Umberto Eco Has Died

This weekend the literary world lost two giants: Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum, among many other books. It is Eco's death that affects me more strongly because I was a big fan of his work, both fiction and non-fiction. … [Read more...]

Lila Rose Has No Idea What ‘Judicial Activism’ Is

Forced birth crusader Lila Rose is hopping mad about the indictment of two people behind those libelous and dishonest videos about Planned Parenthood and, predictably, is spouting nonsensical arguments about it. She seems to think this is an example of "judicial activism and tyranny." … [Read more...]

Wallnau Exposes ‘Secret’ Liberal Plot

Lance Wallnau, an advocate of Seven Mountains dominionism, went on Gordon Klingenschmitt's little internet show and exposed a "secret" plot to advance a liberal agenda by building organizations that advocate for liberal policies and criticize the right wing. He apparently thinks this is rather newsworthy. … [Read more...]

Fox and Friends Act Like 12 Year Olds Over Danny DeVito

As attention is being paid to the lack of black actors, directors and writers being nominated for Oscars, Danny DeVito weighed in with the obvious statement that, “We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies, so sometimes it manifests in things like [Oscar nominations], and it’s illuminated."Fox and Friends turned into a bunch of 12 year olds in response: … [Read more...]

Okay, This is Just Creepy

After President Obama took office in 2009 there were a couple of stories about teachers having elementary school students sing songs about him, which I thought was pretty damn creepy. But this certainly tops that, a group of young girls singing a song about Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida. This is so bad it could make Lee Greenwood cringe. … [Read more...]

Carson Loses More Staff, This Time to Cruz

If you want more evidence that Ben Carson's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is circling the drain: In addition to the loss of all his top national campaign staff, now he's lost the entire paid staff of his New Hampshire campaign office. They all quit so they could volunteer with the Ted Cruz campaign instead, the proverbial rats from a sinking ship. … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Florence King

Florence King died on Wednesday. You probably have no idea who that is, but she was a writer that I found immensely enjoyable. She was, without a doubt, one of the most unusual people I've ever encountered, even distantly. A lesbian monarchist and unreconstructed misanthrope, she wrote a column for the National Review for decades. I never read the column, but I read several of her books. … [Read more...]

Shoebat: Feminists Should Be Burned at the Stake

It seems that Theodore Shoebat is trying to one-up himself with every appalling video he records and posts. He's already called for the wholesale "slaughter" of gay people (his word, not mine) and for imprisoning and killing pretty much anyone who isn't a Christian. Now he says that feminists who do things he doesn't like should be literally burned at the stake. … [Read more...]

About Those Republican Predictions for 2016…

ThinkProgress takes a look back at some of the predictions Republicans made during the 2012 election about the communist hellhole America would inevitably transform into if President Obama were to be reelected. Those predictions all look quite ridiculous now, most of them being the exact opposite of what actually happened. For instance, gas prices: … [Read more...]

Funniest Story of the Day

This made me chuckle. An 82-year old woman in Wisconsin called the police because she thought she heard a couple chanting pro-ISIS slogans while having sex. Best response on Twitter: "How dare someone steal my safeword." … [Read more...]

Cruz Lies About Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

In 2013, a bipartisan group of legislators referred to as the Gang of Eight tried to broker a bill for comprehensive immigration reform to break an impasse on the subject. One of the eight was Marco Rubio, and it has since become a subject on which his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination have repeatedly lied. Here's Ted Cruz' most recent lie on the subject: … [Read more...]

Deep Purple Finally in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the official inductees for 2010 and, 20 years too late, Deep Purple will finally be among them. The band has been eligible since 1993 and continually overlooked despite having been one of rock's most influential bands of all time and having recorded some of its most classic songs, most obviously Smoke on the Water. … [Read more...]