Joseph Trento of the DC Bureau reanimates a telling tale from Newt Gingrich's past. If Newt thought that the cool million for lobbying from Fannie and Freddie was bad, what will he think about the FBI investigation of his entanglements with shady arms dealers?
Evangelicals were pretty happy with some aspects of the Bush administration. Bush was one of them, and he passed out a lot of taxpayer money to their faith based organizations, using Atheist taxpayer money to support God. They were therefore against the idea of separation of church and state.
But now comes Mitt Romney who is a Mormon, and now evangelicals are facing the possibility of the faith-based tax dollars going to some other religion. Like Atheists, evangelicals would have to pay taxes to support a different religion than their own.
That is why the First Amendment separates church and state and that we in America have a secular society. A secular society is where all religions and non-religions are all equal. It means that the government can't pick a favorite religion. I'm hoping that now that evangelicals are facing the possibility of a Mormon president that they can appreciate what Atheists and Realist have known, and embrace with wisdom of our founding fathers in protecting the government from religion and protecting religion from government.
The Blagojevich conviction is a feel-good moment for the Money Party. Those who do the same or worse on a regular basis can now say, 'See, the system works.' Yes it does. Michael Collins has a list of other high-profile prosecutions we'd like to see (but never will).
Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services today blocked the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraceptive "Plan B" to girls under 17 years old. Because the pill is most effective when used in the first 24 hours, Obama is intervening to help ensure that girls 16 and under are more likely to get pregnant. I don't know why the Republicans are trying to defeat Obama. It seems with this decision along with other similar decisions that we already have a Republican president.
But honestly — should anyone be surprised? This is how regressive righties eliminate a problem candidate "like" Cain. Click on the image for the controversial full-size "cover" of our online 'zine. Jeff Koopersmith weighs in below the fold.
Our Congress, in their infinite wisdom, is considering passing the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA), which includes a provision making it a felony to upload a video of someone singing a copyrighted song on YouTube, with up to 5 years in prison for doing so.
Dr. Conrad Murray, the guy convicted of manslaughter for killing Michael Jackson, only got a maximum of 4 years in prison.
So, according to the proposed law, you get less prison time for killing Michael Jackson than for singing one of his songs. This is just plain crazy.
The events in Pennsylvania are not about football, or coach Paterno, or Penn State, or the students. They are about criminal acts, including but not limited to sexual assault. If you think you are shocked now, says Michael Collins, get a preview of the next phase.
Where is the future when there are no more jobs? The Money Party has picked every apple in this orchard and moved on. The youth of America entering the job market are abandoned. And Michael Collins has the stats and charts that put this reality into infuriating relief.
The mole inside the Republican operation has a lot to say about the forces behind the two major parties, the Occupy Movement, Obama's belated combativeness, and the laughably scary GOP candidates. Bernard Weiner conducts the interview.
Herman Cain is wrapping himself in the cloak of Clarence Thomas to defend against allegations of sexual harassment. Andrew Kreig explains why it's like an accused bank robber wrapping himself in the cloak of Willie Sutton to defend against robbery.
I read today Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann putting forth her "everyone-pays" tax plan. What is her plan? Raise taxes on the poor. The Republicans seem to feel that the lower 99% need to pay more taxes. That we should be the ones to shoulder the burden of society. All of them have similar plans that have exactly the same effect:
Tuesday the House of Representatives passed a bill declaring "In God we Trust" as the national motto, apparently to send some sort of message that they are somehow morally superior to us lowly non-believing heathens. But the way I see it…