Donald Trump Prepares for Independent Campaign


When Donald Trump signed that infamous pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, I had a good laugh about it and said at the time that it wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. He had said along that it would depend on how he was treated by the GOP and, being the world's most thin-skinned human being, you knew damn well that he would turn any perceived slight into an excuse to ignore it. And so it's begun: … [Read more...]

Kilmeade to Black Fox Host: Do You Make Koolaid on Thanksgiving?


It's really kind of amazing how Fox News has managed to put together the three most vapid people in all of television on a single show. I'm not sure Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Elizabeth Hasselbeck have anything more than a functioning brain stem between them, but Kilmeade....holy shit, in a Thanksgiving dinner cooking demonstration, he asked a black Fox anchor if she makes Koolaid for the occasion. … [Read more...]

David Barton Dishonestly Addresses Obama on the Syrian Refugees


When several Republican presidential candidates started saying that we should only let in Christian refugees from Syria, President Obama responded forcefully, and correctly, saying that it is a violation of American principles to put a religious test on which people we show concern for when considering refugee questions. David Barton rather blatantly pretended he said something entirely different: … [Read more...]

An Amusing Poll on Politics and the Holidays


Public Policy Polling did a mostly whimsical poll of American attitudes about politicians, holiday traditions and holiday meals. Some of the questions even reveal something substantive and important about our political discourse, while others are just sort of frivolous and fun. One thing it reveals is just how deeply the Obama Derangement Syndrome goes among Republicans: … [Read more...]

Tracking Donald Trump’s Lies


Kevin Drum has undertaken the thankless task of building a database, not of Muslims as Donald Trump has endorsed, but of Trump's seemingly endless stream of lies. The list is long but only distinguished in the depth of the man's mendacity. There have been so many lies coming from him in this campaign that when you read this list, you're likely to say "Oh yeah, I forgot about that one. … [Read more...]

Why Was Paris Attacked? Because They Support a Palestinian State. Oh, and The Gay.


Let's spin the big wheel of loopy explanations for why France was targeted by Muslim fanatics a couple weeks ago. Today's explanation comes from dingbat end times preacher Jonathan Cahn, the apple of Joe Farah's eye. He went on the Jim Bakker show and said that God let Paris be attacked because the French think the Palestinians should have a state. Oh, and of course, The Gay. … [Read more...]

Beck: Anti-Racism Protesters ‘Working Hand-in-Hand with ISIS’


Oh, Glenn Beck. I love you so much. Without you, my life would be so much more boring. I'd laugh so much less because I would miss out on hearing you give advice to parents with college kids coming home for Thanksgiving. He's giving them "ammunition" to inform their kids, should they be taking part in any protests against campus racism, that they're "working hand-in-hand with ISIS." … [Read more...]

Cruz Proud to Be Endorsed by Extremist Right Wing Preacher


As I've said many times, there's virtually nothing any right winger can say or do to get disowned by this crop of presidential candidates. The extreme fringe is now the mainstream among conservatives. Which is why Ted Cruz can proudly announce the endorsement of a preacher who wants to throw gay people in jail, calls them "maggots" and "murderers," and thinks Ebola was God's punishment for gay rights. … [Read more...]

What Atheists are Thankful For


Vyckie Garrison asked a whole bunch of us atheist folk to write up a brief few sentences about what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving for an article she wanted to publish on it. A lot of people responded, including me. I'm one of those people that really loves the holidays because, for me, they're all about getting together with family and friends. Here was my response: … [Read more...]

BarbWire: Liberals Will Create Fake Christian Terrorist Groups!


Right-wing "thinker" Paul Hair has come up with preemptive conspiracy theory just in case we have yet another domestic terrorist attack from Christian right extremists. Should that happen -- and it will, as it has regularly in this country for decades -- he wants you to know that it's all a false flag, that those Christian terrorists are really "leftists" trying to make Christian conservatives look bad. … [Read more...]

Trump Campaign: Media is Hiding Proof of Muslims Celebrating 9/11


Well here's a new tactic for the Trump campaign. They've been caught in lie after lie and have consistently refused to back down from any of them. Now they're trying something new when it comes to the lie Trump keeps telling about seeing "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in Jersey City cheering and applauding as the towers came down on 9/11, claiming that they've turned over video evidence to the media, but the media is intentionally burying it. … [Read more...]

ACLU Sues Indiana Governor Over Refugee Refusal


In the first of what I anticipate will be many such cases, the ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his refusal to allow a Syrian refugee family from moving to that state. That declaration is rather blatantly unconstitutional. Indeed, it's difficult to imagine what the state's legal defense might actually be in arguing that Pence has such authority. … [Read more...]