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New tick-borne illness mimics Lyme disease but often goes undetected

More than 100,000 people in New York state are estimated to have been infected with a newly discovered disease that is carried by deer ticks and which mimics the symptoms of Lyme disease. According to CBS-New York, Borrelia miyamotoi disease looks like Lyme, but is a different illness altogether, one…

Hilarious ‘Skype bombing’ shuts down Zimmerman trial witness testimony

An attempt to allow a witness to offer live video testimony in the murder trial of George Zimmerman ended in failure on Wednesday after Internet pranksters inundated his Skype connection with dozens of call requests. Prosecutors introduced Seminole State College criminal justice professor Gordon Scott Pleasants by displaying a Skype…

E.W. Jackson: I don’t hate gay people, just ‘rabid radical’ gay activists

E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for Virginia’s lieutenant governorship, said in an interview on Tuesday that he wasn’t prejudiced against the LGBT community, just its more politically active members. “I don’t treat anybody any differently because of their sexual orientation,” Jackson said in a phone interview with conservative news outlet…

MSNBC host: ‘Republican men’ far too worried about ‘the sanctity of sperm’

During a discussion Wednesday morning about Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and the state’s highly contested push to shut down nearly every abortion clinic within its borders, “MSNBC Live” host Thomas Roberts exclaimed that “Republican men” are far too worried about “the sanctity of sperm over a woman’s right…

Zimmerman laughs in court at deadly force testimony

In his trial for the murder of slain teen Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, former neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman found a moment of levity during testimony about when it was appropriate to use deadly force. U.S. Army Capt. Alexis Francisco Carter Jr. told a Florida court that Zimmerman had been “one…

Art supply store mistakenly harassed by hundreds after cops shoot dog dead

A California woman blamed overzealous bloggers for mistakenly putting her at the center of the far-ranging outrage concerning a police encounter that ended with officers shooting and killing a man’s dog. “One asked me if I was HIV positive,” Lori Wiest told the Daily Breeze of the deluge of angry…

NC lawmaker on adding abortion ban to anti-Sharia bill: Republicans are scarier than Muslims

A North Carolina state senator on Wednesday blasted fellow lawmakers for attaching draconian anti-abortion provisions to an anti-Sharia law bill and insisted that “the North Carolina Republican General Assembly” is “what we have to fear.” In a floor speech on Wednesday, state Sen. Josh Stein (D) said that “the irony”…

Florida woman escapes alligator encounter while kayaking

A Florida woman had to be rescued via airboat after a run-in with three alligators while kayaking in the Everglades, WPBF-TV reported on Tuesday. “I think I went down the wrong trail,” Sarah Boynton told emergency dispatchers during the encounter on June 29. “I meant to go down the canoe…

Wendy Davis: Texas abortion bill is ‘repugnant’ intrusion on women’s liberty

Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D) appeared on Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss Republican overreach and what steps may come next for the re-invigorated Texas Democratic Party. Should the draconian Republican abortion bill pass, Davis said [Ed note: It did pass the House committee late…

Comedian John Fugelsang comes out of the ‘CLOSET’ against ‘gay cereal’

Current TV host John Fugelsang joined Frank “TV’s Frank” Conniff in the CLOSET on Tuesday — or at least, a fake activist group they said was taking a stand against “gay cereal.” “Our new non-profit non-political 501 c(4) is Cereal Lovers Opposing Sodomite Equality Today,” Fugelsang explained, on the heels…

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