Link round-up for 21 August 2011
Here's Cthulhu art fit for a church (found via Mendip).
Here's an awesome take-down of the Ron Paul cult.
Wearing pants is the root of all evil, apparently.
Not even God wanted to hear the old monster's blather.
Blonde Nonbeliever defines the O'Reilly argument -- and finds examples everywhere.
An innocent family man falls prey to the blimp terror (found via Mendip).
This may be the dumbest example of Bible-based "science" I've ever seen (found via Blonde Nonbeliever).
Tuscan friars aren't very forgiving of Bible thieves (found via Mendip).
Also, the Aztecs, the Ostrogoths, and Babylonia.
Maybe they should nominate the cobra.
Hysterical Raisins looks at The Picture of Rick Scott.
Madonna is 53 and doing well.
Amanda Marcotte takes a sober look at "market" theories of sexuality.
Speaking of things there's a market for.....
Let's go digging through the history of the Christian Right.
"Mabus" is arrested, at last.
HRC looks at Perry's anti-gay record. Dissenting Justice looks at his plans for the Constitution (more on his bizarre ideas here, class warfare here). There are issues with his jobs record (more here). Peter Fegan sees him as the new Reagan; Kevin Drum thinks he can't win. His Bernanke gaffe is already causing concern among Republicans. And the ghost of Cameron Todd Willingham still haunts. More Perry links here.
Texas Freedom Network has an overview of Perry's culture-war record.
Don't underestimate Perry -- or Bachmann either.
Frum hopes Republicans learn these lessons from Palin.
Religion is declining among women.
Even Republican economists agree: austerity-mania won't help with job growth or deficit reduction.
A former member exposes the Tea Party as a Trojan horse for theocracy.
Here's one group more unpopular than atheists.
Yes, this is extremism.
Standing up to bullies can be difficult.
Think unions have too much political influence? In 2010, political contributions by all unions combined were less than those by Karl Rove's PAC alone.
Alex Pareene looks at Republican candidates and science. Noah Kristula-Green wants evolution to be a topic in the Republican debates.
As Huntsman has little chance to win the Republican nomination, he's free to adopt the role of truth-teller. More here. One blogger thinks he has a chance.
Teabagger brinkmanship provokes a mass public backlash.
Nance Greggs has a message for the radical left. More here.
If you don't like Obama, how bad would the Republican candidate have to be to get you to vote for him?
"Patriotic millionaires" talk sense to the Republican party.
Budget-cutting mania now threatens veterans' retirements (found via Jobsanger).
Texas education has fended off the creationists, but faces another damaging influence -- football.
Bachmann seems hesitant about clarifying her bigotry (found via What Would Jack Do).
Here's much more on Bachmann and her Dominionist inclinations.
Ranch Chimp looks at the West Memphis 3, with a follow-up.
Ideology and religion make it harder for rural Texas to cope with drought (found via What Would Jack Do).
The return of otters throughout England shows the success of the environmental clean-up.
Christopher Hitchens looks at British violence.
Britain can learn from Glasgow's successful anti-violence program.
Bigots rally in Australia, but a majority of Christians there now support gay marriage (found via Republic of Gilead).
In Scotland, support is at almost two-thirds.
Despite the predictable barrage of negative media spin, Strauss- Kahn's accuser retains credibility.
Europeans: march for sanity.
Beck goes to Israel, and sounds just as stupid as ever (found via Republic of Gilead).
A wedding in Cuba shows how attitudes there are changing.
Top Russian officials support a tunnel linking the US and Russia.
Muslim blogger Wajahat Ali looks at the annoyances of Ramadan.
Egyptian parties form a secular political alliance to resist Islamist pressures on their country's emerging democracy.
Libyan rebels score more military successes, closing in on Tripoli itself, where protests have erupted and face brutal repression. Some declare the beginning of the end for Qaddhafi.
Despite repression, the uprising in Syria just keeps growing.
Tim McGaha looks at an almost-forgotten French air crash.
Intelligence doesn't mean you can't be fooled.
IBM's new chip emulates the structure of the brain (though the chip has up to 262,144 synapses, while the human brain has about 100 trillion).
The big human brain brings great benefits but at great metabolic cost.
There's a new breakthrough in birth control, though so far only for animals (found via Uzza).