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Louisiana Republicans Getting Set to Make the Bible the Official State Book

Establishment Clause ring a bell?
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Meanwhile in Louisiana, Republican lawmakers are getting set to make the official state book the Bible.

Which would, of course, be unquestionably unconstitutional, and would face legal challenges and be inevitably struck down, wasting who knows how much state money in the process. The party of fiscal responsibility!

Legislation that would make the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana cleared the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs with a vote of 8-5 Thursday afternoon. It will now head to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, originally filed a bill to declare a specific copy of the Bible, found in the Louisiana State Museum system, the official state book. But by the time he presented the proposal to the committee, he changed language in his legislation to make the generic King James version of the Bible, a text used worldwide, the official state book.

Carmody said his intention was not to mingle religion with government functions. “This is not about establishing an official religion,” he said.

In Which Glenn Greenwald Smears Me by Citing a Faked Graphic at a Far Right Hate Site

Prize-winning journalism
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It’s been almost a week since I wrote anything about the Mighty Glenn Greenwald, but it seems the Mighty G has been thinking of me, despite the wonderful awards he’s been receiving, because today he tweeted a link to the blog run by the extreme right wing Muslim-hating weirdos who’ve been stalking me online for more than seven years.

The giveaway that Greenwald’s tweet was aimed at me is pretty clear — all you have to do is read that blog. It’s entirely dedicated to non-stop hatred of yours truly, with all kinds of genocide-advocating hate speech and violent rhetoric everywhere. The people who hang out there are the absolute bottom of the Internet barrel; many of them were banned from LGF for doing exactly what you see them doing at their new home. And they have been relentlessly stalking and harassing not just me, but anyone who posts at LGF or communicates with me on Twitter, for years.

When my friend George Duke died, they went to websites with articles about George and posted disgusting comments pretending to be me. These are the people Greenwald is linking to.

This is also the blog that conspired with another Greenwaldian hero, Barrett Brown, to out my private emails, along with anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller. After Brown decided to start hating me, he hung out extensively at this website.

And it’s the blog that has posted numerous videos and articles denying the genocide committed by Serbians against Muslims, and once posted a video praising the infamous racist book The Turner Diaries that inspired terrorist Timothy McVeigh.

And the graphic Greenwald wants you to look at is a fake — an altered version of a Think Progress graphic showing Norwegian anti-Muslim terrorist Anders Breivik’s citations of right wing writers and organizations in his “manifesto.” The altered graphic, to which they added my name in a very deceptive manner, with a bright green bar to make sure you didn’t miss it:

And the actual graphic that appeared at Think Progress, which does not have my name in it, of course:

Notice the difference? Here they are side by side. Maybe that “StinkProgress” logo should have been a red flag?

If you actually read Breivik’s sick manifesto, you’ll discover that he hated me and considered me a “traitor” to his deranged “cause,” and included numerous articles from anti-Muslim bloggers attacking and vilifying me.

To really drive home the point about the kinds of sources this Pulitzer Prize-winning “journalist” believes are credible, here are some past LGF posts about the “Diary of Daedalus” stalking site; I usually ignore them, but this case is so egregious it had to be answered.

Rodan Exposed: The Shocking Audio
‘Diary of Daedalus’ Stalker Blog Links to Pro-Turner Diaries Video
Andrew Breitbart and ‘The Turner Diaries’

UPDATE at 4/16/14 6:00:43 pm

And just to follow up, the Mighty Greenwald has now admitted he did read that post and knew exactly what kind of site he was linking to:

Also see:
The Daily Banter: Pulitzer Winner Glenn Greenwald Tweets Link to Hate-Site and Faked Graphic

Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the US Government

Google withheld information about the largest Internet security failure in history
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Tell me again about how much we need to fear our elected government: Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government.

Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn’t alert anyone in the government.

Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered “Heartbleed”—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7.

The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going public. The security firm CloudFlare, for example, said it fixed the flaw on March 31.

But the White House said Friday that no one in the federal government knew about the problem until April. The administration made the statement to deny an earlier Bloomberg report that the National Security Agency had been exploiting Heartbleed for years.

NPR Tiny Desk Concert: A Funny, Smart Set From Courtney Barnett

What exciting things will happen today?
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Courtney Barnett can tell you a story like she’s your best friend — provided your best friend is a funny poet with an Australian accent. Listen to “Avant Gardener,” an autobiographical account of trying to turn a life around through gardening, only to be foiled by a severe allergic reaction. The tale that follows at this Tiny Desk Concert, “History Eraser,” is a ramble in an alcohol-fueled dream state; it features some of the best lyric-writing in music today. Here’s a sample from that song:

“I found an Ezra Pound and made a bet that if I found a cigarette I’d drop it all and marry you. Just then a song comes on: “You can’t always get what you want” — The Rolling Stones, oh, woe is we, the irony! The Stones became the moss and once all inhibitions lost, the hipsters made a mission to the farm. We drove by tractor there, the yellow straw replaced our hair, we laced the dairy river with the cream of sweet vermouth.”

The only downside for a fan like me is that these songs have been kicking around my head for more than a year. As she played them, I found myself hoping for something new, too. And so it was that Barnett graced the Tiny Desk with a brand-new tune, not yet on a record, about a suburb near Melbourne known as Preston; it’s a song about house-hunting that she appropriately calls “Depreston.” The song is thoughtful, acerbic and funny, just like the woman who sings it. —BOB BOILEN

Set List
“Avant Gardener”
“History Eraser”
“Depreston”

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Merrion; photo by Jim Tuttle/NPR

Lunar Eclipse Causes Panic in Strange Tribe of Throwbacks

A sign of the End Times
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The science of a lunar eclipse isn’t complicated and there’s nothing magical about it; one large object (the Earth) passes in front of a light source (the Sun), casting a shadow on another large object (Earth’s moon). You can do the same thing by putting your hand in front of a light source. See that shadow on the wall? That’s an eclipse too.

But there exists a strange tribe of throwbacks for whom seeing a shadow cast across the moon evokes primitive fears and atavistic explanations, a backward, insular, pre-rational group of strange human beings known as World Net Daily: Tens of Millions Watch Heavenly Sign.

All of the science online, the explanations and the details, couldn’t keep even elements of the secular media from asking bluntly, “Does the Bible predict the ‘blood moon’?”

Pastor Mark Biltz, whose “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” is one of the hottest books in America now, believes that not only are there references for people to see, but they need to be paying attention.

“I believe that the blood moons have great historic and prophetic significance just as they did following 1948 and 1967. In the book of Joel it mentions three times about the sun and the moon going dark and in context it also mentions Divine wrath against all countries that want to divide or part the land of Israel,” he said.

“I believe the moons are like flashing red warning lights at a heavenly intersection saying to Israel as well as the nations they will be crossing heavenly red lines and if they do, they will understand as Pharaoh did on Passover night 3,500 years ago that the Creator backs up what He says.

“Like Pharaoh the leaders and pundits of today will realize when it comes to crossing the red lines of the Creator of the universe he has more than a pen and a phone in his hand.”

That last line about the pen and the phone is a swipe at President Obama, of course, one of those right wing memes that grabs hold of the tribal consciousness like an eclipse of the brain.

(h/t: Right Wing Watch.)

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