Weekend Blog Roundup

Blag Hag: The Most Influential Female Atheist of 2010

It’s that time of year again! Yep, time for arbitrarily quantifiable Top 10 lists.

Box Turtle Bulletin: Teachers who engaged in anti-gay bullying now suing school district

Because, you see, you should be able to torment children under your care without anyone ever finding out.

Café Philos: Why Should We Redistribute Wealth from the Middle and Lower Classes to the Richest Americans?

Now that our leaders have fearlessly given an unnecessary tax cut to the very wealthiest people in the United States, they are wasting no time calling for cutbacks in public pensions.

The Cognitive Dissenter: A letter from my dear senator, Mrs. Orrin Hatch

I figured if he (his staff) assumes I must have a penis to be concerned about tax issues, the fact that he had the courtesy to respond (even if it is a lame and disingenuous form letter) suggests he must have a vagina.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Sign of the Apocalypse: Fox News makes fun of religious right over CPAC controversy

As an extra attraction, Red Eye also makes fun of our “favorite homophobe,” Porno Pete LaBarbera.

John Nichols: Dick Cheney’s $250-Million ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

What’s the going rate for getting a former vice president off the hook in a major criminal case that involves charges of government corruption and raises concerns about violent wrongdoing and even murder?

Moral Outrage: 50 Facts about the US Economy you may not want to know

Mountain Sage: Sex offender registries: They’re not just for sex offenders anymore

[E]veryone agreed that Smith’s actions were non-sexual, but the court maintains that even people who have committed non-sexual crimes can be forced to register because it helps law enforcement.

Nader Page: Pharmaceutical Industry Fraud

These violations do more than financial damage to consumers and government health insurance programs. One of the worst violations involves companies promoting unproven, often dangerous uses for their medicines.

Pam’s House Blend (Guest post by Shannon Cuttle): Left Behind 2010

In 2010, we lost over 20 youth due to reported suicide from bullying and harassment. Keep in mind: those are only the reported cases.

Pam’s House Blend (Pam Spaulding): New Year’s Day Open Thread – plus a guide to debating a ‘Christian’

A bonus — from the folks at AtheismResource.com, a handy guide to taking on non-reality-based fundies (should you wish to expend any energy doing so).

Republic of Gilead: Emergency Contraception in the Crosshairs

By incorrectly labeling EC an “abortifacient”, they seek to cultivate anti-abortion advocates’ antipathy toward this important form of contraception.

Truth Wins Out: Straight Christian Man Zeroes In On Why Fundamentalists are Anti-Gay [For Real]

It, of course, has nothing to do with the Bible, no matter how much they protest that it does — that’s all a smokescreen that they use to convince themselves and others that something much deeper isn’t going on.

Playing catch-up: Older posts I missed.

The Big Picture (Barry Ritholtz): The Left Right Paradigm is Over: Its You vs. Corporations

We now live in an era defined by increasing Corporate influence and authority over the individual.

Glenn Greenwald: The government’s one-way mirror

That’s the mindset of the U.S. Government: everything it does of any significance can and should be shielded from public view; anyone who shines light on what it does is an Enemy who must be destroyed; but nothing you do should be beyond its monitoring and storing eyes.

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