Duck Dynasty star and conservative icon Phil Robertson told a gruesome story on Friday about the hypothetical rape and murder of a family to illustrate the perils of atheism, according to audio found by Right Wing Watch. After describing the crime in detail, Robertson has the murdering home invader say this to the dad after his family is dead: "Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong, now is it dude?'"
Robert Boston, Salon: Certain words should not be tossed around lightly. Persecution is one of those words. Religious right leaders and their followers often claim that they are being persecuted in the United States. They should watch their words carefully. Their claims are offensive; they don't know the first thing about persecution. One doesn't have to look far to find examples of real religious persecution in the world. In some countries, people can be imprisoned, beaten, or even killed because of what they believe. Certain religious groups are illegal and denied the right to meet. This is real persecution. By contrast, being offended because a clerk in a discount store said "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" pales. Only the most confused mind would equate the two. read more
Defense Distributed, the group that pioneered 3D printed firearms in 2013, informed its customers on Tuesday that FedEx has refused to ship the company's latest product, a computer-numerically- controlled (CNC) mill -- dubbed the "Ghost Gunner."
Wilson's latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically- controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modeled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminum. But this CNC mill, sold by Wilson's organization known as Defense Distributed for $1,200, is designed to create one object in particular: the component of an AR-15 rifle known as its lower receiver.
Weldon Angelos could have hijacked a plane and spent less time in jail. But due to mandatory sentencing laws, the father of two was sentenced to 55 years in jail for selling pot -- a term so long even the judge who gave it to him protested its injustice. A group backed by the Koch brothers agrees, and is now fighting to get him out of prison. Judge Paul Cassell protested the sentence when he was forced to make it in 2004, a move he told the Daily Beast he considers "the most unjust, lengthy sentence that I had to hand down."