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Statistics Show Biblical Literalists Sin Against Their Religion Every Time They Go To Church

Christian Biblical literalists are faced with this choice: They must either stop going to church, or stop being Biblical literalists, and accept that the Bible is really just a collection of metaphors, and not really the divine word of any supernatural being. [...]

Political Group Reinvents A New Direction For The Second Time

What could be more temporally confused than a political group that calls itself Reinventing A New Direction? A direction, if it is truly new, and not merely rehashed elements from an old direction, cannot be reinvented.

How about a group that calls itself Reinventing A New Direction 2014, which is a successor to an organization [...]

Amash: USA Freedom Act was Flipped so badly, a Majority of Cosponsors Voted Against It

A funny thing happened to the USA Freedom Act on its way to passage: it was turned inside-out and upside-down.

Just how bad were changes to #USAFREEDOMAct? MAJORITY of 152 cosponsors voted NO. Roll call: http://t.co/2kaG5hrmw1

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) May 23, 2014

Rep. Justin Amash explains the turnabout in the legislation (HR 3361) [...]

Government Integrity Fund Action Network Tries To Buy Itself A U.S. Senator

What does Tom Cotton know about GIFAN? What contact has he had with the group? Is he coordinating campaign tactics and policies with its officers? [...]

Republican Legislative Services Commission Clamps Down on First Amendment in North Carolina

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”

– First Amendment to the United States Constitution

The North Carolina Legislature’s Legislative Service Commission, controlled by Republicans, has hastily passed a new rule that prohibits North Carolina citizens from opening their mouths [...]

Jim Risch: My Bill Only Has 7 Supporters, and it’s Obama’s Fault

U.S. Senator Jim Risch Tweets today:

I intro'd legislation in Jan '13 to get Boko Haram designated a terrorist org-took admin too long. #BringBackOurGirls http://t.co/NuInoeFPK5

— Senator Jim Risch (@SenatorRisch) May 6, 2014

Hang on a tic with me here while I try to figure what Senator Risch is all atwitter about.

Jim Risch’s [...]

The Creative Fees of Campaign Finance

This morning, I found the perfect quick summary of the state of campaign finance ethics in the United States. On April 17, The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, (which is in fact funded by unlimited contributions from executives from corporations like Verizon Communications, CastleArk Management, Retamco Oil & Gas, Anderson Logging, and Bietzel Aerospace) wrote [...]

Republican Moral Values: Public Corruption Is Less Serious Than Private Infidelity

A twisted window onto Republican Party moral values was opened yesterday, as the two headlines appeared side by side in the Google News feed:

On the one hand we have Rep. Grimm Charged With Tax Fraud, Says He Won’t Quit, and on the other we have Kissing Congressman Won’t Seek Re-election.

Vance McAllister, Republican U.S. [...]

Values Are Vital PAC Uses Las Vegas Money To Push Its Agenda

Are the Republican voters of Florida’s 19th congressional district content to allow political operatives from Nevada and New Jersey to tell them which values are vital? We’ll find out when the polls close Tuesday night. [...]

The Priorities Of Congressman Cook

Republican Paul Cook claims that, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he “has distinguished himself by tackling some of the most important issues of the day.”

In this category, Cook places his latest bill:  H.R. 4371. A bill to redesignate the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California as the Johnson [...]

Torture By The USA Went Way Beyond Waterboarding

On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee will be holding a hearing at which it discusses whether information about the American torture programs should be made public – as if that’s a legitimate question. [...]