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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 27 2013

Solomon: Obama Wants to Be a Drag Queen

Stan Solomon, Alan Keyes’ favorite wingnut radio host, had Phyllis Schlafly on his show and launched into a bigoted, misogynist tirade claiming that President Obama is a “wussy guy who throws a ball like a girl,” is gay and wishes he could be a drag queen. Schlafly’s gay son could not be reached for comment.

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Jun 27 2013

Kennedy’s Ruling in the DOMA Case

I’m still reading Justice Kennedy’s opinion in the DOMA case and I’m going to put some of my thoughts down here as I go. It’s important to remember that Kennedy was also the author of the two most important gay rights decisions in the history of the court, Romer v Evans and Lawrence v Texas, …

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Jun 27 2013

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Even as someone who reports every day on the mind-numbingly idiotic things wingnuts say and even when the statement is about rape, a subject on which wingnuts are notoriously ignorant and tone deaf, this statement from Texas state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg about rape and abortion left my jaw agape:

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Jun 27 2013

Documenting the Reaction, Part 1

As a huge fan of schadenfreude, it’s just so much fun watching the reactions from the religious right to the Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality. This will probably end up being several posts, but here are the first ones I’ve found as I bathe in the tears of the righteous:

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Jun 27 2013

Beck Gets Recharged

Last week, Glenn Beck was all depressed and forlorn, saying that it was too late to save the country. But then he went to a Tea Party rally and guess who showed up? God! And now Beck says he’s back and fired up to save the country from the scourge of rationality.

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Jun 26 2013

David Gregory’s Appalling Question

As many of you have no doubt heard, David Gregory asked an incredibly appalling question of Glenn Greenwald on Meet the Press on Sunday. He asked him whether he should be charged criminally for “aiding and abetting” Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA data mining. Here’s the video:

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Jun 26 2013

A Soldier’s Suicide Note

Gawker publishes a letter written by Daniel Somers, a soldier who served in Iraq both as a machine gunner and as an interrogator, to his family before he killed himself only two weeks ago. It’s difficult to read without crying, though I don’t know why anyone would try to do so. What he says about …

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Jun 26 2013

Craig’s Bizarre Argument on Marriage Equality

William Lane Craig is both highly intelligent and a practiced and skilled debater. But he’s also blinded by his religious ideology, which causes him to make tortured and baffling arguments like this one on the subject of same-sex marriage. It starts out sounding like a pro-equality argument:

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Jun 26 2013

The Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling

The first of the four highly controversial Supreme Court rulings to be released this week (the other three being the Prop 8 case, the DOMA case and the Voting Rights Act case) was Fisher v University of Texas, which involved affirmative action in college admissions. Many liberals were afraid that the court would go all …

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Jun 26 2013

God Loves Nik Wallenda

I didn’t bother to watch the Discovery Channel’s show with Nik Wallenda walking across the Grand Canyon on a wire without a tether, which I have no interest in whatsoever. But I did hear very quickly that he spent most of the trip across asking God for help in doing so.

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Jun 26 2013

The Christian Right Responds to the Supreme Court Rulings

Here’s the shorter version of the Christian right’s response to this morning’s rulings:

Jun 26 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Director of National Intelligence

James Clapper is the Director of National Intelligence and he’s been telling anyone who would listen that the NSA’s data mining program is perfectly fine and not at all a threat to your privacy. And just to show you that he’s an expert on threats, here’s one of his greatest hits from October 2003:

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Jun 26 2013

Sensenbrenner on the Patriot Act

Rep. James Sensenbrenner has an op-ed in the Guardian about the recent revelations by that newspaper that the NSA is getting all the metadata on nearly every cell phone call in the country every day. There’s a lot of hypocritical partisan posturing in it, predictably, but the core seems undeniable to me:

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Jun 26 2013

Victory in Both Marriage Equality Cases

The rulings in the two marriage equality cases came down very much like I expected, though with an unpredictable lineup in one of them. In United States v Windsor, the DOMA case, the court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional and that the federal government must grant full recognition to all same-sex …

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Jun 26 2013

Daubenmire’s Preemptive Martyrdom

First class looney tune “Coach” Dave Daubenmire warns his viewers that they need to be prepared to go to jail because that is coming for Christians. Because if you can’t find a reason to claim persecution, you just have to project it into the future. And then it magically becomes real.

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