Scalia’s Predictable Hypocrisy

One of the things that has always irritated me about conservative judges and thinkers is their entirely incoherent application of the concept of judicial restraint. They rail endlessly about the evils of "judicial activism" whenever the court overturns a law they favor -- and only then. Here's Justice Scalia turning the outrage up to 11 in his dissent in the DOMA case: … [Read more...]

Documenting the Reaction, Part 2

The fun continues! All the usual suspects were flipping out on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere over the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings. Here's a tweet from Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel invoking an entirely mythological being from the Bible. … [Read more...]

Beck’s Man in the Moon Trailer

In case you're waiting with great anticipation to see what Glenn Beck's much-hyped "man in the moon" 4th of July extravaganza, which he claims is going to change the course of the country and the way we celebrate the 4th forever, is going to be like, here's the trailer. It appears to be just a tour of all the Bible myths, like the Tower of Babel and Noah's Ark, along with Beck's melodramatic narration. … [Read more...]

Awww. Amway Wasted Their Money.

The Grand Rapids area, where I live, is home to some staggeringly rich wingnuts, including the DeVos and Van Andel families (founders of Amway) and the Prince family (founders of an auto parts fortune and Blackwater). The local paper reports that they spent a ton of money on causes that the court's marriage equality rulings negated. … [Read more...]

Glenn Compares Anti-Gay Bigotry to MLK

Gary Glenn is the head of the American Family Association of Michigan. As such, he is predictably a bigot and, quite frankly, not all that bright. Here he is claiming that if the Supreme Court strikes down laws banning gay marriage, state governments should ignore it -- just like Martin Luther King would want them to do. … [Read more...]

Deace Fantasizes About Killing Jason Collins

Jason Collins coming out of the closet has really driven the bigots crazy, hasn't it? They're so infuriated by it that they're openly fantasizing about assaulting and even killing him if they could, while completely ignoring the reality of how homophobia has affected him and every other gay person. Here's lunatic Steve Deace on his radio show: … [Read more...]

Solomon: Obama Wants to Be a Drag Queen

Stan Solomon, Alan Keyes' favorite wingnut radio host, had Phyllis Schlafly on his show and launched into a bigoted, misogynist tirade claiming that President Obama is a "wussy guy who throws a ball like a girl," is gay and wishes he could be a drag queen. Schlafly's gay son could not be reached for comment. … [Read more...]

Kennedy’s Ruling in the DOMA Case

I'm still reading Justice Kennedy's opinion in the DOMA case and I'm going to put some of my thoughts down here as I go. It's important to remember that Kennedy was also the author of the two most important gay rights decisions in the history of the court, Romer v Evans and Lawrence v Texas, and this ruling draws quite clearly on his previous rulings on these questions. A couple of important ideas and themes in the new ruling come directly from the older rulings. … [Read more...]

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Even as someone who reports every day on the mind-numbingly idiotic things wingnuts say and even when the statement is about rape, a subject on which wingnuts are notoriously ignorant and tone deaf, this statement from Texas state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg about rape and abortion left my jaw agape: … [Read more...]

Documenting the Reaction, Part 1

As a huge fan of schadenfreude, it's just so much fun watching the reactions from the religious right to the Supreme Court's rulings on marriage equality. This will probably end up being several posts, but here are the first ones I've found as I bathe in the tears of the righteous: … [Read more...]

Beck Gets Recharged

Last week, Glenn Beck was all depressed and forlorn, saying that it was too late to save the country. But then he went to a Tea Party rally and guess who showed up? God! And now Beck says he's back and fired up to save the country from the scourge of rationality. … [Read more...]

David Gregory’s Appalling Question

As many of you have no doubt heard, David Gregory asked an incredibly appalling question of Glenn Greenwald on Meet the Press on Sunday. He asked him whether he should be charged criminally for "aiding and abetting" Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA data mining. Here's the video: … [Read more...]