November 2013

Kyle Mantyla, Friday 11/22/2013, 12:12pm
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck relayed anecdotal evidence from workers with his Mercury One charity who are on the ground in Illinois to assist with the tornado recovery effort to declare that their efforts have been so successful that victims are telling FEMA trucks to go away because they do not want or need government assistance. Pointing to a sign declaring "Please No More Donations," Beck rejoiced that the community had come together to such an extent that places are being overwhelmed with assistance.  Of course, underneath the "No More Donations... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 11/22/2013, 12:10pm
C-FAM president and Putin admirer Austin Ruse knows all about what it means to be gay. Just kidding, we meant to write that Ruse knows nothing about it but will happily quote from an article by a self-described “refugee from the homosexual insane asylum” to scare straight readers about the supposed perils of homosexuality. In a story in Crisis Magazine entitled “The Real Lives of Gay Men,” Ruse uncovers some shocking details. For example, he learns that anal intercourse has a higher preponderance among same-sex couples than opposite-sex couples. Ruse, of course, writes... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 11/22/2013, 11:45am
Conservative commentators have pounced on a fishy New York Post article this week which claimed that the US Census faked jobs data to help President Obama’s re-election chances. Among the major flaws in the Post’s report was that the Census worker whom the paper suggests fabricated the pre-election unemployment report left the Census Bureau in August, 2011. But Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner took the Post’s dubious story as confirmation of earlier right-wing predictions that Obama “deliberately manipulated” Census data to aid his campaign, and... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 11/21/2013, 6:35pm
RWW Petition: Tell YouTube to reinstate Right Wing Watch's account and take steps to stop abusers of its takedown policy.  PFAW: After Rules Change, It's Time To Get The Senate Working Again.  Ian Millhiser @ Think Progress: Why Senate Democrats Had To Invoke The 'Nuclear Option.' Meagan Hatcher-Mays @ Media Matters: Right-Wing Media Myths About Filibuster Reform Make The Jump To CNN.  Andy Kroll @ Mother Jones: FEC: We Won't Treat Tea Partiers Like Jim Crow-Era NAACP Supporters.  Dan Quinn @ Texas Freedom Network: Oil... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 11/21/2013, 6:30pm
Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver slammed [PDF] the Senate rule change on judicial nominees as a dangerous threat to freedom… but in 2005 demanded the Senate “end the judicial filibusters at the earliest possible moment.”  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appears to be deliberately excluding same-sex couples from a resolution honoring National Adoption Month.  Indiana Republicans reaffirmed their plan to advance a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.  After leading a one-man protest against the signing of the Illinois... MORE
Miranda Blue, Thursday 11/21/2013, 5:52pm
What finally brought Senate Democrats to a breaking point today – forcing them to change Senate rules to allow a simple majority to break a filibuster of most federal judicial nominees – was Senate Republicans’ blockade of President Obama’s three nominees to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Republicans admitted that they blocked these nominees not because of objections to the nominees themselves but because they didn’t want to allow President Obama to fill the seats at all . This was an extreme abuse of the filibuster, especially coming from... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 11/21/2013, 5:15pm
Did President Obama and George Soros plot to murder 300 million Americans by dropping nuclear bombs? Yes! That is, according to right-wing activist Jim Garrow, who now claims to be a former intelligence officer. Erik Rush kicked off his radio show on Tuesday by reading from a Garrow article about how Obama planned to detonate nuclear weapons throughout the US until three heroes in the military stopped him: You may remember that Rush thought Obama would nuke DC to justify an operation to bomb Syria…and that the president then orchestrated the Navy Yard shooting to stop the Navy from... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 11/21/2013, 5:05pm
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) today claimed that changing Senate rules to allow a simple majority of the US Senate to vote on judicial nominees appointed by the President is a shameful act that is “scary and dictatorial for our country.” As Steve Benen noted, the supposedly dictatorial rule brings things back to “the way the Senate worked for about 200 years, largely without incident.” In fact, Vitter supported the same rules change back in 2005, saying yes-or-no votes on judicial nominees fulfill “our constitutional duty to give advice and consent when a president... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 11/21/2013, 4:30pm
Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel isn’t the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who has allied with neo-Confederate activists. Warren Throckmorton reports today that Bill Flynn, a radio talk show host seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan in North Carolina, is a close partner of the Institute on the Constitution’s David Whitney and has taught courses through the Institute. Whitney wrote on the group’s website last week: Our Institute On The Constituion [sic] Host Bill Flynn in Triad region of North Carolina announced his candidacy for the... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 11/21/2013, 3:00pm
Even though Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt has lost every single claim of copyright violation he has filed against our YouTube page, due to YouTube’s processing system he is able to take the account offline by repeatedly making bogus copyright claims. Just one day after YouTube rejected Klingenschmitt’s earlier complaints and restored our account, the Republican candidate for Colorado State House and anti-gay activist filed additional and equally specious copyright complaints that once again terminated the account. We expect our account to be restored again as our... MORE
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