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Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 30 2014

Obama DOJ Appeals Parsonage Ruling

Lest you begin to think that the Obama administration is friendly to secularism, let me note that the DOJ is filing an appeal of the district court ruling that the parsonage allowance for religious non-profits but not secular ones is unconstitutional.

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Jan 30 2014

Jesus Trolls New Mexico Woman

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Jesus continues to troll True Believers everywhere by leaving vague images of himself in the weirdest places. He’s shown up on tortillas, toast and even in bathroom mold. Now he showed up in a bruise that a New Mexico woman sustained when she fell down the stairs — but only after some “holy dirt” was …

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Jan 30 2014

Pepper Spray Cop Gets More Money Than His Victims

I’m sure you remember John Pike, the cop from UC Davis who pepper sprayed protesters who were sitting on the ground and (eventually) lost his job over it. He sued for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychologically from the incident. And he won. And got more money than any of his victims did.

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Jan 30 2014

Bill Donohue’s Ignorant Distinctions

Right wing Catholic blowhard Bill Donohue has a problem. The new pope has made helping the poor a major focus of his leadership and spoken out about the dangers of income inequality. So has President Obama. But he hates Obama and is forced to defend the pope, so he has to make presumptuous and ignorant …

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Jan 30 2014

Mikey Gets Email

My friend Mikey Weinstein went on The Young Turks with Cenk Uyger recently and got this very charming email from a raging bigot. It’s got all the usual anti-Jewish hatred and some anti-Arab hatred as well. I’m sure this looks much better in the original crayon scrawled on a Walmart bag.

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Jan 30 2014

Fischer: New Find Supports Noah’s Ark!

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What happens when an ignorant git comes into contact with information that he doesn’t understand? He makes absurd claims about it without bothering to look at the information. Because actually looking at the information might put one’s beliefs in peril and that can’t be allowed. Here’s a textbook example:

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Jan 30 2014

SD Legislator Tortures an Analogy

Good analogies are something of an art form. They don’t have to be accurate in every detail, of course, only in the relevant ones. But they can’t be the exact opposite, as is the case with the analogy used by South Dakota state Rep. Steve Hickey, sponsor of a new bill to exempt businesses from …

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Jan 30 2014

West Beats Up a Straw Woman

Former Rep. Allen West went on Steve Malzberg’s radio show to defend Mike Huckabee’s absurd and hypocritical comments about women and contraception, inventing a straw liberal that doesn’t care about Malala Yousafzai and saying that Democrats “tries to win the women’s vote by talking from the waist down.” As opposed to the right, which tells …

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Jan 30 2014

Huckabee’s Contraception Mandate

I kept seeing references to “Huckabee v Huckabee” on the subject of contraception mandates but I didn’t bother to look because I figured it was just that Huckabee had said something in support of contraception at some point. Turns out that he actually signed such a mandate into law in Arkansas, one that had fewer …

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Jan 29 2014

The Selling of Rich Delusions

In the wake of billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins saying that he thinks the richest Americans are on the verge of being rounded up into Nazi-style concentration camps, Josh Marshall tries to understand the psychology and sociology of that utterly deluded belief.

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Jan 29 2014

The Right Wing Scam Email Machine. Again.

I’ve written several times about how right wing leaders and websites use their mailing lists to make big money by selling scams to their followers. The New Republic has another report about this phenomenon, this time focusing on Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich.

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Jan 29 2014

Vallely Says He’d Lead Military Coup

With more and more ultra-right wingers calling for a military coup to remove President Obama from power, retired Major Gen. Paul Vallely told a Tea Party group that he would gladly lead the effort if he had enough troops. Vallely is a Fox News analyst and the Worldnetdaily’s go-to military analyst.

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Jan 29 2014

National Geographic Lies to Kids

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I am so glad I got the hell out of ScienceBlogs when National Geographic bought the site. As if the pseudo-scientific crap on their cable channel wasn’t bad enough, now they’re flat out lying to kids. This is the cover of the latest issue of National Geographic for Kids:

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Jan 29 2014

Abortion? Nope. It’s All About Controlling Female Sexuality

Amanda Marcotte has an article at Reproductive Health Reality Check that says what I’ve been saying for a long time, that the anti-abortion crowd is not really concerned about abortion as much as they are about controlling female sexuality. She says it more eloquently than I do, of course. The jumping off point is this …

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Jan 29 2014

Tapley Predicts Super Bowl False Flag Operation

William Tapley, the warped prophecy reader I’ve shown videos of before, has decided based on a commercial for the iPad that there’s going to be a “false flag” event at the Super Bowl. It’s a bizarre, rambling diatribe about an image he claims is a woman giving birth to the Antichrist. It’s just a sunrise, …

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