Multiple Counts of Pandering

March 3, 2016


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A man in Russia, Viktor Krasnov, could get up to a year in prison for expressing his atheism on Facebook. The charge? “Offending believers’ feelings.” I thought Russia was supposed to be tough.

Daniel Burke at CNN looks at what Super Tuesday means for various religious blocs, such as the breakup of the religious right and Sanders’ appeal to heathens:

Sanders attracted a majority of voters who don’t regularly attend worship services in Arkansas and Texas, and came close (46%) in Virginia, helping him win delegates even where he lost states. The four states that Sanders did win — Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont — all have large numbers of religiously unaffiliated voters, or “nones.” 

Ben Carson looks to be sleepwalking out of the presidential race. But lest we forget, he knows that the gays/communists have conspiracies at work, because, “I read all kinds of books.” Well now you have lots more time for reading. 

WaPo’s Caitlin Dewey does not find your hoax Internet news stories funny or, as Janice from the Muppets might say, AR-TEES-TICK:

I point out to Teachworth [a maker of hoax news stories], on the phone, that there are no practical differences between her work and that of the web’s more mercenary fake-news trolls and conspiracy theorists. They both spread misinformation and exploit biases; they both sidestep personal responsibility under the lolzy, nihilistic framework that online, anything goes; they both benefit in very real ways when one of their hoaxes goes viral. Why do fake news sites get scathing takedowns from Snopes, and she and Balasnov get a residency at the New Museum? When did “art” become a handy substitute for basic thoughtfulness? 

Four men in Minnesota, who have pleaded guilty to charges related to working for ISIS, will undergo a new experimental deradicalization program supervised by a Minneapolis judge.

In Malawi, seven men are burned to death because a mob believed them to be using bones for witchcraft. 

She says its a “goddess temple,” the prosecutor says its an illegal brothel. Details, details. Interestingly, one of the charges leveled against Tracy Elise of the Phoenix Goddess Temple is “multiple counts of pandering.” Insert your own political joke here.

Speaking of houses of ill repute, a woman who says President Obama used to be a gay prostitute (which I’m sure she can prove) won enough votes in the race for Texas school board to win a plurality, and to go on to a runoff. 

And continuing a day of pride for the Lone Star State, the GOP of Travis County has picked itself a doozie of a Party Chairman, one Robert Morrow, who talks about Rick Perry being bisexual, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio probably being gay (in much ruder language), and that everyone who doesn’t like him “can go f*** themselves.”   

Oberlin College finds itself in a bit of a free-inquiry tumult as its president must defend the academic freedom rights of a professor who allegedly “blame[s] Jews for the Sept. 11 attacks.” 

Something called the Dispatch Tribunal (which sounds really ominous) reports that some dude sees a crucifix on Mars. I’d say the Satanic Temple has its work cut out for it to get a rival display up there, quick. 

Donald Trump was not on the Phil Donahue show in 1989. Oh, and he also didn’t say he was an atheist.  

Let’s say you want to give Donald Trump a gift, for his birthday, a congratulations for a big Super Tuesday, etc. But what do you get the man who has everything? THIS. YOU GET HIM THIS. 

Number of the Day (It’s my blog and I can change it up whenever I want): 1,845 – the number of cases opened against citizens of Turkey for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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