Archives for February 2013

George Waxes Absurd on Marriage Equality

Robert George, the Princeton law professor and one of the legal bigwigs behind the fight against marriage equality, went on Phyllis Schlafly's radio show and the two of them went on quite a ridiculous rant about gays, feminists and lots of other things that enrage right wing bigots. … [Read more...]

John McCain’s False Dichotomy

President Obama's framework for immigration reform includes a provision that gives gay couples the same rights in terms of immigration as straight couples. Sen. John McCain, who claims to favor immigration reform, says this is a good way to derail the deal by angering bigots. … [Read more...]

Why Prosecutors Rarely Admit Mistakes

We give an astonishing amount of power to criminal prosecutors in this country, power that is often abused. And when they get it wrong, which happens a lot more often than most people would ever believe, getting them to admit it is very, very difficult. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on some local examples: … [Read more...]

The Power of Gerrymandering

With demographic realities making Republican wins at the polls less and less likely, their electoral strategy has been a two-pronged one: 1) voter suppression tactics to keep as many Democratic voters from the polls as possible, and 2) gerrymandering congressional districts to isolate Democratic voters and create safe Republican seats. The first part didn't work out all that well in 2012, but the gerrymandering has been a huge success, as Sam Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium documents. … [Read more...]

Kasich Finds Sane, Smart Alter Ego

John Kasich of Ohio is one of the most conservative governors in the country. In many ways, he's been absolutely abominable, including trying to ban collective bargaining for unions and lots of different voter suppression tactics. But he seems to have found rationality, at least momentarily: … [Read more...]

The Vanishing Threat of American Muslim Terrorism

And by vanishing, I don't mean that the threat is disappearing, I mean that the threat is vanishingly small and always has been. A new study finds that there is very, very little threat of terrorist attacks from American Muslims despite the efforts of overseas Muslim reactionaries to create it. My former colleague Spencer Ackerman has the details: … [Read more...]

If Russian Was Good Enough for Our Lord and Savior, Jesus…

If there is another country in the world that displays the kind of ignorance, xenophobia and nationalism that we find in huge supply in this country, it's Russia. Another example: They're now considering a law to ban the use of non-Russian words, especially American ones. … [Read more...]

Santorum: Stop the ‘War on Scouts’

From the people who brought you the war on Christmas, the war on Easter and the war on religious freedom, it's the war on scouts. Rick Santorum wants those who want the scouts to allow gay teens to join to call off the war. Because people who want to join the scouts are clearly in a war against it. Or something. … [Read more...]

Catholic School Teaches Moral Relativism

One of the most irritating arguments I hear from Christians all the time is that if you don't believe that morality is defined solely by God in His allegedly infinite wisdom, you're a "moral relativist," presumably a bad thing. But a New Jersey Catholic School is demonstrating that quality themselves rather plainly: … [Read more...]

Rove Declares Open War for GOP Control

After watching Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin lose seats in the Senate for the Republicans by being batshit crazy, Karl Rove has formed a big money group to back establishment candidates and support them against the Tea Party types. … [Read more...]

Perry: They’ll Be Teaching Sex in the Boy Scouts!

And the freakout among the Christian right over the Boy Scouts possibly allowing local councils to decide whether to accept gay scouts. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who really is just dumber than a box of hammers, lends his shrill voice of unreason to the discussion: … [Read more...]

Slate Writer Hammers Venker Book

I'm sure you remember Suzanne Venker, Phyllis Schlafly's niece and the author of the appalling Fox News article about the mythical "war on men." She has a new book out called How to Choose a Husband and Allison Benedikt has a hilarious review of it at Slate. I'll just quote the beginning and you can read the rest: … [Read more...]