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Louisiana woman accused of trapping baby in ice chest with gas can

A 38-year-old Louisiana woman was arrested on Monday after allegedly putting her four-month old child in an ice chest along with a gas can. According to WAFB-TV, a witness saw Jami Ranson put the baby into the chest with the gas can, then close the lid. The Huffington Post reported…

Lego unveils first female scientist action figure

Lego’s new female scientist is a first for toy company (via The Christian Science Monitor) About six decades after Lego began making toys, the company has begun selling a female scientist minifigure.(Lego) Some 64 years after the Lego first began manufacturing toys, the company unveiled this week a first: a…

North Dakota ‘White Separatist’: Jews created the word ‘gay’ to keep white people down

A Neo-Nazi constructing an all-white community in North Dakota dismissed questions about his criminal status in Canada by saying the term “gay” was constructed by Jews as a tool of oppression against white people. “When you say I’m wanted in Canada, that’s for a so-called ‘hate crime,’” Craig Paul Cobb…

New documentary puts Donald Rumsfeld on the hotseat about Iraq

As the U.S. mulls intervening in the Middle East again, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld wriggles out of straight answers on the Iraq war in Errol Morris’s new documentary, screening in Venice Wednesday. “The Unknown Known” takes its title from a 2002 speech Rumsfeld gave to justify the invasion. Asked…

Tom ‘Loki’ Hiddleston teaches Cookie Monster about ‘delayed gratification’

The “God of Mischief” met the Monster of Cookies in a video released by PBS on Wednesday for a quick lesson in restraint. In the clip, actor Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Asgardian troublemaker Loki in the films Thor and The Avengers, sets out to teach Sesame Street‘s Cookie…

Beck ‘historian’ David Barton: Illiteracy rates higher because students lack ‘fear of the Lord’

A so-called “historian,” who conservative radio host Glenn Beck has hired to teach at his online university, recently argued that scientists needed a “fear of the Lord” to do their job, and students’ test scores would increase if schools had “a daily Bible reading.” During Tuesday’s Education a Higher Calling…

Kentucky agriculture commissioner: State to grow hemp and we’ll see what Justice Department does

Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer said Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last week of changes in the Justice Department’s marijuana policy could mean that the state can move ahead with industrial hemp farming. Louisville’s WDRB reported that Comer intends to forge ahead with industrial hemp in hopes that federal…

Florida man cites ‘Bush doctrine’ after pre-emptive killing of neighbors at Labor Day cookout

Lawyers for a Florida man this week cited President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq and the “Bush Doctrine” as a defense after their client killed two neighbors and attempted to kill a third on Labor Day. Florida Today reported on Wednesday that attorney’s for William T. Woodward had…

Anthony Weiner to Jewish voters: ‘You know who judges me? Not you.’

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner chose, of all days, Erev Rosh Hashanah — the evening before the first of the Jewish High Holy Days — to engage in a shouting match with an Orthodox Jewish man in a Brooklyn market. According to Jacob Kornbluh, who filmed the…

Tulsa school sends girl home because ‘dreadlocks’ and ‘afros’ are too distracting

A father in Oklahoma said this week that he was forced to pull his daughter out of classes after the charter school she was attending sent her home for having the wrong hairstyle. Terrance Parker told KOKI that he is a barber and he always made sure that his 7-year-old…

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