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Author of ‘don’t say gay’ bill likened homosexuality to bestiality in 2009

Legislation that prohibits teachers from discussing homosexuality and even saying the word “gay” in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms was approved by a key committee in the Tennessee State Senate on Friday. The legislation, Senate Bill 49, would make it illegal for teachers to discuss any sexual orientation or behavior other…

Iowa professor to Republicans: F*** you!

A professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa has found herself in hot water after responding to an email sent out by a campus Republican group with the simple inflammatory message, “F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS.” The response was prompted by an email promoting “Conservative Coming Out Week” that was sent…

Rutgers suicide labeled a hate crime

A former Rutgers University freshman accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex encounter was charged Wednesday with a hate crime. The recording allegedly led to the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi. This video is from CBS News, broadcast April 21, 2011.…

Nevada Sen. John Ensign resigns amid ethics probe

Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) announced Thursday he will resign his seat on May 3, due to a Senate ethics committee investigation over his extramarital affair with a former campaign aide. “It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proclaims ‘Days of Prayer for Rain’

Republican Governor Rick Perry has issued an official proclamation urging Texans to pray for rain in the midst of a severe drought that has sparked more than 8,000 wildfires. “These dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle…

Huckabee: Glenn Beck creates boogeymen only he can see

Mike Huckabee lashed out at fellow Fox News host Glenn Beck after Beck called him a “progressive” for supporting Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative. “This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a cancer and…

Psychedelic researcher answers questions from Reddit.com

Dr. Rick Dobin, the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), answered questions submitted by users of Reddit.com about his non–profit organization’s research into the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances. Dobin explained the current state of research aimed at making psychedelics into FDA-approved prescription medicines,…

Chris Matthews: GOP has become ‘crazy we don’t like Obama’ party

On his show Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggested that real estate mogul Donald Trump has helped turn the Republican Party into “a kind of a crazy, tribalist, let’s get those people, we don’t like Obama, we’ll throw what we can at him” group, adding that conservatives are “so angry they…

Arizona Democratic Party chairman slams Republicans

The chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party blasted Republican lawmakers led by Senate President Russell Pearce on Wednesday as the state’s Legislature ended its 2011 regular session. “Mainstream and middle-class Arizonans can breathe a little easier now that the state Legislature is out of session,” Andrei Cherny said. “But it’s…

Pain medications kill more than heroin and cocaine combined

Kristina Wandzilak, the Executive Director and founder of Full Circle Intervention, said on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Wednesday that Americans cannot tolerant being physically or emotionally uncomfortable, which has led to the abuse of addictive prescription drugs. More than five million Americans abuse pain killers. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world…

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