Category Archives: lunacy

They don’t get much crazier than this: meet Texas’s new Lieutenant Governor:

Texas produces a reliable crop of loons in state government, but this one is especially bizarre. It’s Republican Dan Patrick, who was elected November 4 and recently took office. If, God forbid, something happens to governor Gregg Abbott (another conservative Republican), Patrick will be in charge of Texas. That’s a scary thought. Even Texas Monthly calls this guy […]

The stupidest argument of the month: atheism empowers ISIS

I’m confident that although March has just begun, you’re not going to find a dumber argument than this one, made on a “faith blog” at Patheos, Samuel’s Notebook, produced by one Samuel James (see bio at bottom). The title is “Surrendering earth to thugs: how atheism empowers ISIS.” WTF?”, you might be asking yourself? But yes, […]

Tennessee representative proposes bill recognizing God’s absolute governance over his state

In any country other than the U.S.—save perhaps in the Middle East—this headline would be assumed to be a spoof. But here in the U.S. it’s business as usual, especially in the South.  The Johnson City Press in Tennessee reports that state representative James (Micah) van Huss, who has a bachelor’s degree in computer science […]

“She be bold”: Sarah Palin at the Freedom Summit in Iowa

The Iowa “Freedom Summit,” a conclave of Republicans who aspire to either the party’s Presidential nomination in 2016 or simply the limelight, turned out to be a Confederacy of Dunces. Even for Republicans, they were markedly insane. And the craziest of them all was, of course, Sarah Palin, who talked for 35 minutes and said […]

Ben Carson doubles down in his ‘poisoned cake’ remark about gays

Let’s refresh ourselves: here’s what Ben Carson, ex-neurosurgeon, staunch creationist and Seventh-Day Adventist, and far-right Republican, said about gays at Iowa’s recent “Freedom Summit,” which is looking more and more like a confederacy of dunces.  As The Hill reported, Carson said this: “What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against […]

Ben Carson for President??

Although I’ve posted several times about Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, and a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist and looney creationist (see here, here, and here), I’ve tried not to write much about him over the last few years. That’s because he’s shown political aspirations (as a Republican, of course), but I always thought those were futile.  After all, he’s an extreme […]

The Economist also publishes a map of the Middle East that omits Israel

Only nine days ago I wrote about how the publisher HarperCollins issued an atlas of the Middle East that included a map that didn’t show Israel. Just to refresh your memory, here was that map:  HarperCollins’s explanation? Collins Bartholomew, a subsidiary of HarperCollins that specializes in maps, told the Tablet that it would have been “unacceptable” to […]

“Yiddish girl” corrects Ami magazine about geocentrism

Wikipedia describes Ami Magazine (“ami” means “my nation” in Hebrew) as “an Orthodox Jewish news magazine published weekly in New York and Israel.”A pseudonymous reader using the monicker “freethinking Jew” sent me a scan of a recent letter to the magazine’s offshoot, AIM, which Ami‘s Facebook page describes as “an educational and entertaining magazine for teens.” […]

An antisemite identified?

The antisemite “Gerard O’Neill,” who so kindly emailed me yesterday morning to inform me that I was a bignosed “Jewboy” whose appearance would scare children, seems to have been identified by a group of helpful readers, and one sent some photos of the alleged miscreant: Gerard seems to be an Aussie living in or near western Sydney, and his profile, […]

Good morning, you big-nosed Jewboy

A bit of anti-Semitism was afoot when I checked my email this morning, finding this message from one Gerard O’Neill ( I saw your blog the other day so I decided to look your name up on the net and…WHOA! You must be the ugliest Jew in America!! How did you even come out with […]


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