Daubenmire: Christians Can’t Let Gays Come Out of the Closet

Dave Daubenmire sounded a lot like a Christian Reconstructionist fascist in a recent video, saying that as soon as Christians accepted that it was okay not to imprison people for sodomy, same-sex marriage became inevitable. He doesn’t actually endorse stoning gays explicitly, but he does say that God’s standards never change:
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Ferguson, MO and America’s Racist Criminal Justice System

As depressingly expected, the grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri did not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown 12 times from a great distance. Also as depressingly expected, the result was more violence and destruction as protests turned into riots. I’m not going to say much about this specific case because I think we need to take a step back and see it is but a single symptom of a much deeper problem within our criminal justice system.
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Montana Clerks Allowed to Refuse Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

Last week a federal court overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage and gay couples are now allowed to get married. But as in other states, some clerks think they should be excused from issuing licenses to them because of their religion. Unlike other states so far, they’re being allowed to refuse to serve the public.
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House Finally Files Pointless Lawsuit Against Obama

After many months of claiming they were going to sue President Obama without specifying what they were going to sue him for, exactly, the House Republicans have finally gotten around to filing a suit that will almost certainly be dismissed quickly. The Washington Post outlines some of the reasons the suit will fail:
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Cosby’s Attorney Issues an Amazing Statement

I haven’t commented yet on the allegations against Bill Cosby. I have long said that if you were going to start a Mt. Rushmore of comedy, the first three faces on it would be Carlin, Pryor and Cosby. But as more and more women come forward, and now a 90-year old man who used to be his “fixer,” it has become undeniable that he is very likely a serial rapist. His attorney released this incredible statement on Friday:
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SCOTUS Already Upheld Broad Executive Discretion on Immigration

Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress points out something important about both the Republican freakout and potential (and actual) lawsuits against Obama over his executive orders on immigration: The Supreme Court only a couple years ago upheld broad executive branch discretion on immigration, with two of the court’s conservative members in the majority.
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Admiral Fired Over Cheating at Poker

Last year, Rear Admiral Timothy Giardini was fired as the #2 man in charge of America’s nuclear forces. It’s now been revealed why he was fired and it fascinates me for two reasons. First, because it involves poker: He was cheating at poker by creating $500 poker chips to use in casinos. I’ll give the second reason a bit later.
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We Have the Best Government Money Can Buy

The Sunlight Foundation has done more to document the influence of money over our government than any other organization and they’ve produced an exhaustive new study that shows the staggering return the most politically active corporations receive for their investment of billions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying. The study examines the 200 most active companies in this regard between 2007 and 2012, three years before and after the Citizens United ruling. The results are entirely unsurprising.
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Palin Spews Stupid on the Immigration Order

Sarah Palin got on her failing “TV” channel and tossed a predictable word salad about Obama’s executive order, making the same ridiculous partisan claim that if his party lost the election, the voters rejected each and every policy they might support. As if that’s really what determines the votes that swing an election.
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California AG Admits Her Office Screwed Up on Prison Labor

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, considered a real rising star with a big future either on the federal bench or in electoral politics, is quite upset that attorneys in her office argued in a case that the state can’t afford to release inmates early because they benefit from prison labor.
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Is Obama Trying to Prevent Release of Torture Report

After belatedly and grudgingly agreeing to release the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Bush torture regime, President Obama has done everything possible to delay and obstruct that release. I think there’s a very good chance he’s doing this with the idea that once the GOP takes control of the Senate, it would rescind that release and bury it.
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