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Anti-gay activists accuse Dan Savage of promoting apostasy with gay equality project

A pair of conservative activists denounced an effort by advice columnist Dan Savage to show some Christians support homosexual equality as “apostasy.” Attorney Matt Barber, president of Liberty Counsel Action, hosted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera on his “Faith and Freedom” webcast to talk about Savage’s NALT Christians Project. The grassroots…

Son of Navy shooting victim frets ‘aching emptiness’ of next seemingly inevitable mass shooting

Chris Gaarde, son of Navy Yard shooting victim Kathy Gaarde, told Cenk Uygur on Wednesday he hoped the tragic incident would prompt action. But he also worried that nothing would change, and the nation would again be faced with yet another mass shooting. “As I try to come to terms…

House Republican leadership aide: ‘Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz’

An aide to a House Republican leaders on Wednesday said that Democratic Texas state Sen. “Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz” (R-TX) because the Republican senator refused to filibuster a bill to defund President Barack Obama’s health care reform law after he spent all summer insisting he would…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how gravity affects the flow of time

On Wednesday’s edition of his popular “Star Talk” radio show, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how gravity affects the flow of time and how time passes on different planets with different gravitational fields. A listener wrote in to “Star Talk” to ask if it’s the same time everywhere in the…

Female anchor confronts Ron Paul over plan for women to quit work en masse and home school

BBC anchor Katty Kay on Thursday asked former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) if his libertarian plan to have 20 percent of children home schooled made sense because so many women would have to drop out of the work force, but the former congressman insisted that even a woman living at…

Colbert: Fox’s Cavuto and ‘expert’ say Syria marks the start of the end times

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert sent up the dire, apocalyptic warnings about the invasion of Syria promulgated by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and a guest, Armageddon “expert” Joel Rosenberg. Colbert began by noting that just about everyone has weighed in on the question of whether to…

Jon Stewart hammers Republicans for their double standard on guns and NSA spying

While Republicans are all too willing to give themselves up to government surveillance, Jon Stewart argued on The Daily Show on Wednesday, they’re still hell-bent on keeping their guns, even in the wake of yet another mass shooting. “With guns, the Constitution is ironclad,” Stewart observed. “But with terrorism, it’s…

Former Texas Board of Education chair argues for ‘final blow’ to evolution studies

The former chair of the Texas State Board of Education appeared at a board meeting this week to argue in favor of a new science textbooks he hoped would strike “the final blow” to studying evolution. “Even though these biology books are full of unsubstantiated, dogmatic statements supporting evolution, there’s…

Assad tells Fox News: U.S. threats didn’t make us give up chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted Wednesday that his decision to destroy his stockpiles of chemical weapons was not forced upon him by the threat of US strikes. “Yeah, there’s a misunderstanding that we agreed with this agreement because of the Americans,” he told US network Fox News. “Actually, if you…

‘Beanie Babies’ creator will pay $53.5 million penalty for tax evasion

The creator of the wildly popular Beanie Babies toy line agreed to plead guilty to felony tax evasion charges and will pay a $53.5 million penalty as part of a settlement agreement, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago told the Tribune that…

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