WASHINGTON—In a worrying development that could have dire implications for the health of the planet, a report published Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the number of climate change skeptics could reach catastrophic levels by the year 2020.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, in his ruling striking down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, rejecting the state’s contention that that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate and the state’s long-term economic stability:
These arguments are not those of serious people.
The ruling is stayed pending appeal, but yet another ban bites the dust.
Convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza says African Americans are better off because of slavery.
Did America owe something to the slaves whose labor had been stolen? [Yes, but] that debt . . . is best discharged through memory, because the slaves are dead and their descendants are better off as a consequence of their ancestors being hauled from Africa to America.
There is not a single person in America — not Bill Kristol, not Paul Wolfowitz, not Don Rumsfeld, no pundit, not even President Bush himself — who has been more wrong and more shamelessly dishonest on the topic of Iraq than Dick Cheney.
“Stand your ground” laws, or at least the public conception of what they do, are changing the way the rest of us think about self-protection. This is, of course, exactly the world the NRA dreams of constructing: Everyone armed and paranoid that everyone else is armed. But the old canard that an armed society is a polite society is pretty much bunk. Ours is not a polite society; we are rude and hotheaded and terrified. Now we have guns to help us sort it all out.
They just want to use brute power to force the states to take down marriage laws that have been in place for centuries and that’s inconsistent with the Constitution, it’s not right and it’s heartbreaking.
No, he was not talking about the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967 that did away with the bans on interracial marriage. But it’s easy to make the assumption that he was.
Had I had wanted to live in Mexico, Pakistan or Chechnya – I could have moved to those places, too. (Although maybe not. They all have stricter immigration policies than we do.) I’m sure they’re lovely, but I wanted to live in America. Now I can’t.
I will happily contribute to buying her a ticket to anywhere she would like to go. Hell, I’ll drive her to the airport and buy her a roll at Au Bon Pain while she waits for the plane.
The Beatles are not merely awful; I would consider it sacrilegious to say anything less than that they are god awful. They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music, even as the imposter popes went down in history as “anti-popes.”
I think he was just being his usual cranky self, but I also suspect he knew that the group would have more of an impact on American culture than his silly little National Review.
Digby on the right-wing meltdown over the canning of the Duck Dynasty homophobe:
Conservatives normally insist that the private sector can do anything it chooses, even hiring and firing on the basis of an owner’s throwback religious or racist beliefs. But that’s only as long as it doesn’t “infringe” on the right of conservatives to be assholes. That’s a sacred liberty which is derived directly from the Bible, Atlas Shrugged and the Declaration of Independence. (You can look it up!)