Trump: No Video of Muslims Cheering 9/11 Due to ‘Ancient Technology’


Donald Trump, still trying to maintain that he's totally right about thousands and thousands of Muslims in Jersey City cheering the WTC coming down on 9/11 in the face of no evidence of this at all, has a new explanation: It's because of the "ancient technology" used to store video in 2001, which apparently destroys itself 30 seconds after being aired on television like a message from the secretary on Mission Impossible. … [Read more...]

Racist PA Police Chief Resigns


Remember Tom Burke, the newly hired police chief in Farrell, Pennsylvania who wrote an email to a bunch of parent-teacher organizations about a book drive saying that "niggers gotta learn how to read"? The mayor of the town asked him to resign last week and he did, before he even started the job (he was to start until Dec. 1). Burke earlier admitted that he uses that word a lot because "that’s just the way that it is here our area.” … [Read more...]

Abbott Cites Non-Existent Authority to Threaten Refugee Agency


Greg Abbott is one of the many Republican governors who have claimed authority they absolutely do not have to block Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Now he's citing that same non-existent authority, and even more bizarrely vaguely citing "federal law," to threaten to sue non-governmental agencies that provide support for refugees in Texas. … [Read more...]

Time to Build a Wall Around North Carolina

While the Republican presidential candidates and most of the right side of the American political spectrum freaks out about the possibility of bringing in a tiny, tiny percentage of the more than four million refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, Will Saletan points out that the real danger is people from North Carolina, a shocking number of whom have been responsible for a disproportionate share of domestic terrorism in this country. … [Read more...]

All the Ways You Can Help Foundation Beyond Belief Right Now


Today is Giving Tuesday and the wonderful folks at Be Secular, Mark and Shanon Nebo, have put together an auction fundraiser for the Foundation Beyond Belief, the largest and most important humanist service organization in the country. I know you get a lot of fundraising appeals at the end of the year, but if you are in a position to support FBB I strongly encourage you to do so. Here are the ways you can do it: … [Read more...]

Klayman Blames Others for His Own Incompetence


Larry Klayman, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Mat Staver, has a pathetically whiny column at the Worldnetdaily blaming "corruption" and "the establishment" for the fact that he continually loses lawsuits. Because being a wingnut means never having to make an honest assessment of yourself because you always have a long list of boogeymen to blame your failures on. … [Read more...]

Notes on the ‘Inciting Violence’ Exception to the First Amendment


In the wake of the terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, I've seen a lot of people demand that various anti-abortion zealots be criminally charged with inciting violence, conspiracy or being an accessory before the fact. This post will explain why such charges are incredibly unlikely and would be nearly impossible to make stick if a prosecutor did bring them. … [Read more...]

Carson: Syrian Refugees Would Rather Stay in Camps

Credit: Michael Vadon

Ben Carson went to visit a refugee camp in Jordan full of people who have fled the civil war in Syria and came back taking the utterly bizarre position that those refugees would rather stay in the camps than go anywhere else. Which perfectly explains why so many of them have been flooding into Europe and seeking asylum in other countries around the world. Because that's what you'd do if you were happy in the refugee camps. … [Read more...]

Oh Grayson, Don’t Do That


Rep. Alan Grayson says he'll file a lawsuit claiming Ted Cruz isn't eligible to be president because he was born in Canada if he gets the Republican presidential nomination. That would be utterly pointless, both because Cruz is, in fact, eligible to be president and because the case would get dismissed almost immediately, just like every stupid suit filed over Obama's eligibility has been. … [Read more...]

O’Reilly and Guests: BLM Protesters are Inciting Violence


The right-wing media has invented out of thin air this ridiculous notion that there's been a big surge of police officers being shot and it's all the fault of the Black Lives Matter movement. Never mind that 2015 will end as one of the safest years ever for police officers in this country. Here's Bill O'Reilly and his guests saying BLM is inciting violence and responsible for cop shootings: … [Read more...]

Who’s to Blame for Planned Parenthood Shooting? Obama, of Course.

Bo Dietl, a former NYPD detective who, for some weird reason, has become a minor celebrity (he even did Arby's commercials for a while, which were incredibly annoying), went on Fox News as the shooting in Colorado was still unfolding and blamed it all on President Obama. In a weird, rambling mishmash about Paris and terrorists and how our cops are outmanned, it was all about Obama "acting like a fool." … [Read more...]

The Things That Get Megyn Kelly Upset


Megyn Kelly is upset about a situation involving a police officer and Black Lives Matter protesters. No, she's not upset that yet another cop has shot yet another young, unarmed black man. She's upset because a protester in Minneapolis stared at an officer there to keep an eye on the rally. And staring at a police officer is apparently the worst thing you can possibly do. … [Read more...]