From the Annals of Chutzpah

John “Crushing a Child’s Testicle is Not Necessarily Wrong When the President Orders it” Yoo complains that Obama is only murdering people but not torturing them. In addition, to shamelessly invoking St. Thomas with brazen chutzpah and lyingly claiming that just war doctrine is about broadening, not limiting war, he also repeats the bald-faced and [Read More...]

Another Christian Duty is Criminalized

Harboring the harborless. You don’t hear about this one nearly as much because a) it’s not about sex and b) it not only not useful to talk radio ginning up conservative Catholics to support the GOP, it is c) actually contrary to popular (and delusional) conservative dogmas about rounding up and deporting 11 million people. [Read More...]


really is a sort of archetypal Republican, isn’t he? The fascinating thing will be to watch people laboring to induce Stockholm Syndrome in themselves in the effort to persuade themselves that he’s actually a good candidate and not merely (hopefully) less dreadful than Obama. What thirty years of prolife “playing ball” with the cynical GOP [Read More...]


What the Christian Right thinks of when they hear the word “America”: What the rest of the world thinks of when they hear the word “America”: The Trinity, for a very large number of our countrymen, is now Mammon, Moloch, and Dionysus (aka, money, power, and sex). The worship of whom was summarized in this [Read More...]

Ignorant Armies Clash by Night

So some hyper politicized right wing culture warriors in some little Indiana church decide to draft their four year old kid as a child soldier. They press him into singing some ditty about “no homos go to heaven”, never stopping to ask themselves why, in the name of sanit,y a kid that young should be [Read More...]

Another refugee….

from the Thing that Used to be Conservatism. The crazy carnival of lunacy that is now what passes for “conservatism” is a sort of mirror image of the thing it hates. No thanks. Choosing between it and the Faith is like choosing between a stay at a madhouse or the House of Tom Bombadil. It [Read More...]

Because abortion is *such* a burning concern to the GOP leadership…

…Mitt Romney holds a fund-raiser with the manufacturer of the Morning After Pill. I drew this with my Etch-a-Sketch.  Like it?: I call it “Portrait of Any Prolifer Who Trusts Romney”. For those asking, “What should we do?” here is my answer about what I, at any rate, will do. [Read more...]


From our bulging “Opposition to abortion taketh away the sins of the world” file. Serendipitously, a reader sends along this: Here’s more data to use: a 1939 memo from Stalin defending torture. His logic seems to exactly parallel what the American torture apologists have been saying. This document is from a reliable site, one which [Read More...]

Better Late Than Never

Charles Krauthammer, who did such a bang-up job cheering for the erection of a torture state and who has expressed his thrill at the thought of the Patriot Act and all manner of Big Government Chickenhawkery and Police Statism is, mirabile dictu, suddenly Very Very Upset that our Police State is using drones on American [Read More...]

No. Really. Limbaugh is not Your Point Man for Traditional Marriage

“I got a great note from a friend of mine. “So Newt wanted an open marriage. BFD. At least he asked his wife for permission instead of cheating on her. That’s a mark of character, in my book. Newt’s a victim. We all are. Ours is the horniest generation. We were soldiers in the sex [Read More...]

Coming Soon to a Police State Near You

“The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects *even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed*, U.S. officials said.” Recall that our God King’s justification for indefinite detention and assassination of Americans is that Everywhere is the Battlefield [Read More...]

A reader doubly blasphemes…

one of the sacred dogmas of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism. He writes: I just paged the hard copy of this article (pdf attached) for an ILL request. This leads to the first blasphemy, namely that the authors refuse to play the bs game of saying “enhanced interrogation” instead of torture or feigning [Read More...]