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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 31 2013

Romney and Our Conveniently Faulty Memory

Perhaps the single most important events of the 2012 election was the public release of a video showing Mitt Romney telling a group of wealthy donors that 47% of the country are lazy and dependent on the government and therefore would never vote for him because he can’t convince them to be responsible for their …

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Jul 31 2013

Kentucky is the New Kansas

Or the new Texas, I suppose. Kentucky is currently writing new science standards for public schools and, predictably, the wingnuts are out in force to attack the teaching of evolution and push for the inclusion of creationism. They’re trotting out all the usual hysteria:

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Jul 31 2013

Suit Claims Driver’s License is Mark of the Beast

A woman in Oklahoma is suing the state, claiming that it’s a violation of her religious freedom to require her to get a driver’s license because — wait for it — the license is the Mark of the Beast mentioned in that terrible acid trip recorded by someone named John in the book of Revelation.

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Jul 31 2013

TheoCons Applaud Russia Anti-Gay Law

I’ve already noted that deranged bigot Scott Lively is a big fan of Russia’s new brutally oppressive anti-gay laws, but it turns out a bunch of other theocratic conservatives in this country are in favor of the bill too. The Associated Press reports:

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Jul 31 2013

Wingnut: Muslims, Mexicans Killed Detriot

I’d never heard of Frosty Woolridge before finding a link to this column on a wingnut website. He’s an anti-immigration activist who has been everything from a dance teacher to a “lifestyle coach.” Whatever the hell that is. He used to live in Detroit but he says stupid things like this:

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Jul 31 2013

King: Criticism of Me Shows America Will Not Survive

Rep. Steve King continues to deny that he said anything wrong in claiming that the overwhelming majority of Mexican immigrants are drug mules, appearing on Bryan Fischer’s radio show to claim that criticism of him proves that America “will not be able to sustain itself in the long run.” Narcissism, much?

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Jul 31 2013

West: ‘Marxist’ Obamacare Leads to Muslim Takeover

Diana West is one of those Worldnutdaily columnists who loves to play Wingnut Madlibs, tossing together as many totally unrelated but scary buzzwords and catchphrases together as she can. Columns like this one are the result, weaving together Marxism, health care reform, the Muslim Brotherhood and Anthony Weiner.

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Jul 31 2013

Cruz: On His Knees to Stop Gay Marriage

Sen. Ted Cruz made quite an impression on that big group of evangelical Christian pastors he met with in Iowa recently on the first stop of his “I’m not running for president, wink wink” tour. He encouraged those pastors to mobilize their congregations to get on their knees to prevent gay marriage from becoming a …

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Jul 31 2013

The Failure of Stop and Frisk

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal defending the city’s Stop and Frisk program, but as Ta-Nehisi Coates points out, the math he uses is dubious at best. He tries to claim that the reductions in violent crime in New York are largely the result of that program.

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Jul 31 2013

Dumbass Quotes of the Day

As previously noted, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to this year’s defense appropriations bill that bans the military from appointing humanist chaplains. Howard Friedman has some quotes from the debate on that amendment and some of the Republicans in favor of it were positively reveling in their dumbassery. Like Jim Bridenstine of …

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Jul 31 2013

Barber’s Nonsense on Church/State Separation

The latest column from Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel accuses “lying secularists” of distorting the truth about separation of church and state. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that he’s pretty much completely wrong on all of his claims and arguments.

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Jul 31 2013

Nope, Drug Testing Doesn’t Save Money

The New York Times has some final numbers from the brief time the state of Florida was requiring drug testing for everyone on food stamps. The result: Much lower rates of drug usage (almost entirely marijuana) than the general population and no money saved for the state.

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Jul 30 2013

Reason #Infinity Why Feminism Still Matters

A group of female former executives from Merrill Lynch are suing the company for a variety of forms of gender discrimination, one of which is that they were apparently all given copies of a book called Seducing the Boy’s Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top by a female ad exec named Nine …

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Jul 30 2013

Bishop Tutu’s Homophobic God

I had the remarkably good fortune to get to meet Bishop Desmond Tutu a few years ago and be part of a small group of people to sit and talk with him for a few hours. Tutu recently stirred up some controversy by declaring that he would never worship a homophobic God and would rather …

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Jul 30 2013

King’s Mendacious Defense

Rep. Steve King is rightly being blasted from all sides for his repulsive comments about there being 100 Mexican immigrant drug mules “with calves the size of cantaloupes” for every smart student among the Dreamers and he is doubling down on his racism. Appearing on the Laura Ingraham show he refused to back down:

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