Another Planned Parenthood Clinic Targeted by Arsonists

For the second time in a couple weeks, a Planned Parenthood clinic has been set on fire by an arsonist. The last one was in Washington, this was is in Thousand Oaks, California, where domestic terrorists apparently threw a rock through a window, poured gasoline in and set the office on fire. This same office was vandalized just a few weeks ago. But I'm sure none of those good Christian "pro-lifers" could have done this, right? … [Read more...]

Another Epic, Incoherent Glenn Beck Rant


I love it when Glenn Beck starts ranting and raving into his microphone, building himself up into a frenzy as he careens from topic to topic trying to make sense while frothing at the mouth. His latest is a real doozy. My favorite part is when he goes on about how we're listening to liars; I assume he was speaking of his own listeners. Gee Glenn, I thought you were turning over a new leaf? This leaf looks and sounds awfully familiar. … [Read more...]

Anti-Abortion Leader Lies About Wanting Abortion Doctors Executed


You may have heard by now that Troy Newman, leader of far-right anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, was denied a visa to go to Australia because of his advocacy of violence against those involved with helping women secure their reproductive rights. In response, Newman claims that he never advocated that abortion doctors be executed, but as Right Wing Watch points out, he has done so in absolutely clear statements with zero ambiguity. Operation Rescue says: … [Read more...]

Russell Moore Says Something Right

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is usually rather flagrantly wrong, but I think his response to Donald Trump's utterly ridiculous photo op with a bunch of TV evangelists laying hands on him and praying for him while he tried to pretend to give a shit was spot on. He points out that nearly all of the people there were prosperity gospel preachers. … [Read more...]

How to Give a Non-Political Prayer


The latest version of one of those statewide prayer rallies -- The Call or The Response -- took place last weekend in North Carolina, sponsored by Christian right power broker David Lane. As Right Wing Watch points out, they bill these things as non-political events intended to increase Christian unity, but in fact they are done to push Christian right voters to the polls and increase the mailing lists of the organizations involved. Here's how Lane opened the "non-political" event with a prayer: … [Read more...]

OK Republicans Offer Place for Ten Commandments Monuments

Church and State

Now that the Oklahoma state government is finally going to comply with a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the capitol grounds, the Oklahoma Republican Party says they'd be happy to take it and put it on the grounds of their headquarters. Sounds like a great idea, that's where it should be. Or at a church. Or anywhere on private property, just not on public property. … [Read more...]

Criminal Justice Reform Package Finally Unveiled in Senate


For several months, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have been working on a package of reforms to our criminal justice system and the bill, called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has finally been submitted. As one would expect, it doesn't go nearly far enough but it at least a strong step in the right direction. And after declaring such reform hopeless for years, I'll take it. … [Read more...]

Ben Carson is Talking Hitler Again

Credit: Michael Vadon

Someone needs to make an official count to determine whether Ben Carson has said more idiotic things about the fall of the Roman empire or about Hitler. He seems to invoke Hitler as an almost Pavlovian response, and at a New Hampshire campaign event he did it again -- but very vaguely, without actually spelling out what he was referring to. But he swears it wasn't Obama this time, though he's compared Obama to Hitler many, many times. … [Read more...]

Trump: I’ll Send All the Syrian Refugees Back


The ghastly civil war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people so far, which is why millions have fled the bombs and the mass killings going on. Most of them have ended up in Turkey and Jordan as the rest of the world mostly ignores the problem. The United States is now taking in a few thousand of them, a mere pittance, and just a few weeks ago Donald Trump said we had to do this because it was an “unbelievable humanitarian problem.” And now: … [Read more...]

The Worldnetdaily’s Problem With Cause and Effect


A couple weeks ago, a weather system formed in the Atlantic ocean that was named Tropical Storm Joaquin, which has since gained strength and become a hurricane. On Wednesday, a Palestinian leader spoke at the United Nations and the Palestinian flag was flown over the UN headquarters, as is customary. The Worldnetdaily thinks the second thing caused the first thing and they quote "experts in Biblical prophecy" talking about it. … [Read more...]

Not Racist Texan Paints ‘White Power’ and ‘KKK’ on His Fence

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And we have yet another example of a totally not racist person being racist. A Houston resident painted "white power" and "KKK" on the steel fence surrounded his house, but he says he's not a racist at all. His proof of not being racist: He was in prison and doesn't have any racist tattoos. He says the painted message "has nothing to do with race" and then, literally seconds later, "It does have something to do with race." … [Read more...]

Time to Clean House at the Secret Service


There have been many highly embarrassing incidents and scandals involving the Secret Service over the last few years, but a new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security may be the worst yet. The assistant director of the Secret Service, Edward Lowery, was so upset by an inquiry into that string of scandals that he released confidential information about the congressman asking uncomfortable questions. … [Read more...]