Category Archive: Politics

Jan 10 2014

They really are just putting up obnoxious roadblocks

The right has been obsessed with putting up pointless obstacles to getting an abortion: waiting periods, ultrasounds, vaginal ultrasounds, etc. Their entire purpose is to punish and increase the suffering and anxiety of women trying to get a legal and necessary procedure done, because they sure as heck have nothing to do with actually dissuading …

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Jan 09 2014

Didn’t anyone tell Christie that playing in traffic was dangerous?

As always, Jon Stewart gave the best analysis of the ongoing pettiness and spite in the Gov. Chris Christie administration: The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook Christie gave a press conference this morning. Firings! Humiliation! …

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Jan 08 2014

War on Everything

We’ve just begun a temporary cease fire in the War on Christmas (have no fear, Bill O’Reilly will start firing salvos of hot air again next October), which was a ridiculous contrivance: atheists aren’t fighting against Christmas, we’re just here. We’ve also lately seen that the Republican party is becoming increasingly creationist — they’re signing …

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Jan 06 2014

We’ve spent how much on WHAT???

If the Republicans are going to complain about big government and waste, how about starting here? Since 1996, the federal government has spent more than $1.75 billion on abstinence-only sexual education programs — programs that teach public school students about sex through a religious filter, and fail to instruct them how to effectively prevent sexually transmitted …

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Jan 01 2014

Wouldn’t everyone love to have a conversation with Jamie Dimon?

While we’ve sucked in some libertarians nattering away in another thread, maybe they’d like to take a moment to explain the unrepentant evil of the American banking industry? Here are some lovely pointed questions. “Someone at JP Morgan said, “Let’s ask the American public what they’d like to say to one of our top bankers …

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Dec 31 2013

So I invented a new law the other day

I’d prodded the libertarians again, so they poked back en masse, and it was hilarious. The arguments were so familiar and so inane and so wrong that I had to say it: in any discussion about libertarians, the comments by libertarians will invariably make the stupidity of libertarianism clear (yes, I stole it with a …

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Dec 26 2013

Free Raif Badawi


Raif Badawi has already been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes, and now he has been recommended to be be brought before a high court on a crime that carries the death penalty. All for having a remarkable resemblance to Tom Hiddleston. No, wait, it’s for an equally trivial crime: he founded …

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Dec 25 2013

Holiday sentiment

I’m pretty comfortable here, waiting for the kids to get up and open their presents, last night we had a pleasant evening with a vegan dinner with mead, and later today we’re getting on a plane and heading back home, so I’m too mellow right now to write something ferocious. For that, I recommend reading …

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Dec 23 2013

We were more free under Nixon than we are under Obama

Edward Snowden has been unfavorably compared to Daniel Ellsberg: both leaked classified documents that exposed government wrongdoing, but Ellsberg was brave enough to stand and face the legal system. Now Ellsberg himself repudiates that argument. America has changed over the last 40 years. We now live in a country that actively suppresses whistle-blowers, with a …

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Dec 23 2013

Speaking of stupid arguments with obvious rebuttals…

Least I could do

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