Where the Super PAC Spending Really Matters

Many electrons and much ink has been spilled to examine the massive amounts of money being spent by third party groups like Super PACs in the presidential race, but where that money really has a huge impact is in the downticket races for the House and Senate. The battle for Sherrod Brown’s seat is a perfect example:
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Corsi: Obama Was in Gay Marriage to Pakistani Roommate

Wow. You’d think that eventually the loony right would just run out of energy in generating bizarre conspiracy theories about the “real” Barack Obama, but there doesn’t seem to be any letup. Jerome Corsi, one of the infamous Swift Boaters, now says that Obama was married to his male Pakistani roommate before he married Michelle.
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Religious Ignorance and Religious Bigotry

One of the things that has happened in the wake of a shooting spree at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is that some pretty prominent people have displayed rank ignorance of the most basic distinctions between different religions. Fox News host Gregg Jarrett, for example, seems to think that it was a Jewish temple that was attacked, asking one of the members if there had been any previous acts of “anti-Semitism” at the temple.
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ACLJ Joins in Military Voting Lie

Look who is joining in on the blatant lie that the Obama administration is trying to prevent military personnel from being able to vote in Ohio — the American Center for Law and Justice, Pat Robertson’s legal group, the same group that is continually reminding us that Christianity is the only path to virtue and morality.
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Another Wingnut Revival is On the Way

Do religious right groups do anything other than push their repressive political agenda and organize revival meetings? Every few weeks there’s a new event announced, with names like 40 Days to Save America or America for Jesus. Here’s a new one, Cry Out America, planned for — when else? — 9/11. It’s the same list of groups that are always involved in such events, like the Family Research Council, the Christian Broadcasting Network, The Call, Intercessors for America and other similar groups. And of course, they have a promotional video with appropriately triumphant must declaring that “darkness has engulfed our nation.”
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Forensic Fraud Comes Clean

Radley Balko has been writing for years about the worthlessness of “bite mark” analysis, which has been used to convict hundreds, maybe thousands, of people around the country. Michael West, a dentist who specialized in such analysis, has now admitted that it’s all bunk. And Balko makes a brief return from his book-writing hiatus to document it:
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‘Psychic’ Fraud Comes Clean

Mark Edward, a former “psychic” and now a member of the editorial board of Skeptic and a big supporter of the work of James Randi, has a new book out called Psychic Blues, in which he argues that the vast majority of “psychics” are con artists (the rest may actually believe they have an ability that they do not, in fact, have). And he relates his own experiences and how he got in on the scam. Alternet has a chapter from that book.
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Street Preacher Threatens to Rape Woman

A friend of mine writes about an appalling situation in Grand Rapids last weekend. She was at this event, a neighborhood “gay day,” but left before this group of street preachers showed up to preach to everyone. And what did they preach, citing the Bible as justification? That they were going to rape the women there and that the women would enjoy it. Don’t watch this video unless you are prepared to be appalled:
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Romney Economic Advisers’ Bad Prediction Record

Adam Hersh and Sarah Ayres note that Mitt Romney’s chief economic advisers claim that his plan to shift the tax burden even more from wealthy people like him to everyone else will unleash a wave of economic growth that will result in 12 million new jobs. They also point out that those same advisers said the same thing about the Bush tax cuts 10 years ago:
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A Taxonomy of Creationists

Larry Moran makes a brief attempt at categorizing the major creationists and (allegedly) non-creationist critics of evolution, dividing them up into the four possible groups into which they could fall. This is in response to Casey Luskin claiming that all of them have faced terrible personal attacks for their advocacy. Here are the four possibilities:
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