Archives for March 2012

Free BBQ at Rock Beyond Belief

How could the Rock Beyond Belief event get any better? How about free BBQ for everyone before the event? Clearly, God loves me. Or rather, clearly Todd Stiefel is a generous man with excellent taste in food. … [Read more...]

Awesome Reason Rally Video

This is a really cool video put together by The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews.httpv:// … [Read more...]

Cert Denied in Two Church/State Cases

Howard Friedman reports that the Supreme Court has denied cert in two cases involving religion in public schools that have gotten a lot of attention in recent years. He gives the details on the two cases: … [Read more...]

The Christian Right Beatitudes

During a conversation over dinner tonight, I had a sudden epiphany that someone ought to write up a new list of beatitudes to reflect what the Christian right in this country actually believe, as taught by their version of Jesus. Here's the new list: … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin Loves the Pope

At the Reason Rally, Tim Minchin did his infamous song about the pope. I can't find a good video of that performance, but here's the same song from another time and place. … [Read more...]

The Search for the Limiting Principle

One of the key arguments in the health care reform case is whether the individual mandate to buy health insurance has a "limiting principle" -- that is, if the government has that power, can't it also force you to buy almost anything else? And this argument isn't necessarily without merit, but as Akhil Reed Amar -- in my opinion, one of the most brilliant legal scholars in the country -- points out, this is true of nearly every other government power as well. … [Read more...]

Romney’s WTF Statement of the Day

David Plouffe recently said that Mitt Romney is the "godfather" of the health care reform bill -- which is true, by the way -- and Romney is still scrambling to explain why the very idea he supported as governor is now a socialist plot to destroy the country. And he gave this really weird answer to that question on the Hugh Hewitt radio show: … [Read more...]

Lively’s Bizarre Uganda Conspiracy

Lunatic anti-gay bigot Scott Lively was on Bryan Fischer's radio show last week and offered a truly whacked conspiracy theory to explain why he simply had to go to Uganda and encourage them to pass harsh anti-gay legislation. And it's all George Soros' fault, of course. … [Read more...]

So That’s What It Takes to Fire a Cop

I've written for years about police officers getting away with just about everything under the sun -- drunk driving, faking police reports, beating people up in bars, even killing unarmed suspects -- without losing their jobs. So what does it take to get fired? Mowing your lawn in boxer shorts. … [Read more...]

Dick Morris Lies About Obama

When I flew from Washington, DC to Florida on Monday, I ran into Dick Morris at National Airport. He was walking in to a gift shop that I was walking out of, having just bought something to drink. He's incredibly short, maybe 5'6. He's also incredibly dishonest, as a new video on his website shows. "Obama assumes dictatorial powers!" it declares. … [Read more...]

NOM Looks for ‘Victims’ of Gay Parents

A court has released previously sealed internal documents from the National Organization for Marriage and it includes a 2009 strategy document with items they were looking to fund. Included in those items was someone to find "victims" of gay parents that they could use to discredit same-sex marriage and adoption. … [Read more...]

NYC: No ‘Evolution’ on State Tests

New York City seems intent on one-upping even Kansas and Arkansas when it comes to bad educational policy. The NYC Department of Education has released a list of 50 words they say should not appear on state tests because they might offend someone. Included in that list: dinosaurs and evolution. Staks Rosch has the full list: … [Read more...]