Most Important Op-Ed You’ll Read This Year

Thomas Drake, the former NSA employee who blew the whistle on that agency's unconstitutional surveillance programs, had an op-ed piece in the Washington Post last week that should be required reading in every high school government and civics class and should be read by every American. What he reveals here is enormously important, especially that there was a system in place that allowed the government to comply with the constitution while getting the information it needed to combat terrorism, … [Read more...]

1st Circuit Rules Recording Police Protected by First Amendment

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an enormously important ruling that says recording police officers during an arrest is not only constitutionally protected, but so clearly constitutionally protected that it overrides qualified immunity for an officer who arrests someone for doing it. You can read the full ruling here (PDF).As Balko notes, that distinction is important. This was not a criminal case; the charges were dropped in this case. But the plaintiff then filed a civil suit, … [Read more...]

Underwear Bomber Doesn’t Get the Law

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the infamous underwear bomber, is filing some rather interesting handwritten motions with the federal court in Detroit. Like he wants to be released because only Allah can judge him:The Defendant Abdulmutallah, is a Muslim who believes in Allah and His messenger Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him], and believes that all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran.The Defendant is being unjustly detained, in the United States of America, and subjected to the … [Read more...]

Interesting Case of a Florida Teacher

You may have heard by now about the teacher in Florida who was briefly suspended after posting some relatively obnoxious statements on his Facebook page about same-sex marriage. Here's what he wrote on Facebook:On July 25, Buell posted on his Facebook page, "I'm watching the news, eating dinner, when the story about New York okaying same sex unions came on and I almost threw up.""If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don't insult a man and woman's marriage by throwing it in the … [Read more...]

Jesus Could Be Coming to Detroit

Lou Engle, one of the loonies behind Perry's prayer rally, is planning a big revival event in Detroit. And he's bringing with him a guy who says he talks to Jesus face to face all the time. Right Wing Watch reports:Lou Engle, who is set to lead The Call: Detroit on November 11 with plans to convert Muslims to Christianity and ‘free’ gays from homosexuality, now has a co-host for the rally: faith healer David E. Taylor. Like Engle, Taylor believes that God is directly communicating with newly ap … [Read more...]

Robert O'Brien Nominee: Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson joins the chorus of stupid:Robertson: Ladies and gentlemen I don’t want to get weird on this so please take it for what it’s worth. But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power, it has been the symbol of our great nation, we look at that monument and say this is one nation under God. Now there’s a crack in it, there’s a crack in it and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just result of an ear … [Read more...]

Coulter Hearts Behe

With evolution becoming a political issue again after Rick Perry's ignorant babble on the subject, you knew it wouldn't take long for Ann Coulter to say some really stupid things about the subject. And she's all about the Behe, folks.This week, we will consider one small slice of the mountain of scientific evidence disproving this mystery religion from the Victorian age.Most devastating for the Darwiniacs were advances in microbiology since Darwin's time, revealing infinitely complex … [Read more...]

McCain's Libyan Adventure

Here was John McCain earlier this week criticizing Obama for not doing more militarily to overthrow Gaddafi:This achievement was made possible first and foremost by the struggle and sacrifice of countless Libyans, whose courage and perseverance we applaud. We also commend our British, French, and other allies, as well as our Arab partners, especially Qatar and the UAE, for their leadership in this conflict. Americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat … [Read more...]

Perry's Private Meeting with Crazy Preachers

Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent this weekend at a private gathering of some of the craziest of the wingnuts at the ranch of his biggest financial backer, including David Barton and Rick Scarborough. We all know about Barton, but Scarborough is a Texas evangelist I talked about in my C-SPAN speech (Part one, part two) in 2007. That year he started a crusade to get conservative Christians elected to school boards and local commissions to influence policy.He's also craziest enough to be one of the … [Read more...]

Worldnutdaily Columnist Waxes Stupid on Evolution

I know it will come as a shock to hear that a Worldnutdaily columnist would say lots of stupid things about evolution. You could have bowled me over with a proverbial feather when I saw it (/sarcasm). But Robert Ringer wants you to know that he approaches the subject from a purely intellectual perspective:I don't have a religious dog in the evolution fight, so from a very young age I came at the theory of evolution from an intellectual, common-sense point of view. Even though I was … [Read more...]

Judge Smacks Down Texas Legislators Even Harder

A couple weeks ago I reported on the Texas judge who delivered a sharp smackdown to some Texas legislators who filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a new anti-choice law they passed. Not to be deterred by reality, the legislators then filed the same motion again -- and got it turned down again. And then to show just how immune they are to reason, they filed a third time. And this time the judge had had enough. In response to the second motion, the judge wrote: … [Read more...]

Gheen: Obama Wants War With ‘White America’

You probably don't know who William Gheen is. He's the head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. He spewed some serious crazy on a radio show recently and Right Wing Watch has the audio and transcript.What Janet Napolitano has spent most of her time doing in the last couple of months has been, one, preparing the new spy network that’s available now, the new data-collecting, see everything you do online, beyond the normal terrorist list that they’re creating, they’re creating a much lar … [Read more...]