Oh, Sam Harris. Do Shut Up Now.

It has reached the point where I just cringe every time Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins say almost anything about any subject. Harris has now come out and said that he would vote for a Ben Carson or Ted Cruz over Noam Chomsky for president because, even though he knows those people are highly dishonest and unqualified, he thinks they do take the real threat of reactionary Muslims seriously. … [Read more...]

New Huckabee Lie Reveals Hypocrisy on Immigration Deferrals

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You may be vaguely familiar with the case of the Romeike family from Germany. They came to the U.S. seeking asylum after Germany banned homeschooling but were denied. The case went to several courts that upheld the refusal for asylum and the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal. Then the DHS decided to give them a deferral to avoid deportation anyway. Huckabee lies about that case: … [Read more...]

Trump Reiterates Demand for Database, Promises Waterboarding


Donald Trump made his typical appearance on a Sunday morning talk show, this time the one with George Stephanopoulos. And he made his typically uninformed, ridiculous and appalling statements. He started by declaring the Syrian refugees to be a "Trojan horse" because he saw a picture of the Syrian refugees in Europe and they looked like "strong powerful men." … [Read more...]

PolitiFact Debunks the Lie About Syrian Refugees Being Mostly Men


It has become virtually a mantra on the xenophobic and Islamophobic right that most of the Syrian refugees are "young men of military age" or some such nonsense. Carly Fiorina goes even further and says that the "vast majority" of the refugees are "able-bodied young men." PolitiFact points to data from the United Nations, which tracks all of the refugees, that completely refutes this claim: … [Read more...]

Rep. Steve King’s Utterly Inane Comment on the Refugees


Rep. Steve King is maintaining his reputation as one of the dumbest men in Congress by making one idiotic statement after another about the Syrian refugees. In an interview with a Breitbart radio show, he made one claim that may seem reasonable on the surface but is not supported by the facts or the math, and another one that will leave your jaw agape at both the factual claim and the moral depravity of it. … [Read more...]

Republican Congressman: Syrian Refugees Just Want a Free Vacation


Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is looking to join Steve King and Louis Gohmert in the Fucking Morons and Vile Human Beings Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and his latest outburst should certainly earn him a spot. He says the Syrian refugees -- four million of them, by the way -- aren't really fleeing violence and destruction, they're just looking for a "free vacation." … [Read more...]

Moore: Right Response, Wrong Reason on Refugees


One of the few hopeful signs in the midst of this spasm of fascist impulses in the uproar over Syrian refugees coming to the United States has been some evangelical Christian groups bucking the trend on the right and speaking out in favor of allowing them to come here. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has the right response, but for the wrong reason. … [Read more...]

The Real Risk Calculus on Syrian Refugees

A friend of mine shared a link to my post about the Syrian refugees and our fascist impulses and a friend of theirs took issue with it, trying to argue that the risk that one of the refugees might turn out to be a terrorist is too high to accept. I left a fairly detailed answer to him, which I'll repost here: … [Read more...]

WND Thinks Fewer Immigrants is an ‘Invasion’


There's a new report from the Pew Research Center that shows that fewer Mexican immigrants entered the United States over the last five years than the number that went back to Mexico. For some weird reason, the Worldnetdaily posted a link to an article in USA Today about the report under the label "Invasion USA." Wouldn't that be like the opposite of an invasion? … [Read more...]

Carson Raises the Ante on Trump’s Xenophobia

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It seems the Republican presidential candidates are in a heated competition to see who can be the most xenophobic and jingoistic in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. First Donald Trump suggests making Muslims wear ID badges and building national database of all Muslims, and now Ben Carson has upped the ante and declared that we should have a database of all "foreigners" in the country. … [Read more...]

The Syrian Refugees and the Fascist Impulse

The reaction in this country to the Paris terrorist attacks has reached an absolutely frightening stage where people are seriously offering up policies borrowed, quite literally, from the Nazis. As the right wing continues to pretend that the Syrian refugees and ISIS are the same thing, some of them are suggesting policies that should horrify any reasonable person. Donald Trump, for example, thinks maybe Muslims should have to carry ID badges. … [Read more...]

Trump Does the Secret Sources Thing Too


For months, Donald Trump has been claiming that Obama is planning to bring in 250,000 Syrian refugees, which is a rather blatant lie. The number is 10,000 by the end of 2016. That is the figure they notified Congress of in a mandatory filing on refugee resettlement that is made every year. When asked why he keeps lying about this, Trump took a card from Ben Carson and claimed he has secret sources. … [Read more...]