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Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 28 2014

Texas Marriage Ban Struck Down

Another day, another state ban on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal judge. This time it’s Texas, where Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction finding the law violates the Equal Protection Clause, following closely the logic of the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling.

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Feb 28 2014

Lobbyist Loses Client After Trying to Ban Gays from NFL

Some PR folks like to say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman is finding out that his publicity stunt of trying to pass a bill to ban gay men from the NFL proves that maxim wrong. He’s already lost one client due to his bigoted grandstanding:

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Feb 28 2014

Reefer Madness in Maryland

The state legislature in Maryland is considering a couple bills that would either decriminalize or legalize marijuana in that state. The police chief of Annapolis went to testify against those bills and offered up a fake story from a satire site in his testimony:

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Feb 28 2014

How Times Have Changed

10 years ago, when the same-sex marriage issue became a huge wedge issue that Republicans used to drive their people to the voting booths, it would seem almost impossible how much things have changed. But look at how Republican power brokers are reacting to the spate of anti-gay “religious freedom” laws being proposed in the …

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Feb 28 2014

AHA Files Suit Over War Memorial Cross

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed a federal lawsuit over a 40-foot cross on public property in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. The cross was put up as a memorial for those who died in World War I. From the AHA’s press release:

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Feb 28 2014

Secular Organizations for Sobriety Needs Help

Like many of you, I have friends who have benefited greatly from Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. But I also think it’s very important to have secular alternatives to those programs and, unfortunately, Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves is in dire financial need to continue operating. Ophelia put up a guest post that explains …

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Feb 28 2014

OMG! Obama is Disarming America!

I am alternately amused and appalled by the hysterical overreaction from the right to the Obama administration’s proposed Pentagon budget cuts that aren’t really cuts at all. The Worldnetdaily wants you to know that Obama is “unilaterally disarming” the country.

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Feb 28 2014

Stossel Punctures O’Reilly’s Curmudgeonhood

Bill O’Reilly delivered a predictable “those damn kids these days” rant on his show recently and John Stossel, a fellow Fox News host, rightly took him to task for it. He points out, correctly, that every generation says the same stupid thing about the next one.

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Feb 28 2014

VanderPlaats: Defund Courts for Rulings I Disagree With

Iowa wingnut extraordinaire Bob VanderPlaats is mad that Rand Paul isn’t proposing to defund the federal district courts in Kentucky because one judge there overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Appearing on Steve Deace’s radio show he delivered this diatribe that is staggeringly stupid on multiple levels.

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Feb 28 2014

Fischer: Only Accept Christian Refugees

Bryan Fischer is quite upset that we are accepting a few hundred refugees from war-torn Syria into the country because, true to his deep-seated bigotry against everyone who isn’t just like him, he thinks that only Christians should be allowed into the country.

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Feb 28 2014

West: Hagel a ‘Traitor’ For Suggesting Budget Cuts

The Obama administration is proposing budget cuts that aren’t really cuts at all and wingnut Allen West is losing his mind about it, even calling Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a “turncoat” and a “traitor” for the “unconscionable” cuts that will “weaken America.”

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Feb 28 2014

ADF: Christians ‘Second Class Citizens’ if Not Allowed to Discriminate

One of the hallmarks of the Christian right is that they are continually trying to borrow the language of those they seek to oppress. Joseph LaRue of the Alliance Defending Freedom does this when he claims that Christians will be “treated as second class citizens by their government” if they aren’t allowed to treat others …

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Feb 27 2014

Wingnuts: Grammys Prove God’s Judgment on America

John Robe and Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action ministry are quite upset about the Grammy ceremony, which included a mass wedding with some gay couples in it. They’re upset by this terrible assault on values. Funny, I felt the same way when they gave the Grammy for best heavy metal album to Jethro Tull …

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Feb 27 2014

Schlafly, Solomon Want Ukraine-style Uprising

The world has watched in horror as the Ukraine has exploded in riots and violence, but Phyllis Schlafly and Rick Solomon think we should have the same thing happen here. They think 100 million people should storm Washington DC to kick Obama out of office.

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Feb 27 2014

Those Serious Defense Spending Cuts

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The media is breathlessly reporting on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s newly announced Pentagon budget proposal, which — OMG! — reduces the number of troops to the lowest number since before WW2! These are very deep, major cuts in spending, you guys. Except, of course, they aren’t. From Hagel’s speech announcing the “cuts.”

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