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...]

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...]

Important New Ruling on Eyewitness Evidence

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a very important ruling on how trial courts must handle eyewitness testimony. The Innocence Project reports on the development.“Today the New Jersey Supreme Court has said that the legal architecture set by the U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago to evaluate identification evidence must be renovated. This is a decision that will ultimately affect every state and federal court in the nation,” said Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project, which is aff … [Read more...]

Researcher Accuses Clement of Distorting Her Work

There are a couple of interesting developments in the legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in which the House has hired Paul Clement to defend the constitutionality of the law. The first is that Clement apparently tried to cite lots of research about the dangers of gay parents in his filings, but without making the sources of that research available for depositions and cross-examination. AmericaBlog reports: … [Read more...]

The Racial Injustice of the War on Drugs

This report from the Washington City Paper could have been written about any large city in the country.But even with a high arrest rate, some people in D.C. can probably safely get high without worrying that the cops are coming. Those people are white people. In 2007, 91 percent of those arrested for marijuana were black. In a city whose population demographics are steadily evening out, that’s odd. In fact, adjusting for population, African Americans are eight times as likely to be arrested f … [Read more...]

Auto-Start Videos

I've heard isolated reports of auto-start videos on the site. I hate them every bit as much as you do, but I haven't seen one and I can't track down its source (we use multiple ad networks) without more information. If you see one, please get a screenshot of the ad for me. That might help me track it down and root it out. Thanks. … [Read more...]

Really, Politico?

It's bad enough that the Worldnutdaily gives Chuck Norris a weekly column, but Politico? Seriously? Yep. And it's the same ignorant nonsense we've gotten used to already. This one is all about how Obama has a secret plot to get your guns.It’s been said that guns have two enemies – rust and politicians. Rust never sleeps, and neither do those who would seek to restrict our constitutional rights. So let me tell you about a meeting you weren’t invited to, where those people were planning an atta … [Read more...]

Why the Evolution Question Matters

Kevin Williamson at the National Review Online has a rather odd position about Rick Perry's recent creationist talk. He basically says, "Okay, so Perry is an ignorant blowhard -- but you shouldn't be asking him such questions in the first place." Here's the first part:I’ll get into the question of tossing around these kinds of cultural hand grenades in a second, but first, let me note something that in my view is more important: Neither of Perry’s statements is true. Texas does not, as a mat … [Read more...]

Please. Please, Please, Please, Please.

This would make me so happy:Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, is considering a run against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur in 2012, according to Republican Party sources.Jon Stainbrook, chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party, said there is "high-level interest in the national Republican Party" in a potential Wurzelbacher candidacy."We are encouraging Joe to run," Mr. Stainbrook said. "He hasn't made any official decision yet."I'll be praying for this to happen. … [Read more...]


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