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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 28 2013

Possible Outcomes in the Marriage Equality Cases

The New York Times has a very helpful chart that shows all of the possible outcomes of the two marriage equality cases being heard by the Supreme Court this week, one involving Prop 8 in California and the other involving the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Mar 28 2013

The Republican Reason Caucus

A new group has formed, the Republican Reason Caucus, which says its goal is to “Influence public policy in a way that respects sound science, the separation of church and state, and constitutionally limited government that upholds the liberties and equal treatment by the law of all individuals.” Sounds good so far. And I like …

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Mar 28 2013

Poll: Majority in Ohio Want to Repeal Marriage Equality Ban

A new poll commissioned by the Columbus Dispatch finds that, less than ten years after Ohio voters passed a referendum amending the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, a majority now thinks that referendum should be repealed and marriage in that state should be equal.

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Mar 28 2013

Limbaugh: Health Care Reform Just Like Hitler!

Rush Limbaugh, apparently concerned that he may be losing the truly paranoid loonies to Glenn Beck, said recently on his radio show that health care reform was not about getting health insurance for the uninsured, it was all about recreating the Third Reich:

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Mar 28 2013

Gohmert and the Internet

This is a hilarious video of Rep. Louis Gohmert, quite possibly the dumbest man in Congress, questioning an attorney from Google about how the company uses keywords and context to feed ads to people as they browse the web. Gohmert has absolutely no idea how this works and seems to think that Google gives the …

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Mar 28 2013

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Tea Party vs Fox News

One of the amusing things about watching the far right is the endless schisms produced by zealotry. It’s a constant battle to prove who is and is not pure enough. The latest example is a Tea Party boycott of Fox News for its alleged left turn after the election. Because Sean Hannity is just not …

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Mar 27 2013

Alito’s Absurd Question on Marriage Equality

Justice Samuel Alito asked a question during oral argument in the Prop 8 case on Tuesday that expressed one of the most commonly heard arguments used against marriage equality: It’s just too risky, how do we know it isn’t going to be very bad for society?

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Mar 27 2013

The Gingrich-Santorum Ticket. Err, Santorum-Gingrich Ticket.

Joshua Green reports in Business Week that during last year’s presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum very nearly formed a “unity ticket” to defeat Mitt Romney, but there was one problem: they couldn’t agree on which one would be at the head of the ticket.

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Mar 27 2013

Beck, the Tower of Babel and the Man in the Moon

More details are emerging about what is either going be an epic train wreck or a crashing bore, Glenn Beck’s much-hyped 4th of July extravaganza in which he says he will tell the story of America from the perspective of the (non-existent, of course) man in the moon. It apparently has something to do with …

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Mar 27 2013

Oral Argument: DOMA in Trouble

The oral arguments in the DOMA case are over and the early reports are that it looks like Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is likely to be struck down. SCOTUSblog even tweeted that the court is “80% likely to strike down DOMA,” noting that Kennedy has federalist concerns and the four liberals …

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Mar 27 2013

Rand Paul on the War on Drugs

Like his father, Rand Paul can be maddening. Sometimes he sounds like a complete lunatic and other times he’s not only on the right side but is virtually alone in Congress in taking the right stand. That’s why ThinkProgress says that Democrats should be saying the things he’s saying about the disastrous war on drugs:

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Mar 27 2013

Ellis Washington and the 6th Amendment

Ellis Washington’s latest Worldnutdaily column is yet another inane and badly reasoned attack on liberal jurisprudence, this time focusing on the 6th Amendment, which details most of the protections for those accused of committing a crime. That amendment says:

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Mar 27 2013

NOM’s Marriage March a Bust

The National Organization for Marriage’s “historic” march against equality on Tuesday, timed to coincide with the oral arguments, was a big bust. Even their own estimate was that 15,000 people showed up and that’s almost certainly inflated. Which means they had fewer people there for that “historic” event than we have readers on this network …

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Mar 27 2013

Good News and Bad News at the UN

The United Nations Human Rights Council last week adopted a resolution calling for freedom of religion and an end to religious violence and oppression. That’s the good news. The bad news is that a deal was apparently struck to keep out language that specifically spoke about the rights of atheists.

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Mar 27 2013

WND’s ‘Forensic Profiler’ Strikes Again

Man, the Worldnutdaily is really flogging this “forensic profiler” who “worked on the disappearance of Natalie Holloway and the double-murder case against O.J. Simpson” — notice they don’t say that he actually helped catch the killer, because he didn’t. And his basic M.O. is to take anything Obama says he can’t do and say “A …

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