August 2013

Miranda Blue, Wednesday 08/21/2013, 4:07pm
The Weekly Standard has a long piece in its latest print issue defending Senate Republicans’ threat to filibuster President Obama’s three nominees to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It’s no surprise that the Standard is backing Republican obstruction, but the extent to which they must dance around the facts in order to do so is remarkable. The piece, written by Adam J. White, a former clerk of ultra-conservative Reagan nominee and now senior D.C. Circuit judge David Sentelle, gives an extensive history of the D.C. Circuit…but leaves out a... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/21/2013, 3:50pm
As we have noted several times before, self-awareness is not one of Bryan Fischer's strong suits and his cluelessness was on full display once again this afternoon when he attempted to mock Rep. Carol Shea-Porter for saying that the corporate tax rate in America was "just a suggestion." The point that Shea-Porter was making was entirely accurate, as she was simply acknowledging that the effective tax rate actually paid by corporations is far lower than the set federal rate.  In essence, the tax rate is "just a suggestion" because corporations don't really pay... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/21/2013, 1:52pm
Outraged that employees in his organization had begun placing recycling bins throughout The Blaze's headquarters and studio and replaced individual water bottles with a water cooler, Glenn Beck brought the Vice President of Studio Operations onto his radio program today to explain why these changes were taking place. When she claimed that doing so was saving the company money, Beck not only didn't buy it but also didn't really care and instead issued a new company-wide policy that any employee who buys a compact fluorescent light bulb when non-CFL options are available will be... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/21/2013, 1:11pm
Matt Barber appeared on the "Today's Issues" broadcast this morning to discuss his most recent column about a bakery in Oregon which has had a complaint filed against it for refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. In light of this and similar instances around the country, Barber declared that it has become obvious that gay marriage and religious liberty cannot coexist and so "in much the same fashion as did the civil rights activists of old - Martin Luther King and others - Christians are going to have a decision to make; it may be a time for civil... MORE
Peter Montgomery, Wednesday 08/21/2013, 11:18am
Last year, when some internal planning documents from the National Organization for Marriage were released as part of court filings, public attention focused on the group’s explicit racial wedge strategies designed to foment tensions between LGBT and African American communities. But the documents also revealed NOM’s desire to play globally: they talk of “Internationalizing the Marriage Issue” and working “to halt the movement toward gay marriage worldwide.” In an email sent yesterday, NOM President Brian Brown brags explicitly about supporting the... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/21/2013, 9:34am
On his most recent "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated an entire segment to investigating the question of whether pop star Madonna is possessed by demons. Citing lyrics from her song "Revolver," which he judged against the "Warning Against the Adulterous Woman" from Proverbs 7, Klingenschmitt concluded that, in fact, Madonna is possessed by a demonic spirit of adultery. Klingenschmitt then added that he has heard of people being cured of liver cancer after repenting for this sin of pornography, before politely... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/20/2013, 4:39pm
PFAW: Congressional Republicans' Clear Choice on Immigration: Stand With Pro-Reform Majorities or Cave to Anti-Immigrant Extremists. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship. Jeremy Hooper: Today in false dichotomy: Fair business versus repudiated science. Josh Marshall @ TPM: Maine Gov: Obama “Hates White People.” Timothy Johnson & Coleman Lowndes @ Media Matters: The 10 Worst Things NRA's Ted Nugent Said During His "Black Power" Concert Tour (NSFW). Matt Wilstein @ Mediaite: Glenn Beck Welcomes Al Jazeera... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/20/2013, 4:35pm
Because Glenn Beck is convinced that all of human history operates in repeating cycles, he is now equating what is happening in the US and the Middle East to the fall of the Roman Empire. Apparently Herman Cain's "CainTV" is still (barely) operating. The Obama family got a new puppy and The Daily Caller felt it was important to point out that "the Obamas do not have any white dogs." Why does CBN's David Brody insist on including his own twitter handle in his tweets? John Piper does not approve of the phrase "Boston Strong"... MORE
Miranda Blue, Tuesday 08/20/2013, 3:33pm
The Center for Immigration Studies was not taken with the ad that Mark Zuckerberg’s put together profiling Alejandro Morales, a DREAMer who wants to serve in the Marines: CIS fellow David North wrote in a blog post yesterday entitled “That Handsome Illegal Wanting to be a Marine – Tell It to the President!” that Morales should just give up on a roadmap to citizenship. North grants that Morales is “handsome, and frankly admirable,” but argues that instead of fighting for citizenship, the DREAMer should push for the Pentagon take advantage of a... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/20/2013, 3:30pm
Conservative talk show host Sandy Rios today described how she is upset about recent media stories on Kim Catullo, New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s wife, and David Miranda, reporter Glenn Greenwald’s partner who was held for almost nine hours by British authorities at Heathrow airport. “We have a mayor and a first lady—I can’t even find the language for that,” Rios commented about Quinn and Catullo, before ranting that “Glenn Greenwald has a gay partner and his gay partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow and it’s like the... MORE
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