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Obama promises surveillance overhaul: ‘I don’t think Mr. Snowden was a patriot’

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced plans on Friday to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States “can and must be more transparent.” “Given the history of…

Bryan Fischer plays doctor: ‘Concealed sin can cause physical illness’

Christian radio host Bryan Fischer dispensed some medical advice on Thursday, advising a caller that confessing one’s sins could take care of physical ailments. “This is really preventive medicine here,” Fischer told the caller. “You want to be healed, you want to be physically strong, then pray for one another…

Australian politician resigns after alleged mistress shares selfie of his penis in a glass of red wine

Australian politician, avowed Catholic and married father-of-two Peter Dowling announced his resignation after a woman claiming to be his mistress informed the Queensland parliament that he had misappropriated government travel funds during the course of their affair. She also claims that Dowling, the former chairman of the Ethics committee, sent…

Young atheist calls out Texas Republican amid hostile town hall crowd

The audience at a town hall event held by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Thursday was none too responsive to a young atheist blogger’s questions for Burgess regarding atheist military chaplains. Video posted by Daniel Moran, who goes by the name The Barking Atheist online, shows that when he pushed…

Gun advocates stage ‘appreciation day’ with weapons at Newtown Starbucks

A group of gun advocates in Connecticut on Friday are planning to bring their weapons for an “appreciation day” at a Starbucks in Newtown, where 20 children were slaughtered in a school shooting just last year. Over 3,000 people have signed up to participate in a Facebook event called “Starbucks…

Scott Brown’s brother arrested with arsenal after impersonating officer and commandeering boat

The brother of former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is facing multiple charge for impersonating an officer after police in Connecticut found him with an arsenal of weapons, and witness said that he commandeered a boat. According to a statement from the Connecticut State Police on Thursday, residents reported a man…

A golden retriever puppy is spoon-fed, melts your heart

Watch as an adorable golden retriever puppy from The Pet Collective reduces a grown man to tears. The puppy, which clearly loves you, is also known to attack cameras and takes baths. Watch the video, courtesy of eyeopenertv.com, below: The complete video of the puppy eating before falling asleep can…

Maher: ‘Sad’ that the super-rich GOP takeover of NC ‘wasn’t even all that expensive’

HBO comedian Bill Maher is lamenting the fact that super-rich Republican activists were able to use the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling to “take over” the state of North Carolina and “it wasn’t even all that expensive.” On his HBO show last week, Maher pointed out that North Carolina “is…

Gohmert: ‘Radical Islamists’ taking Spanish lessons ‘because we don’t fear Hispanics’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday told a group of business leaders that he opposed comprehensive immigration reform that did not deal with “radical Islamists” who were taking Spanish lessons “because we don’t have any fear of Hispanics coming into the country.” Speaking to the Longview Chamber of Commerce in…

Obamacare supporters challenge tea party congressman at town hall

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — attended a town hall meeting held by five-term Republican congressman Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC) on Thursday. According to Think Progress, many of the pro-Obamacare attendees would not have health insurance without the program and they demanded to know…

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