Free Stem Cells For All!

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Not really, but a federal appeals court has lifted last year's ban on stem cell research —  a ban by some conservative D.C. judge with a stick up his butt. UPDATE:  Opinion here (PDF) ADF keeps losing…..

Friday Literal Video

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Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love "literal videos" — music videos with altered lyrics to reflect on the video itself. Here's a pretty good new one, and being Friday… well…. here it is:  

How A Birther Views Obama’s Birth Certificate

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By the way, David Frum, who writes "as an opponent of virtually every major and minor action of this administration", has a nice little coda to the birther controversy, wherein he chastises his own party: Even for the small band that sustained the phony controversy until now, the birth certificate so-called issue ends today. Any last lingering doubts that maybe, … Read More

Insult To Injury

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Jon Stewart may be a comedian, but when he barely masks his outrage behind the comedy, he's most effective. Tuesday night he took on Congress.  It finally passed a bill to help pay for the medical bills for the 9/11 first responders.  That's right — those that survived 9/11 and went on to dig body parts out of the rubble have … Read More

Like This Will Stop It

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In an amazing concession to the lunatic fringe in America, President Barack Obama has released his “long form” birth certificate from Hawaii. Actually, check that, using the word “released” adopts the narrative of the crazies. It’s more accurate to say that the President of the United States successfully begged Hawaii for a document it doesn’t normally issue in an effort … Read More

A Worthy Benchslap

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A trial was scheduled for June 14, 2011. Defendants requested a short continuance because “one of their counsel, Bryan Erman, along with his wife, is expecting their first child due on July 3.” Plaintiffs’ counsel objected — strenuously. This took Judge Eric Melgren (D. Kansas) by surprise. Judge Melgren granted the continuance — and took the opportunity to benchslap the … Read More

And 150 Years Ago Today

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On April 12th, 1861, 150 years ago today, the first battle of the US Civil War was fought at Ft. Sumter, in Charleston, South Carolina. Southern states had been seceding from the union for months, but the US still maintained coastal forts. During the four months leading up to Lincoln’s Inauguration, the seceding states, one after another, seized federal forts, … Read More

50 Years Ago Today

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Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the Earth. And here is a film called First Orbit.  At one hour and 40 minutes long, it is a real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission audio and … Read More