Archives for January 2012

Computer Help Needed

So they came and installed the new equipment in my office for my radio show today, but there's a problem. The microphone plugs into my computer through a USB connection, with an adapter that runs from the standard XLR plug to the USB port, but when I plug it in it also kills my sound. I can't hear anything coming out of the speakers with it plugged in. Is there a setting that allows me to channel the mic input through that USB port but keep the speaker output going to my regular headphone jack … [Read more...]

What About All the Non-Gay Kids Who Kill Themselves?

Anti-gay loony Michael Brown was on an American Family Association radio show last week and he admitted that gay teenagers do commit suicide because of anti-gay bullying, but then said, in essence, that it's no big deal because kids kill themselves for lots of other reasons too: … [Read more...]

Fox News Lies About Rock Beyond Belief

Todd Starnes of Fox News tries his damnedest to dredge up faux controversy over the Rock Beyond Belief event at Ft. Bragg. Justin Griffith, the force behind the festival, has the full transcript of the interview he did with Starnes, which shows how he hacked it up dishonestly. … [Read more...]

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Barber vs … Everyone

With much of the right wing punditry going at Newt Gingrich with pick axes, Matt Barber of the badly misnamed Liberty Counsel, a Newt supporter, comes to his defense with his usual illogic and simpleminded rhetoric. You see, it's all Matt Drudge's fault for linking to things said by other conservatives. … [Read more...]

Fischer: Bill Clinton Causes Cancer!

A new report finds that mouth and throat cancers are increasing because of HPV infections brought on by oral sex. And according to Bryan Fischer, it's all Bill Clinton's fault. Seriously. … [Read more...]

Boykin Pulled From West Point Event

Got some great news from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation Monday night. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin has withdrawn from the National Prayer Breakfast at West Point, likely under pressure from the Pentagon to do so. MRFF and VoteVets had been putting the heat on to make this happen, working on behalf of more than 100 cadets and faculty at the military academy. … [Read more...]

Rationality and Recognizing Important Distinctions

A discussion in the comment thread of an earlier post got me thinking about the influence of tribalism and simplistic thinking in political and religious discussions. In the midst of political and religious disagreements of the kind discussed here every day, it is very easy to fall into the trap of turning one's opponents into a single monolithic group, of using a label as a handy stand in for thinking. It's something we all do at times, but it's something that a skeptic or rationalist should … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Declares Year of the Bible

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted last week to declare 2012 the "year of the Bible." And they voted for it unanimously, a 193-0 vote. And the whole thing is standard-issue Christian nation nonsense. Here's the full text: … [Read more...]

Another Wingnut Endorses Newt

Newt Gingrich has won the endorsement of yet another first class religious right whacko, this time the self-declared "apostle" Dutch Sheets, one of the leaders of the dominionist New Apostolic Reformation. Gingrich has named him vice-chair of his "faith leaders coalition." And this guy is seriously nuts. … [Read more...]

Indiana Senate Panel Wants To Get Sued

The Indiana Senate apparently wants to lose a really big lawsuit. The Committee on Education and Career Development passed Senate Bill 89 last week by an 8-2 vote, sending it to the floor for a full vote. Here's what that bill would do: … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Newt Gingrich

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who displays weapons-grade projection in accusing their opponents of their own worst traits. Newt Gingrich is the walking embodiment of that concept, a man who, with a completely straight face, slams his opponents for negative campaigning when he, more than anyone else, taught conservatives how to do it. It was GOPAC, his group, that put out a 1996 memo telling followers how to portray their opponents in the most negative light possible using specific … [Read more...]

Obama and ‘European Socialism’

One of the constant features of Republican rhetoric about Obama, especially from Mitt Romney these days, is that President Obama is leading American down the path to "European socialism." Andrew Sullivan explains why this is nonsense: … [Read more...]