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Maddow: Time to end the ‘war on terror’

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow questioned whether or not the U.S. is ready to shift away from the state of permanent war that was begun during the Bush administration. She began the segment by discussing the color-coded “terror alert” system imposed in 2002 by Homeland…

FBI dad’s spyware experiment accidentally exposes pedophile principal

When Joseph Auther installed a spyware program on his 12-year-old son’s school laptop, he was hoping to keep tabs on his son’s Internet use and head off any potential trouble.  According to Kashmir Hill at Forbes magazine, that decision set in motion a chain of events that cost his son’s…

FRC’s Perkins calls ‘ex-gay’ therapy a ‘non-judgmental’ path to ‘wholeness’

In a conversation Friday on his Internet-only radio show, “Washington Watch Weekly,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that the largely-discredited practice of anti-LGBT  conversion therapy is a “compassionate,” “non-judgmental” way for LGBT people to find “wholeness.” According to Right Wing Watch, Perkins was speaking with “con man and ex-gay group…

SNL’s Sudeikis: Don’t ask me about politics, ‘I’m an idiot’

“Saturday Night Live” actor Jason Sudeikis appeared on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show on Thursday and discussed the way he found to imitate the speaking voice of former presidential candidate, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA). Sudeikis, who has played Romney as well as Vice President Joe Biden on the long-running sketch comedy…

A lesson in ‘Facebook law for idiots’

This video from CollegeHumor.com is a quick public service message about the legal efficaciousness of those Facebook “Privacy Notices” that people have been cutting and pasting to their walls. To wit: There is none. Nothing. Zilch. In no way does copying and pasting a couple of paragraphs of text to…

Savage on Thanksgiving lesbian attack: ’2nd Amendment applies to queers, too’

In the wake of a vicious attack on a lesbian woman in Alabama, writer and activist Dan Savage reminded LGBT people, “The Second Amendment applies to queers, too.” Savage spoke to Raw Story about a Thanksgiving Day assault on 23-year-old Mallory Owens, who was severely beaten by her partner’s brother,…

Ricks scuttles claim by Fox that he apologized privately for remarks

A Fox News Channel (FNC) vice president has told the Hollywood Reporter that author Tom Ricks apologized privately for his comments on Monday that the network has been “operating as wing of the Republican Party.” But Ricks denied ever making any such apology. On Monday, Ricks alleged that Fox and…

Colbert: Commercialism is ruining Black Friday

Monday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert asserted that commercialism is ruining the most important retail sales day of the year, Black Friday. The host began his first show back from the Thanksgiving break by explaining that he’s been catching up on the Showtime program, “Homeland.” After quickly…

Abandoned toddler found in K-Mart parking lot after Black Friday sale

A two-year-old boy was found abandoned in a Springfield, Massachusetts K-Mart store’s parking lot late Friday night. According to Springfield’s WWLP News 22, the boy was left in 34-year-old Anthony Perry’s Nissan Venza while Perry went into the store to buy a 51-inch television. Police found the boy sleeping in…

Hayes and panel: Are CEOs bluffing about Obamacare firings?

On Saturday morning’s edition of “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes and a panel including Joy Reid of “The Reid Report,” “Lincoln” screenwriter Tony Kushner, Bloomberg columnist Josh Barro, chief medical officer of Chicago’s John Stoger Hospital Claudia Fegen, “health care wonk” Dr. Donald Berwick and Yale professor Jacob…

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