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Jul 30 2014

Wingnut Legislator Compares EPA to Terrorists

In yet another example of Republicans mainstreaming the fringe so thoroughly that they’ve elected someone who is willing to publicly say the most bizarre and extremist things imaginable, a House Republican is comparing the EPA to terrorists for regulating pollution from coal plants.
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Jul 30 2014

FBI Investigating Mike Adams’ Threats

I keep meaning to write about the appalling post by Mike Adams, the “health ranger,” telling his followers to kill supports of Monsanto and GMOs just like they would have killed the Nazis. He even apparently put up a Monsanto Collaborators site to tell them specifically who to kill, while claiming he wasn’t the one behind it. Now he’s caught the attention of the FBI:
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Jul 30 2014

In a Rare Move, Congress Actually Does Something

In what almost seems astonishing, Congress has apparently struck a deal to actually pass legislation to fix a problem. Congressional negotiators have reached a tentative deal on a bill to fix some of the pressing problems in VA health care, including emergency funding.
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Jul 30 2014

4th Circuit Upholds Overturning of VA’s Marriage Ban

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling overturning Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. It was a 2-1 ruling with two judges appointed by George W. Bush in the majority and one appointed by Ronald Reagan in dissent. The ruling applies to Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North and South Carolina. From the majority opinion:
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Jul 30 2014

Dreher: ‘Traditional Christianity’ All About Sex

Rod Dreher, a conservative whose views I typically respect and take seriously, wonders what we mean when we say that “traditional Christianity” is on its way from being a majority religion to a minority one in this country (as he agrees that it is). And he thinks it’s all about sex.
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Jul 30 2014

Kent Hovind Facing New Charges

Only a year or so away from being released from what, quite frankly, I thought was a too-long sentence, Kent Hovind is facing new charges for criminal contempt of court for filing a lien on the property that the government seized in order to pay off his bill for back taxes he refused to pay:
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Jul 30 2014

All Sarah Palin, All the Time

Following in the path blazed by Glenn Beck and continuing her never-ending quest to bilk as much money out of the few people who still take her seriously, Sarah Palin is starting her own online TV network: The Sarah Palin Channel. Presumably, it’s for those who find Fox News a little too complicated.
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Jul 30 2014

Bachmann Doesn’t Know Where Ebola Comes From

Like so many of today’s conservatives, who are either astonishingly ignorant or just plain liars, Michele Bachmann at least pretends not to know where Ebola comes from. Like several others, she is claiming that those child refugees coming to out Southern border might be carrying Ebola.
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Jul 30 2014

Oh, Ray Comfort

I kept seeing pictures of this post from professional moron Ray Comfort all over my Facebook feed and I actually assumed it was a parody. As astonishingly ignorant as Ray Comfort is, I didn’t think he was dumb enough to actually believe this. I was wrong. He actually said it:
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Jul 30 2014

That Damn ‘Gaystapo’ and Their ‘Special Rights’

Bill Muehlenberg of BarbWire gives us that familiar old rhetoric about gay people wanting “special rights” for demanding exactly the same anti-discrimination protections that people like him already have. Oh, and it’s the “gaystapo,” thank you very much.
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Jul 30 2014

Rafael Cruz: Obama to Take Our Guns Like Mao and Stalin

Rafael Cruz continues his unblemished record of baseless paranoia by going on the Faith and Liberty radio show and declaring that Obama is a “totalitarian” who is going to take everyone’s guns just like Mao and Stalin did before slaughtering tens of millions of people.
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Jul 30 2014

Anti-Choice Group Launches With Speech from Christian Reconstructionist

Personhood Iowa is the new anti-choice group affiliated with the National Personhood Alliance, a group so far out on the fringe that they think the National Right to Life Committee is a bunch of liberal appeasers. So naturally they launched the group with a speech from Christian Reconstructionist and neo-Confederate secessionist Michael Peroutka.
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Jul 29 2014

Humanist Crisis Response Raising Funds for Child Refugees

The Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association are joining forces for a Humanist Crisis Response to the child refugee crisis at our Southern border. The fundraising campaign will focus on an aspect of the situation that has gotten little attention — providing attorneys for the immigration hearings each of them will face.
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Jul 29 2014

Maryland GOP Running From Peroutka

Now that Christian Reconstructionist, secessionist and neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka has won the Republican primary for the Anne Arundel County commission in Maryland, that state’s GOP is having to distance itself from him and his absolutely unhinged views.
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Jul 29 2014

Jeffress Offers Baseless Paranoia

Robert Jeffress is upset about Obama’s executive order forbidding discrimination against gay people by federal contractors and he’s offering a completely evidence-free slippery slope argument that it will lead to churches losing tax-exempt status.
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