Hi, Tucker Carlson Here for Masculinity

I always laugh when Tucker Carlson takes a stand for traditional, macho notions of masculinity because, obviously, he could hardly be further from them himself. In what was a truly weird segment on the Fox News weekend morning show, he said that smoking is a “symbol of freedom and masculinity,” while one of his co-hosts told female cartoon characters, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”
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BarbWire Pushes Survivalist Scam

I’ve written many times about the profitable scam in the right wing blogosphere selling dark, dystopic visions of impending doom to their paranoid and ignorant followers. Matt Barber’s site BarbWire sent out just such an email for the “Patriot Survival Plan,” using all of the familiar manipulative tricks of the trade. The email says:
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OMG! Proof the Gays Want to Destroy Marriage!

The Illinois Family Institute is shouting from the rooftops that they finally have proof that the push for same-sex marriage is really a plot to destroy marriage completely because they found one lesbian activist who says that, while she supports marriage equality, she doesn’t think marriage should exist at all. They quote this from Masha Gessen:
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PA School Suspends Student, Teacher Over Refusal to Print ‘Redskins’

The Neshaminy High School, Pennsylvania sports team nickname is the Redskins, which is obviously a matter of some controversy. The student editor of the school paper made a policy of not using that word in the paper and has now been suspended, along with the faculty adviser for not stopping her from implementing that policy.
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Steve Doocy: Still the Dumbest Man on Television

Steve Doocy, star of the Fox News morning show and a man that handlers insist they have managed to teach to dress himself, remains the dumbest man allowed on television. During a segment on the show with Geraldo Rivera, maybe the most annoying man on television, he repeatedly insisted that New York City is now going to allow undocumented immigrants to vote.
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Appeals Court Stops Licensing SWAT Raids

The police are always looking for loopholes that allow them to get around that pesky 4th Amendment. So what do they do when they want to raid a bunch of minority-owned businesses but don’t have any evidence with which to get a warrant? Call them licensing inspections and send in the SWAT team. An appeals court just put a stop to that nonsense, as my friend Radley Balko reports:
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Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Local Football Coach

I grew up right near Mattawan, Michigan and my best friend and his family still live there. That town is now the center of some controversy now that the high school football coach is the target of a civil rights complaint filed by the family of the starting quarterback on the team. The coach apparently has a real problem with saying things he absolutely should not say. Here are some of the things he has apparently admitted to saying (he denies some other things that are even worse).
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Evangelist Flips Out About Satanic Books in School

Remember Joshua Feuerstein, the incredibly shouty evangelist who put up that staggeringly stupid video on evolution, then doubled down and turned it into an even more idiotic $100,000 challenge? Well he’s got another inexplicably loud video flipping his lid about the school in Florida that has to allow satanic books in school because they let Christians do the same thing.
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Gingrich Jumps On the Ebola-Bearing Immigrants Lie

A few days ago they held a reunion for the 1994 House Republican incoming class, which could just as easily have been billed as a conference for disgraced House speakers if Jim Wright had been invited. Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay were there and Gingrich was spouting the bigoted and ignorant Diseased Immigrant Myth — with Ebola, of course.
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Hice Blames Church/State Separation for Everything Bad

Jody Hice, the right-wing preacher who is almost certain to be in Congress next year as a representative from Georgia, has a radio show. On that radio show, he says a lot of dumb things. Like blaming every bad thing that has happened since 1962 on separation of church and state (including things that didn’t happen).
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