Conservative Blogger Jonah Goldberg Is Completely Wrong About Free Speech

I’m not someone who necessarily believes in “political correctness” or altering my choice of words just because someone might be offended. I have come to believe that it is polite to address someone by the gender they identify with, just like I was taught that you should address your elders as “Sir” or “Ma’am” – because […]

Need An Abortion In Missouri? Rep. Rick Brattin Wants You To Get Permission First

Hey y’all, remember Todd Akin, the creepy guy who sunk his own campaign a couple of years back by making remarks about “legitimate rape“? Remember how we thought “well, certainly no Republican in his right mind would say something that stupid on the subject anytime soon”? Well, he’s not back just yet, but he seems […]

The Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Pastor Pillow Pulpit Special: FERGUSON

Every once in a while I rip off my Scooby-Doo villain mask and address you not as Pastor Pillow, Chief Pastoral Officer (CPO) of the billion-dollar Cubic Zirconium Ministries empire, but as myself. Pastor Pillow is satire—although for those of us who grew up in right-wing Evangelical circles, the verbal cartoon hits pretty close to […]

The Death of Officer Friendly

Whenever our car pulls alongside a police sedan at a traffic light, my daughter insists I roll down her backseat window. She shouts, “Thank you for your service, officer!” It’s one of those moments in life that makes you smile and think Pleasantville is possible—that all any major downtown needs at night is Deputy Fife […]

Missouri Councilman’s Excuse for Racist Anti-Obama Posts: ‘I Was a Very Active Republican’ (Video)

No matter how many examples there are of someone within the Republican party being blatantly racist, they’ll never admit that racism is a big problem for the GOP. Heck, just look at what conservative hero “Joe the Plumber” posted on Facebook yesterday. I always go back to the cliché saying that a lot of other liberals […]

What Do The Ten Worst States To Live In Have In Common?

CNBC recently released a story titled “America’s 10 worst states to live in” and the results were not surprising. Before you jump down my throat, this is CNBC, a financial TV channel, not just some blogger’s opinion. Here’s how they came to their conclusion: There are many ideal places around the country to raise a […]

Missouri Church Raffles Two AR-15’s to Bring People to ‘Follow Jesus’

When I think of real Christian values I think of being caring, forgiving, generous, hopeful, loving, accepting – you know, those values for which Jesus Christ stood. But apparently for a church in Joplin, Missouri, real Christian values involve raffling off AR-15 rifles. Because nothing says “good Christian values” quite like a military-style semi-automatic assault rifle.  I’m […]

Driving Miss Dixie & the Consequences of Duck-Headedness

Once upon a time, I thought Haitians were the worst drivers in the world.  Then, on January 1, 2003, I moved to Columbia, South Carolina, and immediately came to respect the controlled chaos of Tap-Tap drivers careening about Port-au-Prince like a flash mob of alkali metals with electrons to burn. I had never seen anything […]

Missouri Governor Forced to Veto Republican Bill Which Would Have Nullified Federal Gun Laws

I don’t pretend to be a Constitutional scholar, but I do know a little bit about it.  One thing I know is that there’s a “supremacy clause” which, for the most part, sets the precedent that federal laws will supersede conflicting state and local laws. Republicans in Missouri are apparently not aware of this as […]

Weather Tragedies Prove Republicans are Far From “Patriotic”

Once again, Oklahoma has been hit by a series of tornadoes, and flooding has ravaged a large chunk of the middle of our country. For the second time in 11 days, there have been fatalities. As sad as this is, it could have been much worse. Thanks to modern technology and NOAA, we’re able to […]