Mike Huckabee says that  gay marriage for Christians is like forcing a Jewish deli owner to serve bacon wrapped shrimp. It is a specious argument. Nobody is forcing Christian clergy to perform gay marriages. Nor are they mandating that Christians have same-sex marriages.

Perhaps Huckabee is alluding to the Christian baker forced to bake cakes for gay weddings. But even here the comparison is wrong. The law says that if you sell wedding cakes you cannot discriminate. You can, however, chose to not sell wedding cakes. Just as a Jewish deli can chose not to sell bacon wrapped shrimp, but cannot chose to refuse service to Christians. h/t Dail Mail


Stephen Fry causes discomfort in a Christian apologist after question about meeting God.


Texas has just passed a law – ‘The Teacher’s Protection Act’ – that shields teachers from prosecution if they kill their students. They have to believe that they “need to protect themselves” – whatever that means.

It also allows teachers to use deadly force to protect school property, and to avoid prosecution “for injury or death that results from the educator’s use of deadly force. h/t Houston Chronicle


John Geer was an unarmed man, with his hands in the air, when he was shot dead by a cop. That cop, Adam Torres, justified the killing by claiming Geer had been reaching for something at his waist. His account was contradicted by 4 witnesses. Not 4 run-of-the-mill citizens, but 4 cops.

Adam Torres arrived at the scene just after arguing with his wife – his judgement apparently impaired. And he was known to have anger management issues – once cursing at an assistant prosecutor before storming off. Why was he still a cop? h/t Washington Post 


US Presidents ‘evolve’ and America is still here.

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Religion Is a Poor Guide for Running a Country.

November 9, 2014

Religion rarely leads to good decision making. In that way, it is like alcohol. The more you consume, the dumber you act. I am not talking about God mind you. Nor the worship of him. Instead I refer to the soul-crushing ignorance and stupidity attendant on those who blindly use the old books to find […]

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School Vouchers are a Subterfuge to Benefit the Rich and Subsidize Religion.

May 18, 2014

The Tea Party and establishment Republicans agree on some things – school vouchers for one. Both Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are fans of this transfer of money. Especially as they have opportunistically linked it to civil rights. A two for one deal. It warms the cockles of the conservative heart to ship public money to private interests. And […]

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Do You Know How Much University Tuition Is Around the World? The Answer May Stun You.

August 26, 2013

Americans pay more for a university education than any other nationality on the planet – a fact which comes as no surprise to students and their parents. (For a list of tuition in other countries see the end of this post) Total student loan debt ($1 trillion+) in the US is now greater than consumer […]

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Texas – Not so Miraculous

August 1, 2013

Rick Perry has been on a tour offering up Texas as a great place to do business; promoting its low tax rates and regulatory laxity. It is a great place to own a business – put it is not such a great place to be an employee. Despite being ranked 16th among states by employment […]

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Paula Deen, the Supreme Court, prisons and schools show us that racial equality is still elusive.

June 25, 2013

We like to think that, as a country, we have moved beyond racism. But all evidence points to the contrary. You might think that having a black President would be proof that we are now a country, where people are judged by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin. But Paula […]

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Really? 2/10/12 – Unsporting behavior; Cantor and the STOCK Act; Santorum and the French Revolution; Santorum patronizes; Bachmann being silly; The gay agenda and your children

February 10, 2012

***** BASKETBALL AND BREAST CANCER Two Nebraska high-school girls basketball teams, Burke and Columbus played a game. The Burke team wore pink uniforms as part of a ‘Make-a-Wish’ campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. Basketball rules require that the home team wear predominantly white uniforms. At half time the Columbus coach, Dave Licari, complained to the […]

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Really? – 2/7/12 – Karen Handel fights back; Election 2012 – it’s Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado’s turn; Is Carville still right? Right-wing voter fraud; The Bible as a Rorschach test.

February 7, 2012

***** THE POLITICS OF ABORTION The Susan G Komen charity insists that their decision to stop and then resume grants to Planned Parenthood was not political. But Karen Handel’s resignation letter indicates otherwise. Handel became the face of the controversy. She is Komen’s VP of Public Policy and the person that the outcry held responsible. […]

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Really? 12/15/11 – Romney’s Makeover, Does Iowa Matter?, The Witch is Back, Ethics Die in Congress and How Many Wars are We Fighting?

December 15, 2011

***** WE REPORT YOU DECIDE It is hardly a secret that the Republican establishment has not embraced Mitt Romney, but has Fox News gone too far in its attempt to sway the conservative voter with its subliminal message? Romney and Obama are tall, slim, good looking men but they aren’t identical. ***** AS GOES IOWA […]

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