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 a lot of the things that they’re saying on their site at the moment. Josiah Schmidt, their president, writes:
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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 email addresses of people and that it would be discrimination not to give those addresses to the government.
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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 conservative enough for them.
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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 the Tower of Babel. Oh, and the Jewish wingnut Daniel Lapin repeats his nonsense about retirement being unbiblical:
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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 are in favor of overturning on equal rights basis.
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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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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 every single day. But those who did show up got some rare treats, like a gay Tea Party activist telling them that gay marriage will “undefine children.”
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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 ha, that’s what he secretly wants to do!” The latest example:
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