Archives for April 2012

Student Dresses as Jesus for Fictional Character Day

Hemant Mehta has a post about a high school student from Tennessee who dressed up as Jesus when the school had a "fictional character" day and the students were to dress as their favorite non-existent characters from books and movies. Unsurprisingly, the school told him he had to take it off. … [Read more...]

Virginia’s Virtually Non-Existent Voter Fraud Problem

The Richmond Times Dispatch has an article about voter fraud investigations in Virginia that begins by inaccurately saying that "an ongoing Virginia State Police investigation of voter registration irregularities from the 2008 general election may signal a more significant voter fraud issue than some state lawmakers realized." But the actual facts of the article say the exact opposite: … [Read more...]

Robert Bork’s Warped Constitutional Ideas

I wrote the other day about the fact that Robert Bork chairs Mitt Romney's legal advisory committee and will apparently have a role, along with Jay Sekulow, in helping him pick nominees to the federal courts if he is elected president. Someone suggested more detail on Bork's insane ideas about the constitution, so I thought I'd reprint an old post I wrote 8 years ago on the subject that includes direct quotes from Bork's law review writings: … [Read more...]

Obama’s Astonishing Chutzpah

If you aren't cynical enough about politics, this will make it worse. President Obama, who has maintained and even expanded the federal government's illegal surveillance program and steadfastly refused to hold anyone accountable for torture, actually issued an executive order allowing the U.S. to sanction "foreign nationals" who do the same thing he is guilty of doing: … [Read more...]

The Outrage of Prison Labor

Steve Fraser and Joshua Freeman have an article on about the return of the chain gangs and how private prison companies sell inmate labor for next to nothing to major corporations. Prepare to be appalled. … [Read more...]

The Pundits Are Almost Always Wrong

Jim Newell at has an article about the volumes and volumes of nonsense that issues forth from political pundits, especially leading up to and during campaign season. He goes back and quotes "expert" after "expert" as they predicted that each and every potential candidate -- Giuliani, Trump, Palin, Huckabee -- was serious about the race and was a real challenger to Mitt Romney. … [Read more...]

The Myth of the Liberal Media

A new Pew survey of news coverage during the primary season found that President Obama has gotten the least positive coverage of the major party presidential candidates. The two candidates that got the most? Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. … [Read more...]

Romney, the Judiciary and the Religious Right

Now that he has the nomination all but sewn up, some theocons are still having trouble supporting Mitt Romney. But others are embracing him, even if not enthusiastically, because he promises to appoint judges to the bench that they approve of. Like Bork. Or Alito. On his radio show, David Barton made the case: … [Read more...]

Limbaugh Tries to Scrub Fluke Comments from Youtube

It seems Rush Limbaugh is getting a bit sensitive about having his vile attacks on Sandra Fluke out there for everyone to see. The Daily Kos made a Youtube clip putting a whole bunch of his disgusting comments together and now Limbaugh has had it removed for a copyright violation. … [Read more...]

Bradlee Dean: Even Republicans Don’t Like Him

After years of having close ties to Michele Bachmann and Tom Emmer in Minnesota, it seems Bradlee Dean has become too hot for the Republican party in that state. The Minnesota GOP is now warning college Republican groups not to associate themselves with him or it could have "consequences." … [Read more...]

Arizona Gov. Appoints Arpaio Ally to State Board

On a list of Republican governors that includes Scott Walker of Ohio, Rick Scott of Florida and Jon Kasich of Ohio, Arizona's Jan Brewer may be the worst of a bad bunch. Now she's appointed an ally of Joe Arpaio -- one so bad that even the recently disbarred Andrew Thomas fired him -- to a state realty board. … [Read more...]

Immigration From Mexico at a Standstill

As the Republicans compete with one another to see who can come up with the most draconian solution to the immigration problem -- especially when it comes to Mexican immigrants; you never hear complaints about too many British, do you? -- a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that the problem is virtually non-existent. … [Read more...]