The Intellectual Vacuum of Right Wing Talk Radio

So I had a long drive on Thursday and listened for a bit to Sean Hannity’s radio show, against my better judgment. His guests were Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ and Terrence Jeffrey of Human Events and they were discussing the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder was stepping down. The next 10 minutes provided a perfect example of why right wing talk radio is so utterly vapid.
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Jon Stewart on Latte-Gate

Jon Stewart was both funny and filled with appropriate indignation at the Fox News orgy of faux outrage over President Obama saluting with a coffee cup in his hand. It’s bullshit like this that makes me want to beat Sean Hannity with the corpse of Eric Bolling. Yes, by all means, flip the fuck out about something totally irrelevant.
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Uri Geller’s Back, Now With Twice the Bullshit

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all the stories of the new iPhones bending when people put them in their jeans and sit on them. But object-bending con man Uri Geller knows the real reason why they’re bending. And wouldn’t you know it, it all has to do with the “energy and excitement” of the owners having “awakened their mind powers.”
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Beck: D’Souza a ‘Political Prisoner’

While Dinesh D’Souza does a victory lap over not getting any jail time for a felony he admits to committing, his buddy Glenn Beck declares him to be “”the first real political prisoner” of President Obama. Because apparently no one who has ever criticized the president can ever be punished for anything, even for something they admit to doing with full knowledge that it was a crime.
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Gaffney Group Wants Islam Outlawed

Family Security Matters, founded by deranged authoritarian bigot Frank Gaffney, has come out officially in favor of banning Islam from the United States completely. They base this on the ridiculous claim that Gaffney and many other right wing authoritarians have made that Islam is not a religion but something far more.
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Chris Stedman Interviews Dale McGowan

Chris Stedman has an interview with my friend (and boss) Dale McGowan. Dale participated earlier this week in the kickoff event for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge at George Washington University, representing the secular and humanist community. In the interview, he makes a powerful argument about why it’s important for humanists to participate in interfaith events:
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Thomas More Law Center Has a ‘Game Changing’ Legal Strategy

The Thomas More Law Center, that group of buffoons who lost the Dover trial in spectacular fashion, sent out an email revealing their “game changing” legal strategy to “combat the slew of recent federal court rulings which have overturned state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.” What are they gonna do? File some amicus briefs.
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Jerry Dewitt’s Humanist Community Gets Frightening Threat

Jerry Dewitt has been building a humanist community in Lake Charles, Louisiana, called the Lake Charles Community Mission Chapel. They’ve been facing discrimination in finding a place to meet, but worse than that is this very frightening threat that was left in the mailbox of one of the leaders of that community:
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