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Bill O’Reilly does something good!

Posted by Charles II on April 1, 2010

And the April Fool’s part of it is that it’s actually true.

On AOL News, Michelle Ruiz reports that Albert Snyder, father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, sued Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church, which protested outside of his son’s funeral for infliction of emotional distress. He won a judgment of $11M. However, on appeal, the verdict was overturned, and Snyder was ordered to pay $16K to help cover the Westboro clan’s $100K court costs.

Bill O’Reilly, amazingly, has offered to pay that sum.

Now, an $11M judgment for anything not involving death or serious injury is unjust. But even more offensive is any payment at all to an organization like Westboro Baptist that exists only to harass grieving people.

Whether O’Reilly pays or reneges on his promise remains to be seen. But just the fact of stepping forward in favor of the family of a fallen [correction:] not-gay serviceman is a decent act. One guesses it may be his first decent act but, if so, he deserves to be recognized all the more.

The Supreme Court will hear the appeal. One would hope they reinstate but reduce the judgment against Westboro Baptist to something on the order of $250,000.

Plus court costs.
Thanks to Delver for the correction. Apparently the Westboro Baptist people were there out of general meanness, not out of meanness specific to Matthew Snyder’s sexuality. It was probably too much to hope for O’Reilly actually involving himself in defending a gay soldier.

Apologies for this error.

Posted in Fred Phelps, Good Things, rightwing moral cripples | 11 Comments »

Abstinence-only works!

Posted by Charles II on April 1, 2010

For mosquitoes. Judith Reitman, Miller McCune, via t/o:

Meddling with the sex lives of malarial mosquitoes could stop the spread of the disease.

A recent study of Anopheles gambiae conducted at London’s Imperial College found that a “male mating plug” particular to these malaria-transmitting mosquitoes is the key to their reproduction — and possibly, therefore, to their control.

Scientists discovered that altering the male mating plug prevents its formation. Without this plug the female mosquito cannot be properly inseminated and cannot store the sperm in her sperm storage organ, a repository she draws on for a lifetime of egg laying. Since females of this species mate only once but reproduce many times, secure sperm storage is essential.

Fouling the male mating plug could, therefore, prove pivotal in curtailing this particular vector for malaria….

The plug, the researchers wrote, becomes “a physical chastity belt in the sense of the first known historical description, ‘hard iron breeches … closed at the front.'”

I suspect the Christian right would object to human genetic modifications with similar results, but perhaps they’ll surprise me.

Posted in Just for fun, science and medicine | Comments Off on Abstinence-only works!

Glenn Greenwald Writes Letters

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 1, 2010

When somebody tried to smear him as a byproduct of smearing Jane Hamsher over at FDL (where I write a Saturday morning blog column), he did not take this lying down:

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in The smear industry | 3 Comments »

Breaking News

Posted by MEC on April 1, 2010

The GOP Elephant announced today that she is switching parties:

“I’m not leaving the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me. Elephants have long memories, protect the weakest members of their herds, and are known for their intelligence. I can no longer be the symbol for a party that rejects everything I value.

“The Democratic donkey personally invited me to become a Democrat. She told me the party has a really big tent where I can stay as long as I want.”

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

George Takei And Husband: Amazingly Full Of Win. :-)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 1, 2010

George Takei’s known for his expansive, good-humored wit, and this PSA — done with his husband Brad Altman — shows it well.

Posted in gay rights, Good Causes, Good Things | 3 Comments »

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