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CNN’s Don Lemon responds to online criticism: ‘Attack the problem, not the messenger’

CNN anchor Don Lemon responded to some of the criticism surrounding his July 2013 remarks regarding young African-American men and their wardrobe choices on Saturday — specifically an open letter from entrepreneur Russell Simmons. “It shouldn’t matter if someone is Black, white, brown, purple, green, Democrat or Republican,” Lemon said.…

61-year-old man questioned in ‘road rage’ death of Chicago man

A 61-year-old man is expected to be charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Chicago man nearly 40 years younger over a traffic dispute. WGN-TV reported on Friday that the victim, 23-year-old Montrell Moss, encountered the unidentified man in nearby Hammond, Indiana, on Thursday. The man…

Arpaio arms deputies with assault rifles following officer’s shooting death

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has instructed his deputies to carry AR-15 assault rifles at all times following a local detention officer’s shooting death on Thursday, KPHO-TV reported. “Should any off-duty deputy come across a crime being committed, it is the policy of this office for that deputy to take the…

Gay skater Johnny Weir: I’m prepared to be arrested at Winter Olympics

Gay Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has said that he does not plan to campaign for LGBT rights or even openly kiss his Russian-born husband at the games in Sochi, but that he is prepared to be arrested by Russian authorities. The flamboyant athlete and reality TV star told CBS…

Fugelsang: Limbaugh has lost ‘more sponsors than Lindsay Lohan at Betty Ford’

On Thursday night, Current TV host John Fugelsang made light of Rush Limbaugh’s recent ratings dive and his difficulties with the radio broadcasting giant Cumulus Media, which is considering dropping the veteran AM radio talker. “I kind of want to be serious for a second, if that’s okay,” Fugelsang began.…

Bryan Fischer praises Russia: You’re not homophobic, you’re ‘homo-realistic’

On Friday, Voice of Russia Radio presented an interview with homosexuality “expert” and Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, who praised that country’s campaign of violence and intimidation against LGBT people. The far-right minister said that Russia’s attitude towards LGBT people “is not being homophobic, it’s homo-realistic” and reiterated one of…

Filipino farmers destroy genetically modified ‘Golden Rice’ crops

A group of activist farmers in the Philippines stormed a government research facility and destroyed an area of genetically modified rice crops the size of 10 football fields. According to New Scientist, the farmers say that genetically modified organism (GMO) foods have not been established to be safe for consumption…

Maddow slams Bob ‘Gov. Ultrasound’ McDonnell’s emergency PR tour

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow slammed Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)’s efforts to shore up his flagging image by going on a state wide PR junket. McDonnell and his administration have been reeling in recent weeks from a series of revelations about the…

GOP Rep. to ‘birther princess’: ‘I don’t even give a sh*t’ about Obama’s birth certificate

Freshman Republican congressman from Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin rebuked a so-called “birther princess” at a town hall meeting on Thursday, calling the question of President Barack Obama’s true citizenship a “dead issue” and saying “I don’t even give a shit” when the woman tried to present him with a thick…

NOAA’s updated forecast calls for busy hurricane season

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season (via Climate Central) By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma Despite a quiet start to August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still forecasting a very active Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said Thursday. The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent…  …

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