29 2013

TN Legislators Stop Men’s Room Sharia

This is rather amusing. The Tennessee state capitol building recently underwent a major renovation and one of the minor changes made was to replace a deep sink with a floor sink so it was easier to change mop water. But a couple of suspicious wingnuts thought it might be there for Muslims to wash their …

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Mar 29 2013

Let Gay People Marry and God Will Beat Us Up

That’s the message from Richard Land and Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Convention. If the Supreme Court rules the wrong way, their imaginary friend is going to come right down here and kick the living shit out of us for it. You know, like he has — oh wait, he hasn’t — to every …

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Mar 29 2013

Stay Classy, South Carolina GOP

If there’s one thing every right winger wants you to know, it’s that they support the troops. Love the troops. Get weepy-eyed at the mere thought of those heroes in uniform. Unless one of them becomes anti-war. Then former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Todd Kincannon hopes that “the enemy splatters his brains JFK-style.” All …

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Mar 29 2013

Bauer: GOP Will Die If It’s Not Just Like Me

With the Republican National Committee apparently urging more moderation on social issues like gay rights and reproductive rights, the wingnuts are furiously pushing for the GOP to instead become even more like them — never mind that younger voters find what they believe in horrifying. Gary Bauer tells Mike Huckabee that the party will die …

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Mar 29 2013

‘Sovereign Citizen’ Convicted of Tax Fraud

James Timothy Turner, one of those infamous “sovereign citizens” who thinks he doesn’t have to follow the law because the government is some grand Illimunati conspiracy or something, has been convicted by a federal jury of a whole bunch of charges:

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Mar 28 2013

Join the Foundation Beyond Belief

As you probably know, I am the media relations coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief. We’re holding a membership drive through April 7 and I strongly encourage everyone to join FBB. Your help will help fund and bring attention to an organization that puts humanist principles into practice all over the world. So join now!

Mar 28 2013

Another Study Shows Tax Cuts =/= Jobs

Here’s another study that shows that one of the central ideological arguments of conservatives and Republicans, that tax cuts are the key to spurring job growth, is false. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities tracked the effects of state tax cuts in the 90s and found that the states that cut taxes had less …

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Mar 28 2013

Scalia and Olson on Loving v Virginia

During the oral argument in the Prop 8 case on Tuesday, Justice Scalia trotted out the old conservative premise that no right exists if it wasn’t recognized long before now. This is one of the questions he asked and Ted Olson’s excellent reply to it:

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Mar 28 2013

Bachmann the Target of Ethics Investigation

With former staffers for her presidential campaign making very public allegations of misconduct stemming from last year’s presidential run, Michele Bachmann now finds herself the target of an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (there’s an ironic name). The Daily Beast reports:

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Mar 28 2013

More Catholic Hypocrisy on Excommunication

A virtually unknown filmmaker has written a letter to Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York asking him to excommunicate Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of his support of reproductive rights. Unsurprisingly, the Worldnutdaily is promoting that nonsense:

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Mar 28 2013

DOMA Likely Gone, But on Narrow Grounds

Lyle Denniston’s recap of the oral argument in Windsor v United States reaches much the same conclusion that most other observers have reached, that there appears to be five votes for overturning Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, but likely not on broad equal protection grounds. Justice Kennedy, again the key swing vote, …

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Mar 28 2013

Wingnuts Lose Suit Over MN History Standards

Texas and Kansas are apparently not the only states where the right wing wants to change the history standards. In Minnesota, they actually filed a lawsuit over the history curriculum for public schools and a state judge just ruled against them in that suit.

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