Ed Has a New Video Project

I've hinted at a project I've been working on and I'm finally ready to announce it. I'm starting a new video series/Youtube show called Approaching the Bench. Each episode will be a relatively short video explaining an important constitutional law concept or Supreme Court decision in a way that the non-lawyer can understand. This will expand my writing on con law into a whole new area. … [Read more...]

This is What Happens When Conservatives Run State School Boards


The Texas State Board of Education has long been a disaster, a haven for right-wing know-nothings who continually try to get their views into textbooks and curricula. Those views are almost always reject by actual scholars in the relevant fields, but that matters not at all to them. God, after all, is on their side. And now we see a perfect example -- might I say a textbook example? -- of what happens when we let conservatives write the textbook standards: … [Read more...]

Edwina Rogers is Very, Very Confused


Edwina Rogers, CEO of the Secular Policy Institute (or whatever the hell they're calling it now; they're on, I believe, the third name), has an article at Free Speech Now about the First Amendment and separation of church and state that makes some very odd claims in between a bunch of trite and meaningless writing. The problems start with the very first couple paragraphs: … [Read more...]

Even More Carson Ignorance About Evolution

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So I looked up the full interview that Ben Carson did with the Adventist Review a few years ago and found even more creationist ignorance in it. Carson repeats pretty much every debunked argument the creationists have used for decades -- no intermediate fossils, fine tuning, even the second law of thermodynamics. That last one is pretty much a sure sign that you're dealing with someone who knows nothing at all about the subject. … [Read more...]

The Mysterious Fiorina Foundation


The Daily Beast has an article about the mysterious Fiorina Foundation, which does not actually exist as a foundation. Carly Fiorina has called herself the chair of that foundation, but it turns out not to be a foundation at all but merely an account with a fund manager, Ayco. And that fund manager also gives a lot of money to Planned Parenthood, which is ironic given Fiorina's recent campaign strategy. … [Read more...]

Trump Doesn’t Know What a Military Coup Is


Donald Trump has always felt like a military man since he went to an elite boarding school for being a troublemaker, and he swears that no one will be "bigger and better at the military" than he is, but he doesn't seem to have the first clue what a military coup is. He thinks that the United States taking in a few thousand Syrian refugees will lead to those refugees staging a military coup. Without being in the military. … [Read more...]

40% of NC Republicans Want to Outlaw Islam


Yet another piece of evidence that pretty much destroys the idea that there is no such thing as Islamophobia, particularly on the American right. A new poll shows that 40% of Republicans in the state of North Carolina think Islam should be outlawed completely, with another 20% not sure about it. And a majority of supporters of Donald Trump in the state agree that it should be banned. … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Pal Makes Incredibly Racist Statements


Michael Berry, a Texas right-wing radio talk show host with very close ties to Ted Cruz -- he was the one chosen to introduce Cruz at the victory party when he won his Senate seat in 2012 because he's been a friend "for over ten years" -- has once again found himself in hot water for saying incredibly racist things on his show. This time it was while celebrating "white history month." Get a load of this: … [Read more...]

Limbaugh’s Bizarre Defense of Mars Conspiracy Comments


Rush Limbaugh got hammered for his idiotic claim that NASA may be lying about the presence of flowing water on Mars as part of a "left-wing agenda" that has something vaguely to do with global warming, or something (he never spelled out what the conspiracy was at the time). So the next day he responded to some of the criticism by doubling down and adding a truly bizarre claim about Obama turning NASA over to "Muslim outreach." … [Read more...]

Let’s All Pretend the Shooter is Nothing Like Us

I write very little about gun control or about mass shootings, but one thing that fascinates me about them is how everyone immediately tries to pretend that anyone who commits an act of mass violence is nothing at all like them and just like their political enemies. And it isn't just conservatives who do it, or just Christians -- people on our side do it too, each and every time. But here's Rush Limbaugh: … [Read more...]

Fischer: ‘Gay Gestapo’ Has Bullied the Pope!

Screenshot from Youtube clip

I haven't written anything about the pope's alleged meeting with Kim Davis because, frankly, I don't understand why anyone would care at all. He's an anti-gay bigot, so is she -- a meeting would hardly be surprising. I do find it funny how the Vatican is now scrambling to change the story, but I really don't care. I do care about Bryan Fischer claiming that the pope has been intimidated into denying the nature of the meeting by the "gay gestapo." … [Read more...]

Jones: Interfaith Ceremonies Will Kill a Billion People!


Ah, good old Alex Jones. While Pope Francis was in the United States last week, he took part in an interfaith ceremony involving leaders from multiple religions commemorating the World Trade Center bombings, which has Jones freaking out over how the pope is trying to establish a single world religion, which will -- like almost everything, it seems -- KILL A BILLION PEOPLE! … [Read more...]

Hey Look, Another David Barton Lie


I know, I know -- dog bites man. But it's still good to chronicle all of the instances where David Barton tells a lie (I somehow manage to find time to sleep while doing this, believe it or not). The latest lie is about a poll that the Barna group took that was almost exclusively made up of conservative Christians, which Barton dishonestly pretends was a poll of all "churchgoers." … [Read more...]