Archives for August 2013

The Wonders of Get Tall 1000

On Wednesday night, my friend Dr. Greg Forbes gave a talk to CFI Michigan about alternative medicine and all the absurd and unproven claims found in supplements and "homeopathic" medicine. He had us all cracking up when he brought up a product called Get Tall 1000, which actually claims to make you taller -- with a 110% guarantee! This is seriously funny and has all the hallmarks of a mediscam. I've bolded all of the weasel words and meaningless bullshit in the ad: … [Read more...]

Bauer’s Attempt to Coopt MLK

Add Gary Bauer to the long list of wingnuts working hard to pretend that Martin Luther King would agree with him if he were alive today. Specifically on abortion, he says that King would be fighting against Planned Parenthood to stop "black genocide." … [Read more...]

Robertson: Gay Men Cut Each Other to Transmit HIV

Pat Robertson delivered another one of his bizarre, fact-free diatribes in response to a reader question, this one so embarrassing that they edited it out of the show when they posted it online. This time he claimed that gay men wear sharp rings to deliberately cut one another in order to transmit HIV. … [Read more...]

Booker Proposes Criminal Justice Reform

I'm not a big fan of Cory Booker, but I'll be thrilled if, when he is inevitably elected to the Senate, he follows through on a promise to make criminal justice reform his primary focus. James Webb tried that and got nowhere and no one has tried since he left the Senate. Here's what Booker proposes: … [Read more...]

Sorry About the Comment Glitch

All the comments that went to moderation for the last few hours have been sent through. We had a glitch on the backend that sent everything to moderation for a while, but it should be fixed now. … [Read more...]

Syria and the Art of Ignoring Reality

There's trouble in the Middle East -- as there nearly always is -- and the usual suspects are demanding the usual action. Bill Kristol's Weekly Standard is beating the drums for war, a musical refrain that should sound quite familiar. He's signed an open letter to President Obama demanding military intervention in Syria, a letter that is, hilariously, alleged to be from "experts" like him. And Karl Rove. And Elliot Abrams. … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King and the GOP

Republicans love to claim that Martin Luther King was a Republican. They've even taken out billboards around the country saying so. Not only is there no evidence for this, there's considerable evidence against it. By the end of his life, he was a loud and persistent critic of the Republican party. … [Read more...]

Opposition to Summers Ramping Up

It's hard to believe that Obama could be so utterly tone deaf as to nominate Larry Summers to head the Federal Reserve Board, but that appears to be where things are headed. A broad coalition of groups is ramping up an opposition campaign to convince him not to do so. … [Read more...]

The Indigent Defense Crisis

Vanita Gupta of the Center for Justice and Ezekiel Edwards of the ACLU have a column at the Huffington Post documenting the ongoing crisis in our public defender system. On the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in Gideon v Wainwright, the promise of giving the indigent a competent legal defense remains unfulfilled nearly everywhere. … [Read more...]

Another Weak Attempt to Coopt MLK

On the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington that finished with Martin Luther King's legendary I Have a Dream speech (which I still can't watch without getting choked up), Jerry Newcombe published a lame attempt to turn King into a right-winger at -- where else? -- the Worldnetdaily. He seems to think that King was "politically incorrect" (whatever the hell that means in this context) because he...quoted the Bible. … [Read more...]

Kessler Quadruples Down

Chief Mark Kessler of Gilberton, Pennsylvania hasn't learned the first rule of holes. Already suspended for 30 days after some truly scary and idiotic behavior, he's now getting even worse. He's recorded a new video of himself shooting at a new target, which he calls Eric, so named after a local official who opposes him. … [Read more...]

Wingnuts Protest Boehner, Demand Unicorns and Lollipops

It's really quite incredible to me just how disconnected from the real world the wingnuts really are. A group of far-right Tea Party types staged a protest at the home offices of Speaker John Boehner, demanding that he do something he simply cannot do, defund the Affordable Care Act. And they're telling ridiculous lies to justify it. … [Read more...]