Link round-up for 6 April 2014
From Green Eagle's latest Wingnut Wrapup we learn that a Catholic priest has denounced Lego as a tool of Satan. He doesn't like My Little Pony either.
Commemorate Fred Phelps!
Here are 20 creepy two-sentence horror stories (found via Mendip).
Tommykey reviews Prometheus.
Artist of the week: Steve Cutts, whimsical works with a dark edge (found via Lady Freethinker).
This must be a hot item.
Support our veterans.
Conservatives attacked Social Security and Medicare when they were first introduced, just as they attack Obamacare now.
Honey Maid puts out a wonderful response to some nasty vitriol aimed at one of their commercials.
Hey, we found the death panels.
Let truth prevail (found via Squatlo Rant).
In February Illinois began issuing concealed-carry permits after its law against them was struck down. Chicago's murder rate has already fallen to its lowest level since 1958.
Jeremy Bentham was an early pioneer of sexual liberation.
Some people still think "you can't do that because my imaginary friend doesn't like it" is a trump argument.
West Virginia still suffers in the aftermath of the Freedom Industries toxic spill.
Meet Thaddeus Stevens, 19th-century radical (I discussed his Thirteenth Amendment dilemma here).
There's a reason why conservatives want to spend less on education.
Too much money in too few hands is very dangerous, but there's a solution.
Booman Tribune responds to Andrew Sullivan on the Mozilla/Eich controversy. Josh Marshall has more (link from Shaw Kenawe).
A popularity poll of politicians gives a surprise winner, and Republican commenters fulminate.
Illinois girls protest dress-code idiocy.
Ted Cruz polls Obamacare on Facebook, gets pwned. As the law's popularity rises, even Ross Douthat admits that it's working.
Bruce Gerencser looks at World Vision and Christian callousness.
A Georgia high school has just now (!) hosted its first non-segregated prom.
Annie Oakley was quite an educator.
Christie's bridgegate troubles are only beginning.
Some Catholics are still trying to defend the murder of Giordano Bruno.
Right-wingers are fuming that the new Noah movie promotes paganism.
Coinbase is the latest fiasco in the bitcoin world. More here.
A soldier writes to Bush and Cheney.
Anti-gay violence rears its head in Michigan.
Teabaggers flounder, establishment Republicans gloat.
The latest anti-suicide meme is the semicolon.
Rand Paul wants to court Hispanics, gets trashed by PJM commenters.
Texas now gets up to 29% of its electricity from wind power.
Los Angeles police torture a man in front of his family over a dropped cigarette butt.
Right-wingers are nasty -- check out the comments on this NRO piece about a lesbian cemetery in Germany, and this item from Mexico.
Many debt collectors can't be bothered to get it right.
Glenn Beck is being sued by a Boston Marathon bombing victim, who seems to have a strong case.
"The mosquito" makes loitering teens buzz off.
Jeb Bush won't be the Republican savior.
Andrew O'Shaughnessy looks at British leadership during the US War of Independence.
Behold the ten horrors that gay marriage will bring to England (found via Republic of Gilead).
The Muslim Brotherhood, banned in Egypt, now falls under suspicion in Britain.
Terrorist forgets about daylight savings time, blows himself up.
Hitler was one of the greatest farters in history (found via Mendip) -- and his girlfriend had a family secret.
The Shroud of Turin forgery is very much a product of its time.
Here's a waterfall in Romania.
Ukraine's leading Presidential candidate is a rare honest billionaire, eastern Europe's candyman.
Even militarily, the US has the edge over Russia.
In several countries, religious revival has accompanied a rise in violence and repression.
Vatican tells Mexico to stand fast against gays and abortion, Mexico tells Vatican to fuck off.
The story of Muqdad Salah tells us much about Palestinian aspirations.
Saudi Arabia declares atheism, or questioning Islam, to be terrorism.
The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is serious. And South Africa's HIV problem is just getting worse.
Don't be fooled by denialist "global cooling" lies.
Ancient interbreeding with Neanderthals has important modern implications.
Here's a chart of which countries discovered various elements.
The organic world is full of oddities inconsistent with an "intelligent designer".