Archives for June 2014

Michigan Republican Has Really Weird Fetish

Jordan Haskins is the Republican candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 95th district, which is in the Saginaw area. But he's got a wee problem, a long history of criminal convictions because he has a fetish for breaking into other people's cars, tinkering with their engines and masturbating in them. And no, I'm not making that up. … [Read more...]

Huntsville, AL City Council Cancels Wiccan Invocation

The Supreme Court's recent ruling on opening local council meetings with prayer was a bad one, but it did say firmly that the prayers could not be limited only to Christian ones. The city council in Huntsville, Alabama seem to have missed that memo. … [Read more...]

Kilmeade Takes the Lead in Doocy Stupid Competition

Brian Kilmeade may have seized the title of the Dumbest Man on Television from his co-host Steve Doocy with his recent comments about global warming. He says that global warming is a hoax because the Jamestown settlers didn't say, "Let's Not Bother The Indians, Let's Not Even Make A Fire ... Until We Solve This Global Warming Crisis." Because, of course, the Jamestown settlers in 1607 were all climatologists and had scientific analysis centuries ahead of their time. *headdesk* Oh, and it's … [Read more...]

OK Republican Claims Opponent is a Body Double

In what has to be one of the weirdest things I've ever seen in politics, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Oklahoma is challenging the results of his primary challenge to Rep. Frank Lucas because, he claims, Lucas is dead and has been replaced with a body double. … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby and Harris: Bad, But Limited, Rulings

The Supreme Court handed down rulings in the last two cases of its term this morning, Harris v Quinn (whether public sector unions could charge fees to non-members) and Burwell v Hobby Lobby, the now-infamous challenge to the ACA's contraception mandate. In both cases, I think the results are wrong but probably the best we could have hoped for given the court's current configuration. … [Read more...]

MA SWAT Teams Claim to Be Private Entities

Friend of Dispatches Radley Balko found something rather disturbing in the ACLU's recent report on the militarization of law enforcement. SWAT teams in Massachusetts are claiming to be private entities rather than government ones in order to not comply with open records requests. … [Read more...]

Get Your Miracle Spring Water

Christian con man Peter Popoff was put out of business briefly when James Randi exposed him as a fraud in the mid-80s, but he's back now with his "miracle spring water" that will bring miracles to your life. Here's a video that leaves one wondering how anyone could possibly be gullible enough to fall for this scam. … [Read more...]

Matt Barber: Not the Sharpest Bulb in the Sign

I haven't had a chance to read the ruling from the Supreme Court in McCullen v. Coakley, which struck down the Massachusetts' law requiring a 35 foot buffer around abortion clinics, but I did read Matt Barber's response to it and it made me laugh out loud. … [Read more...]

Dr. Oz Shouldn’t Use Twitter

In the wake of being firmly put in his place by Sen. Claire McCaskill during a Senate hearing, Dr. Oz apparently decided to ingratiate himself with his fans by asking what they were were eating that would be #OzApproved. It didn't go well for him. … [Read more...]

Land: The Bible Speaks to Everything

Richard Land, formerly the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and now the head of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, told OneNewsNow, the AFA's "news" outlet that the Bible says something about everything: … [Read more...]

Beck’s Bizarre Analogy on McDaniel Loss

Glenn Beck is still absolutely outraged by Chris McDaniel's loss in the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi to Sen. Thad Cochran and is offering a truly bizarre analogy. He says it's just like the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and even hinting that Cochran is a communist. … [Read more...]

Wingnut: Gay Marriage! Socialism! SLAVERY!

Donald Hank is a virtually anonymous and irrelevant far-right ranter, given a platform on Alan Keyes' Renew America website to spout some seriously stupid things about gay marriage. Like most bigots, he has nothing but dumb arguments to offer. Like this one: … [Read more...]