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!

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

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

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

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...]

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...]

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...]

Fischer Wants Bunning Impeached for Religious Test for Office

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...]