Who Is Bradlee Dean

You’ve got to watch this video:

The term braggadocio was invented for people like Bradlee Dean. Among other accomplishments he boasts about being a “national columnist” for the WorldNetDaily* (or WhirledNutDaily as I like to call it) which he says is the “number one news source in the world”. Holy shit. Talk about delusional. Notice too that comments and likes/dislikes are disabled for the video. Which is pretty typical for xtian fundies who think that only they can tell other people they’re awful.

Note also that he filed a defamation lawsuit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow and lost. See also FtB for more commentary on this video.

  • or “World Net Daily” as it is sometimes spelled

Republican Bob Frey brings the crazy

Minnesota Republicans are trying to out crazy Texas Republicans. Everyone knows Michelle Bachman. Now that she’s soon to be an ex-representative we have replacements lining up to take her place. Meet Minnesota Republican Bob Frey. A man who thinks humans have always lived with dinosaurs. He also thinks that sperm causes AIDS when deposited anally.

[W]hen questioned about his position on social issues, [Minnesota House candidate Bob Frey (R)] added that it “does certainly need to be addressed for what it is. It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle.”

Frey then explained his view: “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”

And people wonder why I think your average Christian evangelical is a danger to society.

Molly Ivans quote of the day

I was reading “Letters to the Nation” last night and this quote by Molly Ivans succinctly captures the essence of too many Republican legislators. Such as Louie Gohmert:

If his IQ slips any lower, we’ll have to water him twice a day.

Although to be honest I think Louie has already reached that stage.

Michelle Bachman makes no sense — again

The Girl With the Faraway Eyes (thanks, Charlie Pierce) is once again warning us about the dangers our country faces from invasion. Besides the usual wingnut problem with grammar (“”My tears are crying…”) she seems to honestly believe that because a single immigrant sometime in the distant past committed a crime that all of the children trying to escape the horrors of their home countries should be presumed to be hardened criminals. Using that logic I can only conclude she thinks all the Irish, Poles, Italians, etc. that recently immigrated should be deported ASAP.

See also Charles P. Pierce’s take and P.Z. Myer’s take on this loon.

Senator Harry Reid has got to go

Take a look at who voted for and against “Not My Boss’ Business” Act. Notice anything interesting about the right-hand column? Notice the only Democrat in that list of names? That’s right. The spineless, simpering, back stabbing Harry Reid. The only Democrat to vote against the bill. Here is a prime example why I tell the DSCC to fuck off when they call or send me mail begging for money. Senator Reid is worse than useless. The sooner he’s out and someone with a spine (e.g., Al Franken or Elizabeth Warren) takes his place the better. But first I’d like to see a transvaginal ultrasound probe shoved up his rectum and turned up to 11.

Death of a dog

There is a wonderful and sad story in pictures about the final day of a canine companions life. That prompted me to write about one of my extra special companions: Einstein the German Shepherd.

Einstein was born sometime around 1997-07-01. I say “around” because I found him as a stray when he was approximately six months old. The pictures below are from when he was roughly five years old. In his senior years he loved to lay in the front yard or on the sidewalk in the evening and observe the neighborhood. When people and other dogs walked by he just watched them. Even two years after his death neighbors still ask me about him. He was the only dog I’ve lived with that I would trust unattended with children of any age.

Einstein and I made that final trip to the vet on 2012-03-26. As with the dog in the aforementioned story Einstein suffered from cancer (an abdominal tumor). It didn’t seem to bother him until the last two weeks of his life when he started showing a lack of enthusiasm for going on a walk. When he stopped eating I knew it was time to grant him the final kindness of a gentle death. Too bad we can’t do the same thing for the humans we love. Yet another reason to despise religious dogma.

Einstein jumping

Einstein in bed

Podcasts I think are wortwhile

So I’ve already mentioned some of the blogs I read regularly. This is a list of the podcasts I listen to that I think deserve a wider audience. The ones I’ve tagged with a ★ I think are especially worthwhile; as in you should consider not just subscribing but also listening to old episodes.



Science, Medicine, Politics


James O’Keefe makes an incoherent video

It’s too bad James “Mr. Undercover” O’Keefe doesn’t have any friends. Or at least anyone in his life who will tell him when he’s about to make a mistake. Like the time he tried to bug the office of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu which netted him a criminal conviction. His latest mistake is to record a video showing us how to sing and dance. Assuming, of course, you want to set a new personal worst for lame “singing” and “dancing” (quote marks intentional and deserved):

Not to mention an inability to make a coherent point.

A song about birth control (Hobby Lobby)

I was listening to the FFRF’s “Freethought Radio” podcast and was amazed that a song written thirty years ago is still relevant today. That song is “Days of the Theocracy” by Kristin Lems.

First they fight abortion, birth control is next,
Then comes sex if you’re not married, finally, out goes sex
Put the prayers back in the schools, install parochiaid
Allow for corporal punishment, and then you got it made!

We’re going back, back to the good ole days
When men were really men and women knew their place
Back, back a couple of centuries
And welcome back the days of the theocracy

The family is so holy, there must be no divorce
And if a wife is not content, she must adjust, of course
And if he’s forced to beat her, it’s all for her own good
She must know what her limits are, as any woman should

The next to go is daycare, it’s all a commit plot
What could be more fulfilling than a child, wanted or not?
A woman’s work is housework, God wanted it that way
A salaried job degrades her since she never works for pay

We’re going back, back to the good ole days
When men were really men and women knew their place
Back, back a couple of centuries
And welcome back the days of the theocracy

They teach us women’s lot is “love honor and obey”
And while their crusty notions seem like jokes to us today
They’re sitting in the Capitol, they’re voting on our lives
If we don’t stop them now, our freedom will not long survive

No going back..to the bad ole days…let’s go ahead for future centuries,

And build a world that’s based on true democracy
And build a world that’s based on true equality
Ah – person!