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Jul 21 2014

Racist Defendant Refuses Black Public Defender

A racist asshole who is charged with stabbing an elderly man several times told a judge at his arraignment that he didn’t want a “negro” public defender. In fact, he doesn’t want any attorney at all because attorneys are apparently evil. Especially black ones.
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Jul 21 2014

MI Senate Candidate’s Mysterious $3 Million Gift to Herself

Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan Secretary of State and now a Republican candidate to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, has contributed $3 million of her own money to her campaign. The problem? According to her personal financial filings, she doesn’t have that much money.
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Jul 21 2014

The Non-Existent ‘$50 Million Federal Resort for Illegals’

They say truth is the first casualty of war and it’s proving true in the right wing’s war on 52,000 child refugees — and on common decency. Jim Hoft, the infamous Gateway Pundit (often referred to as the Dumbest Man on the Internet), published a piece with the headline: “FEDS TO OPEN $50 MILLION RESORT FOR ILLEGAL CHILDREN – Complete With Tennis Courts, Sauna & Pools.” Guess what? It’s a lie.
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Jul 21 2014

Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum Delayed

Here’s a bit of good news on the Hobby Lobby front. The Bible curriculum that the Green family has spent a fortune developing, which was supposed to debut in one Oklahoma school district this fall, is being delayed due to “unforeseen delays” of some very vague type.
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Jul 21 2014

WGN Anchor Hammers a ‘Psychic’

WGN anchor Larry Potash slammed a “psychic” who failed completely at a cold reading in the studio. When she offered to do a private reading for him, he said she did, “Awful! Not even close! I mean, if you’re going to sell yourself as a psychic, at least be good at it! It’s an old parlor trick.” Yep, it is. Here’s the video:
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Jul 21 2014

HUMANE Act Gets It Exactly Backward

As you’ve probably read by now, American immigration law deals with unaccompanied minors from Mexico differently than those from non-contiguous countries. Mexican children can be sent back immediately by a border patrol agent, while those from non-contiguous countries have to have a hearing before a judge. A new bill in Congress does the exact opposite of what should be done to fix that.
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Jul 21 2014

WND Suddenly Cares About Religious Non-Profits Getting Taxpayer Funds

The Worldnetdaily has suddenly decided that they’re troubled by religious non-profits getting government funding, but only if those religious charities are taking care of refugee children — you know, the 12-year olds with ebola coming here to rape white women and vote Democratic.
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Jul 20 2014

Jon Stewart vs Louis Gohmert

Jon Stewart takes on the right wing’s freakout over 52,000 child refugees who have entered the country over the last few months, especially the incredibly stupid Louis Gohmert and one of his loopy House floor speech. This is funny stuff.
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Jul 20 2014

Lawsuit Dropped Against Mariam Ibrahim

So another twist and turn, and a positive one, in the saga of Mariam Ibrahim. The lawsuit filed by her family has apparently been dropped, which may pave the way for her finally to be able to leave Sudan and come to the United States. Gee, I wonder if those anti-immigration Christian righters will complain about that?
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Jul 20 2014

Armed Bigots Protest Refugee Children in Michigan

The same group of xenophobic bigots who held their own meeting last week to throw a fit about the possibility of 120 child refugees being housed for a few weeks in Vassar, Michigan while they await an immigration hearing just held an armed march in that town to protest the same thing.
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Jul 20 2014

Feder: Obama Destroying Civilization Itself

In the ongoing race to see which wingnut can come up with the most outlandish and hyperbolic rhetoric, Don Feder of the World Congress of Families would like you to know that President Obama isn’t just destroying America, he’s destroying civilization itself.
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Jul 19 2014

Rios: Treat Refugee Children Like Lepers

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association knows just what Jesus would do with those 52,000 child refugees at our border: He’d quarantine them like lepers. I’m sure that’s exactly what he meant by “whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me also.”
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Jul 19 2014

Gabby’s Husband Hammers Larry Pratt

It’s been quite some time since Larry Pratt said that legislators should be afraid of getting shot by angry constituents, but that quote came up in a Rolling Stone article this week. Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, who was shot by a constituent, understandably takes issue with Pratt’s horrifying statement.
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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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