Mars Has Been Observed to Be Round

November 30, 2017

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While nothing should surprise us anymore, plenty of things should still make us sick to our stomachs. It's kind of why Roy Moore exists in the first place. For example, ThinkProgress found the course material for a 2011 class on "Law and Government" co-authored by Moore, in which students are instructed that women should not be allowed to hold public office, and maybe shouldn't vote either.

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Walk-and-Talk

November 29, 2017

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[SCENE: Interior, hyper-modern newsroom for a giant media company. Sights and sounds of typing on keyboards, phone calls, smartphone notifications, several television sets with news programming, bustle of a busy office.]

[Cut to elevator doors opening, where in walks PAUL, impresario of Morning Heresy Media, Inc., jacket draped over one arm, looking groggy.]

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The Mysterious Kathy Johnson

November 28, 2017

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Reporters at the Washington Post not only turned the tables on an attempt by James O'Keefe's operation to embarrass them and manufacture a scandal, they turned the tables, flipped them upside down, cleaned the old gum that had been stuck there, fixed the legs so the tables didn't annoyingly rock anymore, flipped the tables right side up again, and then for good measure set up a fancy place setting for dinner, yanked the tablecloth from underneath the dishes and drinks without disturbing any of them. ....

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Arguments That Nobody Cares About

November 27, 2017

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Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report on the many sides of the debate over the Johnson Amendment and political speech by religious organizations, and they found this smart guy to talk to: 

Nicholas Little, the legal director and vice president at the Center for Inquiry, a secular society group, said it is “incredibly difficult” for the IRS to enforce the Johnson Amendment. Not only is it hard to catch churches breaking the rule, he said, but there is “a taboo element in going after churches.” ...

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Unread Manuscripts

November 20, 2017

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Housekeeping note: I'm gone for the rest of this week, so hopefully nothing interesting happens for a while. 

The Economist gets down to brass tacks with climate change, detailing why lowering emissions isn't going to cut it, and that we're going to have to start scrubbing all the crap out of the atmosphere.

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The Great Cosmic Blog

November 17, 2017

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Today opens the high-tech shrine to Yahweh's hot bestseller, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. But lest you think it's all about promoting Christianity, the folks behind the museum want you to see it differently. Michelle Boorstein at the Post reports:

Museum leadership has also worked hard to show it wants to be seen as nonsectarian, more of an open place to explore the Bible than to be evangelized — sort of a counter to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which argues that the Earth is just a few thousand years old. Cary Summers, the Bible Museum’s president, was a consultant on the Kentucky museum as well. The museum board is made up almost exclusively of conservative evangelicals (mostly white males), and the museum projects an implicit and religious reverence for the Bible. ...

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Camel-size Moral Imperatives

November 16, 2017

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Twitter rejiggers its verification policy, stripping the blue checkmarks from the accounts of white supremacists like Richard Spencer. ...

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You Sit in a Dark Room

November 15, 2017

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Generally unrelated to the subjects of this blog, I thought you should know that as I type, Zimbabwe's military has executed what looks like a coup against President Robert Mugabe, who is now 93 years old and looking to install his wife as his successor. The Post reports:

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” said the statement read by Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo. “We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country.” 

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Our Failing Trajectory

November 14, 2017

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Okay, let's get all this Moore stuff out of the way.

A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, comes forward to say that Roy "I-Ask-Permission-of-Their-Mothers" Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16...

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We Created This Confusion

November 13, 2017

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(Sorry for the late posting. I had a dentist appointment, and now I'm cranky.)

Rooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyy Moooooooooooooooore. Try not to spit your beverage all over your Bibles when you discover that Captain Commandments, someone who made abusing his power his raison d'être, abused his power at the expense of underage women. In case you're wise enough to stay away from the news these days, here's what Mister Covet-and-Shove-It was up to when he was a naive young man in his THIRTIES: coercing young women and girls (the youngest was 14) into sexual relationships with him. 

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