Republican Legislators Aren’t Scientists. Except on Ebola.

Lee Papa, the Rude Pundit, points out something very interesting. We’re used to hear Republican politicians refuse to do anything about climate change because “I’m not a scientist.” But when it comes to Ebola, suddenly they’re all epidemiologists. Except they keep getting everything wrong on the subject.
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Another Common ‘Christian Nation’ Trick

There are many dishonest arguments made by the “Christian nation” crowd and here’s another one. When talking about the meaning and scope of the First Amendment to the Constitution, they will often talk instead about the early colonies. In an article about a Bible class in North Carolina, Christian News does exactly that:
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Peroutka: Non-Discrimination Laws a Plot Against God

Michael Peroutka, the former Constitution Party presidential candidate and a Christian theocrat, went on Steve Deace’s radio show to rant about the already-withdrawn subpoenas in Houston and claim that non-discrimination laws are a plot to eliminate religion and replace it with idolatry of the government.
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Panetta: Obama Furious Over Senate Torture Investigation

I somehow missed this in the McClatchy report about the Senate torture report and the fact that it didn’t look at all at the culpability of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other administration officials. Leon Panetta’s new memoir says that Obama was furious that the CIA had cooperated at all with the investigation.
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Cruz: Pastors Will Soon Be Thrown in Jail!

Ted Cruz extended his unbroken record of demagoguery and spreading ridiculous and paranoid hysteria over the recent tempest in a teacup over a too-broad subpoena issued by Houston attorneys. In an interview with fake journalist David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, he says that this means ministers will soon be thrown in prison:
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SCOTUS Lets Texas ID Law Be Enforced Over Dissents

The Supreme Court, after blocking a photo ID law in Wisconsin a few days earlier turned around and allowed a virtually identical Texas law, both times without actually ruling on the merits. No reason is ever given for such decisions, but sometimes there’s a dissent and Justice Ginsburg issued a blistering one in the Texas case, joined by Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.
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