Archives for June 2013

Farah and the Coming — and Mythical — Persecution

Joseph Farah is predictably upset about the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings and he's making sure all his followers know that the federal government will probably start rounding them up and throwing them into FEMA reeducation camps any minute now. … [Read more...]

The WND is Mad at Pelosi

I've never been a Nancy Pelosi fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I rather liked her response when asked about Michele Bachmann's moronic statements about the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings on Wednesday. "Who cares?" she replied. Perfect. But the Worldnutdaily has their undies all bunched up over it. … [Read more...]

Staver: ‘This is the Thing Revolutions Are Made Of’

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and the Liberty University School of Law has been spinning so fast in the wake of the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings that he may well have dug a hole to China. In an interview with WND radio, he even says "This is the thing that revolutions are made of." Oh, nonsense. The reaction from non-wingnuts is going to be a collective yawn. But he's also spreading some manure around. … [Read more...]

Republican Xenophobia and Immigration Reform

Will Wilkinson notes a recent survey that shows that overwhelming majorities support all of the key elements of the immigration reform package being considered by Congress, including Republicans. 86% of Republicans, for example, support the path to citizenship. Then he provides an accurate explanation for what that has little to do with what Republican legislators are doing on it: … [Read more...]

Where Does the Court Go From Here?

Wednesday's victories for equality in the two marriage cases are very important but they are also very limited. The DOMA ruling forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that allow them but does nothing to overturn the bans on the practice in more than 30 states. Nor does the Prop 8 ruling. So where does the court go from here? All the way to equality, almost certainly, at some point in the future. … [Read more...]

Gohmert: It’s the End of Civilization!

Rep. Louis Gohmert wasn't going to let Michele Bachmann get all the headlines for saying incredibly stupid things about the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings. He says those rulings will bring about the collapse of American civilization. … [Read more...]

No, Obama is Not Going to Block Keystone XL

President Obama gave a major address on climate change on Tuesday, outlining some important steps to reduce our production of greenhouse gases that make the planet warmer. But far too many people are being terribly naive about one particular passage: … [Read more...]

Wingnuts: Sham Gay Marriages are Way Worse

Tony Perkins welcomed Rep. John Fleming to his radio show this week and they made the ridiculous and hypocritical argument that same-sex marriages could be shams just to get benefits -- as if opposite-sex marriages could not be the same thing. … [Read more...]

Julia Galef: Reason is Not Enough

I'm moderating a panel discussion at FTBConscience on critical thinking with Jeremy Beahan, Dan Fincke and -- I hope -- Julia Galef. This video demonstrates why I want her to be there. She points out that it's not enough to be able to recognize logical fallacies if you aren't willing to sublimate your ego, admit that you might be wrong and genuinely consider the merits of an argument. … [Read more...]

Beck: Paula Deen the Victim of McCarthyism

I've really had a difficult time dredging up even a tiny bit of give-a-shit about the whole Paula Deen racism thing. I'm glad she's off the Food Network now, but that would be true no matter why it happened. But I do have to laugh about this hysterical overreaction from Glenn Beck: … [Read more...]

The Chutzpah of Bill Clinton

We're all used to politicians brazenly saying one thing and doing another, or vice versa, but former President Bill Clinton's reaction to the Supreme Court overturning section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law purely out of political convenience, irks me more than most: … [Read more...]

Documenting the Reaction, Part 3

Damn, this is fun. On one of the American Family Association's radio shows, Sandy Rios and Fred Jackson reacted to the marriage rulings in real time with hilarious results. They declared that marriage is now dead in this country (really? Your marriage?) and that God will have his vengeance on us. … [Read more...]