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Parents charged with forcing Aspergers teen into ‘military style’ punishment

A Minnesota couple was charged with misdemeanor crimes this week after authorities removed a 15-year-old boy who’d been forced to live under constant video surveillance in a dark room, only being allowed to leave to participate in “military style” exercises allegedly forced upon him by his stepfather. Neighbors reportedly noticed…

Maddow dings GOP for ‘diverse’ all-male leadership picks

As a handy guide for her viewers, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and her staff put together a clip-n-save style graphic showing the 19 men the GOP had selected so far to chair committees in the House of Representatives. “There may be a lot of diversity in terms of which flavors…

Country star wears Confederate flag for NBC Christmas special

Country music star Trace Adkins on Wednesday wore a tiny Confederate battle flag while singing on on NBC’s nationally-televised Christmas tree-lighting special. During his “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” performance, close-ups of Adkins clearly showed that his earpiece was covered with the flag of the Confederacy, which many consider…

Colbert tells women how to win the ‘War on Men’

Women don’t need to do more to attract the right guy, Stephen Colbert said Wednesday, they need to do less. “Maybe stop voting. Or stop talking — that’s mysterious,” he offered. “I mean, what are you girls thinking?” What women need to do, he said, is follow the advice of…

Jon Stewart exposes blatant hypocrisy of McCain and Graham

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart brutally mocked Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their criticism of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN. The two senators have pilloried Rice for saying the attack in Benghazi was the result of a…

O’Reilly bashes ‘fascist’ atheist: Christianity not a religion, so Christmas displays are OK

On his show Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused American Atheists president David Silverman of being a “fascists” who wanted to banish Christmas from the United States. During the contentious interview, O’Reilly insisted that Christmas displays in public buildings were not a constitutional issue because Christianity is not…

Julian Assange warns the Internet is a threat to civilization

During an appearance on CNN Wednesday night, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warned that mass surveillance was becoming a worldwide problem as technology progressed. Assange told CNN host Erin Burnett that the Internet had become enmeshed in human civilization, giving governments and others an unprecedented ability to spy on individuals en…

Researcher Rick Doblin optimistic about future of psychedelic drugs

The founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) believes research on MDMA, known commonly as the club drug ecstasy, could lead other hallucinogenic drugs to gain medical acceptance. “I think MDMA is going to be the psychedelic that leads the way towards opening the door to other psychedelics,…

Don Cheadle asks, ‘You got tree envy, b*tch?’ in ‘Captain Planet’ short

Actor Don Cheadle reprised his megalomaniac take on 1990s cartoon character Captain Planet in a rather darkly comic new short released by Funny or Die Wednesday, transforming friends and foes alike into foliage. “How about it? Wanna be a tree?” he sneers at one would-be ally. “You got tree envy,…

Dashcam video shows Seattle cop brutally punching suspect

Video released by the Seattle Police Department on Tuesday confirms that an officer delivered a violent punch to a suspect’s face in October while he was pinned to the hood of a patrol car. Video from the Oct. 6 incident shows hit-and-run suspect Leo Etherly refusing to give his name…

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