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Ed Brayton

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Name: Ed Brayton
Date registered: June 30, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches

Biography

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

Latest posts

  1. Farah’s High Opinion of Himself — July 22, 2014
  2. No Religious Exemption in Obama Anti-Discrimination Order — July 22, 2014
  3. Chuck Norris: Anti-Vaxxer — July 22, 2014
  4. Man Threatens to Kill Miami-Dade Councilmembers — July 22, 2014
  5. Jesus Took the Wheel; You’ll Totally Believe What Happened Next — July 22, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. It Appears I’ve Started An ‘Atheist Cult’ — 842 comments
  2. Shermer and the Myth of Feminist Persecution — 405 comments
  3. Target’s New Gun Policy — 396 comments
  4. Major Changes at Freethought Blogs — 391 comments
  5. Professor: Rape is Okay if Woman is Unconscious — 375 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 21 2014

Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum Delayed

Here’s a bit of good news on the Hobby Lobby front. The Bible curriculum that the Green family has spent a fortune developing, which was supposed to debut in one Oklahoma school district this fall, is being delayed due to “unforeseen delays” of some very vague type.

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Jul 21 2014

WGN Anchor Hammers a ‘Psychic’

WGN anchor Larry Potash slammed a “psychic” who failed completely at a cold reading in the studio. When she offered to do a private reading for him, he said she did, “Awful! Not even close! I mean, if you’re going to sell yourself as a psychic, at least be good at it! It’s an old …

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Jul 21 2014

HUMANE Act Gets It Exactly Backward

As you’ve probably read by now, American immigration law deals with unaccompanied minors from Mexico differently than those from non-contiguous countries. Mexican children can be sent back immediately by a border patrol agent, while those from non-contiguous countries have to have a hearing before a judge. A new bill in Congress does the exact opposite …

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Jul 21 2014

WND Suddenly Cares About Religious Non-Profits Getting Taxpayer Funds

The Worldnetdaily has suddenly decided that they’re troubled by religious non-profits getting government funding, but only if those religious charities are taking care of refugee children — you know, the 12-year olds with ebola coming here to rape white women and vote Democratic.

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Jul 20 2014

Jon Stewart vs Louis Gohmert

Jon Stewart takes on the right wing’s freakout over 52,000 child refugees who have entered the country over the last few months, especially the incredibly stupid Louis Gohmert and one of his loopy House floor speech. This is funny stuff.

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Jul 20 2014

Lawsuit Dropped Against Mariam Ibrahim

So another twist and turn, and a positive one, in the saga of Mariam Ibrahim. The lawsuit filed by her family has apparently been dropped, which may pave the way for her finally to be able to leave Sudan and come to the United States. Gee, I wonder if those anti-immigration Christian righters will complain …

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Jul 20 2014

Armed Bigots Protest Refugee Children in Michigan

The same group of xenophobic bigots who held their own meeting last week to throw a fit about the possibility of 120 child refugees being housed for a few weeks in Vassar, Michigan while they await an immigration hearing just held an armed march in that town to protest the same thing.

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Jul 20 2014

Feder: Obama Destroying Civilization Itself

In the ongoing race to see which wingnut can come up with the most outlandish and hyperbolic rhetoric, Don Feder of the World Congress of Families would like you to know that President Obama isn’t just destroying America, he’s destroying civilization itself.

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Jul 19 2014

Rios: Treat Refugee Children Like Lepers

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association knows just what Jesus would do with those 52,000 child refugees at our border: He’d quarantine them like lepers. I’m sure that’s exactly what he meant by “whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me also.”

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Jul 19 2014

Gabby’s Husband Hammers Larry Pratt

It’s been quite some time since Larry Pratt said that legislators should be afraid of getting shot by angry constituents, but that quote came up in a Rolling Stone article this week. Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, who was shot by a constituent, understandably takes issue with Pratt’s horrifying statement.

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Jul 19 2014

Selena Owens Hearts Sarah Palin

Selena Owens, vice chair of the Conservative Campaign Committee PAC and a Worldnetdaily columnist, pens a love letter to famous quitter Sarah Palin. There’s some breathtakingly stupid rhetoric in this column, like claiming that Palin “belongs to We the People and has absolutely nothing to do with political pandering.” I bet the sky is pretty …

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Jul 19 2014

I Was on Dutch TV

When I was in Charleston, South Carolina doing my Stand Up Skeptic show a couple months ago, there was a Dutch TV crew that was following around Herb Silverman and they filmed most of my talk. I’m in the video for just a few seconds, doing a joke about the American Family Association selling an …

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Jul 18 2014

Belief in Medical Conspiracies is Very High

Think Progress reports that about half of all Americans believe in at least one of six major conspiracy theories involving medicine and health, from anti-vaccine myths to the idea that the cures for diseases are being hidden from us by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Jul 18 2014

Tribalism and the Myth of the Diseased Immigrant

As we watch the right wing unconscionably attack thousands of child refugees who have come here for safety and opportunity, partly with the old trope about diseased immigrants, Jesse Singal notes that this reaction is based on tribalism and fear of the other that is deeply ingrained in us.

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Jul 18 2014

Quakers Form Underground Railroad for Gay Ugandans

Bravo to a group of Quakers in Olympia, Washington who have established a new underground railroad to get gay Ugandans out of that country to escape the brutal persecution there after the passage of a new law that includes life in prison just for being gay.

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