Rankin Schools in Church/State Trouble Again

Church and State

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...]

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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 In fact, he rescinded the earlier gun control provisions.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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Saying Goodbye to Someone I Love Dearly


Last night one of the people I love most in this world died. Her name was Connie Adams and she has been one of my two closest friends for nearly two decades. I was by her side in hospice care since Sunday, but I had to leave for home shortly before she passed for a doctor's appointment. I want to tell you about my friend and what she meant to me. … [Read more...]

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Fischer Wants Bunning Impeached for Religious Test for Office

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Bryan Fischer is repeating the absolutely bizarre and nonsensical argument coming from the dumber corners of the Christian right that requiring Christian government officials to do their job and apply the law equally as the Constitution requires is the same thing as establishing a religious test for office. And he thinks Judge David Bunning should be impeached for having imposed one on Kim Davis. … [Read more...]

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See Penn and Teller Cheaply at Apostacon

Apostacon is coming up in Dallas this weekend and they've somehow managed to get Penn and Teller to do their magic show for a measly $38 for attendees. That's a whole lot less than I paid to see them in Vegas a few years ago. And their show really is very entertaining. JT has the details. … [Read more...]

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Jindal Blames PP for State’s Terrible Record on Pregnancy, STDs


Bobby Jindal want on an Iowa right-wing radio show and made a dazzlingly moronic attempt at shifting the blame for Louisiana's record on teen pregnancy and STDs from the government that he leads to Planned Parenthood. Apparently the fact that they exist and have a whopping two clinics in the state makes it their fault that those problems haven't been fixed yet, despite his own massive cuts in funding for programs that would help. … [Read more...]

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Committee Votes to Expel Courser and Gamrat

A committee of the Michigan House of Representatives has voted unanimously to expel Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, the two legislators caught in a tryst that included a cockamamie plot to spread a fake story about Courser being caught having sex with a gay prostitute in order to cover up their affair. It now goes to the full House for a vote that could bring an end to what I consider the greatest political scandal ever. But now Gamrat claims to have been double-crossed. … [Read more...]

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Boykin: Christians ARE the Government


Former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, an absolutely unhinged bigot and theocrat, went on the air with Christian right con man Rick Joyner and repeated the ridiculous David Barton lie about how the Constitution took every idea straight from the Bible. He also reveled in his desire to turn the United States into a theocracy by declaring that Christians ARE the government. … [Read more...]

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White Supremacists Threaten to Kill the Pope

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White Supremacists, at least the KKK version, tend to be as strongly anti-Catholic as they are anti-black, so their hatred for the pope is hardly a surprise. But the current pope has been calling for Europe and the United States to take in those dirty Syrian refugees, so that makes him not only a Catholic but a "race traitor" as well. So at least a few of them would like to kill him when he comes to America. … [Read more...]

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