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Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 30 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. The Republicon party has now officially become a farce. They can’t get their message straight: John McCain not only supported the bailout package rejected by the House, he bragged about his role in getting the bill to the floor yesterday. His running mate suggested the bill was necessary to …

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Sep 30 2008

Bill Donahue Strikes Again

Is it possible for the Catholic League’s Bill “Frothing Insane” Donahue to sound even more ridiculous than he did during the Great Cracker Controversy? Oh, my, yes: The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue comes to Sarah Palin’s defense now that the video of her being blessed by Thomas Muthee has been making its way into the …

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Sep 30 2008

Hooray, Tax Revenue!

Courtesy of some right-wing churches that want to have their cake and eat it, too, it looks like we could be in for a windfall: Following up on an item from a few weeks ago, federal tax law, as it relates to tax-exempt religious ministries, is pretty clear — houses of worship may not legally …

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Sep 30 2008

Adventures in Banned Books

Raise your hand if you think you’re looking at child porn. Back when I worked at B. Dalton, I only saw my manager lose her composure with a customer once. Some fuckwit came up to the counter foaming at the mouth with an Anne Geddes book in his hand. He demanded we remove all copies …

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Sep 29 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Remember how McCain “rode to the rescue” of the bailout package? Remember how just this morning, he and his campaign were bragging about how his intervention saved the day? Heh heh heh whoops: Everyone knew the vote on the bailout package would be close, and it was. Everyone did …

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Sep 29 2008

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards V: Gone Cruisin’

Aye, my darlings, the crew of the HMS Elitist Bastard is all aboard The Coffee-Stained Writer’s Caribbean Elite, and we be savoring the luxury. Captain NP, who worked herself to the bone and delivered a brilliant Carnival of the Elitist Bastards, has the full report of our carousing. Look on her works, ye landlubbers, and …

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Sep 29 2008

An Unhealthy Aversion to Sex and Fantasy: Welcome to Banned Books Week

I know, I know. The Palin Train Wreck is about to leave the station (and who can doubt that her upcoming debate with Sen. Joe Biden is going to be anything but an epic fail?), the bailout package is wandering the halls of Congress demanding braaaiiinss, and as John McCain watches his poll numbers sink, …

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Sep 29 2008

Now Taking Requests

Let’s open the floor to you all, my darlings. This cantina, after all, is for you. Do you have a field of science or a particularly juicy bit o’ science news you want to see highlighted in Sunday Sensational Science? Lay it on me. Ideas for Friday Favorites? Let’s have ‘em. Anything else on your …

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Sep 29 2008

There’s Divorced from Reality and Then There’s…

…murdering it, cutting it into pieces, stuffing the remains into suitcases, and dumping them in remote areas while telling concerned inquirers that “Reality and I just felt like we needed a little break from each other. I think she went to Barbados. Don’t worry – I’m sure she’ll be back soon!“ The co-founder of the …

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Sep 28 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Today, we learn that Sarah Palin doesn’t speak for the McCain campaign: Over the summer, there were a series of instances in which John McCain would say something, and McCain aides would walk it back by saying the candidate doesn’t actually speak for the candidate’s campaign. At one point, …

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