Archives for May, 2009

Department of Homeland Security report on Rightwing Extremism, issued April 7, 2009: Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state…

The Wichita Eagle reports that George Tiller was shot and killed: George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services. Tiller is one of the few doctors in the country who offered third trimester abortions, and…

The AP reports: Cool and collected, Kavya Shivashankar wrote out every word on her palm and always ended with a smile. The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to “Laodicean” to become the nation’s spelling champion. The budding neurosurgeon from Olathe, Kan., outlasted 11 finalists Thursday…

Deep Thought

Justice Learned Hand was not Native American.

McLeroy out in Texas

Texas Board of Education chairman Don McLeroy’s nomination to continue in that capacity was just rejected by the Texas Senate. For all the gory details, check out TFN’s liveblog. The vote was 19-11 in favor, and requires 2/3 for approval. The Senate President briefly had trouble with the math, either thinking 19>20 or that 30…

Ned Ryun, son of former Olympic miler and stumbleprone former Congressman Jim Ryun, is worried about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. How worried? “I have a sneaking suspicion,” he writes, “that she has a different view of the Constitution than our Founders did.” I kinda hope so,…

The California Supreme Court upheld the legality of last year’s ballot initiative writing discrimination into the Constitution. No one can marry a same sex couple now, but they didn’t invalidate marriages performed in the window between a previous ruling permitting same sex marriages and the amendment’s passage. This is obviously a disappointment. Proposition 8 is…

“Liberating”

George W. Bush, addressing the graduating class of Artesia High School, says: I no longer feel that great sense of responsibility that I had when I was in the Oval Office. And frankly, it?s a liberating feeling. For us as well.

There are those who say “Not only does the NCSE not criticize religion, but it cuddles up to it, kisses it, and tells it that everything will be all right.” There are others who say: The continuum [between creationism and evolution] as described on the NCSE site strongly implies that ?atheist science is better science?.…

On moderation

Reluctant as I am to endorse anything on America’s Shittiest Website?, this article should be required reading for any politically active atheist. It’s written as advice for social conservatives/political evangelicals, but for reasons which have implications I won’t get into, it applies equally well to the New Atheists or whatever their favored term is these…