Archives for October 2012

Ssempa Convicted of False Sodomy Charges

You may remember Martin Ssempa, the Ugandan minister who has led the efforts to put gay people to death in that country. He's just been convicted of conspiring to destroy a rival minister with false accusations of sodomizing children at his church. The Ugandan Daily Monitor reports: … [Read more...]

Romney Would Bring Back Torture

Last week, Charlie Savage, one of the best reporters in the country, wrote an article that revealed the existence of an internal memo from the Romney campaign that clearly states that, if elected, he would bring back torture -- euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." … [Read more...]

Another Wingnut Compares Obama to Hitler

Jim Garlow has created something called the Pastors Rapid Response Team and they held a conference call with John Hagee and Steve Strang, publisher of Charisma magazine. During that call, Strang said Obama is just like Adolf Hitler -- with some help from us humanists and those evil gay people, of course. … [Read more...]

Rush, Deep Purple Finally Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

In news that should have happened a decade and a half ago, Rush and Deep Purple have finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Whether they make the final list of inductees remains to be seen. The fact that neither band was even nominated before is simply ridiculous. … [Read more...]

Ellery Schempp on Blasphemy

My friend Ellery Schempp, the plaintiff in Abington Township v Schempp, gave a talk on International Blasphemy Rights Day, which was last Sunday, about the importance of blasphemy. Below the fold, a transcript of that talk: … [Read more...]

For Wingnuts, Reality is Always a Conspiracy

Well this was predictable. The new jobs report came out and the numbers are very favorable for President Obama as the jobless rate dropped to 7.8%, the lowest number since he took office. So naturally, the right wing is absurdly claiming there's a conspiracy to cook the books. … [Read more...]

ScentedNectar’s Bizarre and Pointless Diatribe

I just came across this Youtube video by someone calling herself ScentedNectar (the nick seems vaguely familiar, but I have no idea who she is) accusing PZ of manipulating his RSS feed to get more ad hits. I can't imagine why she would think that's important, but it's also flat wrong. Here's the video, which shows a level of obsession that is really quite out of bounds. … [Read more...]

Six Justices Attend Red Mass

I know, "red mass" sounds like something out of a bad novel about satanism. It's actually an annual event held by the John Carroll Society at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, on the Sunday before the opening of the new Supreme Court term every year. … [Read more...]

Obama and the Black Christian Vote

One of the fascinating aspects of this election is the effort by a group of black conservative ministers to get their congregations, and black Americans in general, to stop supporting the Democratic party over gay rights and abortion and support the Republicans instead. Here's Bishop E.W. Jackson, writing in the Moonie Times, about it: … [Read more...]

Interview with Nate Silver

New York magazine has an interview with Nate Silver, the poll-watching wunderkind who went from blogger to go-to expert on political predictions. He had some very interesting things to say, including about the presidential election. Here's how he's handicapping the election at this point: … [Read more...]

The Anachronistic First Lady Cookie Bakeoff

Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel asks a rather obvious question: "why the fuck are we still making the candidates' wives bake cookies?" Good question. Apparently, Michelle Obama beat Ann Romney in a cookie bakeoff sponsored by Family Circle. But who the hell cares? And why is this still going on? This actually surprised me: … [Read more...]

Mikey Gets Email

Here's another one of those awesomely idiotic emails that are sent to Mikey Weinstein every day. It has all the hallmarks of wingnut letters -- randomly capitalized words, missing or extra punctuation, misspelled names. Is there a Word template for this? If not, someone should make one. … [Read more...]