Category Archives: News

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UC Irvine Students Ban Flag?

California has finally gone ’round the bend. Students at UC Irvine have voted to ban the American flag, according to Todd Starnes at Fox News. Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag. What they really did was ban all nationalistic symbols from their student government space, according to the actual legislation.  Here’s the meat of it: Let it further be resolved that no flag, of any nation, may be…

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Thanks Canada… Thanks a lot

Did you know Canada has right wing ass-hats? They do! I have Canadian friends. Yes, I have friends. In real life. Okay, this sounds like me when I was 13,  “I have a girlfriend, but she goes lives a couple of towns away.” Back to the point,  my Canadian friends are members of the Conservative Party of Canada.  Which is funny, because on the whole, they are more liberal than I. So I just assumed, that if that is the “normal right” of Canada, the far-right…

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Senator Ted Cruz – Sadface Because Marriage Equality

Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, is suffering from massive butthurt because of marriage equality. RightWingWatch has the whole story and the audio, listen only if you dare. Cruz was on Janet Mefferds radio show last week to push for support of his State Marriage Defense Act. It is designed to roll back the changes Attorney General Eric Holder pushed through in the past few months. These included: federal recognition of all same sex marriages in all jurisdiction, extension of federal spousal privileges to same sex married…

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NPR’s On The Media: Bob Garfield #PeopleWeLove

Bob Garfield, one of the long standing hosts of NPR’s On The Media, we think, has finally said, “Fuck it!”, and to that we tip our hats, raise our glasses, clap our hands, even, dare I say, nod our heads approvingly.  The first thing you need to do is listen to his rant: To be fair, we did borrow this from the OTM Podcast, which is available here in its entirety. You can find this story staring at time code 9:24. Assuming you listened, which is…

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GOP Governors and Scandals

Bridge-gate has been unravelling for about a month and a half now and the indictments will be coming soon. The more interesting thing will be who gets indicted: the deputy chief of staff, the political hack, the favorite son, or the director of the port authority. You can figure out who those players are if you’ve followed the story. It’s the wait and see story of the first half of this year. But wait, there’s more. Check out this story over at MSNBC on misuse…

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Ohio Judge Orders Destruction of Evidence after Rape Trial

In Delaware County, Ohio, just north of Columbus, things have wrapped up in the murder trial of Ali Salim. He was convicted of murdering Deanna Ballman and her unborn child. I won’t get into the case itself, Huffington Post has a good summary of the case and trial. Salim was convicted and sentenced to more than 36 years in prison. He is currently appealing the sentence. More to the point, and to the headline for that matter. Judge Duncan Whitney approved prosecutors requests to destroy…

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“True” Christian Soldiers don’t have PTSD – David Barton & Kenneth Copeland

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood1 . Given that this is a serious psychological issue, it is altogether right and fitting that a Christian pastor and a Christian “historian” weigh in on the matter.  To summarize their position, and I am paraphrasing here, you wouldn’t have PTSD if you were a…

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Wing Nut Wednesday – Susan Knowles

You’ve probably never heard of Susan Knowles. You probably don’t own her vanity-press publication: Freedom’s Fight: A Call to Remember. You probably don’t follow her1 on twitter. So why bring her up? She’s, now I’m quoting a diagnostic code from the DSM-V here, “ass hat fucking crazy”. Trust me, that’s a condition. I found her by looking up the hashtag #ThingsYouWillNeverHearObamaSay on twitter.  Why, you ask? For you, the intrepid reader of this post, so you don’t have to. –Begin Rant– I found my way to her…

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And then there was one…

Christine Weick of Hopkins, MI spent today, October 16, 2013, protesting gay marriage outside the federal courthouse in Detroit. She held a sign reading: “WARNING! GOD draws a line on GAY MARRIAGE Read Romans 1:24-32 WOE to those who cross it!”, pictured right. We’re proud of her over here at Literally, Figuratively Speaking for two very good reasons: First, she’s helping the anti-equality movement become the parody of itself that it has been gunning for for years. Her standing there, all by her lonesome, holding her sign,…

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