Archives for January 2014

The Selling of Rich Delusions

In the wake of billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins saying that he thinks the richest Americans are on the verge of being rounded up into Nazi-style concentration camps, Josh Marshall tries to understand the psychology and sociology of that utterly deluded belief. … [Read more...]

The Right Wing Scam Email Machine. Again.

I've written several times about how right wing leaders and websites use their mailing lists to make big money by selling scams to their followers. The New Republic has another report about this phenomenon, this time focusing on Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. … [Read more...]

Vallely Says He’d Lead Military Coup

With more and more ultra-right wingers calling for a military coup to remove President Obama from power, retired Major Gen. Paul Vallely told a Tea Party group that he would gladly lead the effort if he had enough troops. Vallely is a Fox News analyst and the Worldnetdaily's go-to military analyst. … [Read more...]

National Geographic Lies to Kids

I am so glad I got the hell out of ScienceBlogs when National Geographic bought the site. As if the pseudo-scientific crap on their cable channel wasn't bad enough, now they're flat out lying to kids. This is the cover of the latest issue of National Geographic for Kids: … [Read more...]

Abortion? Nope. It’s All About Controlling Female Sexuality

Amanda Marcotte has an article at Reproductive Health Reality Check that says what I've been saying for a long time, that the anti-abortion crowd is not really concerned about abortion as much as they are about controlling female sexuality. She says it more eloquently than I do, of course. The jumping off point is this new "study" put out by the Family Research Council. … [Read more...]

Tapley Predicts Super Bowl False Flag Operation

William Tapley, the warped prophecy reader I've shown videos of before, has decided based on a commercial for the iPad that there's going to be a "false flag" event at the Super Bowl. It's a bizarre, rambling diatribe about an image he claims is a woman giving birth to the Antichrist. It's just a sunrise, actually. I think this guy is on acid. … [Read more...]

Kinchlow’s Inane Arguments on Church/State Separation

I grew up watching Ben Kinchlow on the 700 Club and thought at the time that he was so smart and charming. Now? Not so much. His latest Worldnetdaily column is bursting at the seams with dishonest and idiotic arguments about separation of church and state. … [Read more...]

Another Precursor to the Flood Story Found

Yet another precursor to the Biblical flood story has been found, this one dating to about 4000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. It predates even the Gilgamesh epic and contains a story of an ancient God ordering the building of a round ark, complete with two of every animal. … [Read more...]

Some Old School Fundie Hilarity

Came across this video while watching some Led Zeppelin videos on Youtube. I can't find who the guy is in it or when it was recorded (the porn stache is out of the 70s and so is the hair, but the clothes look more modern), but it reminds me a lot of the stuff I was made to watch in the early 80s about the evils of rock music. It even has the old "backward masking" nonsense on it. Here's the one about Zeppelin specifically: … [Read more...]

‘Coach’ Dave: Ban Hollywood

"Coach" Dave Daubenmire has another loud, shouty video advocating authoritarian solutions. This time he wants to ban Hollywood because "children model what they see." Isn't that true? I can't tell you how many times as a kid I strapped an Acme rocket to my back after seeing Wile E. Coyote do it. … [Read more...]

Allen West’s Self-Serving Disingenuousness

There are a number of stock rhetorical strategies used by politicians that are self-aggrandizing while pretending to be humble. There's the "I don't want to run, but if the people demand it I will" strategy. And then of course there's the "I just do what God tells me to do" strategy. Allen West makes a lame and self-contradictory attempt at the latter in an interview with the deranged Jesse Lee Peterson. … [Read more...]

RNC vs Peter King on the NSA

The Republican National Committee last week made the blatantly hypocritical move of adopting a resolution condemning what they called unconstitutional NSA surveillance programs. This from the same party that defended illegal surveillance under Bush (though to be fair, Bush isn't black). Rep. Peter King is hopping mad about it because he may be wrong, but he's consistently wrong. … [Read more...]