Archives for September 2012

Wingnut: Freedom Comes From Garden of Eden

Wow. This might actually be too stupid even for David Barton. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, did a radio show with right-wing pastor Tony Evans and they claimed that the founders based America on the Bible -- and that the very idea of freedom came from the Garden of Eden. … [Read more...]

Romney: Ban Teachers Unions From Giving Money to Campaigns

Mitt Romney, who is on record saying that people and corporations should be allowed to contribute any amount they want to a campaign, doesn't seem to think that should apply to teachers unions. Because that would be a conflict of interest. … [Read more...]

Government Removes Buddhist Display from National Park

A federal agency has removed a Buddhist display from the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, citing establishment clause concerns at the display of religious icons on public land. A New Mexico public radio station reports: … [Read more...]

Voter Registration Fraud in Action

Here's a Youtube clip of a woman in El Paso County, Colorado who is registering voters -- but only ones who are going to vote for Romney. I'd really like to know who she was actually working for. If it was the county, as she claimed, some elected official is in a world of trouble. If it's a Republican third-party group, that would be good to know too so they can be prevented from doing the same thing elsewhere. … [Read more...]

Money Flowing Back to Akin Campaign?

As I predicted from the start, it looks like some of that PAC money that had initially been pulled away from Rep. Todd Akin's campaign for the Senate may be flowing back in now that he's refused, once and for all, to withdraw. ABC News reports: … [Read more...]

Those Unskewed Republican Polls

Alex Pareene of links to this website, which changes the demographic weighting of public opinion polls to conclude that Mitt Romney is actually a huge favorite to win the election in November. is all the rage on the right these days. They take a whole bunch of polls, change the makeup of the polling samples, and declare that Mitt Romney is actually leading by 8 points nationally. … [Read more...]

Wash. Post Reports on Popular New Form of Woo

Are you tired of traditional medicine and its artificial restrictions on "natural healing"? Do you have a chronic pain or illness that needs to be fixed? Maybe you should have someone scrape your back with a kitchen spoon. But be sure to give it an Asian name so you can convince yourself that it's vaguely mystical. Yes, that's a bit of woo that, the Washington Post reports, is gaining in popularity. … [Read more...]

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Today's dumbass quote of the day comes from W.F. Price, writing at something called The Spearhead about what he calls the "inherent conflict between atheism and feminism." In explaining why there are more more male atheists in our communities than female ones, he proposes that it's because women are just so damn irrational: … [Read more...]

Philosopher Pulls a Sokal on Theology Conferences

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the now-infamous Sokal hoax, in which physicist Alan Sokal submitted an article to a postmodernist journal that was, quite literally, gibberish -- they accepted it for publication, of course. Now a Belgian philosopher has pulled a similar hoax on two theology conferences. … [Read more...]

No Blasphemy in Greece Either, Evidently

A lot of the original sources for this are written in Greek, which I can't read, but it appears that a man has been arrested in Greece for blaspheming a famous Greek Orthodox monk. You can translate this page into English and this is what it says: … [Read more...]

ZOMG! Obama is Desecrating the Flag!

The wingnuts have fired up the faux outrage machine again, this time over a logo being sold by the Obama campaign on posters and t-shirts that uses the patterns of the American flag. Here's that logo: … [Read more...]

An Old Exchange With Ellis Washington

Michael Heath reminded me of an exchange of emails I had with Ellis Washington, a columnist for the Worldnutdaily who falsely pretends to have been the editor of the Michigan Law Review (truth: he was a fact and footnote checker when he was an undergrad; he did not attend U of M law school) back in 2010. I'm going to reprint that exchange here. He challenged me to provide evidence of common descent, which I did -- and the response was simply hilarious. Actually, let me reprint the full exchange. … [Read more...]