Archives for October 2011

Herman Cain and Numerology

The more we learn about Herman Cain, the weirder the story gets. Not only does he think that the number 45 has some special, magic role in his life -- he actually devoted an entire chapter in his campaign book about that number's transcendent meaning. … [Read more...]

Kinchlow Blathers About Church and State

The Worldnutdaily now features weekly columns by Ben Kinchlow, former co-host of the 700 Club. Unsurprisingly, they demonstrate all the ignorance we've come to expect from WND columnists. His latest column contains lots of nonsense about separation of church and state. Like, did you know that it's a communist idea? … [Read more...]

Trouble in Monaghan’s Catholic Paradise

The Miami New Times reports on the deep troubles in Tom Monaghan's Florida version of the Vatican, the town of Ave Maria. He already ran into constitutional problems when he declared that his town would be free of birth control and pornography, now things have gotten even worse. … [Read more...]

What’s the Harm in False Beliefs?

If you're like me, whenever you find yourself criticizing some form of pseudoscience masquerading as reality you will inevitably get someone who says something like, "Oh, what's the harm in believing in that? Everyone has to believe in something." What's the harm has the answer. This site, organized by category, shows the cost in both dollars and human life of believing in everything from astrology to vaccine denialism. These beliefs have real-life consequences. … [Read more...]

Threatened UMass Student Quite Magnanimous

A reader sends a follow up on the story about the UMass student who was threatened by an officer for videotaping the police breaking up a fight. The police department is investigating the incident and the student, Brendan Brown, is being very cool about it. … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson Thinks GOP Too Extreme

You know how far right the Republican presidential candidates have gone? So far that Pat freaking Robertson is telling them they need to come back to reality. Seriously. … [Read more...]

Dumb Things Pat Buchanan Says

Talking Points Memo has a list of ten absurd claims made by Pat Buchanan in his new book proclaiming the end of "white America" in the next three decades. And there's some world-class stupid going on here. To wit: … [Read more...]

Fischer Confuses Criticism and Censorship

What is it with wingnuts not understanding that just because someone points out their stupidity and bigotry, that doesn't mean they're being persecuted? Bryan Fischer makes this asinine argument yet again when writing about the court ruling that the names of those who signed a petition against marriage equality can't be withheld: … [Read more...]

Bachmann’s Accuracy Problem

Former Bachmann aides have long expressed their frustration with her tendency to go off the cuff when speaking and throw out half-baked claims that are untrue. The LA Times documents several such incidents during the campaign over the last few months. … [Read more...]

Cain Backpedals on His Backpedal

It's really getting fun watching Herman Cain try to explain what he really by some stupid thing he said. There's a pattern developing here. He says something that appeals to the wingnuts and then he pretends that he didn't really mean it and then the wingnuts get mad at him for it. Here he is trying to explain to Piers Morgan what he really meant when he said he wouldn't let Muslims serve in his administration. … [Read more...]

Krauthammer v Santorum on Marriage Equality

Charles Krauthammer asked Rick Santorum why allowing gay people to marry would destroy the institution of marriage and, predictably, he babbled and repeated himself and failed to make any coherent argument at all.“It’s something natural, men and women coming together, having children, raising them for the benefit of society,” he said. “To redefine it then destroys it.” … [Read more...]

Roy Moore Considering Running Again

Judge Roy Moore says he's considering running for office again -- not for president, or for the governor of Alabama again, but to get his old job back as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He was kicked off the court after refusing a federal court order to remove a huge Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse. … [Read more...]