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Sheriff quashes conservative squeal at gun buyback delay: Background checks are ‘greater good’

A Colorado sheriff says that gun rights activists who mocked background check laws that forced a gun buyback program to be canceled are missing the “bigger good” that the law is doing. The Boulder Daily Camera reported on Tuesday that a buyback event put on by the community organizing group…

Los Angeles sheriff awards comedian for racially-motivated routine

The sheriff for Los Angeles County is facing criticism for presenting an award to a comedian who told a series of racially-motivated jokes at a luncheon held Wednesday, leaving some in the crowd feeling very uncomfortable. About 600-700 people were present for Wednesday’s lunch, put on by the Peace Officers…

Pastor: ‘In God We Trust’ signs on Tennessee courthouse are part of ‘majority rule’

A Tennessee courthouse this week unveiled the first of four “In God We Trust” signs, and one local pastor isn’t worried about what atheists think because Christians “have a right to the democratic process and majority rule.” Earlier this year, the Anderson County Commission voted to put the county’s motto,…

Maddow: Sleazy politicians like Weiner, Filner and McDonnell are ruining U.S. public service

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the wave of scandals currently engulfing the careers of former congressman and New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner (D), San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). All three men, she said,…

Gohmert likens minorities to prairie chickens and ‘various lizards’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday mocked an effort by Democrats to protect the rights of African-Americans by saying their amendment was actually meant for “the snail darter, various lizards, the lesser prairie chicken, the greater sage grouse and so many other insects.” During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on…

Group asks NRA to kick ‘racist’ Ted Nugent off its board

A gun control group is petitioning the National Rifle Association (NRA) to remove rocker Ted Nugent from its board of directors after he wrote an uttered a string of racially inflammatory comments about the killing of Trayvon Martin. Nugent’s seeming focus on fanning racial tensions did not sit very well…

Democrat seeks to defund Obama’s expansive war powers

A Democratic congressman on Wednesday offered an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would end the legal cornerstone of the “war on terror.” Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) amendment would prohibit the use of funds pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) effective on December 31,…

Second accuser: San Diego mayor Filner ‘patted my posterior’

Another woman has come forward with allegations that San Diego, California’s Mayor Bob Filner (D) sexually harassed her. According to Talking Points Memo, political strategist Laura Fink told KPBS that the mayor touched her “posterior” in front of a group of guests at a fundraising event in 2005. Fink worked…

Nugent: Stevie Wonder’s Florida boycott inspired by drug abuse

Speaking to right-wing talk show host and occasional Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros on Tuesday, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent declared that musicians like Stevie Wonder, who plan to boycott the state of Florida in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, are brain-damaged from a lifetime of drug…

Beck wears condom glove and ‘birth control nose ring’ to mock MSNBC host

Looking a bit like a homeless re-imagining of horror movie icon Freddy Krueger, right-wing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck appeared on his Blaze TV Internet show Monday sporting a beard, rolling condoms onto his fingers and taping a birth control pill to his nose in an apparent effort to mock MSNBC…

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