One of the memes that is flowing quickly out of the right wing media and blogosphere is the complaint that the Tsarnaev family received some forms of public assistance. It totaled about $100,000 over ten years, apparently. Phyllis Schlafly provides a good example of the poutrage: (more…) Read more

Sometimes it seems as though Glenn Beck is intellectually bipolar. While he claims that the government is involved in a giant conspiracy in the Boston Marathon bombings, he’s also criticizing the Tsarnaev brothers’ mother for believing in conspiracy theories. (more…) Read more

The Florida legislature has passed a package of criminal justice reforms that include provisions to speed up the execution of those on death row. Gov. Rick Scott is almost certain to sign the bill. And one Republican callously declared that it’s “not about guilt or innocence.” (more…) Read more

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York has rarely met an authoritarian policy he didn’t heartily endorse. Speaking against a bill that would appoint an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and give innocent victims of its stop and frisk program some legal recourse, he said: (more…) Read more

Mark Tracy delivers a premature eulogy for the blog at the New Republic. He takes as his starting point the move by the New York Times to reevaluate all of the blogs they’ve hosted on their site and to shut some of them down (not Nate Silver’s 538, though; it reportedly gets a huge percentage of their hits). (more…) Read more

Here’s another example of the major problems the Republican Party has in trying to reach out to new constituencies while simultaneously holding on to old ones. In addition to gay rights, they have a similar problem on immigration, where they can’t appeal to Hispanic voters and to the right wing at the same time: (more…) Read more

The Worldnutdaily is clutching their pearls over “audible obscenities” in Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN show Parts Unknown (which is pretty much identical to his old show, No Reservations, on the Travel Channel). ZOMG! He said bad words! (more…) Read more

Here’s a bit of good news. A collection of atheist, agnostic and humanist books will be made available to students at schools in Orange County, Florida on May 2. This resulted from a consent decree in a court case over the distribution of Bibles in those same schools. (more…) Read more

As the Boy Scouts of America prepare to change their policy that forbids any openly gay teenager from joining a troop (but maintain the ban on openly gay scout leaders), the bigots are simply losing their minds. This column by Ed Vitigliano of the American Family Association contains my favorite bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the matter: (more…) Read more

The Mormon Church has apparently given its approval to a proposed change in Boy Scouts rules that would allow gay teens to join and the wingnuts are losing their mind over it. Unsurprisingly, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality had one of the more amusing responses: (more…) Read more

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