Harvey: Missouri Protesters Will Join ISIS!


Linda Harvey is one of the most extreme and ridiculous voice on the Christian right, especially when it comes to The Gay, a subject on which she is a thoroughgoing bigot. Her latest bit of stupid comes in a column at BarbWire in which she says that the students who protested at Missouri and other universities are going to be recruited by ISIS and become terrorists. … [Read more...]

Assad: Putin the ‘Only Defender of Christian Civilization’


In addition to the many American wingnuts who adore his bare-chested barbaric yawps, Vladimir Putin also has a fan in Shiite Muslim dictator Bashar Assad. Given that Putin is now bombing the rebels trying to overthrow Assad, it's hardly a surprise that he loves his fellow strongman, but the way he describes Putin, as the "only defender of Christian civilization" that can be relied on, is rather odd. … [Read more...]

A Bigot’s Lame Attempts at Rationalizing His Bigotry

I am posting this at the request of a guy on Facebook named Tim Kragt, with whom I had the following exchange. He seems to think that rational people will agree with him. Let me begin with the original post, which was a repost of something Hiba Bint Zeinab, a Lebanese ex-Muslim, wrote about all the attention being paid to the terrorist attacks in Paris and so little to the equally horrible attack in Beirut: … [Read more...]

Eidsmoe: Kim Davis Doesn’t Go Far Enough


John Eidsmoe, the former law professor from Oral Roberts University who was a mentor to Michele Bachmann and now works for Roy Moore's Foundation for Moral Law, went on a right-wing radio talk show and said that Kim Davis' current demand for an accommodation to avoid having her name on marriage licenses for gay couples doesn't go far enough. Instead, public officials should all defy the Supreme Court in order to de facto overturn their ruling. … [Read more...]

Trump Wins Key Celebrity Endorsement


Celebrity political endorsements always make me laugh. First of all, if a celebrity endorsement sways your vote, you probably shouldn't be allowed to vote in the first place. If that's what enters into your decision calculus, you need to just shut up and let the grown ups make the decisions. Especially if the endorsement comes from someone like Mike Tyson, who is now endorsing Donald Trump. … [Read more...]

OMG! Obama’s Helping the UN Impose Sharia Law!

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When it was announced a month ago that New York City was joining the DOJ's Strong Cities Program, designed to help get at the root causes of domestic terrorism, Muslim activists and civil liberties groups expressed concern that the program would lead to greater surveillance of Muslims and similar things. But the wingnuts think it's the exact opposite, a program to impose Sharia law! … [Read more...]

Jindal Lies About DOJ Suing Over Planned Parenthood


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continues his habit of lying through his teeth on the campaign trail. During an appearance on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch radio show, he got all uppity about Obama sending the Department of Justice down to sue the state of Louisiana for voiding Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. There's just one problem: He didn't do that. … [Read more...]

Experts on the Lost Evangelical Voters

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I wrote the other day about the Christian right's continual claim that there are tens of millions of missing evangelical voters who could keep Republicans as a permanent majority if only they were politically engaged, and now the Religion News Service has also done an article about that. Unlike my post, they quote some actual experts on the subject who reached the same conclusion I did. … [Read more...]

Rankin Schools in Church/State Trouble Again

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The Rankin County School District in Flowood, Mississippi simply refuses to comply with the law, it seems. Despite losing several court cases, they just can't help themselves but to use their government positions of authority to proselytize students for their Christian views. The American Humanist Association has had to send yet another letter telling them to stop an illegal practice or lose another court case. … [Read more...]

Yglesias Shreds Carson’s Claims on Guns and the Holocaust

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Matthew Yglesias at Vox points out that not only were Ben Carson's comments about guns and the Holocaust morally bankrupt (and Keith Ablow's comments even more so), he also has the history completely wrong. It simply isn't true that Hitler instituted gun control. In fact, he rescinded the earlier gun control provisions. And since the overwhelming majority of the Jews killed by the Nazis weren't from Germany, it wouldn't matter anyway. … [Read more...]

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The list is out of the nominees for induction into the 2016 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an institution I have a love/hate relationship with. Here's the list of nominees you can vote on: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners and Yes. You can vote for five of them. Here's my five. … [Read more...]

Carly Fiorina Doesn’t Like Paying Her Bills


Now that Carly Fiorina is in the first tier of Republican presidential candidates, the media is taking a closer look at her history and finding some bad things. Like her first political campaign, a Quixotic run against Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, where she just decided not to pay campaign workers and companies she contracted with after losing the election -- until this year, when she suddenly decided it would look bad. … [Read more...]