A Quick (or Not) Look at the Republican Platform

I've been perusing the 2016 Republican platform and thought I'd point out some of its most terrible ideas. A lot of them come on education, where they call for nothing but abstinence-only sex education and want the Bible taught in public schools. … [Read more...]

Flag Burner Won’t Be Charged

As I knew would happen, the man from Urbana, Illinois who was arrested "for his own safety" by local police will not be charged. The prosecutor knows damn well that it would be a complete waste of time to charge and try to convict him under a law declared unconstitutional almost three decades ago. … [Read more...]

Police Arrest Man for Burning a Flag — For His Own Safety, of Course

A man from Urbana, Illinois posted a video of himself burning an American flag this weekend, which of course prompted a torrent of death threats from uber-patriot authoritarians. So the police, instead of arresting the people who made those threats, arrested him. … [Read more...]

Another Wingnut is Clueless About the First Amendment

By now I'm sure you heard about the candidate for the Tennessee state legislature who put up a billboard that said "Make America White Again." Others in his county have put up their own billboards in response, which he somehow thinks denies him his First Amendment Rights. … [Read more...]

Robert Davi Wants Flag Burning to be a Felony

You know Robert Davi even if you don't recognize the name. He's one of the That Guys you see in a million movies, but never as the star. He's also a big fan of Donald Trump. And a big fan of putting people in prison for burning an American flag, which makes him an authoritarian asshole. … [Read more...]

Paladino: How Dare You Call Trump Racist!

Carl Paladino, former Republican candidate for governor of New York, has a long history of racism. He's also Donald Trump's honorary campaign co-chair. So it's not a surprise that he's very upset that people are calling Trump a racist for attacking the ethnicity of a judge. … [Read more...]

Perry Loses It, Demands Censorship for Revelations About Chris Kyle

Last week The Intercept reported that Chris Kyle, the man about whom the movie American Sniper was made, had inflated his military achievements. This was documented by official Navy records and confirmed by the Pentagon, but the right wing is still flipping out over it. Rick Perry wants the article censored and people punished over it. … [Read more...]

Larry Klayman Loses Again

Another day, another loss in court for Larry Klayman, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Mat Staver. This time it's in the suit he filed against two independent newspapers for publishing a judge's ruling about him allegedly touching his children inappropriately. He already lost at the district level and now the appeals court upheld that ruling. … [Read more...]

Seriously, Germany?

So now not only has Germany arrested a comedian for insulting Turkish President Recep Erdogan, they've now arrested a politician for defending that comedian and insulting Erdogan too. I don't know what the hell is going on in Germany, but it appears that free speech no longer exists there. … [Read more...]

Pat Boone Wants Blasphemy Outlawed

Pat Boone channeled his inner Muslim extremist in an interview with Alan Colmes last week, demanding that the government outlaw blasphemy like the Saturday Night Live parody of God's Not Dead. And he bizarrely thinks that almost the entire country agrees with him. … [Read more...]

Merkel is Quite Confused Over Free Speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel seems very confused about having authorized an investigation and possible charges against a comedian for making fun of Turkish President Erdogan. She says it was a mistake to call the act deliberately insulting, but still thinks she was right to authorize the criminal charges. … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Senators Ask Obama to Address Raif Badawi With Saudi Arabia

President Obama just took a trip to Saudi Arabia and a bipartisan group of senators has called on him to raise the case of atheist writer and human rights activist Raif Badawi with the Saudi King while he's there. It's doubtful that he would actually have done so, however. … [Read more...]