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Colorado lawmaker blames minority poverty on fried chicken

A Republican state senator in Colorado is coming under fire after implying at a hearing on Wednesday that African-Americans and Hispanics faced increased poverty because they ate more fried chicken. Sen. Vicki Marble (R) offered the remarks while the legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force was examining statistics behind…

Alabama Republican candidate: ‘I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married’

An Alabama candidate for Congress is making his opposition to same sex marriage the central plank in his electoral platform. Mobile, AL NBC affiliate WPMI reported that Dean Young is running to fill a Congressional seat left vacant by Rep. Josiah “Jo” Bonner (R-AL), who retired Aug. 2. “I’m against…

‘Zombie’ pigeons fall from the sky in Russia

A disease is causing pigeons in Russia to fall from the sky, fly into buildings and behave oddly around humans. According to Al Jazeera America, the birds may be suffering from a malady called Newcastle disease. “Before death they start to act like zombies,” one Russian news broadcast said. “They…

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst calls 911 to pressure police to release jailed relative

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) reportedly called 911 when a relative was in jail and tried to use his influence to convince officials to release her. According to CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth, Dewhurst made the call on August 3, four hours after his niece was arrested for shoplifting at an…

Dan Rather: NSA ‘is demolishing the trust in the government’

AXS TV anchor Dan Rather and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night said the National Security Agency couldn’t justify its sweeping surveillance powers. Maddow began her segment on MSNBC by noting that any government power was supposed to rely on the consent of the governed. “When the government wants…

Rep. James Clyburn: Right-wing blogs are ‘foolishness,’ not news

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the House assistant Democratic leader, on Wednesday warned that some online media outlets were spewing dangerous levels of “negativism.” “You have people’s words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media, thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it…

Former 700 Club co-host insists Iraq was involved in 9/11

Ben Kinchlow, the long time co-host of The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network, said Wednesday the invasion of Iraq was justified because of the September 11 terror attacks. During an appearance on The David Pakman Show, Kinchlow said top officials in Iraq were involved in al-Qaeda’s attacks against…

White House: Obama has no plans to reschedule marijuana

The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama had no intention of altering the government’s policy towards marijuana. At a daily press briefing, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin asked Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest if the Obama administration had any plans to reschedule marijuana. The drug is…

Creationists respond to Lawrence Krauss: Teach evolution in religion class with other ‘nonsense’

Unsurprisingly, Creation Ministries International doesn’t agree with atheist and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss. In two videos recently uploaded to YouTube, the organization responded to Krauss’s remark in February that teaching creationism to children was a form of abuse. In the first video, Richard Fangrad said “atheistic fundamentalists” like Krauss didn’t…

California school district preps for more lockdowns with 1,800 plastic classroom toilets

A California school district said this week that they had so many lockdowns last year that it seemed like the perfect time to spend $36,000 on portable plastic toilets for the classrooms. “Last year, we had 14 lockdowns in the Kern High School District, and many of them lasted maybe…

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