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The Ideological and Theological Philosophy of Erick Erickson, Data-Dumped Rapidly in Response to DOMA Case

Religious freedom cannot survive colorful banners. Thanks to Roy Edroso for pointing out, in his dense examination of conservative blogger reactions to the Supreme Court hearing arguments over DOMA and Prop 8, that Erick Erickson had a remarkable series of posts as he melted down over the possibility that some…

Georgia Republican Party chair: Straight people will enter gay marriages to get ‘a free ride’

The leader of the Georgia Republican Party decried marriage equality in a newspaper interview as a pathway for heterosexual people to scam their way into getting tax breaks. “I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and…

Man yelled ‘will of God!’ after gunning down dad at Easter services

A 25-year-old Ohio man has been accused of shooting and killing his father after Easter services outside a church in Ashtabula. The Star Beacon reported that 25-year-old Reshad Riddle killed 52-year-old Richard Riddle on Sunday with a single gunshot, and then entered Hiawatha Church of God in Christ, where he…

Former FBI official: Texas prosecutor killings possibly linked to white supremacists

Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” former FBI assistant director of public affairs John Miller, now a CBS News correspondent, said that the killings of two Texas prosecutors in broad daylight is almost unprecedented in the U.S., and while investigators have few leads so far, a white supremacist gang might be…

Three dead after 95-car pileup in Virginia

Authorities in Virginia blamed heavy fog for a 95-car pileup on a mountainous stretch of road that left three people dead and 25 others injured Sunday afternoon. The Associated Press reported on Monday that the incident backed up traffic along Interstate 77 for eight miles near the state border with…

90s Nostalgia, Day One: New Jack Swing

Spring is here and it’s time for WAM! Prom 3, which is Friday night at Littlefield in Brooklyn. You can find the details and directions here, as well as RSVP. The theme is the 90s. Nostalgia for the 90s, unlike the 80s, was hard for some of us organizers to…

Extra! Extra! New daily papers arrive as Myanmar lifts press monopoly

Privately owned daily newspapers hit Myanmar’s streets for the first time in decades on Monday under new freedoms that represent a revolution for a media shackled under military rule. Four Burmese-language titles — The Voice, The Golden Fresh Land, The Union and The Standard Time — made the transition from…

South Korean president vows ‘strong and immediate retaliation’ to North Korean ‘provocation’

South Korea’s new president on Monday promised a strong military response to any North Korean provocation after Pyongyang announced that the two countries were now in a state of war. President Park Geun-Hye’s warning came as North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament was set to hold its annual session and a day…

Survey: Sexual assaults discouraging women from visiting India

The number of foreign women tourists visiting India has dropped by 35 percent in the past three months following a spate of sex attacks that have made global headlines, a new survey has found. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) says overall tourist arrivals are down…

Greenpeace sends ‘Polar bear’ floating past Kremlin to protest oil drilling

A Greenpeace activist in a polar bear suit floated along the Moscow River past the Kremlin on Monday morning before being briefly detained in a stunt by the environmental group to protest against energy exploration in Russia’s Arctic waters. The activist in a furry white suit stood on a white…

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