Meet Me in Minneapolis

I’m going to be in Minneapolis this weekend for the Minnesota Atheists annual solstice dinner and we’re going to have a meet and greet for our readers (PZ, Stephanie Zvan, Jason Thibeault and the infamous Bio Dork will be there as well). We’re meeting in the bar of Firelake, a restaurant in the Radisson Blu downtown at 8 pm Saturday night. Be there or…don’t be there.

Messianic Rabbi Uses Hanukkah to Blather Ignorantly

The Worldnetdaily has an interview with Jonathan Cahn, their favorite messianic “rabbi” (read: Christian preacher) and end-times babbler, about Hannukah. He uses the opportunity to spout all manner of ignorant nonsense about the evils of The Gay, separation of church and state and more. Let’s start with this amusing bit of stupid:
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Corrupt Cop Won’t Be Charged. Film at 11.

If there are a million stories in the naked city, it seems like this story is about 900,000 of them. A police officer in California has been seized marijuana by the pound and then not filing reports on it, taking it home rather than turning it in as evidence. Local prosecutors are not going to charge him because, of course they’re not.
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We’ve Got a Matching Grant

A generous reader of Dispatches has been kind enough to offer a $500 matching grant for my Foundation Beyond Belief fundraiser. The goal was $2000 and we’re just over $1000 now, so that would be enough to beat the goal. So every dollar you donate right now will be doubled! Click here to donate. And thank you so much to Michael Fuller for his incredible generosity.

Another Right Wing Plan to Take Over Territory

We’ve already had the Free State Project, where people planned to take over a state and turn it into a libertarian paradise, and Christian Exodus, which planned to take over South Carolina and turn it into a theocracy. Now we have a right-wing plan to take over a county in Arizona and then refuse to comply with federal law.
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Pipeline Under Lake Michigan May Be Leaking

In 2010, a pipeline owned by Enbridge leaked over 800,000 gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River. One of my reporters for the Michigan Messenger, Eartha Melzer, tracked all the pipelines crossing the state and found on that goes right under the Mackinac Bridge in Lake Michigan/Huron. That pipeline now has a “pinhole leak.”
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Trump Still Pretending He Might Run for President

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

“A lot of people think I have fun with [talking about running for president] and I enjoy the process, but the country is in very serious trouble so I am considering it seriously,” the celebrity mogul said at the Economic Club of Washington on Monday night.

No you aren’t.
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Jindal Pretends Prayer Rally Isn’t Political

The New Orleans Times-Picayune decided to ask Gov. Bobby Jindal about some of the controversial things that were on the website for his upcoming prayer rally, which is being paid for by the American Family Association. His spokesperson dodged those questions and pretended that the rally is totally non-political.
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Greatest C-SPAN Moment Ever

Okay, this is hilarious. Brad and Dallas Woodhouse are political pundits who disagree on virtually everything and they went on C-SPAN to debate a range of subjects. Then their mother called in and harangued them, saying that she hopes they get it out of their system so they can have a peaceful Christmas. When her voice comes on the line, one of them does a facepalm and says, “Oh God, it’s mom.”
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