Archives for June 2012

Health Insurance Mandate Upheld

Reports are out that the individual mandate has been upheld by a 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal members of the court in upholding the mandate under Congress' power to tax. I'm not shocked by this. The law was written that way on purpose, enforcing the mandate through the tax code because the Constitution explicitly grants the power to tax to Congress. No link to the ruling yet. … [Read more...]

Another Police Lie and Arrest for Photography

The indispensable Carlos Miller reports on yet another case where the police arrested someone for photographing them manhandling a suspect during an arrest, then apparently lied on the police report to make it sound as though the victim was the aggressor. … [Read more...]

Chuck Norris: Plagiarist?

Wonkette has apparently caught Chuck Norris plagiarizing the columns he writes for the Worldnutdaily and other right wing websites. Or at least caught his ghostwriter, who also happens to be his pastor, plagiarizing. … [Read more...]

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Regnerus

Scott Rose has filed an ethics complaint against Mark Regnerus, the author of the highly dishonest "study" on gay parents, and written a letter to the University of Texas detailing the ethical and scientific problems with that study. You can read the full letter here. A sample: … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Overturns Juvenile Life Sentences

In another very important decision, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin with Justice Kennedy joining the four more liberal justices, ruled that mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. You can read the full ruling here. … [Read more...]

Fox News Reporter Jumps to Vatican

A Fox News reporter has changed bosses, though only slightly. He's leaving the network to become a communications adviser to the Vatican. AP reports: … [Read more...]

Geller’s Latest Temper Tantrum

Pam Geller is having another hysterical freakout, this time because the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles canceled a speech she was scheduled to give there over the weekend. Even her co-religionists think she's nuts, apparently. So now she's going to protest against them and call them terrorist collaborators: … [Read more...]

First Rule of Fight Church: Talk About Fight Church

USA Today has a story about a Christian mixed martial arts organization in New York, where people try to kick the crap out of each other for Christ. Turn the other cheek with this group and you're gonna get a knee to the face. … [Read more...]

Anti-Christian Bias in Air Force?

A group of religious right legislators are complaining about "anti-religious" bias -- meaning anti-Christian bias, of course -- at, of all places, the Air Force Academy. Why? Because MRFF has successfully stopped clear Christian bias at the academy. … [Read more...]

JTP: What? I Wasn’t Talking About the Holocaust

Joe the Plumber has gotten a hugely negative response to his campaign commercial that claims that gun control led to the Armenian genocide and to the Holocaust. So he's just decided that the right response is to tell an easily disproven lie about it: … [Read more...]

Greatest. Correction. Ever.

The Huffington Post issued the most hilarious correction ever made:CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the large hadron collider as a large "hardon" collider. Unfortunately, that's not what it is. … [Read more...]

Catholic Superior Convicted for Aiding Pedophile Priest

This is good news, though far too late and far too rare. A Catholic priest has been convicted for not taking action to stop another priest under his authority from molesting children in his parish. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: … [Read more...]