NYPD Hit With Major Discrimination Suit — From Cops


This is a very interesting development. A group of black and Latino police officers in New York City are suing the NYPD, claiming that they are being discriminated against, threatened and punished for not going along with illegal quotas that encourage discriminatory policies like Stop and Frisk. This follows an earlier suit that revealed that such quotas exist, which the NYPD had denied. … [Read more...]

Lindsey Graham: Kim Davis Should Do Her Job or Resign

As most of the Republican presidential candidates fall all over themselves to pander to the ridiculous notion, held by most of their base, that Christians are a persecuted minority in this country, Sen. Lindsey Graham is bucking that trend. In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, he came out and said that she should respect the rule of law and either resign her position or do her job. … [Read more...]

Best Reactions to the Kim Davis Jailing, Part 1

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As the furious rage of the wingnuts flows forth in response to Kim Davis being thrown in jail for contempt of court, I'm having way too much fun. It's a thrilling show, packed with schadenfreude and hilarity. And they're coming in so fast that it will take multiple posts to document them all. So sit back, relax, and watch the Hitler analogies fly through the air with the greatest of ease. … [Read more...]

The Christian Holocaust Has Begun!

Now that Judge Bunning has thrown raging bigot Kim Davis in jail for refusing to comply with the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Christian right is absolutely losing its collective mind. My favorite reaction by far to this point: The Christian Holocaust has begun in America! Invade Rowan County, Kentucky! Revolution! Oh Josh Feuerstein, you really are a moron. … [Read more...]

Judge Bunning Puts Kim Davis in Jail


Whoa, things got a lot more serious at this morning's hearing on a contempt of court motion than I expected. In their motion for contempt, the plaintiffs in the case had asked only for fines, not jail time, but Judge Bunning ruled that fines would be useless because Kim Davis' supporters would pay them for her (and he's right), so he told her to go directly to jail and remain there until she agrees to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. … [Read more...]

Santorum Lies About Climate Change Consensus


Carly Fiorina isn't the only second-tier Republican presidential candidate lying about climate change. Rick Santorum got in on the act when he appeared on Bill Maher's show, claiming that only 57% of climate scientists think that CO2 is the primary driver of climate change. Maher correctly wondered what ass he had pulled that from and both FactCheck and PolitiFact have tracked down the source of this lie. Here's the conversation with Maher: … [Read more...]

A Mass Baptism at a Public School Football Practice

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The link between sports and Christianity in this country is a very strong one, forged by groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action. There seems to be an almost endless supply of football coaches, especially, who think part of their job is to proselytize their players and convert them to Christianity. Here's another example out of Georgia, where they held a mass baptism at football practice. … [Read more...]

Scott Walker: Political Outsider


There are few rituals more ridiculous than the one that politicians engage in while running for office, claiming to be "political outsiders" who are out to "shake up the establishment." If you're a Carly Fiorina or even a Donald Trump, you might be able to pull that off. If you're Scott Walker, who has spent nearly his entire adult life in public office, you just come off as a really bad liar. … [Read more...]

Is Kim Davis Being Taken For a Ride by Liberty Counsel?


Mark Joseph Stern wonders if Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis isn't being victimized by Liberty Counsel, the Jerry Falwell-created Christian legal group led by Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman. And there's a case to be made there, I think, at least in the sense that the attorneys with Liberty Counsel know that she has no shot of actually winning her case and being allowed to discriminate as an agent of the government. … [Read more...]

Beck Knows Why Obama Changed the Mountain’s Name


We've heard all manner of explanations from the right wing for why Obama changed the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali. It's because he hates white people! It's because he hates Republicans! It's because he's a dictator! But Glenn Beck, believe it or not, has a far more realistic explanation than those. It's still silly and wrong, but it's not nearly that stupid. … [Read more...]

The Right Wing’s Dumbest Tweets About Kim Davis


The Christian right luminaries are busy tweeting their support for Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and making some spectacularly stupid arguments in those tweets. The comparisons they make are not just laughable, they are precisely the opposite of reality. Kim Davis is not a brave hero fighting injustice, she is creating injustice. But Matt Barber says she's the modern Rosa Parks: … [Read more...]

I Think I’d Really Like Iceland


The United Nations has been asking countries around the world to help the millions of refugees from the civil war in Syria by taking some of them in, thus easing the burden a bit on Jordan and Turkey, which has been hit with a a massive influx of them. The United States is taking a small number of them, a few thousand, and Iceland agreed to take 50 of them -- until the people there decided that wasn't enough and offered to open their homes to them personally. … [Read more...]