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Apr 16 2014

None Dare Call It Torture

With the Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to declassify part of the 6000+ word report on the Bush torture regime, the media is once again reporting on the issue — and once again almost entirely refusing to call it torture. All they want to use are euphemisms:
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Apr 16 2014

Bill Russell Sees Parallels Between Race and Sexual Orientation in Sports

I don’t have a lot of heroes but Bill Russell might qualify. He’s not only one of the greatest basketball players ever, he’s also a man who showed tremendous courage and integrity in dealing with racial backlash in Boston, at the time one of the more racist cities in the country. And he says that the battles of gay athletes today mirror his experiences:
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Apr 16 2014

Early Bird Pricing Extended for FBB Conference

Good news! We’ve decided to extend the early bird pricing for the Humanism at Work conference until May 1, which means you can attend for $129 rather than $149. That’s about half, or less, of what many conferences cost these days. We’ve really worked to keep the cost as low as possible. Register now!

Apr 16 2014

MD Commissioners Agree to Abide By the Law. For Now.

Faced with contempt charges, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners has narrowly voted to abide by a preliminary injunction forbidding them to offer a sectarian prayer before their meetings (which basically means they can’t say “Jesus” in them).
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Apr 16 2014

Klayman Sues Blogger for Quoting Court Ruling

Remember that court ruling in Larry Klayman’s divorce/custody case that suggested that he may have touched his children inappropriately? He’s now suing cartoonist Ken Avidor for quoting that court ruling, something I have done as well. It was filed a year ago and dismissed but now Klayman has refiled it.
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Apr 16 2014

In Kenya, Romney is President

I’ve always been amused by the fact that t-shirts and hats that are printed for sports teams that don’t win, which thus can’t be sold, are sent to poor countries around the world. Somewhere there’s a village in Cambodia that thinks the Buffalo Bills are the greatest football team ever after winning four straight super bowls. Turns out the same thing happens with losing presidential candidates:
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Apr 16 2014

White Supremacist Arrested After Anti-Semitic Shooting Spree

For anyone who wonders why some of us keep a very close eye on the far right fringe, look no further than this story. A former KKK leader, white supremacist and longtime anti-Semite has been arrested after a shooting spree at two Jewish centers in Kansas that left three dead.
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Apr 16 2014

How Religion Can Twist a Mind

This is a disturbing video that demonstrates how religion can warp and twist a human mind into something vile and hateful and repulsive. It’s a preacher named Brother Dean at Arizona State University calling people “faggots” and “whores” while holding a sign that says “You deserve rape.”
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Apr 16 2014

Huckabee: TSA Makes Us Like North Korea

Sometimes I wonder if there’s some sort of secret competition going on among conservative politicians and pundits to see who can say the most idiotic thing and still remain a viable candidate for office. If so, Mike Huckabee may have the inside track on the payoff at the moment:
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Apr 16 2014

Far Right Hypocrisy in Nevada

I’m getting more than a little tired of seeing the reaction from the far right to this standoff in Nevada where a rancher refuses to either start paying or stop grazing his cattle on federal land the way every other rancher does. The hypocrisy and the dishonest overreaction could hardly be more obvious.
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Apr 15 2014

American Decency Association: OMG! North Korea!

The sound and fury emanating from the Christian right over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal of a New Mexico case where a photography business refused to shoot a lesbian wedding is music to my ears. The American Decency Association says we’re now like North Korea!
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Apr 15 2014

Judson Phillips Has a Thinking Problem

Some people have drinking problems; Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation seems to have a thinking problem. In his latest missive, he stirs up a frothy mix of bad math, false assumptions and lies to claim that more than a million Democrats voted twice in the 2012 election, ensuring Obama the win.
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Apr 15 2014

Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Bob Marshall

There are a lot of far right candidates out there saying astonishingly stupid and appalling things, but Bob Marshall, a state legislator in Virginia now running for Congress, may have them all beat. Even the Moonie Times is reporting on his history of bizarre and extremist statements.
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Apr 15 2014

Far Too Many Science Teachers Don’t Understand Evolution

A new survey of science teachers in Oklahoma confirms what we have long known from many other such surveys, which is that far too many science teachers in our public schools don’t understand the concepts they’re teaching, especially the theory of evolution.
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Apr 15 2014

The IRS May Be a Bit Out of Control

No one likes the IRS, but this appalling and infuriating story is likely to make you like that agency even less. They’re now withholding tax refund checks from people whose long-dead parents had federal debts from decades ago, and we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars.
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