The Academy Awards were Sunday night and the award for best actor really should have gone to John Kerry for managing to deliver this line about the Russian invasion of Crimea without busting a gut laughing.
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century.”
Gulf of Tonkin, anyone? Iraqi WMDs? For crying out loud, the United States are the Jedi masters of starting wars on false pretexts. In related news, the pot and the kettle were killed in a bar fight outside Kiev.
“Coach” Dave Daubenmire is good at affecting a disingenuous cluelessness. He’s just mystified, baffled by why his old high school didn’t hire him to be their new football coach. He simply can’t imagine what it was that led the school board to decide not to hire him. Read the rest of this entry »
As Jim Garrow has made the rounds of the right wing fever swamps selling tall tales of Obama nuking South Carolina and wiping out 281 million Americans (why so specifc? No idea), I’ve wondered how he’s going to make money from it. Now we know. On Erik Rush’s radio show, he told listeners to send him $3 million to build a radio station to broadcast his bizarre claims. Read the rest of this entry »
Star Parker, the self-described former “welfare queen” turned B-list Christian right celebrity, seems to be a very confused person. On the one hand, she says Gov. Brewer was right to veto the right to discriminate bill because it’s wrong to discriminate: Read the rest of this entry »
Scott Lively has been making the rounds of the right wing fever swamps lately talking about the Russian and Uganda anti-gay laws he loves so much, but he took a break and did an Irish radio show with a host who disagrees with him. He said that gay people are engaged in a Marxist plot to destroy society and that they are to blame for heterosexual diverse (and, presumably, for the fact that evangelicals have a higher divorce rate than atheists). Read the rest of this entry »
Fred Clarkson reports at Talk2Action that two longtime neo-Confederate theocrats, Michael Peroutka and David Whitney, have registered to run for spots on a county commission and on the party committees of both Republicans and Democrats in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Peroutka is running as a Republican and Whitney as a Democrat. But their long history of advocating for a theocracy should make anyone very suspicious. Read the rest of this entry »
As the right fires up its mantra machine and chooses “Putin is exploiting Obama’s weakness to invade the Ukraine” as its collective response to the situation there, Zack Beauchamp argues, correctly I think, that the one who is showing weakness here is Putin. Read the rest of this entry »
Jerome Corsi has another one of those “Worldnetdaily exclusives,” which, as always, mean that no other “news” outlet would publish something so stupid. The headline reads: Famous Republican about to fall out of sight? The famous Republican in question is Sen. John Cornyn. Read the rest of this entry »
Rev. Paul Raushenbush, a Baptist minister and the religion editor for the Huffington Post, has a very reasonable column about the dangers of allowing discrimination on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” He asks some of the same questions I’ve been asking and warns his fellow Christians not to go down that path: Read the rest of this entry »
The revelations continue to come out from the documents Edward Snowden leaked to the Guardian. My former AINN colleague Spencer Ackerman, now the national security editor for that paper, told NPR about documents that show the NSA and the British intelligence agencies have eavesdropped on millions of webcam chats: Read the rest of this entry »
Radley Balko reports on a terrible ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that just glosses over major problems with forensic science in the state of Mississippi that may well have resulted in many innocent people being convicted. The case involves Steven Hayne, the coroner that Balko exposed years ago and got fired. Read the rest of this entry »
Tammy Bruce is a gay conservative woman who really ought to be ashamed of herself. In a column in the Moonie Times (owned by a man who openly advocated purging all gay people from the face of the earth), she attacks the “GAYstapo” (get it? How clever!) for wanting to violate religious freedom. And she’s got some terrible arguments. Read the rest of this entry »
Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia has a brilliant idea to reduce health care costs: Let the poor die. He wants Congress to repeal the Reagan-era law requiring hospitals to treat someone in a medical emergency. Rachel Maddow rightly blasted him for this inhumane suggestion: Read the rest of this entry »
After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.