2-24-2012

The Extremist File   A man from Juneau, Alaska, has filed suit with the state’s Division of Elections to bar President Obama from appearing on that state’s ballot on the basis that the President is a “Mulatto”, and “the race of ‘Negro’ or ‘Mulatto’ had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.”

Theory vs reality  Americans dislike government regulation in the abstract, but ask about specifics — food protection, worker safety, the environment — and big majorities want the regulations kept or strengthened.

Yahoo shows itself to be a bunch of yahoos.  Bill Maher’s criticism of Citizens United gets censored.

The Extremist File, Rick Perry just got rid of state funds for any health center affiliated with anyone who offers abortions.

Catholic nuns file brief supporting Affordable Care Act

As further proof that conservative efforts to paint President Obama as the enemy of religion are a red herring, nearly two dozen leading Catholic nuns filed a brief in the Supreme Court last week supporting the president’s signature legislative accomplishment. The Catholic sisters who joined the brief include the leaders of many prominent religious orders providing health care and other services to the needy

Decoding the political buzzwords of 2012

With the Republican presidential primary debate season drawing to a close, we asked linguist Geoffrey Nunberg to decode some of the language heard on the campaign trail thus far, including words and phrases uttered in 19 debates, nearly $70 million worth of political advertising, countless stump speeches, interviews and media appearances.

Maryland Republican: Meeting gay couples left me a “changed person”

Women can now be legally raped in the state of Texas if they see a physician about getting an abortion.

By “rape,” I mean that the sonogram which is required by this law for all women seeking abortions in the first 10 weeks–which nearly all women now do–is not a “jelly on the belly” procedure, as State Rep. Carol Alvarado pointed out, in which you take off your clothes, put on a flimsy gown, climb up onto a cold table, have some colder jelly smeared on your stomach, and then wait while a technician or doctor rolls the wand around and interprets the picture that appears on the computer screen.

The 7 biggest lies from the GOP’s Arizona debate

1). Lie: Rick Santorum claims Obamacare adds to the deficit.

2). Lie: Mitt Romney claims government employees earn more than private sector workers.

3). Lie: Mitt Romney Says He Will Ban Earmarks.

4). Lie: Newt Gingrich, “Obama voted for infanticide.”

5). Lie: Mitt Romney denies ever mandating contraception in religious hospitals in 2005

6). Lie: Mitt Romney Claims Obama Is Shrinking The Military

7). Lie: Rick Santorum, “Obama will have the national media behind him.”

Non-coordination my ass  The pro-Romney Super PAC is running a new ad that’s virtually identical to one run in 2007 by the Romney campaign.  Was the law broken?

Jon Stewart’s take on the debate

A lot of Catholic institutions already cover birth control

Already in a hole, Virginia’s governor keeps digging  He says gays make inferior parents.

 

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