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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 30 2013

Obama Promise Disappears Down the Memory Hole

The dedicated folks at the Sunlight Foundation have discovered something very interesting. The Obama administration’s Change.gov website, which was set up during the 2008 transition and still available as of early last month, has now disappeared from the web. They suggest one possible reason why:

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Jul 30 2013

Judge Overturns $1 Million Seizure

Finally, a legal blow to our blatantly unconstitutional asset forfeiture laws. A federal judge has ordered the Nebraska State Police to return $1 million they seized from a couple on the grounds that it was drug-related, without ever charging, much less convicting them, of any crime.

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Jul 30 2013

No, a Parent Can’t Preach on School Steps

A public high school in Concord, New Hampshire is not going to allow a parent to pray and read the Bible aloud on the steps of the school when students are arriving, as they apparently did for months previously. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter about it, which finally prompted them to stop …

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Jul 30 2013

Skepticon Needs Help

Skepticon is my favorite conference to go to. I love the fact that it’s free, which means a lot more people can afford to go, especially younger people. And being around young atheists always energizes me. JT Eberhard and Lauren Lane are once again taking the lead in organizing the conference they created 6 years …

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Jul 30 2013

Zimbabwe President Wants to Behead Gay People

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe continued his long history of violent and barbaric anti-gay rhetoric during a rally for that country’s upcoming elections, saying that it is imperialism to condition aid on treating gay people like human beings because gays should be beheaded.

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Jul 30 2013

National Review, Newsmax Get In On Right Wing Racket

I’ve written many times recently about the many scams being distributed to the mailing lists of right wing news and blog sites. Conor Friedersdorf recently got an email from the National Review and Newsmax promising to tell seniors how to get government funding to send them on vacation.

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Jul 30 2013

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Shredding Evidence

This week in entirely unsurprising news: Halliburton destroyed evidence of their own culpability after the BP oil spill. They’ve now agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for it and to pay a whopping $200,000 fine, which I assume will merely come out of petty cash.

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Jul 30 2013

The Bipartisan Consensus On Surveillance

Glenn Greenwald reports on the behind-the-scene battle over an amendment that would have confined NSA data mining only to those who are actually under investigation rather than allowing them to collect massive amounts of data on all of us in the name of stopping terrorism. That amendment failed in the House, but the vote was …

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Jul 30 2013

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Beck vs Bachmann

Uh oh. It appears that Michele Bachmann has lost favor with Glenn Beck because she not only voted against an amendment that would have defunded the NSA, she argued that those concerned about NSA data mining and illegal spying are completely wrong.

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Jul 30 2013

Rush and Wiles Play Wingnut Poker

Erik Rush and Rick Wiles, two of the nuttiest of the wingnuts, went on the radio together and played a game of wingnut poker, challenging each other to ascend ever greater heights of lunacy — “I’ll see your batshit crazy claim and raise you an even more outlandish one.”

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Jul 29 2013

Barton and Lapin: So Stupid Together

Glenn Beck let David Barton and Rabbi Daniel Lapin take over his show and rant incoherently about same-sex marriage. Barton told another lie about Jefferson writing a law enforcing the Biblical definition of marriage, while Lapin said that people staying single leads to tyranny.

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Jul 29 2013

Steve King May Have Lost His Mind

Rep. Steve King is feeling the heat after making comments so racist that even his fellow Republicans are criticizing him. Saying that the vast majority of Mexican immigrants in this country are drug runners and that you can tell this just by looking at them, he took to the House floor to defend himself. And …

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Jul 29 2013

Liberty Counsel Supports Death Penalty for Gays

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Right Wing Watch catches Liberty Counsel, the Christian right legal group founded by Jerry Falwell and run by Mat Staver and Matt Barber, with their Facebook cover photo citing a Bible verse that demands that gay people be stoned to death. Here’s the picture:

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Jul 29 2013

Marine Policy Says Lack of Faith a Risk

You may remember a couple years ago when the Army was forced to change its policy after reporting on this network revealed the “spiritual fitness test” required of soldiers that denigrated non-religious personnel. Now the Marines have been caught doing something quite similar. Official policy in at least two documents identifies those without religious belief …

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Jul 29 2013

PA Clerks ‘ Brazenly Flaunt the Law’

Officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania have begun issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though such marriages are not legal in that state. In fact, they’ve already had their first gay wedding, though it will not be recognized unless a lawsuit against the state succeeds.

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