Right Wing Round-Up

  • Box Turtle Bulletin: The American Psychological Association, meeting at their annual conference in Toronto, adopted a resolution today calling on mental health professionals to stop telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments. And in a direct challenge to NARTH and Exodus International, the resolution further calls on patients, guardians, families and other clients to avoid conversion therapy programs which portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder.
  • Steve Benen says it’s impossible to deal with the Right because, no matter what you say or how your phrase it, “it’s hard to anticipate just how paranoid some people will choose to be” and how they will distort it.
  • Kevin Drum says “every movement has its loons” but while Democrats never validate the ones on the left, Republicans make their right-wing ones the centerpiece of their movement.
  • There is just something funny about the Right trying to stoke anger and shut down Democratic town hall events while the RNC is refusing to take calls from “a bunch of angry liberals” about it.
  • And there is something even funnier about Frank Luntz complaining that Democrats would use “poll driven language” to “mislead the American people” on health care reform.
  • Salon’s handy-dandy guide to refuting the Birthers.