Archives for November 2012

Appeals Court Reverses Bible-Based Decision

An appeals court in Oklahoma has reversed a lower court judge's ruling denying a transgender woman the right to legally change her name because, in essence, the Bible says so. You can read the full appeals court ruling here and a news report on the ruling here. … [Read more...]

Lipkin: Obama Protects Israel to Destroy It

The wingnuts are tying themselves into all kinds of mental knots trying to explain why President Obama is both a Muslim who wants to destroy Israel and funded the construction of the "iron dome" that has protected that country so well against Hamas missiles. Avi Lipkin, the raging nutball who claims that Obama is importing 50-100 million Muslims to take over America, says Obama is only protecting Israel to lull them into a false sense of security. … [Read more...]

Filibuster: Exchanging Scripts Again

With the Democrats holding a slim majority in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is making noise about doing away with the filibuster, or reforming it in some way, to prevent the minority from blocking votes on legislation as long as they can get 40 votes to continue debate. So let's set the wayback machine for 2003-2005, when Republicans had control of the Senate and Majority Leader Bill Frist was talking about invoking the "nuclear option" to get rid of the filibuster and the Democrats … [Read more...]

Hanna Rosin on the ‘War on Men’

Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, has written a delightfully snarky response to that article on the Fox News website by Suzanne Venker, Phyllis Schlafly's niece, claiming that women have to go back to being women again (when did they stop?) so men can be men again. Or something. … [Read more...]

If I Prayed, I’d Pray for This

In the buildup to the 2012 election, I was fervently hoping to see Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and other wingnuts in the presidential race. They did not disappoint, of course, giving me endless entertainment. So all I have to say about this is please. Please, please, please, please, please. … [Read more...]

What Marketing Pitches Reveal About the Religious Right

A long time ago I signed up to be on Peter Popoff's mailing list, which led to getting some truly hilarious letters in the mail (I especially enjoyed the vile of "holy water" that would bring miracles into my life). Rick Perlstein signed up for emails from a bunch of right wing sites and magazines and he got exactly the marketing pitches I would have predicted based on the ads you see on those sites now. Like this one: … [Read more...]

The Convenient Federalism of Conservatives

I am always amused when conservatives wax eloquent about the wonders of federalism. They talk grandly of the states as the laboratories of democracy and the evils of federal control of whatever they're against in the first place. But only when the outcomes match their preferences. When an issue comes up that they feel strongly about, they're all about federal control. Marriage equality is a perfect example, as wingnut Star Parker demonstrates at the Worldnutdaily: … [Read more...]

Barton Whistles Past the Marriage Equality Graveyard

In the wake of the stunning victories for marriage equality in all four states where it was on the ballot a few weeks ago, David Barton is trying to paint a smiley face on the whole thing. He dismisses those victories as purely "rhetorical" and, as usual, distorts the truth in the process: … [Read more...]

The Importance of Upgrading the Electrical Grid

James Surowieki has a column in the New Yorker talking about the crucial need to upgrade our national infrastructure, especially the electric grid, as well as making New York and other coastal cities safer from the inevitable effects of global warming. I'm going to focus on the electric grid: … [Read more...]

Fertility Rates and the Political Divide

Lauren Sandler, writing in New York magazine, notes something very interesting and not at all surprising to me. There seems to be a direct correlation between fertility rates and one's political beliefs. The larger the average family size is in a state, the more Republican it is, and vice versa. … [Read more...]

Lively: Praise God for Strip Club Explosion

Last week a massive explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts leveled a strip club and injured 18 people, most of them firefighters, police officers and gas company workers. Unhinged lunatic and arch-bigot Scott Lively wants you to know that he is responsible for it because he prayed to God for this to happen: … [Read more...]

How Will the SCOTUS Handle Marriage Equality?

The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as early as Friday which of the many cases involving marriage equality under appeal that they will hear. Chris Geidner has a rundown of all the various cases they could take on, which are the most likely, and what all the scenarios are for how they will handle them. … [Read more...]