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Jul 19 2014

Selena Owens Hearts Sarah Palin

Selena Owens, vice chair of the Conservative Campaign Committee PAC and a Worldnetdaily columnist, pens a love letter to famous quitter Sarah Palin. There’s some breathtakingly stupid rhetoric in this column, like claiming that Palin “belongs to We the People and has absolutely nothing to do with political pandering.” I bet the sky is pretty in her world.
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Jul 19 2014

I Was on Dutch TV

When I was in Charleston, South Carolina doing my Stand Up Skeptic show a couple months ago, there was a Dutch TV crew that was following around Herb Silverman and they filmed most of my talk. I’m in the video for just a few seconds, doing a joke about the American Family Association selling an artificial burning cross. Here’s the full video.
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Jul 18 2014

Belief in Medical Conspiracies is Very High

Think Progress reports that about half of all Americans believe in at least one of six major conspiracy theories involving medicine and health, from anti-vaccine myths to the idea that the cures for diseases are being hidden from us by the pharmaceutical industry.
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Jul 18 2014

Tribalism and the Myth of the Diseased Immigrant

As we watch the right wing unconscionably attack thousands of child refugees who have come here for safety and opportunity, partly with the old trope about diseased immigrants, Jesse Singal notes that this reaction is based on tribalism and fear of the other that is deeply ingrained in us.
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Jul 18 2014

Quakers Form Underground Railroad for Gay Ugandans

Bravo to a group of Quakers in Olympia, Washington who have established a new underground railroad to get gay Ugandans out of that country to escape the brutal persecution there after the passage of a new law that includes life in prison just for being gay.
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Jul 18 2014

Republican Woman: Women Too Stupid for Charts and Data

I’m never surprised to hear a Republican legislator being sexist, but here’s an example of a female Republican legislator, Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, during a meeting on how the GOP can better reach women, saying bluntly that women are too dumb to understand charts and graphs and stuff.
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Jul 18 2014

The Bus Full of Refugees That Wasn’t

Adam Kwasman, a Republican state legislator now running for Congress in Arizona, is one of those far right politicians who is simultaneously demanding that all of the refugee children be sent back immediately and that Obama is to blame for the mistreatment that led them to come here in the first place. And he has an anecdote to prove it:
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Jul 18 2014

The Racist Trope of the Disease-Ridden Immigrant

One of the most commonly repeated tropes in American history is the idea that immigrants come here and spread disease. It’s been used to oppose virtually every immigrant group throughout our history and now it’s being used by xenophobes once again to demand that 52,000 young refugees be sent back to Central America. Samuel Kleiner recounts some of this vile history:
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Jul 18 2014

Cliven Bundy for Governor of Wyoming

Apaprently, Cliven Bundy is running for the Republican nomination for governor of Wyoming, only he’s using the name Taylor Haynes. Haynes is running on a platform of taking over that state’s national parks, including Yellowstone, and arresting federal officers if they try to do their jobs.
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Jul 18 2014

Perkins Only Wants to Have It His Way

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council joins the chorus of bigots throwing a major tantrum over a San Francisco Burger King using rainbow-colored wrappers on their Whoppers. And with all the charm that a 14-year old comedian wannabe can muster, he calls them “Burger Queen.”
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Jul 18 2014

MN Republican Candidate A Young Earther

Remember Bob Frey, Michele Bachmann’s buddy who is running for Congress from Minnesota and thinks that AIDS is caused by an enzyme in sperm? I’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out that he’s also a young earth creationist who thinks humans and dinosaurs lived together and that this should be taught in schools.
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Jul 17 2014

Miller: Refugee Children a Threat to Our Survival

As the right wing continues to freak out about the presence of about 50,000 kids who are refugees from Central America, Joe Miller, a former Senate candidate from Alaska and Tea Party darling, says that their presence in this country is a threat to our very survival!
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Jul 17 2014

Staver Thinks You Have a ‘Reprobate Mind’

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, has an explanation for why some people (like me and probably you too) are so upset by the Hobby Lobby ruling: Because God has “given us over to a reprobate mind” and we are therefore incapable of logic.
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Jul 17 2014

Another Moronic Claim that Atheists Don’t Exist

Alex Kocman, writing at Matt Barber’s wayward home for clueless dumbasses, seizes on a recent Science 2.0 article that is barely any better to claim that “atheists may not exist.” Funny, I’m pretty sure I exist and I’m pretty sure lots of other atheists do too. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that they both articles vastly oversimplify the issue and draw ridiculous conclusions from far more reasonable premises.
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Jul 17 2014

‘Sovereign Citizen’: ‘Legalese’ Doesn’t Apply to Me

Another day, another “sovereign citizen” arrested who thinks the law doesn’t apply to him and he can do whatever he wants. This one stole $20,000 worth of copper wire from a church and then told the police that he doesn’t have to follow “legalese.”
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