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Humorless morons cracking rape “jokes”

Update: Now Ace of Spades is calling me "hysterical" for noticing that what you see below you is a bona fide rape joke—he's denying that there's a connection between forcing someone to have sex and rape (which really does call into question his basic intelligence). Wingnuts are not known for…

AT&T to cut off bandwidth for some ‘unlimited’ data subscribers

Beginning Saturday, telecom giant AT&T will start “throttling,” or slowing down, the bandwidth of some of its most loyal “unlimited” mobile data subscribers, which the network blames for their service’s overall poor performance. The company announced its intent back in July, and accused their most frequent users of degrading service…

Florida sets primary for Jan. 31, in violation of GOP rules

Florida officially announced Friday that its Republican presidential primary election would be held January 31, in violation of the Republican National Committee’s guidelines. The RNC said it would punish any states (aside from the four traditional early primary states) that held a primary before March 4. The special committee’s decision,…

NY police: Wear pants to ward off sexual assault

Police officers in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where several sexual attacks have occurred in recent months, are amping up their nighttime presence and offering a more unusual form of protection: wardrobe advice. According to the Wall Street Journal, one 25-year-old woman was stopped with two other women recently. The 25-year…

Watch: Deaf woman hears own voice for first time

In a video that’s gone viral over the Internet this week, a young woman in her 20′s hears her own voice for the first time. But be forewarned: it’s a tearjerker. YouTube user sloanchurman explains: “I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is…

200,000-member labor union votes to support ‘Occupy Wall Street’

By Linette Lopez According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night. A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM. Here’s more about them from their website: The…

Blackwater looking to return to Iraq

Four years after Blackwater’s license to operate in Iraq was revoked over the killing of 17 Iraqis, Xe Services LLC — the company formerly known as Blackwater — wants to return to the country. In an interview published Thursday, Xe President and Chief Executive Ted Wright told The Wall Street…

Music Fridays: Slutwalk Edition

Panda Party!  Last week, Marc suggested I put up a list of rules for Panda Party in a public document, so here it is. For those interested, that list plus the Turntable FAQ should give you a good grounding.  It's now open to anyone with a Facebook account; no need to…

Greenwald on Awlaki’s killing: The ‘Constitution burned and stepped on’

Salon blogger and Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald appeared on Democracy Now! Friday morning to voice his displeasure over the United States’ killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, a U.S. citizen who was considered a radical cleric for Al-Qaeda. Greenwald highlighted the criticism that President George W. Bush received from the…

Mitt Romney to warm stage for anti-Mormon shock jock

Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney next weekend will be the opening act for shock jock Bryan Fischer, who recently said that the First Amendment should not apply to Mormons. Both Romney and Fischer are featured speakers at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. next weekend, a conference aimed at…

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