Michigan Senate Threatens U of M Over Stem Cell Research

In 2008, Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum that overturned the state's laws against embryonic stem cell research. The University of Michigan, one of the premier medical research facilities in the world, quickly became a hot spot for such research. And now the Republicans in Michigan want to cut its funding over it. Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, delivered an angry speech on the floor in response: … [Read more...]

Anti-Tax Group Can’t Spell

Okay, this is funny. A local group in Indiana that opposes a $30 million bond referendum that would fund a new library seems to be in need of a library's services more than anyone else. They can't even figure out how to spell the word "oppose." … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson Babbles About Science

Right Wing Watch has a clip of Pat Robertson being completely incoherent when talking about science, religion and the origins of life. He says scientists can't say anything about the origin of life because they weren't there -- but if they talk about something millions of years ago, you should believe them. … [Read more...]

Ironic Quote of the Day

From the Dallas Morning News:The Dallas Police Department has suspended a special unit’s regular reviews of dash-cam video from patrol cars because officers felt they were being nitpicked with disciplinary action for minor infractions such as speeding.You mean like you do all day long while writing tickets to civilians? Oh yeah, it's only "nitpicking" when it's done to cops. … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck’s Crazy Church Rant

This video is a perfect little two minute primer on Glenn Beck. The empty emotionalism, the utterly irrational claims of connections between things, the flat-out lies about a subject, the bizarre non-sequiturs ("if I can go and have sex and there's no consequence, I'm a slave" -- What?), it's all there. This was at Skyline Church in San Diego: … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer on CNN

And once again I have to ask the question: How much of a crazed loony do you have to be not to get on CNN these days? Even Bryan Fischer, who deserves nothing but scorn and ridicule, was on to spout his anti-gay hatred recently. On the other hand, I'm all for exposing these guys as exactly what they are. But I wish the show hosts would actually ask some hard questions instead of just presenting the two sides as equally reasonable. … [Read more...]

McElroy on the Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert had Don McElroy, the dentist who used to chair the Texas Board of Education, on the Colbert Report the other day and he admitted to thinking that humans and dinosaurs lived together. And he babbled like the idiot that he is. … [Read more...]

NPR on Rock Beyond Belief

NPR did a story about Rock Beyond Belief that featured an interview with Justin Griffith and with Rachel Medley, the atheist member of the Golden Knights that parachuted in to the event (she was awesome, I got a chance to talk to her for a while backstage). … [Read more...]

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Antonio McElroy, speaking about Justin Griffith and Rock Beyond Belief:“All the chaplains on post are under orders not to speak about the atheist festival. But off the record… Sgt. Griffith is doing the work of Satan himself.“Damn it, they're on to us! Satan would have been there himself that day, but the rain tends to put the flames out. … [Read more...]

Newt to Drop Out

Well Dispatchers, you won't have Newt Gingrich to kick around anymore. He's going to suspend his campaign for the Republican nomination next week, no doubt to give him time to negotiate some sort of deal with Romney in exchange for his endorsement: … [Read more...]

The Priorities of the Catholic Church

You've probably heard by now about the decision by the Roman Catholic Church to take over the largest order of nuns in the United States, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, because it has dared to focus more on helping the poor and the powerless than on abortion and attacking gay people. Gary Wills points out that the Vatican is letting far more unsavory characters back in the good graces of the church while pushing the nuns out the door: … [Read more...]

Truth in Action Still Wants to Jail Gay People

Truth in Action, one of the worst of the anti-gay hate groups on the Christian Right, is still upset that the Supreme Court overturned state sodomy laws in 2003 in Johnson v Texas because they think gay people should still be thrown in prison for their "crimes." … [Read more...]