In God’s Country

“Former Rep. Mark Neumann, R-Wis., has learned the hard way not to bring a pig to a news conference.” “If God made humans from dust, then why is there still dust?” “And I was still the same person,” Les says. “More so. More like the fun person I remembered from 30-odd years ago,” Scott says. [Read More…]

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Fox News ruins a life, right up to the end

Karoli at Crooks & Liars points us to this story — “Fox News Lies; An Elderly Woman Dies.” Tracy Knauss posted this on Facebook: Fox News killed my precious mother, Hallie. She watched FOX religiously. And when she fell ten days before she died, she refused to go to the doctor because, “I don’t want [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Michelle Alexander: “Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System“ “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to [Read More…]

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Charles Colson says he’s always been civil toward ‘the lavender shirt mob’

Faith in Public Life’s Nick Sementelli says “Chuck Colson Doesn’t Like the Truth About His Homophobic Record.” GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) listed Colson in their recently launched “Commentator Accountability Project” which “aims to put critical information about frequent anti-gay interviewees into the hands of newsrooms, editors, hosts and reporters.” As Sementelli reports, [Read More…]

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Trayvon Martin: The killing of an American child

Frances Robles of the Miami Herald reports that the “U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and FDLE to probe Trayvon Martin killing“: The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI will investigate the killing of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer, the department announced late Monday. The announcement coincided [Read More…]

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Red Hill Mining Town

“Given a choice between the two, I wonder which we’d be more inclined to frequent — the church with the bouncer-pastor, or the bar with the pastor-bouncer.” “The Ten Commandments monument that was the focus of the 2005 Supreme Court case Van Orden v. Perry was one of Cecil B. DeMille’s very first attempts at [Read More…]

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Trying to change the world with lies

“The Jimmy McNulty Gambit” is a fascinating post from Aaron Bady that ties together several disparate things while also provoking thought in several different directions. I’m going to quote from it quite a bit here, but you really should go read the whole thing. Here’s the beginning: In season five of The Wire, Jimmy McNulty [Read More…]

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‘Personhood’ laws and the abolition of birthdays

On June 8, 1989, I went out to a bar for a drink after class. Had I done the same thing the previous night it would have been a crime, because that was the day before my 21st birthday, and the legal drinking age here in Pennsylvania is 21. That age is calculated from one’s [Read More…]

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