This Person Has the Right to Vote

In a Politico article about Rick Perry's prospects in the presidential election is this gem:Veterans of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s unsuccessful 2010 primary challenge to Perry recalled being stunned at the way attacks bounced off the governor in a strongly conservative state gripped by tea party fever. Multiple former Hutchison advisers recalled asking a focus group about the charge that Perry may have presided over the execution of an innocent man — Cameron Todd Willingham — and got this re … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck Comes to Mt. Sinai

Glenn Beck is getting ready for his rally in Israel, where he says a pillar of fire may appear. Seriously. … [Read more...]

Debating the Constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Law

SCOTUSblog has invited some of the top legal scholars in the nation to offer essays on both sides of the question of whether the Affordable Care Act -- the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama -- is constitutional or not. And it's a heck of a lineup, including Dawn Johnsen (Obama's initial nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel), Ilya Somin, Joseph Levy and Charles Fried. Well worth reading if you're interested in that issue. … [Read more...]

Muslims Lead Nation in Opposition to Violence

This is very interesting. A new Gallup poll finds that Muslim Americans oppose the use of violence against the innocent more than any other group, including Protestants and Catholics. This question involves individuals or groups: … [Read more...]

The Fox Guarding the Catholic Chicken Coop

Here's an entirely unsurprising story:A child protection official for the Catholic Church has been caught with 4,000 pictures of child porn.Father-of-four Christopher Jarvis was arrested after uploading pictures of children being abused to a website.Married Jarvis, 49, a former social worker, was employed by the church following sex scandals about pervert priests.His job was to monitor church groups to ensure paedophiles did not gain access to children in the church’s c … [Read more...]

Recession Even Affects Mythical Beings

How bad is the economy? Even the tooth fairy is slashing payouts:Getting the Tooth Fairy to pony up in this sagging economy has been like pulling teeth.A recent survey found that the national going rate has seen a 40-cent decline this year: From $3 to $2.60.What's worse? A full 10% of kids are reaching under their pillows ... and coming up empty. Compare that to last year when just 6% of kids found no reason to flash that toothless grin.Reminds me a joke I heard a comic tell … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Ellery Schempp

I want to wish a happy 71st birthday to Ellery Schempp, one of my heroes in life. In 1956, at the age of 16, Schempp protested against mandatory Bible reading and forced reading of the Lord's Prayer at his school. When it came to be his turn to get up in front of the class and read out of the Bible, he instead read a passage from the Quran. Can you even imagine having the courage to do that at 16 years old?He then became the plaintiff in an ACLU legal challenge against mandatory Bible … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for Chris Christie

He may be justifiably criticized for lots of other things, but I'll give New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie real credit for standing up to the wingnuts who are criticizing him for nominating a Muslim American to a judgeship in that state.Yesterday, however, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie stood by a decision he made back in January to nominate Sohail Mohammed, an American Muslim, to the NJ Superior Court bench. The move elicited a predictable backlash from the right-wing … [Read more...]

Latest Wingnut Freakout: Birth Control

The Obama administration's decision to require health insurers to cover birth control without a co-pay has the religious right in full freakout mode. I've long argued that those who are opposed to abortion are also usually opposed to birth control and their real goal is to eliminate birth control entirely. And that's not true only of the Catholic anti-choicers.Fox News is, of course, giving these whackos a platform to spew nonsense like this, from "family values" advocate Sandy Rios: … [Read more...]

O’Donnell Flat Wrong About Reason

Lawrence O'Donnell did a segment on his show about the video making the rounds of Matt Damon talking to a reporter from Reason magazine about teachers. And regardless of how you feel about the argument itself, there's one statement made by O'Donnell that is 100% wrong. After casually labeling the Reason Foundation as a right wing Republican group he says:The right-wing attackers of teachers have never even shown the slightest curiosity about the job performance of another group of government … [Read more...]

O'Donnell Flat Wrong About Reason

Lawrence O'Donnell did a segment on his show about the video making the rounds of Matt Damon talking to a reporter from Reason magazine about teachers. And regardless of how you feel about the argument itself, there's one statement made by O'Donnell that is 100% wrong. After casually labeling the Reason Foundation as a right wing Republican group he says:The right-wing attackers of teachers have never even shown the slightest curiosity about the job performance of another group of government … [Read more...]

Thomas More Law Center Loses Another One

A Michigan-based anti-abortion group, represented by the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, lost an appeal before the 6th Circuit in a case filed against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano over a report on dangerous right wing extremist groups.In April, 2009 the Department of Homeland Security released a report entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. The report was one of many threat assessment … [Read more...]