Monthly Archives: May 2013

Convicting Miss Cleo: Psychics, Fraud and the Law

(Reading about this case from South Africa has inspired me to write this post. However, since I do not have enough information to take a position on the guilt or innocence of that particular defendant, I will address only theoretical … Continue reading

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Weekend Links

– A federal district judge in Arizona has ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio–the racist, constitution-shredding, media-whoring, birther conspiracy-promoting tyrant–unfairly targeted Latinos in immigration raids. Gee, what tipped him off? – First Amendment lawyer James Goodale says that “Only Nixon” did … Continue reading

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Democrats Throw Gays and Lesbians Under the Bus to Appease GOP Bigots

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has withdrawn an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have granted gay and lesbians the same rights to sponsor foreign partners that married heterosexuals currently have. As Immigration Equality explains it on the … Continue reading

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Late Weekend Links

– Last week it came to light that as part of an investigation into CIA leaks in 2012, the Justice Department secretly seized two months of office phone records for the Associated Press. So, in other words, in next year’s Press Freedom Index the U.S. … Continue reading

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Minnesota Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

After passing both houses of the state legislature, a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota was signed into law Tuesday afternoon by Governor Mark Dayton. Thousands gathered outside the State Capitol in St. Paul to witness the signing of the bill, after … Continue reading

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Monday Links

– The Kermit Gosnell verdict is in: Guilty. – A recent Pew Research Center study found that 56% of respondents mistakenly believed that gun crime has increased in the last 20 years, while only 12% were aware that gun crimes have … Continue reading

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Is a Man’s Opinion on Abortion Invalid Simply Because He’s a Man?

A woman blogging at Thought Catalog under the name “Sophie Martin” has written a post entitled “5 Things Men Are Not Allowed to Have An Opinion On.” I am primarily concerned with number one: Abortion. Martin advises men that “at no point is … Continue reading

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Late Thursday/Early Friday Links

– Delaware has legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the 11th state to do so. – The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would allow states to force online retailers to collect state sales tax. (Currently, states can only require online retailers … Continue reading

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Atheist Criticism of 4th Grade “Science” Quiz Brings Out the Crazy in Creationist Ken Ham

Last month an image purporting to show a 4th grade science quiz that was graded according to young earth creationist ideas appeared on Reddit’s atheism page and quickly spread across the Internet, leading some to question its veracity. Rumor-busting website … Continue reading

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Weekend Links

– Rhode Island has legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the 10th U.S. state to do so. – Earlier this week NBA player Jason Collins made headlines by becoming the first American male pro athlete to come out as gay. Of course, … Continue reading

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Washington GLBT Discrimination Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

In response to a state lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding (citing her “relationship” with Christ), Washington state Republicans have introduced a bill that would legalize discrimination against homosexuals based on “sincerely held” religious … Continue reading

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The Gosnell Case Demonstrates the Risks of Having Too Many Regulations

Earlier this week the trial of Kermit Gosnell came to an end in Philadelphia. The 72-year-old “doctor” is accused of murdering at least four infants by snipping their spinal cords with scissors, as well as running a “house of horrors” clinic where … Continue reading

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