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Another Christianist hypocrite

Posted by Greg on May 4, 2010

Great, here we go again with a whacked up bitter homophobe dragged kicking and screaming from the closet.

This time it’s George Reckers, caught coming back to Miami with a lovely barely legal male escort.

Funny Odd Thing has comprehensive coverage.

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Christianists on the Hill

Posted by Greg on July 10, 2009

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A subtle shift toward reality

Posted by Greg on May 7, 2009

The GOP is making strides toward turning down the losing cultural warrior rhetoric.

When the National Council for a New America, the Republican rebranding initiative, unveiled a list of broad policy priorities last week, it left out cultural and social issues altogether. Nothing about abortion, gays, state-sponsored religion, etc. It suggested a subtle realization — the GOP won’t get back on track fighting the losing side of a culture war.

Naturally, their allies in the religious wrong are not pleased.

Too many Republicans leaders are running scared on the claims of the Left and the media that social conservatism is a dead-end for the GOP. If that were the case, why are pro-family leaders like Mike Huckabee creating such excitement in the conservative base? The Republican establishment doesn’t draw a crowd. Governor Sarah Palin does. Also, take a look at the recent Pew Research poll, which showed overall support for abortion in America has dropped eight percentage points in the last year and support for it among moderate and liberal Republicans has dropped a whopping 24%. Based on that, how can the GOP suggest that life is a losing issue? If there were a road sign for the GOP on this new journey, it would read: Welcome to the wilderness. You’re going to be there for awhile.

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Jindal indeed.

Posted by Greg on March 18, 2009

THIS is a strong contender for 2012? Oh yes, bring it on.

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Stupid is as stupid does

Posted by Greg on February 23, 2009

Minnesota’s own Michele Bachmann.

At least she’s an effective fundraiser – for the Democrats.

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Mugged by reality

Posted by Greg on December 29, 2008

Another one for the “duh” files, this isn’t exactly new news, but it’s good to repeat.  Chastity pledges are bogus.

The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a “virginity pledge,” but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.

“Taking a pledge doesn’t seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,” said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. “But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.”

In other words, chastity pledges and other such silliness do nothing to keep kids chaste, they do, however, increase the likelyhood that any sex they do have will be risky and have unfortunate consequences.

Other voices:

Pam Spaulding:

Why on earth are states (and the federal government) still funding abstinence-only education?! Uncle Sam gives $176 million of your tax dollars each year to fund ignorance as study after study comes out dispelling the efficacy of abstinence-only ed.

Dan Savage:

I consider condom and birth control use to be aspects of sexual behavior, so it seems to me that virginity pledges do make a difference—a negative one, a harmful one. It’s time to level with America’s moms and dads: It’s unlikely that your kids will save themselves until marriage—you didn’t, why should they? But if you want to make sure your kids arrive at the alter with a history of STIs and a baby or two in tow… by all means coerce them into making a “virginity pledge.”

Matt Corley:

Rosenbaum’s study isn’t the first to indicate that virginity pledges are ineffective. In 2005, a study by Yale and Columbia University researchers found that “adolescents who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are more likely to substitute high-risk sexual behaviors that increase the likelihood of transmitting sexually transmitted diseases.”

Steve Benen:

After a while, this just gets repetitious — the right insists that abstinence programs work, objective research shows they don’t. Conservatives, not satisfied, demand more objective research, which further proves abstinence programs don’t work. No evidence, no matter how overwhelming, seems to be enough.

But reality just won’t budge.


While the fact that virginity pledges and abstinence-only sex “ed” don’t stop teens from having sex is unsurprising, I doubt that even proponents are particularly surprised. They aren’t interested in abstinence, really, they’re interested in making sure “bad girls” get punished for having sex by being subject to the appropriate consequences. So it actually works as designed.

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I’m speechless

Posted by Greg on November 20, 2008

Crossposted from Hiding in the Backwaters:

Valerie Mills of Bountiful’s Citizens for Families argued the “collapse of traditional marriage” is leading to high rates of child anxiety and obesity.

Salt Lake Tribune: Legislative panel approves first gay-rights bill

OK. I lied. The collapse of traditional marriage has nothing to do with gay sex, gay marriage or gay rights. It’s about toxic heterosexual couples who lack the maturity and relationship skills to even be in a relationship, much less be a parent or get married. Heterosexuals have done a fine job of demolishing marriage without our help.

Oh, but don’t lets talk about the failings of heterosexuals. Let’s just blame the gays.

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Posted by Greg on November 18, 2008

Get a load of what the ironically named American Family Association thinks would be a dandy decoration for your house:


For heaven’s sake…don’t these people ever READ?  Maybe just one or two history books?  Sheesh.

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A drag on the ticket

Posted by Greg on October 29, 2008

Funnily enough, I’m not speaking about Bush or McCain or even Palin here.  Though in all three cases it could be argued they would be a drag on the ticket for thinking people.

Nope, I’m talking about Minnesota’s most embarassing wingnut, kook and Christianist whack job, none other than Michele Bachmann of Minnesota’s sixth congressional district.

Known locally for confusing the role of church and state and hiding in the bushes at gay rallies at the state capital, Michele gained national notoritety for trying to suck Dubya’s face off on national TV and pretending to have some kind of insider perspective on policy wrt Iran.  But most recently she became the face of the new McCarthyism, attacking not only Barack Obama but all of Congress.

MyDD discusses how Bachmann’s latest gaffes – including denying what she said then repeating it again for a national audience – is having legs beyond her own race.

Bachmann’s “self-inflicted” damage may drag down Republicans all over the ballot, University of Minnesota professor Lawrence Jacobs said. “It will not take much of a dip in turnout to have a cataclysmic effect on the races in Minnesota,” said Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

Taking down Senator Norm Coleman with her, if only through depressed turnout, would be a good thing.

Dump Michele Bachmann is enjoying the show.

Norm Coleman is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t with Michele Bachmann. He can’t afford to alienate the base. He also can’t afford to be seen with the base. He’s been counting on avoiding coverage of events that he does that pander to the Bachmannistas.

Al Franken, who let’s face it, isn’t the ideal candidate, is up two points in the polls and that may well be enough.

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What’s the word?

Posted by Greg on October 23, 2008


This viral video has a nice sound to it.

And you’ve got to hand it to Michele, she’s done more to unite reasonable Minnesotans this last week than ever before in her career.

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Because women can’t manage their own bodies…

Posted by Greg on July 16, 2008

Have you heard of the latest attempt to criminalize contraception?  Via HuffPo:

In a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right, the Department of Health and Human Services Monday released a proposal that allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman’s access to contraception. In order to do this, the Department is attempting to redefine many forms of contraception, the birth control 40% of Americans use, as abortion. Doing so protects extremists under the Weldon and Church amendments. Those laws prohibit federal grant recipients from requiring employees to help provide or refer for abortion services.

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Most ironic headline

Posted by Greg on June 24, 2008

From ABC News:

Dobson to Attack Obama Tuesday for Distorting the Bible, Having a “Fruitcake” Interpretation of the Constitution.

The mind reels.

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Losing their grip

Posted by Greg on June 16, 2008

Good As You provides another example of how the inappropriately named “‘Family’ Research Council” is batshit insane.

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Tony Perkins | The Colbert Report | Comedy Central

Posted by Greg on May 29, 2008

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He’s wrong and he’s losing and he knows it, but you have to give him credit for actually believing his own bullshit, and for having the guts to go out in public to debate instead of hiding behind press releases.

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A frothy idiocy

Posted by Greg on May 22, 2008

As is typically the case when his lips move, former Senator Rick “man-on-dog” Santorum, R, Batshit Crazy, proves himself to be an ignorant, bigoted ass in a Pennsylvania opinion piece.

Jeremy gives him a good whooping. Read it in full.

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