Midday open thread

  • Congratulations, Sarah Palin! Looks like that whole abstinence-until-marriage baloney you taught your kids worked just as well with son Track as it did with teen mom profiteer Bristol. Mazel tov, grandma.
  • Rep. Keith Ellison says Herman Cain is a bigot. Gosh, can’t imagine why:

    First, earlier this year, he promised he would not hire any Muslims to be in his future cabinet, subsequently repeating various versions of that pledge. Then, on a trip to Tennessee last week, Cain came out against the construction of a mosque project there. On Fox News Sunday, he expanded that stance, endorsing the idea that any American community could bar construction of mosques.

  • When will Rick Santorum learn you do not fuck with Dan Savage?
  • The Bible gets a make-over:

    We didn’t know Jesus being called the “Son of Man” was so confusing. But the publishers of the Common English Bible translation want to clear up anything and everything that can confuse those inclined to dive into the Bible, so “Son of Man” now reads “the Human One.” Not exactly poetic, but arguably modern.

  • Climate expert Rush Limbaugh says the nation’s heat wave is a government conspiracy.
  • You say you want a revolution?

    Religious outfit Liberty Council released a “Declaration of Independence 2011″ that declares it wants to “throw off” and “abolish” the current federal government.

    “So grievous have these abuses become,” the authors write, “especially in the last two years, THE PEOPLE have concluded the usurpations of the federal government exceed those of the King of Great Britain during the 18th century.”

    The declaration narrowly avoids sedition by promoting only “lawful” means to throw off and abolish the current government.

    Of course, this is the kind of crazy talk no one would actually take seriously, right?

    The leader of the declaration, Mat Staver, was tapped by Michele Bachmann earlier this year to teach tea party classes on the Constitution to congressional freshmen.

  • This might wipe that mugshot grin off John Edwards’ face:

    The Federal Election Commission says former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign should repay the treasury $ 2.3 million.

    The commission on Thursday decided to order the repayment. Federal auditors said all but about $ 200,000 of the total came from federal matching funds the Edwards campaign received.

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