Scott Walker Talks to God

My former colleague Dave Weigel has a column at Slate about Scott Walker’s new book, Unintimidated, which he wrote with the staggeringly dishonest former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen. He discusses the incident when Ian Murphy pranked him by pretending to be David Koch, which caused him great embarrassment. But it was all for a purpose:
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DOJ Notifies Defendants of Warrantless Wiretap Evidence

This is a very interesting development that could lead somewhere important. The Department of Justice is now informing defendants if any evidence in their case was procured through a warrantless wiretap. Why is this important? Because it gives them standing to challenge illegal surveillance.
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DeLay: God Has Called Me to Lead

Former House Speaker Tom DeLay told a Tea Party meeting the other day that now that his conviction for corruption has been overturned, God has called him to lead a “constitutional revival” in the United States. I’m sure, though, that having God on his side is not enough; he’ll need lots of financial contributions too.
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Star Parker Thinks The Gay Has Turned Europeans Into Zombies

Joseph Farah and his mustache did an interview with Star Parker, self-professed former “welfare queen” turned wingnut activist, and she made some truly bizarre statements. She apparently thinks that giving gay people equality has caused people in Europe to stop talking to one another and become zombies.
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Oh Boy, an ‘Ex-Gay’ Anthem

The “ex-gay” movement now has a theme song, an anthem, that they’re talking up. It’s written and performed by Dennis Jernigan, who says he used to be gay but isn’t anymore. The song is horrible, five and a half minutes of melodramatic cliches about the need to “embrace your destiny” set to a tune that makes Celine Dion sound like Metallica.
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OMG! Obama Tried to Nuke South Carolina!

This is actually a couple weeks old, but I somehow missed it when it bubbled up from the fever swamps of the right wing fringe (if there is such a thing as a fringe on the right anymore). Several Tea Party and survivalist websites are claiming that Obama gave orders to the military to drop a nuclear bomb on Charleston, South Carolina and then fired the officers when they refused.
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Another Bizarre Glenn Beck Rant

When Glenn Beck gets going on one of his stream-of-consciousness rants, the results are simply bizarre. In this video, he says the country is going to be reborn. And it couldn’t happen before because “God didn’t have anyone to entrust the country to, until now.” And now he does because Beck is leading the way. Or something. It’s just weird.
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Bauer: Holidays Are For Political Discussions

Carol Bauer, wife of B-team Christian right activist Gary Bauer, sent a “prayer alert” to members of the Campaign for Working Families, one of their many non-profit groups that keep the money flowing in, telling them to take advantage of the holidays to provoke political discussions with young people to convince them that Obama is evil.
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Rabbi Lapin’s Case of Nazi Tourette’s

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is the Christian right’s favorite Jewish theocrat. He goes on the air with Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn and many others and says one idiotic thing after another. Here he is on the air with Glenn Beck arguing that liberalism is a “twisted and diseased pathology” that leads to — what else? — Hitler!
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