Idaho Sheriff Isn’t Too Bright

I’m sure this will come as a huge shock to you, but it’s pretty easy to get elected as a county sheriff while being a complete moron. Case in point, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger of Kootenai County, Idaho, who says he’s dropping his agency’s sponsorship of a Boy Scout troop because the group is now “promoting” sodomy, which he mistakenly thinks is illegal.
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SCOTUS Gets One Right on Due Process

The Supreme Court got one right on a criminal justice and due process issue, which is always cause for celebration. And it’s a case from Michigan, McQuiggin v. Perkins, which involves a murder conviction for someone who may well be innocent. Floyd Perkins says he is innocent and he has affidavits from several of the witnesses in his original trial that attest to that. You can read the full ruling here.
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Beck Wonders Why He’s Called a Conspiracy Theorist

On a show last week, Glenn Beck went on quite a tirade about the media making a “concentrated effort” to label him a conspiracy theorist. And it’s apparently all Cass Sunstein’s fault. Cass Sunstein? The Harvard law professor? Yep. Hey Glenn, maybe people call you a conspiracy theorist because that’s what you are and it’s what you do.
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Republican Elders Speaking Out

As the Republican party struggles to handle the well-documented demographic and ideological problems that are making their electoral lives difficult, several elder statesmen (and women) of the GOP are starting to speak out. I’m sure you saw Bob Dole’s comments last week about how neither he nor Ronald Reagan would be welcome in today’s party.
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Another Terrible School Assembly

More and more schools seem to be bringing in speakers to do assemblies who are controversial, to say the least, especially Christian right types that give the full wingnut presentation on abstinence, abortion and sexual freedom. The latest is a school in Nashville, which brought in speakers from a religious right group called Decisions, Choices and Options to do a mandatory assembly full of inaccuracies and cheap scare tactics.
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OMG! Obama Didn’t Salute a Marine!

From the same unhinged hysterics who brought you “Obama is a Muslim atheist terrorist traitor for having a Marine hold an umbrella for him” (but not all the Republican presidents who did the same thing, of course), gaze in wonder as the wingnuts throw a hissy fit over the president not saluting a Marine when he boarded Marine One last week. Breitbart clutches its collective pearls. Michelle Malkin gets her daily case of the vapors. Unfortunately, virtually every mainstream news agency followed suit as if this were actually news. It’s not. Reuters handled this years ago:
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Jackson’s Latest Explanation

Bishop E.W. Jackson, preacher turned candidate for the lt. governor’s officer in Virginia, is still trying to find a way to make his long record of batshit crazy statements go away so they don’t hurt his and Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign to win the state house. After saying initially that he had nothing to apologize for, he now says:
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Will State Marriage Equality Laws Affect SCOTUS?

AP has a story speculating on whether the rapid advance of pro-marriage equality cases in several states over the last few months will influence the result of either the Prop 8 case or the DOMA case that the Supreme Court are considering right now, with a ruling expected in about a month.
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