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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. Beck and Oprah Won’t Have Jim Garrow to Kick Around Anymore — April 24, 2014
  2. Fake ‘Ex-Terrorist’ Loses Copyright Case — April 24, 2014
  3. CWA Doesn’t Want Women’s History Museum — April 24, 2014
  4. Is There Anything the Right Can’t Politicize 2: Electric Boogaloo — April 24, 2014
  5. Corsi Thinks He’s Found the Birther Holy Grail — April 24, 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. Major Changes at Freethought Blogs — 391 comments
  4. Professor: Rape is Okay if Woman is Unconscious — 375 comments
  5. Butler: Arrest Anti-Muslim Filmmaker — 258 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 23 2014

‘Ex-Gay’: I’m a Threat to Satan

Janet Boynes, Michele Bachmann’s favorite “ex-gay” activist, went on the Steve Deace show and said that homosexuality is really all about a huge battle between God and Satan and that Satan is attacking her because she’s such a threat to his side of that battle.

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Apr 23 2014

The Unending Irony of Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck’s total lack of self-awareness is truly awe-inspiring. On his show last week he criticized a Nebraska state senate candidate for associating with Grover Norquist who is “truly one of the most dangerous men supposedly on our side.” And he cautions that people ought to know all about the people they’re standing up with …

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Apr 22 2014

NV Republican Deluded About the Youth Vote

The Nevada Republican Party recently decided to remove anti-choice and anti-gay language from their platform, prompting Republican state legislator Ira Hansen to go on the Janet Mefferd show and claim that the real way to appeal to younger voters is to embrace the “Pat Robertson wing” of the GOP.

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Apr 22 2014

Is There Anything the Right Won’t Politicize?

As you probably heard, Chelsea Clinton announced that she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. Predictably, some on the right are trying to turn it into a political issue. Steve Malzberg, for example, says that this was timed deliberately to help Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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Apr 22 2014

Did Michigan Just Cause a Constitutional Convention?

Last month the Michigan state legislature approved a resolution calling for a new constitutional convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution. About 20 other states have recently voted to do so as well, but at least one scholar thinks that number is 34 because of really old votes to do so from decades ago:

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Apr 22 2014

OH Teacher Fired for Racist Statement to Student

Remember the teacher from Fairfield, Ohio who was accused of telling a black student who said he wanted to be president that we didn’t need another black president after Obama? He’s been fired after a state investigation found his version of the story lacked credibility.

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Apr 22 2014

Klayman’s Delusions of Grandeur

Larry Klayman really is endlessly amusing to me. He really does seem to believe that he’s leading a “second American revolution,” which is absolutely hilarious. The self-delusion is almost touching, especially as he pretends that his rally in Lafayette Park last November did anything other than spread a little litter around.

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Apr 22 2014

Stedman on ‘Atheism Without Works’

Chris Stedman’s latest column expresses a position I have come to hold more and more strongly over the last year or so, which is that atheists and humanists need to build communities and engage in service projects that help better the human condition locally, nationally and globally. He makes the argument that Dale McGowan has …

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Apr 22 2014

Is ‘Cell Block Psychic’ a New Low for ‘Psychics’ and TV?

Television these days is mostly a vast wasteland of stupidity but this new show may take the cake: Cell Block Psychic features “psychic” con artist Vicki Monroe talking with convicted murderers to put them in touch with the “spirits” of their victims.

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Apr 22 2014

OK Students Less Knowledgeable About Evolution After Class

I reported recently on the study of Oklahoma science teachers, which found that a sizable percentage of them don’t understand evolution well enough to teach it accurately and effectively. Here’s the result: Oklahoma students actually know less about evolution after taking a biology class than they were before.

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Apr 22 2014

Guest Post: Secular Collaboration for Everyone

This is a guest post by John Shook, who has started a fascinating new project called Partners for Secular Activism (PSA). It’s an online platform for classes that teach about skepticism, atheism and related topics. In this post, he explains exactly what the plans are and who is involved.

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Apr 22 2014

Suit Filed Over NJ Refusing Atheist License Plate

Remember when David Silverman tried to get a personalized license plate in New Jersey that said ATHE1ST? They eventually relented on that but have now denied another resident a similar plate and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed a lawsuit over it.

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Apr 22 2014

Bigoted SC Mayor Fires Gay Police Chief

Latta, South Carolina Mayor Earl Bullard is taking a lot of flak after firing the city’s police chief, a lesbian woman who has been on the force there for two decades and who had, coincidentally I’m sure, recently concluded that Bullard had failed to do a background check on an appointee who allegedly had improperly …

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Apr 22 2014

Jonathan Cahn Hearts Putin Too

Jonathan Cahn, the Worldnetdaily’s favorite end times charlatan (he’s leading a tour of Israel with Joseph Farah soon) is the latest wingnut to sing the praises of Vladimir Putin and Russia as the vanguard of Christianity in opposition to the godless west.

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Apr 21 2014

Abramoff: SCOTUS Doesn’t Understand How Money Corrupts

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest blow to any limits on campaign financing in this country, convicted felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff says the justices are naive and do not understand how the influence of big money corrupts our political system.

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