Fox News’ Racist Dog Whistle

President Obama celebrated his 50th birthday last Friday and Fox News wants you to know that there were lots of black people there. Oh, and that it didn't help the economy. Under the headline "Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs" you'll see this picture: … [Read more...]

Fox News' Racist Dog Whistle

President Obama celebrated his 50th birthday last Friday and Fox News wants you to know that there were lots of black people there. Oh, and that it didn't help the economy. Under the headline "Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs" you'll see this picture: … [Read more...]

Conservatives and Torture

With few exceptions -- Bruce Fein, John Whitehead, Ron Paul -- American conservatives have almost uniformly embraced the argument that torture is perfectly acceptable in response to terrorism. They don't seem to be troubled by the fact that their most sacred leader of the past, Ronald Reagan, disagreed -- indeed, that he led the fight to pass the UN Convention Against Torture that outlaws it and requires all nations to prosecute anyone who engages in it.Now the Daily Telegraph reports that … [Read more...]

Renton: First Amendment? What First Amendment?

The law enforcement authorities in Renton, Washington apparently don't think the First Amendment applies in their jurisdiction. They're trying to have a cartoonist thrown in jail for making fun of them.The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos.The "South-Park"-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel getting promoted without necessary … [Read more...]

Perry Prayer Partner’s Empty Op-Ed

I'm sure you'll all be terribly shocked to hear that Fox News gave one of the many wingnuts involved in Rick Perry's prayerstravaganza space to explain why she thinks the event is going to change everything. I'm sure you'll also be terribly shocked to find out that the explanation is patently absurd.As a country, we’re faced with innumerable problems — from a worsening economy to high unemployment to a crumbling moral foundation. Where is the hope? Where is the comfort? As our nation sea … [Read more...]

Perry Prayer Partner's Empty Op-Ed

I'm sure you'll all be terribly shocked to hear that Fox News gave one of the many wingnuts involved in Rick Perry's prayerstravaganza space to explain why she thinks the event is going to change everything. I'm sure you'll also be terribly shocked to find out that the explanation is patently absurd.As a country, we’re faced with innumerable problems — from a worsening economy to high unemployment to a crumbling moral foundation. Where is the hope? Where is the comfort? As our nation sea … [Read more...]

The Peter Doesn’t Heart Gay Judges

Peter LaBarbera says gays should not be allowed to be judges because they'll steal the freedom of Christians."Homosexual activists are quite clear that their so-called 'rights' trump our religious liberty, our freedom to act on our beliefs to oppose sexual immorality," he explains. "So we certainly can't trust open homosexual activists to give us fairness and to defend religious liberty and our First Amendment freedom to live by our faith." … [Read more...]

The Peter Doesn't Heart Gay Judges

Peter LaBarbera says gays should not be allowed to be judges because they'll steal the freedom of Christians."Homosexual activists are quite clear that their so-called 'rights' trump our religious liberty, our freedom to act on our beliefs to oppose sexual immorality," he explains. "So we certainly can't trust open homosexual activists to give us fairness and to defend religious liberty and our First Amendment freedom to live by our faith." … [Read more...]

The Limits of Constitutional Rights

This post by Eugene Volokh reminded me of a recent exchange I had on the old blog with someone who thought that no possible restrictions were permissable when it came to a constittutional right. The argument goes like this, that since the First Amendment begins with "Congress shall make no law" that it literally forbids the government from enforcing any law whatsoever regarding freedom of speech -- including laws against libel, fraud and perjury. Volokh provides one answer to that argument by … [Read more...]

Sorry About That Folks

Some of you may have noticed that we were briefly unavailable. I called and canceled the old hosting plan with BlueHost since we were now on a brand new server with a different company. I also wanted to get my money back since I'd paid two years in advance. And as soon as I got an email saying the hosting account was closed and money back in my account, the site disappeared and started going to BlueHost servers again.For some bizarre reason, when they did that they also reset the DNS … [Read more...]

The Best of Perry’s Wingnut Prayerfest

Right Wing Watch recorded the whole prayerstravaganza put on by Rick Perry and put together a highlight package, including David Barton, John Hagee and Perry himself spouting meaningless babble.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we007ENzzCQ … [Read more...]

The Best of Perry's Wingnut Prayerfest

Right Wing Watch recorded the whole prayerstravaganza put on by Rick Perry and put together a highlight package, including David Barton, John Hagee and Perry himself spouting meaningless babble.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we007ENzzCQ … [Read more...]