Geller Accuses Obama of Having SEALs Killed

Just when you thought Pam Geller couldn’t get any crazier, take a look at this post about the crash of a military helicopter in Afghanistan that apparently killed 20 Navy SEALs who were part of the same unit that captured Bin Laden. Back in May, Defense Secretary Gates said that releasing information about the OBL raid threatened the safety of Navy SEALs and their families, making them targets for terrorists. Why did the Obama administration leak and name this Seal… 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: (more…) 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: (more…) 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… 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 qualifications. While the city wants to criminalize the… 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… 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… 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.” (more…) 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.” (more…) 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… Read more

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