Archives for September 2011

Another Reason to Love the First Amendment

If the information in this article is correct, England's got a real free speech problem. It may be false or distorted, of course; it comes from a fundamentalist group and they've got a long history of exaggerating and distorting reality in order to make themselves look like martyrs. But if this is true, it's very bad:Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws.Officers attended the … [Read more...]

Officer Charged in Fatal Beating of Schizophrenic man

You may remember the case in Fullerton, California where police officers beat a schizophrenic homeless man to death. Surprisingly, the two officers have actually been charged in the case.Prosecutors charged officer Manuel Ramos with second-degree murder on Wednesday, saying he initiated the lethal beating of Kelly Thomas with the words, "My fists ... are getting ready to f--- you up." They accused a second officer, Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, with shocking and beating Thomas with his Taser and … [Read more...]

Republicans and Debt

Here are some fascinating numbers from the most recent Harper's Index:* Seventy-one percent of current U.S. debt was accumulated during Republican presidential terms.* Two-thirds of debt-ceiling elevations since 1960 have been signed into law by Republican presidents.* In 1961 the percentage of corporate profits paid in taxes was nearly forty-one; now it is less than eleven.* Seventy-five percent of the increase in corportate profit margins since 2001 has come from depressed wages.* … [Read more...]

750,000 People Arrested for Marijuana Possession

The latest figures are out and they're appalling:If these statements are true, then how do they justify the arrests of more than 853,000 people for marijuana-related violations in 2010? That’s one person arrested every 19 seconds! The Drug Czar maintains that law enforcement protocols are still considered a useful tool for eliminating suppliers and dealers as a way to decrease overall use.Okay, that seems like it makes sense. So how many of those 853,000 arrests were for sale or m … [Read more...]

Ellis Washington Projects About Projection

Here's one of the funniest things you'll read this week. Our old friend Ellis Washington writes about Richard Dawkins, the wingnuts and their ignorant stance on evolution in his latest column.Dawkins, in ablog entry, attacked Perry:There is nothing unusual about Gov. Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today's Republican [P]arty (I disavow the ridiculous 'GOP' nickname, … [Read more...]

Online Poker Bust: The Government’s Fault

The legal complaint against Full Tilt Poker is worth reading. It's pretty obvious that the company was guilty of bank fraud and money laundering, as all the online sites doing business in the United States were, and that was obvious years ago. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act forced them to set up hundreds and hundreds of dummy companies to get around the limitations on transferring money to online gambling sites, despite the fact that online poker is not actually illegal in this … [Read more...]

Creationism on Dallas School Website

The Dallas Observer reports on creationist material found on a teacher's online bulletin board in the Dallas public schools:Turns out, Rick Perry was right after all.What you see at right is a slide I received last night from a fellow Dallas Independent School District parent. It was, until this morning, available on the district's Curriculum Central website, accessible only to teachers and administration and a resource for instructors needing further materials to flesh out what's being … [Read more...]

Bachmann Continues to Lie About Gardasil

Being a politician means never saying you ever got anything wrong and nothing demonstrates that as perfectly as Michele Bachmann's continued tap dance on Gardasil being dangerous. During the most recent debate she was asked whether she had reconsidered her claims about how dangerous the vaccine is and she simply lied. Here's the question that was asked:“Do you stand by your statement that the HPV vaccine is potentially dangerous, and if not, should you be more careful when talking about p … [Read more...]

Barton: Impeach Judges I Disagree With

To give you an idea of just how crazed David Barton is, look at what he said on a recent radio show. He says Congress should impeach any judge who issues a ruling they don't like. And he starts with this illogical argument:Barton: Well, the first part is they're not appointed for life. That's one of the things that people think today and this is one of the great judicial myths that's out there that's absolutely not accurate. If you go back and look at the Constitution, Article III deals with … [Read more...]

The Conservative Base Isn’t Gonna Like This

One of the fascinating things about Rick Perry is how little contact there is between perception and reality. The perception is that he's a hardcore, Tea Party conservative; the reality is that he is a political shape shifter who rivals Mitt Romney, at one point or another taking a far more liberal position on lots of issues than those who make up his current political base understands. On immigration, for example, Perry publicly opposed Arizona's famous SB 1070 law. He's also criticized the … [Read more...]

Farah vs Maddow and Ackerman

Joseph Farah is going after Rachel Maddow and Spencer Ackerman in his column at the Worldnutdaily. And boy is he off base.Maddow has a big mouth but very little courage. The very day Maddow was talking about these issues, another program on MSNBC had invited me to discuss one of them – the flying banner. I agreed. The segment was canceled. MSNBC invited me again the next day. I agreed. The segment was canceled. This happens frequently at MSBNC as well as CNN and Fox. I suspect some of these s … [Read more...]

DADT Repeal Prompts Much Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

John Guardiano writes a profoundly ridiculous post-mortem on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the American Spectator.Don't Ask, Don't Tell, sadly, is now history. And its demise is being celebrated by the media as a milestone on the march to "civil rights" and "equality" for gay men and women.But in fact, just as with same-sex marriage, DADT has never been about civil rights or equality. Lesbians and homosexuals have always enjoyed the same legal rights and protections as every … [Read more...]