Gorka Threatens White House Lawyer on Critic

Sebastian Gorka, one of the many totally unqualified White House officials hired by Trump, is a bit upset that actual national security experts keep pointing out that he's considered a joke among them. And like his boss, he's threatening to sic the lawyers on him. … [Read more...]

Denmark Charges Man Under Blasphemy Law

I got this email from CFI and had to look at the calendar and make sure it was 2017, not 1817. Denmark, of all countries, has charged a man under a still-existing (why? For crying out loud, why?) blasphemy law for burning a copy of the Quran. … [Read more...]

Denver Police Need Some Remedial Work on the First Amendment

Like many other major cities, Denver's airport is the scene of protests against Trump's bigoted, vastly overreaching immigration order. And a police commander there seems to be having a hard time figuring out what the First Amendment actually means. … [Read more...]

Secular Writers, Critics Disappear in Pakistan

In a very disturbing development, four secular writers who have been staunch critics of the government, have disappeared in Pakistan over the last week. The only question is whether those responsible are militant Muslims or the government (but I repeat myself). … [Read more...]

How Homophobic is Jeff Sessions? This Homophobic

As journalists start digging into Sen. Jeff Sessions' past actions and statements ahead of his confirmation hearing to be attorney general, we're finding out just how much of a bigot he is in pretty much every way. This tells you just how anti-gay he is: … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Burn the Constitution

Of all the forms of political pandering, the most irritating to me is when politicians start going on about flag burning. And I'm certainly not the least bit surprised to see Donald Trump say that anyone who does that should either lose their citizenship or spend a year in jail. … [Read more...]

Understanding the Dynamics of Mass Protests

As the protests against the election of Donald Trump as president continue into this week, conservatives are using isolated instances of vandalism and violence to discredit them, just as liberals do with conservative protests. As someone who has covered and attended lots of protests, I think it's important to understand their dynamics. … [Read more...]

Hotze: Gays Are Like Termites Destroying the Foundation of the Country

Texas bigot Steven Hotze told an anti-gay conference that gay people are just like termites, eating away at the moral foundation of the country. And then something, something Marxism and something, something hate speech laws censoring conservative Christians. … [Read more...]

Teacher Berates Student for Not Reciting Pledge, Gets Fired

A substitute teacher at a high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, berated a student who did not stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the class. She was fired by the district, but that doesn't go nearly far enough, in my view. … [Read more...]

Attorneys Offering to Defend Trump Accusers Pro Bono

Since Donald Trump announced that he will be suing all of the women who have accused him of sexual harassment or assault, a number of prominent attorneys have offered to defend them all pro bono -- including Larry Tribe, who is pretty much a legend in appellate law. … [Read more...]

Young Kids’ Football Season Canceled Over Anthem Protests

A football team for 11 and 12 year old kids in Beaumont, Texas has had their entire season canceled because they all knelt in unison to protest against racial injustice. This after receiving threats of violence after they did it the first time. … [Read more...]

NY Times Writes Amusing Response to Trump’s Huff and Puff Letter

When I wrote about Trump's lawyer sending a demand for a retraction and an apology to the New York Times, I scoffed at the idea that his lawyer could possibly think that they would find it intimidating. The Times has now written a response, and let's just say they don't seem to be taking it very seriously either. … [Read more...]