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Tea partier: Way to change Susan Collins’ mind on immigration is to ‘shoot her’

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tea partier: Way to change Susan Collins’ mind on immigration is to ‘shoot her’ (via Raw Story )

A caller on a tea party-sponsored conference call Wednesday suggested that the way to change Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)’s mind on immigration reform would be to “shoot her.” According to Think Progress, the violent suggestion was not condemned, but met with hoots of laughter by others on the call…


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Fox News host & babbling idiot, Eric Bolling: Single female breadwinners ‘pushing towards more abortions’

Fox News host Eric Bolling: Single female breadwinners ‘pushing towards more abortions’ (via Raw Story )

Commenting on the rise of “breadwinner moms,” Fox News host Eric Bolling speculated the socioeconomic development would result in more abortions. “If you read into that study… the reason is exactly what we’ve been talking about right here, the breakdown of the American family,” he said…


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Republican congressman & festering ass pimple warns of ‘global totalitarians massed in New York City’

Republican congressman warns of ‘global totalitarians massed in New York City’ (via Raw Story )

Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) on Thursday portrayed the United Nations as a tyrannical international body intent on grabbing Americans guns. “The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God and protecting from government aggression by the Constitution,” he said in a statement. “It is…


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Daniel Ellsberg: WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning deserves to be seen as a hero

Daniel Ellsberg: WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning deserves to be seen as a hero (via Raw Story )

Former Defense Department official Daniel Ellsberg praised WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning in video published Thursday. “I have a considerable identification with whistle-blowers, but Bradley above all because it is the first time in 40 years since the Pentagon Papers that someone has put out a…


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California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts tax exempt status

California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts tax exempt status (via Raw Story )

The Boy Scouts of America would lose tax exempt privileges in California under a bill approved Thursday by the state’s Senate. “While the Boy Scouts of America took a step in the right direction to include LGBT youth, the standing ban on LGBT adults is premised on absurd assumptions and stereotypes…


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Leading neuroscientist: Religious fundamentalism may be a ‘mental illness’ that can be ‘cured’

Leading neuroscientist: Religious fundamentalism may be a ‘mental illness’ that can be ‘cured’ (via Raw Story )

A leading neurologist at the University of Oxford said this week that recent developments meant that science may one day be able to identify religious fundamentalism as a “mental illness” and a cure it. During a talk at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales on Wednesday, Kathleen Taylor was asked…


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US launches IP trade probe of Ukraine

US launches IP trade probe of Ukraine (via AFP)

The United States announced Thursday an investigation of alleged officially sanctioned intellectual property theft in Ukraine, a move which could result in trade retaliation by Washington. Acting US Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro said the "Section 301" investigation comes after Ukraine was identified…


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Historical #FAIL: John Stossel wants to cut government because ‘no one’ died of starvation before welfare

Fox Business host: Cut government because ‘no one’ died of starvation before welfare (via Raw Story )

Fox Business host John Stossel on Thursday declared that government programs should be cut based on the false assertion that “no one” died of starvation in the Great Depression before the modern “welfare state.” Stossel told the hosts of Fox & Friends that he had taken his cameras out on the…


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UN expert demands freeze on robot weapons

UN expert demands freeze on robot weapons (via AFP)

The international community must impose a moratorium on robot weapons which can make their own decision to kill, a UN expert told the world body's top human rights forum Thursday, warning that they could enable war crimes to go unpunished. "Human rights requires that human beings should in one way…


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Maddow: ‘Something weird is going on’ in FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev

Maddow: ‘Something weird is going on’ in FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev (via Raw Story )

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the swirl of questions around the shooting of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men charged with the bombing of the Boston Marathon. FBI officials have given conflicting…


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Today's Dispatch from Fantasyland: Beck Wants Records From Obama's Blackberry to Determine if He Was the Origin of Anti-Islam Video

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Utah top gun lobbyist arrested for threatening ex-wife with ‘Zombie Response Vehicle’

Utah top gun lobbyist arrested for threatening ex-wife with ‘Zombie Response Vehicle’ (via Raw Story )

One of Utah’s top gun lobbyists was arrested this week after he allegedly used a 2.5-ton Army surplus vehicle to threaten the lives of his ex-wife’s family, but his lawyer insisted that he was simply “having fun in his big boy toy.” According to a KTSU report, Utah Shooting Sports Council Chairman…


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Wall Street Insiders Desperate To Destroy Financial Reform

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Portugal workers protest austerity

Portugal workers protest austerity (via AFP)

Metro trains and businesses came to a standstill across Portugal on Thursday in a strike to protest government austerity measures aimed at slashing the deficit and meeting the terms of an international bailout. The Lisbon metro system closed late on Wednesday and will only re-open on Friday morning…


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Ex-Gay Activist Nutjob Anne Paulk: Vast Majority of Lesbians Were Sexually Abused

So now we're just making shit up apprently. In that case, it's a fact that the vast majority of people named Anne Paulk were dropped on their heads one too many times by parents who didn't love them.

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Elon Musk: Humanity has two options, become multiplanetary or go extinct

Elon Musk: Humanity has two options, become multiplanetary or go extinct (via Raw Story )

Tech entrepreneur and SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Wednesday discussed his desire to create a self-sustaining human civilization on the planet Mars. “The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions for life as we know it. Either it’s going to become multiplanetary, or it’s going…


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Proposed Trade Deal Is NAFTA On Steroids

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Lebanese man gets 23 years for US plot

Lebanese man gets 23 years for US plot (via AFP)

A young Lebanese man caught plotting to detonate a bomb near Chicago's iconic Wrigley Field baseball stadium was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison, prosecutors said. Lebanese citizen Sami Samir Hassoun was a legal resident of the United States at the time of his 2010 arrest. "The thought of…


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Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele's Epic Church-State Breakup!

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Christianist & fake "historian" David Barton: Christians can’t drink Starbucks

Conservative minister: Christians can’t drink Starbucks (via Raw Story )

Evangelical Christian minister and author David Barton recently told an Alabama congregation they couldn’t drink Starbucks because the company was attacking God. “Biblically, there is no way a Christian can help support what is attacking God,” Barton said, according to Right Wing Watch. “I’…


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Glenn Beck sees media conspiracy to label him a ‘conspiracy theorist’

Glenn Beck sees media conspiracy to label him a ‘conspiracy theorist’ (via Raw Story )

Conspiracy talk radio host Glenn Beck said Tuesday that he isn’t sure why he’s been labeled a conspiracy theorist in the media, but he’s pretty sure it’s the result of a “concentrated effort” somehow coordinated by the White House. Building on his theory that CNN secretly orchestrated an…


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TEApublicans want health care individual mandate to apply to undocumented immigrants

Republicans want health care individual mandate to apply to undocumented immigrants (via Raw Story )

House Republicans are angling to inject a little bit of the Affordable Care Act into the nation’s immigration reform debate, discussing a bill that would make purchasing health insurance a condition for immigrants waiting to begin the citizenship process. While the bill has yet to be drafted and…


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Sen. Rubio (R-Dipshittington): Best response to IRS scandal is ‘repealing Obamacare’

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sen. Rubio: Best response to IRS scandal is ‘repealing Obamacare’ (via Raw Story )

In a video response to a constituent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed Wednesday that the best way to respond to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal is by “repealing Obamacare,” which he claimed would be enforced by tax collectors demanding payment from Americans who do not purchase health…


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Global warming is here to stay, whichever way you look at it

Global warming is here to stay, whichever way you look at it (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Kevin Trenberth By Kevin Trenberth, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Has global warming stalled? This question is increasingly being asked because the local weather seems cool and wet, or because the global mean temperature is not increasing at its earlier rate…


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Rhode Island governor will switch parties, run for re-election as Democrat

Rhode Island governor will switch parties, run for re-election as Democrat (via Raw Story )

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) will switch to the Democratic party as he seeks a second term in 2014, Politico reported on Wednesday. Chafee was elected to his current position in 2010 as an independent after leaving the Republican party, and campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama in…


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Why Pentagon has doubts about no-fly zone over Syria (+video)

Why Pentagon has doubts about no-fly zone over Syria (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News shows a Syrian fighter jet in a hangar after rebels captured Jarrah airfield in Aleppo province in February. The Syrian Air Force is responsible for only a small fraction of the attacks against rebel forces, Pentagon…


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Microsoft alum promises to ‘mint millionaires’ with future U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade

Microsoft alum promises to ‘mint millionaires’ with future U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade (via Raw Story )

Former Microsoft corporate strategy manager Jamen Shively (pictured, center) will appear Thursday with former Mexican president Vicente Fox at a press conference announcing the unofficial start of the legal U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade, even though such a trade is still very much imaginary. “Let’…


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Money-laundering scheme hid $6 billion for fraudsters like 'Joe Bogus'

Money-laundering scheme hid $6 billion for fraudsters like 'Joe Bogus' (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Preet Bharara, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, describes a chart showing the global interests of Liberty Reserve, during a news conference in New York on Tuesday. Arthur Budovsky, the founder of Liberty Reserve, was indicted in the United States along…


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Oklahoma Republican chides party on abortion: What happened to the party that I joined?

Oklahoma Republican chides party on abortion: What happened to the party that I joined? (via Raw Story )

A Republican state congressman from Oklahoma wrote a blistering critique of his party’s actions regarding reproductive health in a column for The Daily Oklahoman published on Wednesday. “What happened to the Republican Party that I joined?” state Rep. Doug Cox (R) wrote. “The party where conservative…


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Assad implies Russia has delivered missiles to Syria

Assad implies Russia has delivered missiles to Syria (via AFP)

Russia has delivered to Syria promised air defence missiles, President Bashar al-Assad implied in an interview to be aired Thursday, in a move that could complicate any foreign intervention in his war-torn country. Moscow, the Assad regime's most powerful ally, announced this week it intends to honour…


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Maine governor: Might as well go home and get our guns over alleged censorship

Maine governor: Might as well go home and get our guns over alleged censorship (via Raw Story )

Maine’s Republican governor Paul LePage has voiced new outrage over the alleged censorship of his speech in the Statehouse. “It’s freedom of speech,” he told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Portland Press Herald. “You folks should understand that better than I. It is the First Amendment…


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Europeans give up holiday travel as austerity bites

Europeans give up holiday travel as austerity bites (via AFP)

Fewer Europeans are planning to go away for a summer holiday as economic austerity bites, a new study shows, with levels of foreign vacation travel at their lowest for eight years. No more than 54 percent of Europeans are planning to get away for summer holiday this year, according to the Ipsos-Europ…


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Louisiana lawmakers kill repeal of unconstitutional creationism law

Louisiana lawmakers kill repeal of unconstitutional creationism law (via Raw Story )

The Louisiana House Education Committee killed a measure to repeal a 1981 creationism law on Wednesday, even though the Supreme Court had ruled it was unconstitutional. “There’s no good reason to keep an unconstitutional law on the books,” Josh Rosenau, programs and policy director at the National…


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Sprint-SoftBank merger wins US security clearance

Sprint-SoftBank merger wins US security clearance (via AFP)

US national security officials have approved Japanese telecom giant SoftBank's planned $20-billion takeover of Sprint, the third-largest US mobile carrier, the companies said. The US Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) completed the investigation with "no unresolved national security…


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Alabama Taliban leader bans Boy Scouts for supporting ‘sinful lifestyle’ of gay scouts

Alabama pastor bans Boy Scouts for supporting ‘sinful lifestyle’ of gay scouts (via Raw Story )

An Alabama pastor says that he is banning Boy Scouts from meeting at his church because they are supporting a “sinful lifestyle” by allowing gay members to join the organization. First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker told WBRC that he was forced to decide that the scouts could no longer…


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Obama has settled on new FBI director: report

Obama has settled on new FBI director: report (via AFP)

President Barack Obama has decided to nominate a Republican who served under George W. Bush in the Justice Department as the new director of the FBI, The New York Times reported. James Comey, 52, is a former hedge fund manager who now teaches at Columbia Law School. He would replace Robert Mueller,…


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Grand Dame of racism & bigotry, Schlafly, advises Republicans: Ignore Hispanics and ‘reach out to… white voters’

Schlafly advises Republicans: Ignore Hispanics and ‘reach out to… white voters’ (via Raw Story )

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly says Republicans are making a mistake by trying to court Hispanics with comprehensive immigration reform legislation. “I think that’s a great myth because the Hispanics who come in like this are going to vote Democrat,” Schlafly told the Focus Today radio…


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EU demands tough reforms, gives France, Spain extra time

EU demands tough reforms, gives France, Spain extra time (via AFP)

The European Commission laid down its economic targets for EU nations desperately seeking growth and jobs in the fallout from the debt crisis but gave France and Spain extra time in return for deeper reforms. The debt crisis has seen Brussels gain additional powers to ensure EU member states toe the…


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