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  • Pastafarian Woman Allowed to Wear Pasta Strainer on Head in Driver's License Photo

    11/14/2015 2:07:27 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 65 replies
    Us Magazine ^ | November 14, 2015 | Joyce Chen
    A woman in Massachusetts is causing a stir on the Internet after a photograph of her wearing a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo have been circulating the web — all in the name of freedom of religion. On Friday, Nov. 13, Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., told the Associated Press that she “absolutely loves the history and the story” of Pastafarians, a religious group that is otherwise known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. She opted to wear a strainer on her head as part of her religious observance, she added, much the same...
  • Trending On Twitter Right Now [Part 2]: #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist

    11/14/2015 9:19:51 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 82 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 14, 2015 | More Idiots
    Earlier I posted this thread: Trending On Twitter Right Now - "TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION" http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3359981/posts There is a new hashtag in town now, though, and it's #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist. sara ❥'s ashton ‏@TheHoodUniverse STOP BLAMING AN ENTIRE RELIGION BASED ON SOME PEOPLE. #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist Retweets 26 Likes 45 sara ❥'s ashton ‏@TheHoodUniverse It's sad the the teenagers are trying to make a difference while the "adults" are just being ignorant. #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist Retweets 81 Likes 120 ️b will hug liam ‏@fellforljp I'm Barbara, I'm Jewish, My religion is Judaism, I'm not a terrorist, I want peace. #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist Retweets 29 Likes 55 #PrayersForParis ‏@nyaftexo...
  • Trending On Twitter Right Now - "TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION"

    11/13/2015 6:01:05 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 13, 2015 | Idiots
    So I was looking on Twitter, and I see the hashtag trending that "TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION." I am sorry to say many of the people posting that appear to be young, my generation. They think they are saying something kind, compassionate, and profound, but really they have suspended reality. Why don't they tell that to the people who have to bury their loved ones? They are sitting at home on their computers spewing nonsense. A sample: It's all about cara ‏@caramademedoit 31m31 minutes ago Terrorism has no religion. Terrorism does not represent Islam, muslims are not terrorists. Pass it...
  • In One Quote, Jennifer Lawrence Sums Up Why She'll Never Be a Republican

    11/12/2015 12:20:44 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 126 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 12, 2015 | Liz Rowley
    In a new Vogue feature, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence described the reason behind her political affiliation, including why she doesn't support the Republican Party. And the Hunger Games star's logic is simple. "I was raised a Republican, but I just can't imagine supporting a party that doesn't support women's basic rights," Lawrence told Vogue. Many of the Republican presidential hopefuls have identified as pro-life. Some have advocated for defunding Planned Parenthood, which offers reproductive health services to women. "It's 2015 and gay people can get married and we think that we've come so far, so, yay! But have we?...
  • Carson: 'Abortion pill' should be available in cases of rape or incest

    08/13/2015 3:36:17 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Women who get pregnant from rape or incest should be able to go to the emergency room for an "abortion pill," Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Thursday. Speaking on Fox News Channels Your World with Neil Cavuto, the anchor asked Carson if he believes women should be able to get abortions in cases of rape or incest. I would hope that they would very quickly avail themselves of the emergency room, and in the emergency room, they have the ability to administer RU-486 and other possibilities before you have a developing fetus, Carson said, more than five minutes into...
  • The Gay Community's Contribution To Bringing Down The Duggars

    06/08/2015 1:16:50 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 252 replies
    Multiple | June 8, 2015
    In a minute, I will get to the two gay persons involved in exposing this and the porn history behind the magazine In Touch. First, I of course want to say that Josh Duggars actions were inexcusable, lest anyone accuse me of supporting what he did. I realize the media would have had no dirt on them had this not happened. That said, I listened to the interview with his parents, and I listened to the interview with the victims. I do believe the parents tried to do the right thing. They ultimately did get him help and contact the...
  • Congress Introduced 6 Anti-Abortion Bills In Its First 7 Days (And They Make Zero Sense)

    01/17/2015 4:17:08 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 18 replies
    January 16, 2015 | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
    Since Congress returned to session in the past week, six separate anti-abortion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate. These bills would do a number of things, including instilling a nationwide 20-week abortion ban and blocking funding to Planned Parenthood. These bills would join the 231 other restrictions that have been placed on abortion on the state level in the past four years. Now, over half of the U.S. female population live in abortion-hostile states. The attacks waged on womens health have gotten out of hand, Jamila Perritt, MD, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington,...
  • West Virginia to remove words husband and wife from all state tax forms

    11/14/2014 1:11:16 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of two federal court rulings striking down West Virginias marriage protection amendment, which had previously defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the state tax department has announced starting next year, it will remove the words husband and wife from all tax forms and informational materials, replacing them with the more gender-neutral spouse. Until then, the agency says same-sex couples can use the current tax forms with the understanding that a married household may have two husbands or two wives under the new definition of marriage in the state. According to a notice...
  • Rob Portman Looks At Presidential Run

    11/08/2014 6:33:23 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | November 7, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Rob Portman is continuing to weigh a presidential run even as he leans toward running for reelection, he said in an interview on Friday afternoon. The Ohio Republican senator doesnt have a precise timeline for his decision, but with his partys triumph on Tuesday behind him he said hes finally got some time to think about whether to seek the presidency or commit 100 percent to running for reelection in the swing state of Ohio in 2016. Hes currently planning to run for reelection but declined to rule out a run at the White House. I am going to take...
  • Sec. of Education: Gov't Funded Preschool a 'Social Movement' Compares to Civil Rights, Gay Marriage

    11/06/2014 11:38:52 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says government funded universal preschool is a social movement and compared it to civil rights and gay marriage during a speech in Los Angeles last month. At the end of the day for me this is really a social movement, Duncan said when discussing federally subsidized preschool at the LA Universal Preschool (LAUP) forum on Oct. 21. If you look at social movements, we all celebrate what happened in the 1960s. The civil rights movement was extraordinarily powerful, life transforming, earth shattering. But the question I have is, why didnt the civil rights...
  • I Want You to Eat a Taco, Drink a Beer, and Fund Abortion

    08/23/2014 6:00:46 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 21 replies
    RH Reality Check ^ | August 21, 2014 | Andrea Grimes
    The Taco or Beer Challenge couldnt be simpler: You eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and you donate to an abortion fund. The only ice youll need for this challenge is the ice in your cooler, or maybe the ice in your water if you get a particularly spicy taco. (Snip) I started the Taco or Beer Challenge on Monday as something of a Twitter joke, after hearing about the ice bucket challenge thats been growing in popularity as celebrities and plebes alike film themselves dumping buckets of ice-cold water on themselves, sometimes to hilarious effect, in support of...
  • Why I Filmed My Abortion (Barf Alert)

    05/06/2014 2:07:13 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 28 replies
    Cosmopolitan ^ | May 5, 2014 | Heather Wood Rudolf
    When Emily Letts got pregnant, she knew she would get an abortion. Then she decided to film it. Letts, 25, is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Womens Center in New Jersey, which is where she had her abortion. The non-graphic video focuses on her face and shows her breathing and humming through the procedure. The doctor on the other side of the sheet is out of view. When she entered the Abortion Care Networks Stigma Busting video competition and won, the video went viral. Here, she explains why she decided to share her experience so publicly. (Snip) I found...
  • Has Rush Limbaugh Finally Reached the End Of The Road?

    04/16/2014 12:00:15 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 98 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 15, 2014 | Rick Ungar
    (Snip) At long last, it appears that Rush Limbaugh has run out of steam. I have to acknowledge that I have sensed Rush getting by on fumes for some time now (yes, I tune into his show from time to time to enjoy his broadcasting skills if not his message). However, it was only recently that the world of Limbaugh crossed that thin red line from partially serious to total self-parody and audience deceptiona line crossed from which there is often no return. It happened on the occasion of Stephen Colberts appointment to fill David Lettermans soon to be vacated...
  • Honey Maid takes anti-gay backlash...and turns it into a message of love

    04/05/2014 1:58:58 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 5, 2014 | Jonathan Block
    The makers of Honey Maid graham crackers have come up with a unique response to anti-gay backlash by some against its commercial featuring two gay dads and their family. They printed out the negative comments and turned them into a piece of art that spells out ‘Love.’ On March 10, Mondelez International, which manufactures the popular crackers under the Nabisco brand, launched its ‘This is Wholesome’ advertising campaign. The commercial features several different kinds of American families,including biracial and gay ones. The commercial, which has more than 4.7 million hits on YouTube, starts off with the two dads huddled over...
  • On Being an Abortion Doula

    03/26/2014 9:23:46 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 26, 2014 | Roc Morin
    She was chit-chatty at first, began full-spectrum doula Annie Robinson, describing one of her first clients. She didnt seem anxious, didnt seem like she particularly had much to say. And then, the [abortion] procedure began and I stood beside her, holding her hand, and she went into this other zone. She turned to me and just started going back in time to when she was six years old, eight years old, just telling me these horrific stories of sexual violenceabuse that her body had been subject to. It was astounding to witnessto feel palpably how the body holds memoryholds trauma....
  • McDonalds -- Man Sues for $1.5 MILLION ... They Only Gave Me One Napkin

    02/28/2014 3:31:17 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 61 replies
    TMZ ^ | February 27, 2014
    McDonalds has made a new golden arch enemy -- a California man is suing the company for $1.5 MILLION ... because he says he only got ONE NAPKIN with his meal. Webster Lucas claims he was stiffed on napkins at the Mickey D's in Pacoima, CA on January 29th -- after ordering a Quarter Pounder Deluxe -- and when he went up to the counter to ask for more, he was rudely rebuffed by the manager ... who insisted he already got some. According to his lawsuit, Lucas -- who is black -- then retorted, "I should have went to...
  • Abortions outnumber live births among NYC's black community

    02/22/2014 10:18:15 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2014
    Abortions outnumber live births among African American women living in New York City, according to a new health report. Newly released Department of Health and Mental Hygiene figures show black women had 31,328 'crude induced terminations' in 2012, compared with 24,758 'live births'. The terminations comprised more than 42 percent of the Big Apple's total number. The second highest number of abortions were for Hispanic at 22,917, with this group's live births reaching 36,642. Both groups outnumbered abortions for whites and Asian and Pacific Islanders, which had 9,704 and 4,493 terminations respectively. Women aged 20-29 had the most abortions among...
  • Being gay IS in your genes, say scientists in controversial new DNA study

    02/13/2014 8:45:00 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 154 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2014 | Fiona Macrae
    Being gay could be in the DNA. Scientists have found two stretches of DNA linked to homosexuality in men. The confirmation of the existence of a gay gene or genes will strengthen arguments that homosexuality is a matter of biology, rather than choice. However, it also raises the prospect of a genetic test that could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against clients or by pregnant women to abort gay babies. In the study, Chicago University researchers analysed the DNA of more than 400 pairs of gay brothers, recruited at Gay Pride festivals at marches over several years. This...
  • 91 Year Old Grandma Broke Hip

    01/21/2014 8:00:37 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 40 replies
    January 21, 2014 | Pinkbell
    Today my 91 year old Grandma fell. My Mom and Aunt went to her house as she was able to get to the phone (they'll probably get her a Life Alert bracelet now even though she has been vocal about not wanting one). She said it was her thigh that hurt, and she had no hip pain. However, she couldn't put weight on it. They called a life squad, and she was taken to the ER. The doctor surprised everyone when they said she had broken her hip. That's one thing you don't want on an elderly person. The doctor...
  • Transgender Love Story: Arin and Katie Break Up

    01/10/2014 3:26:41 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Barcroft TV via Youtube ^ | January 10, 2014
    I posted the original story here last year: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3046206/posts
  • GMA host Robin Roberts reveals she's gay in thank you letter to fans and 'long time girlfriend'

    12/29/2013 11:49:48 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2013
    Good Morning America host Robin Roberts publicly acknowledged that she is gay on Sunday for the first time. The 53-year-old cancer survivor thanked her girlfriend of ten years as part of a heartfelt end-of-year thank you addressed to fans and loved ones posted to her Facebook. 'I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,' Roberts wrote. Amber, reports Media Bistro, is Amber Laign, a message therapists who helps patients recuperate from injuries. Roberts' sexuality has been known to her family, friends and co-workers for...
  • Jenna Bush: Hillary Clinton and I are 'related' through 'Uncle' Bill

    10/04/2013 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 4, 2013 | Ashley Collman
    Here's some family ties you may just be learning about: apparently Jenna Bush-Hager is related to Hillary Clinton. At least, that's what the former first-daughter said at a benefit for the Save the Children organization in New York earlier this week. Jenna was the emcee of the gala and spoke about the family ties she had with one of the evening's honorees -former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 'I'm not sure if you know this, but Secretary Clinton and I are actually related,' Jenna announced. 'Yes, she's married to by uncle Bill. Uncle Bill has become so close with my...
  • Doc Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Sends Another Abortion Patient to Hospital

    10/03/2013 9:42:10 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | October 3, 2013 | Cheryl Sullenger
    An ambulance was summoned to the Summit Medical Center abortion clinic in Detroit, Michigan, yesterday, and rushed an African-American woman to the hospital. This is the second such incident at this abortion clinic since March. Pro-life activist Emmanuel Lugermo ignored orders by the clinic security guards not to photograph the incident. His pictures show a woman on a gurney in obvious distress. Witnesses on the scene said she was trembling or shaking. Reginald Sharpe, an abortionist with a long and sordid history, was on duty at the time of the emergency. Sharpe was known to have killed a patient in...
  • Pope Francis: The most serious evils are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old

    10/02/2013 1:42:03 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 1, 2013
    ROME, October 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - From inside the Vatican to the back halls of diocesan offices many officials are wishing Pope Francis would stop granting off-the-cuff interviews that have led to an ever-increasing need to correct misinterpretations. While perplexed reactions are continuing to flow in following last weeks publication of the now-famous Jesuit magazine interview, another controversial interview with Pope Francis was released Tuesday. The interview, published in Italys La Repubblica daily newspaper, was conducted at the Popes residence by prominent atheist Eugenio Scalfari, whom the Pope had addressed in an op-ed published by the paper earlier this month....
  • Superdads! Couple adopts 14 kids from foster care (Gay Couple)

    09/23/2013 6:01:37 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 46 replies
    Today NBC ^ | September 23, 2013 | Jasmin Aline Persch
    Steven and Roger Ham couldnt have predicted theyd one day foot a $1,500 monthly grocery bill, drive a 15-passenger van, and do four loads of laundry a day but thats what life now looks like for the couple, as they raise more than one dozen kids from the foster care system. It was never our intent to adopt 14 children, Steven Ham told TODAY.com, of the parenting journey that started a decade ago. When the Hams first set out to adopt, they excitedly formed a mental picture of their future child: the one baby they'd bring into their home....
  • Toys R Us agree to drop sexist labelling of girls' and boys' toys

    09/11/2013 2:33:21 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 66 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 9, 2013 | Bianca London
    <p>Retail giant Toys R Us has agreed to drop sexist marketing and gender stereotyping of its products to girls and boys.</p> <p>The toy store has bowed to pressure from campaign group Let Toys Be Toys, who represent thousands of shoppers concerned with sexism in the toy industry and the impact it's having on children.</p>
  • Fox Sports Commentator Fired For Homophobic Comments But...

    09/08/2013 9:58:22 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    TMZ ^ | September 8, 2013
    A FOX Sports Southwest commentator was reportedly fired for making some pretty awful anti-gay comments ... the wrinkle is that he hurled the homophobic remarks long before he was hired. Craig James -- a star at SMU and a former member of the New England Patriots in the '80s -- ran for a senate seat in Texas. During a 2012 debate, he had some choice words: Gay people "would answer to the Lord for their actions," and being gay was a choice. James was hired last month by Fox Sports Southwest and then reportedly fired after just one appearance. According...
  • My daughter's boyfriend put pressure on her to have an abortion

    08/30/2013 9:39:01 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 30, 2013 | Annalisa Barbieri
    My daughter has been with her boyfriend for four years. He comes from a large, tight-knit family from a diaspora community. Our family is small, although also from a foreign community. My daughter has a good job with good salary, supports herself and lives on her own. Her boyfriend has a degree and a postgraduate qualification, lives with his parents and works with his father. His parents have never taken to my daughter, until recently behaving coldly and never asking her about herself. (These are her words; I have never met them.) I liked her boyfriend when I first met...
  • New Matt Damon movie predicts future where the one per cent lives on luxury space colony

    08/08/2013 11:38:31 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 8, 2013 | David McCormack
    Matt Damons new sci-fi blockbuster 'Elysium' has received a deluge of criticism that it is pushing a socialist agenda - inspired by the Occupy movement - down moviegoers throats. Set in the year 2154, Elysium imagines a world where the wealthy elite have abandoned an overcrowded Earth for a better life aboard a luxury space station. While Earth is characterized by crime-riddled and poverty-stricken slums, the super-rich live in Elysium, an exclusive gated community in space complete with a cure for all illnesses and robots that enforce strict anti-immigration laws. The extreme disparity between the haves and have nots in...
  • Not Everyone Who Has an Abortion Is a Woman - How to Frame the Abortion Rights Issue

    08/07/2013 4:40:29 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 19 replies
    Truth Out ^ | July 31, 2013 | Lauren Rankin
    The "War on Women" isn't just a war on women. Trans men and gender-non-conforming people are losing their rights too, and we need to rework how we frame these "women's issues." The last month has been particularly brutal for abortion rights activists and women's health advocates, as state after state has proposed and/or passed various bills that restrict abortion access and undermine abortion care. In response, there has been a re-energized reproductive rights movement, with many across the nation stating that they "Stand With Texas Women" or "Stand With North Carolina Women." But in this response, abortion rights activists have...
  • Now transgender teenage lovebirds are in love after they BOTH had gender reassignment surgery

    07/23/2013 1:28:14 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2013
    Teenagers Arin Andrews and Katie Hill look like any normal young couple posing in their swimwear. It is hard to believe that just two years ago Arin was a girl called Emerald, and Katie was a boy called Luke. Arin, 17, and Katie, 19, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, have both undergone surgeries to change their gender and now are enjoying being in their bodies they always wished for. Just over a year ago Katie, a university student, had gender reassignment surgery, thanks to an amazing $35,000 donation from an anonymous donor who read her story in a local newspaper. Now, Arin,...
  • Martin Protests In New York

    07/14/2013 7:45:01 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 167 replies
    Anyone watching the huge Trayvon Martin protests in New York City? According to the guy filming, he's seen at least 8 arrests, there has been pepper spray, and several groups of protestors have joined together. The people out are using Occupy Wall Street chants, so I think they are involved. Link to a video that is not of great quality: http://www.vice.com/read/live-streaming-trayvon-martin-protests-in-new-york Another stream: http://www.ustream.tv/occupyeye One more at Times Square cam: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/
  • MSNBC Just Had Its Most Dreadful Ratings Period In 6 Years

    07/07/2013 11:32:03 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 3, 2013 | Brett Logiurato
    Despite a heavy period of news that included the Boston Marathon bombings and the Jodi Arias trial, MSNBC's second-quarter ratings plunged to their lowest level since 2007. In primetime, MSNBC drew an average of 584,000 total viewers and 196,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic. Those numbers were down 16% and 12%, respectively, from the second quarter of 2012. And they accounted for quarter lows not seen since the fourth and second quarters of 2007, respectively. The network had seen signs of this coming in some dreadful monthly ratings, particularly in May. The same factors contributed to the network's...
  • Californians Petition to Ban Christian Symbols From Public View

    06/25/2013 1:57:40 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 24, 2013 | Mark Dice
    My note: This was not a real petition, but these ignorant Californians didn't know and gladly signed away.
  • Support for gay marriage high in developed nations: poll

    06/25/2013 1:09:47 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2013 | Patricia Reaney
    Most adults in developed countries favor gay marriage or some type of legal recognition for same-sex couples and think they should be able to adopt children, according to an international poll released on Tuesday. With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on gay marriage this month and France's recent decision to legalize same-sex unions, an Ipsos poll for Reuters showed that 52 percent of people in 16 nations favor full marriage equality for gays and 21 percent support legal recognition but not marriage. Only 14 percent of the 12,484 adults questioned in the survey objected to same-sex marriage, or...
  • My Abortion, at 23 Weeks

    06/22/2013 2:11:25 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 20, 2013 | JUDY NICASTRO
    KIRKLAND, Wash. I BELIEVE that parenthood starts before conception, at the moment you decide you want a child, and are ready and able to create a safe and loving home for her or him. I support abortion rights, but I reject the false distinction between the terms pro-choice and pro-life. Heres why. A lawyer by training, I was 38 when I completed a term on the Seattle City Council. Two years later, I married my husband, who is five years younger. We wanted children, and started trying right away, but had trouble conceiving. Using in vitro fertilization, we had...
  • Exclusive: Disney Channel Breaks New Ground with Good Luck Charlie Episode (Gay Couple)

    06/20/2013 10:52:48 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 80 replies
    TV Guide ^ | June 20, 2013 | Michael Schneider
    In a first for the Disney Channel, next season an episode of Good Luck Charlie will feature a family with two moms. Producers are currently casting the couple, with production set for next week. The episode will air in early 2014 as part of Good Luck Charlie's final season. Because Good Luck Charlie is coming to a close, the characters are only expected to appear in this one episode. In the storyline, parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) set up a playdate for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends. When the...
  • 'Bush's 4th term' (Got To Blame Bush!)

    06/07/2013 12:52:11 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | June 6, 2013 | Glenn Thrush
    The outrage over President Barack Obamas authorization of a nearly limitless federal dive into Americans phone records obscures a hiding-in-plain-sight truth about the 44th president many of his supporters have overlooked for years: For all his campaign-trail talk of running the most transparent administration in U.S history, Obama never promised to reverse the 43rd presidents policies on domestic anti-terrorism surveillance and hes been good on his word. Obamas effort to strike what hes repeatedly called a balance between personal liberty and homeland security has exposed what amounts to a split political personality: Candidate Obama often spoke about personal freedom...
  • Dems look to crack down on anti-abortion 'crisis pregnancy centers'

    05/20/2013 3:38:53 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 20, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Democrats in the House and Senate are looking to stop what they say are deceptive advertising practices by anti-abortion health clinics that imply they offer abortion services, but instead encourage birth and promote adoption. The legislation is aimed at crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which are clinics often set up by a church or other anti-abortion groups. Democrats in Congress and other pro-abortion groups say these clinics are known to indicate they can perform abortions in order to attract pregnant women patients, and then try to convince them to carry their babies to term. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the House sponsor...
  • CNN Poll: Have new controversies hurt Obama? Has GOP overreacted?

    05/19/2013 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | May 19, 2013
    Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama comes out of what was arguably the worst week of his presidency with his approval rating holding steady, according to a new national poll. But a CNN/ORC International survey released Sunday morning also indicates that congressional Republicans are not overplaying their hand when it comes to their reaction to the three controversies that have consumed the nation's capital over the past week and a half. And the poll finds that a majority of Americans take all three issues seriously. According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53% of Americans say they...
  • Is Rush Limbaugh still relevant? (Barf Alert)

    05/14/2013 3:38:41 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2013 | Dean Obeidallah
    New York (CNN) -- Is Rush Limbaugh becoming a relic, a human version of "Mad Men," except without the style or cool clothes? Has Limbaugh become as dated as Jazzercise or "Macarena?" All you need to do is look at the bottom line to see that Limbaugh is in trouble. Limbaugh once raked in the big bucks for his radio syndicator, Cumulus. But last week, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey made it clear those days are over. Dickey reported that Cumulus had lost millions of dollars in ad sales because many advertisers no longer want to be associated with Limbaugh. According...
  • Carbon dioxide levels reach all-time high prompting new warnings about climate change

    05/12/2013 1:03:54 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 10, 2013 | Sara Malm
    Carbon dioxide levels have reached its highest throughout human history, recent figures from a US monitoring station show. The level in our atmosphere is now at a record high 400 parts per million, prompting renewed warnings of the huge risks of climate change. The shocking figures, which have risen from 270ppm before the Industrial Revolution, is a result of human activity such as burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. The preliminary figures have come from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) monitoring station in Hawaii. The greenhouse gas has not been at such high levels for around three...
  • Gallup: Gosnell Trial Hasn't Impacted Abortion Views

    05/10/2013 9:32:59 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 15 replies
    US News ^ | May 10, 2013 | Steve Nelson
    Tales of newborn babies struggling for life before Dr. Kermit Gosnell allegedly snipped their spinal cords at his Philadelphia clinic haven't dramatically altered public opinion on abortion, a poll released Friday by Gallup finds. Forty-eight percent of respondents told Gallup they were "pro-life" and 45 percent said they were "pro-choice." This indicates a closer divide than in 2012, when a Gallup poll found the "pro-choice" position sinking to an all-time low of 41 percent support. The results indicate shades of gray for people who identify with the "pro-life" or "pro-choice" labels. Twenty-six percent of respondents said all abortions should be...
  • Liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax to frame conservatives

    05/01/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 134 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 1, 2013
    A University of Wyoming student targeted by an anonymous Facebook posting that included a threat of sexual violence had posted the item herself, police said. The university in Laramie, Wyoming announced on Tuesday that campus police cited Meg Lanker-Simons for misdemeanor interference with a police investigation by giving false statements. The posting that threatened Lanker-Simons occurred on a Facebook forum for UW students, leading to an outcry and an investigation by UW police because it was directed at a student. The Facebook page, which is not officially affiliated with the university, was taken down and a student-led demonstration against sexual...
  • I still hope the bomber is a white American

    04/17/2013 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | April 17, 2013 | David Sirota
    Im not the kind of person who hopes to ever find conservative Fox News host Bill OReilly agreeing with me. But with my Salon piece on the Boston bomber now on the front page of Drudge, I think it is worth pointing out that last night OReilly effectively agreed with my piece by confirming the very simple self-evident truth that the Boston bombers demographic profile will, indeed, dictate how America responds to the atrocity. OReilly starts out by stating something every American almost certainly agrees with: We should all be first and foremost hoping that the perpetrator whoever he...
  • As Anti-Abortion Activists Make Headway, Shock Abounds (Feminist Screed)

    04/11/2013 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 10 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 6, 2013 | Libby Anne
    Ive heard from so many people, especially women, who are utterly shocked at the progress anti-abortion forces have made in the last year and a half. Left and right bills are being passed that limit womens ability to obtain abortions. The latest one in Georgia outlaws abortion after 20 weeks, with exception only given for pregnancies that are medically futile or threaten the mothers life. There are initiatives to bestow personhood on zygotes and fetuses taking place all over the country. The Virginia ultrasound bill passed and Utah recently mandated a three day waiting period. When Thomas Frank wrote Whats...
  • LGBT activists jump into immigration fray, seeking same-sex partner protections, rights

    04/07/2013 11:06:15 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 7, 2013 | Carrie Dann
    (Snip) As pro-reform interest groups prepare to fight for their specific priorities in pending immigration reform legislation, LGBT activists arent standing on the sidelines. There is a shared struggle among the immigrant and the LGBT communities, said Steve Ralls of Immigration Equality, an organization that offers legal aid to LGBT immigrants. There is a growing recognition that if we can get fair immigration reform through Congress we can work on a lot of issues together moving forward. Gay rights activists say there are several fronts in the immigration fight -- from specific provisions for gay Americans and permanent residents seeking...
  • Bill OReilly vs. Rush Limbaugh

    04/01/2013 9:01:32 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 101 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 1, 2013 | Peter Beinart
    There are various ways to describe the civil war rising inside the Republican Party: insiders versus outsiders, pragmatists versus true-believers, establishment versus Tea Party. Heres another: Bill OReilly conservatives versus Rush Limbaugh conservatives. Last week, the two media titans clashed after OReilly accused opponents of gay marriage of lacking compelling argument[s] and merely thump[ing] the Bible. Limbaugh responded by saying that conservative Christians were sort of marginalized on OReillys show. On the surface, the scuffle merely reflected differing opinions about the arguments deployed last week at the Supreme Court. But in reality, it reflected a different view of conservatism itself....
  • Home-schooling family who fled to U.S. from Germany face deportation

    03/28/2013 11:12:58 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is arguing in federal court that a homeschooling family from Germany should be deported back to their homeland, despite what they say is religious persecution. The German government prevented Uwe and Hannelore Romeike from teaching their five children at home instead of sending them to government-run schools, fining them and threatening to prosecute them if they don't obey. When they took their three oldest children out of school in 2006, police showed up at their house within 24 hours, only leaving after a group of supporters showed up and organized a quick protest. But their legal troubles...
  • Gay marriage support hits new high in Post-ABC poll

    03/18/2013 10:54:11 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2013 | Jon Cohen
    Public support for gay marriage has hit a new high as Americans increasingly see homosexuality not as a choice but as a way some people are, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believe it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to get married; 36 percent say it should be illegal. Public attitudes toward gay marriage are a mirror image of what they were a decade ago: in 2003, 37 percent favored gay nuptials, and 55 percent opposed them. The Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay...