You’re Never Pure Enough

Warner Todd Huston, one of the more irrational wingnuts you'll ever run across (and yes, I know that's like declaring one of the Spice Girls more annoying than the others), reveals the core problem with fanatics of all stripes -- no one is ever pure enough for them. He's upset because conservative columnist and talk show host Michael Medved isn't buying in to his paranoid delusions about that terrible Christmas tree tax. … [Read more...]

Big Business Gets Big Subsidies

ThinkProgress links to a new study by Citizens for Tax Justice that shows four industries -- financial; utilities, gas and electric; telecommunications; and oil, gas and pipelines -- receive more than 50% of all tax subsidies. But pay particular attention to the real tax rate of those companies in this list: … [Read more...]

Skepticon, Day 2

Day 2 of Skepticon was a blast. Got to finally meet several people in person that I've only interacted with online up to now -- Jen McCreight, Rebecca Watson and Greta Christina, for instance. Had a great time with all three. Greta is a freaking rock star at this thing and she gave a great talk on why atheists are angry. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Misunderstands His Award

Bryan Fischer mentioned my Bryan Fischer Award on his radio show on Friday, but clearly misunderstands the point of the award even though I've explained it in some detail. On his show he said: … [Read more...]

Pelosi For the Win

I've never been a big fan of Nancy Pelosi. I have little use for her or any of the Democratic leadership (or Republican leadership for that matter) in Washington. But you have to give her props for this brilliant answer to being challenged to a debate by Rick Perry: … [Read more...]

The Dumbest Thing Said About AINN’s Transition. So Far.

Here's the dumbest thing anyone has said so far about the transition that the American Independent News Network is undergoing. It's the usual right-wing boogeyman being trotted out: "Soros pushes the 'flush' lever." Sorry, but AINN had not received any funding from a Soros organization in years. … [Read more...]

Ladies and Gentlemen, the PolitiChicks

I apologize in advance for showing you this video. It's of the PolitiChicks, a new show starring four wingnut women talking -- and warbling -- about politics. One of them is Victoria Jackson, which tells you pretty much all you need to know about it. … [Read more...]

Heathens Visit the Creation Museum

The tiny little creation museum in Strafford, Missouri was inundated with evil heathens Friday afternoon as the hordes from Skepticon descended on the place. I imagine the people who run the place gathering this morning for an extra prayer session, asking God to convert us all. Didn't happen. Here's the sign out front: … [Read more...]

Gay People Commit 50% of Murders?

Oklahoma City just passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. And the city council meeting at which this was done apparently featured some really bizarre arguments made by local residents. This one takes the cake: … [Read more...]

Perhaps the Lord Was Busy That Day

A professional skier who specialized in making huge jumps off cliffs and apparently held some sort of world record died recently in an avalanche. And that is tragic, of course; I feel for his friends and family. But look at what one of his family members said without a hint of irony: … [Read more...]

Overreacting to a FedSoc Dinner

I'm seeing a lot of reaction in some circles to this article about Justices Scalia and Thomas attending a Federalist Society dinner that was sponsored by a law firm that is involved with the legal challenge to the health care reform law. That reaction is overblown. … [Read more...]

Mayor Praises His City Using Pseudonym

From the annals of the perpetually lame: The Mayor of a town in Utah has admitted that he wrote several articles for a newspaper about how wonderful his city was under a fake name in order to counter what he saw as bad press about the city. … [Read more...]