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Bill Maher Explains to Charlie Rose Why Islam is Not Like Other Religions

Sep 11, 2014 9:49 AM PT

Bill Maher, outspoken atheist and host of Real Time, appeared on the Charlie Rose show Tuesday and wound up defending Christianity, at least as it compares to Islam.

Maher's distaste for religion is well known from his film Religulous. When he singled out Islam saying, "there are illiberal beliefs that are held be a vast number of Muslim people," Charlie Rose replied, "a vast number of Christians too." "No, that's not true. Not true," Maher replied. He then went into a discourse on the differences between Islam and Christianity which left Rose struggling to defend his knee-jerk reaction. [I first saw this clip at The Right Scoop.]

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The ugly burlesque of death-cult 'feminism'

Sep 4, 2014 11:45 AM PT

From the fever swamps of MSNBC comes the latest burlesque performance of death-cult "feminism," as Melissa Harris-Perry rapturously imagines pop singer Beyonce could have performed in front of a giant illuminated sign reading "HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT" (the mantra of the Ferguson, Missouri riots) or "BIRTH CONTROL," or "ABORTION."  You cannot possibly imagine how creepy this is by reading about it; you have to watch and listen to her say it:

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Pro-Pot Guru's Alcohol-Laced Speech Supporting Medicinal Marijuana

Sep 3, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Like his buddy Charlie Crist, Florida’s biggest proponent for the legalization of marijuana, John Morgan, has just shed his skin on his true motivation for pushing medicinal marijuana.

During a rally in Lakeland, Florida, to promoting this November’s pro-pot Amendment 2 legislation, a seemingly intoxicated John Morgan jumped on stage to offer the following advise for the attendees:

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A Jewish Grandmother in the Minds of Two Teenage Boys

Sep 2, 2014 10:35 AM PT

Novelist Carole Malkin is, among other accolades, the mother-in-law of writer/activist/entrepreneur Michelle Malkin. Recently, she has published two new novels: The Life and Art of Gary Geckleman and Paper Bridge. Both are coming-of-age stories, centered around teenaged Jewish boys struggling to come to terms with sex, family, religion and death in the postwar era. Both are thoughtful reflections on what manhood actually means.

In Geckleman, Malkin follows the development of a young boy being raised by his mother and grandmother in a Manhattan tenement. He idealizes his absent father, who has moved to Florida--a world away in climate and culture--and remarried. After discovering his father's alcoholism, he finds new male role models, including his mother's brother and her new boyfriend, both of whom nurture his interest in art, in which he finds his voice.

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What Jessica Valenti Gets Wrong About the Jennifer Lawrence Hacking

Sep 1, 2014 3:06 PM PT

Feminist writer Jessica Valenti offers to explain why seeking out hacked celebrity photos is wrong but manages to completely botch the explanation.

In a piece titled "What's wrong with checking out leaked nude photos of celebrities" Valenti argues that those who look at stolen photos are, in effect, continuing the violation of privacy. That's a reasonable argument in so much as the photos were not released by the celebrities but stolen from their private cloud networks. Apart from this act of theft, none of the photos would be available.

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