Huckabee’s Radical Supporters

I read in Robert Novak’s column this morning that Mike Huckabee held a fundraiser earlier this week at the Houston home of Dr. Steven Hotze. As Novak notes, Hotze is “a leader in the highly conservative Christian Reconstruction movement.” Christian Reconstructionists, for those unfamiliar with the term, are Religious Right radicals who believe that America, and the rest of the world besides, should be governed in accordance with strict Biblical law. And yes, that includes stoning adulterers. Self-described “Christocrat” Rick Scarborough was also on the host committee for the fundraiser. He made news earlier this year by opposing the HPV vaccine because…

April Fool (Part I)

The YIR continues — April was a busy month: *Please, no more Che Guevara T-shirts; *Drew Barrymore really gets on my nerves; *Urban decay at its finest; *I predicted Obama would win the nomination — bad news for Barack; *David Gest — Liza’s ex — frolics in the surf; *Smug Alert: Laurie David’s coming to town; *Coming soon: Kunta Kinte’s Heroes; *A world without insects; *How Peter Sellers helped make Mel Brooks a star; *Scientologists are shameless (cont’d); *Murder by numbers; *Conservative gun nuts; *My fascinating life.

It’s Their Year

Or least it should be. A hopeful sign: “No Country for Old Men” has shown up in more critics’ Top 10 lists than any other movie by far. “Zodiac” is a distant second. If the Coen Brothers don’t get an Oscar this year — for writing and directing — than cancel the Oscars. Scratch that — if Ellen DeGeneres is tabbed as host again this year, cancel them now.

Is The Anchorman Using MLK?

If you’re following the presidential election, no doubt you’ve heard Mitt Romney talk about his father marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. Mitt claims to have been there himself. Apparently he’s lying. But, while the late George W. Romney, a four-term governor of Michigan, can lay claim to a strong record on civil rights, the Phoenix can find no evidence that the senior Romney actually marched with King, nor anything in the public record suggesting that he ever claimed to do so. Nor did Mitt Romney ever previously claim that this took place, until long after his father passed away in 1995…

It’s Not “Best Person” of the Year

It happens every time TIME names a controversial figure as its “Person of the Year.” Hitler, Stalin and Khomeni were previous winners. The magazine wasn’t celebrating their humanity, rather their influence — for better or worse — on the rest of the world. Putin’s selection makes sense. He’s returned Russia to an autocracy, with massive public approval. The former Soviet Union is once again a global player. Of course, literalists like Mitt Romney don’t get it. Actually, he probably does, but why not score some cheap political points by blasting the press? And to suggest that someone like that is the man…