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Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 28 2013

The Ultimate Filibuster Hypocrisy

There’s plenty of hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide over judicial filibusters, but none so shameless and blatant as the Judicial Confirmation Network, now known as the Judicial Crisis Network. As the original name suggests, JCN was created specifically to get judges confirmed — but that was when Bush was the president. Once …

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Nov 28 2013

Staver Doesn’t Understand Colonialism

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman or Orly Taitz, recently went to Peru to receive an award and speak to government officials about…whatever it is they wanted to speak to him about. He seems not to understand what colonialism means.

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Nov 28 2013

Bishop Paprocki’s ‘Exorcism’ Ritual

As reported last week, Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois held a special exorcism ceremony at the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn was signing into law a bill that recognizes same-sex marriages in that state. ThinkProgress has some details on what Paprocki said during his sermon at that ceremony, like how this was just …

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Nov 28 2013

Walker Supports ENDA?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearly considering making a run for the White House in 2016 but he may find himself in trouble with the religious right base over his apparent support for laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including one in his state:

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Nov 27 2013

Prager’s Preemptive Accusations of Hatred

One of the hallmarks of conservative rhetorical strategy over the last couple decades has been the use of preemptive hypocrisy. In order to distract attention away from their own behavior, they preemptively accuse their political opponents of displaying their own worst traits. Dennis Prager provides a classic example:

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Nov 27 2013

Conservative Foreign Policy: Chicken Hawks and Chicken Littles

The predictable conservative reaction to the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran reminds us yet again that right wing rhetoric never really changes. Just like we are always on the verge of being taken over by the UN or China and perpetually at risk of being overrun by immigrants (fear and xenophobia being their primary currency), …

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Nov 27 2013

The Militarization of Law Enforcement Continues

Now that the Iraq war has ended and the Afghanistan war is winding down, the Pentagon has lots of surplus equipment and they’re ready to unload it on local police departments. Because every sheriff’s department should have IED-resistant armored personnel carriers with machine guns mounted on them.

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Nov 27 2013

America: Home of the Devil

Michael Bresciani is moving up in the world. Usually he writes for the Christian Post but now he’s got a spot at the Worldnetdaily to spout inane nonsense about how America has been taken over by Satan because of gays and atheists (and especially gay atheists, I imagine).

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Nov 27 2013

Lenski’s Amazing E. Coli Experiment Continues

25 years ago, Dr. Richard Lenski of Michigan State University began an ingenious experiment on E. coli bacteria that is still going and giving us a much deeper understanding of how evolution operates. Ars Technica has an article on the latest published findings, but let me first explain how the experiment was set up.

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Nov 27 2013

Scarborough’s Hypocrisy on Hypocrisy

There are few things more amusing in politics than when someone accuses a political opponent of being a hypocrite on the very same issue on which they are being a hypocrite. Wingnut preacher Rick Scarborough does this over the filibuster issue, accusing President Obama of being hypocritical (and he is) while ignoring the log in …

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Nov 27 2013

Farah: Failed Klayman Rally a ‘Show of Force’

Funniest thing I’ve read yet on Larry Klayman’s failed “second American revolution” rally, from Joseph Farah: Yesterday, for the first time, hundreds rallied near the White House to make the case for what amounts to a second American revolution through a show of force by the American people. Uh, Joe. Your own publication estimated the …

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Nov 27 2013

Palin Babbles About Filibuster Reform

Unlike most wingnuts, Sarah Palin isn’t being obviously hypocritical in her reaction to the Senate ending the filibuster for most nomination votes. Instead, she’s being completely incoherent. See if you can find anything remotely like a coherent thought in this jumble of nonsense:

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Nov 27 2013

Barton Defends His Dangerous PTSD Nonsense

A couple weeks ago, pseudo-historian fraud David Barton joined televangelist fraud Kenneth Copeland to tell veterans that they can’t have real PTSD because the Bible says they are heroes and ministers of God. After taking a lot of heat, Barton has released a statement defending himself. It’s typical Barton, where he just pretends that the …

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Nov 27 2013

Derbyshire: We’re Too Hard on Slavery

John Derbyshire, the incredibly racist former National Review columnist who now writes for white nationalist site VDARE, hasn’t seen the movie 12 Years a Slave. But if he knows anything (and that may be a crapshoot), he knows that it fails to capture the happy-go-lucky nature of slavery.

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Nov 26 2013

Deal Reached Over Iranian Nuclear Power

In a very big breakthrough, the Obama administration has brokered a deal between Iran, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program while partially lifting the sanctions that have caused such damage to that country.

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