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West Virginia official tries to censor poem on ‘industrial homicide’ of coal miners

In the face of public criticism, officials in West Virginia have change course and will allow a high school student to read a poem about coal mining disasters in the state. The West Virginia Gazette reported that Hurricane High School student Grace Pritt, a finalist in the 2013 Poetry Out…

San Jose cop accused of taking woman to hotel and raping her during domestic violence call

A San Jose police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who he had taken to a hotel following a domestic disturbance with her husband. According to the San Jose Mercury News, officer Geoffrey Graves and four other officers were called to the woman’s home on Sept. 22.…

Kentucky pastor feels ‘hurt’ by people who didn’t like his ‘inspiring’ blackface skit

Kentucky Pastor Jeff Fugate said this week that his assistant pastor, Joseph Pickens, felt hurt by Internet comments from people who did not appreciate him wearing blackface for a church skit. In a video posted to YouTube last week, Pickens had dressed as Mr. T for the Clay Mills Road…

Pat Robertson: Demons get ‘permission’ to wreck your car from X-rated movies

Televangelist Pat Robertson warned a viewer on Tuesday that watching horror entertainment shows like The Walking Dead or pornography could allow “demons” to wreck her car. “I was watching a horror movie the other day of the recommendation of others,” a viewer explained in a letter to The 700 Club.…

KY churches withhold $7 million from children’s home to force anti-gay policies

Sunrise Children’s Services is working to recover from a massive budget shortfall after Kentucky churches withheld $7 million because the children’s home had proposed ending its policy of discrimination against LGBT employees. Bill Smithwick, the then-director of Sunrise Children’s Services, proposed last year that the home allow employees who were…

Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck: ‘Inappropriate for the president to be advertising a law’

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asserted on Tuesday that it was “inappropriate” for the president of the United States to be promoting laws that he worked to pass, and was constitutionally charged with executing. Earlier this week, the president had spoken to Zach Galifianakis, host of Funny or Die’s web…

Michele Bachmann: ‘Thank God’ for putting the Koch brothers ‘on our side’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) recently suggested that God had sent billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch to help the Republican Party. “I just thank God that there’s a billionaire or two on our side,” Bachmann told conservative radio host Lars Larson during an interview at the 2014 Conservative Political Action…

NC cuts 13 percent of water protection agency only weeks after massive coal ash spill

North Carolina has moved forward with a decision to cut 13 percent of the agency responsible for protecting water resources even as one of the nation’s largest coal ash spills continued to devastate rivers in the state. Last month, the Duke Energy plant in Eden discovered that gray coal ask…

Friends film as man chooses to be punched out cold to avoid tattoo pain

In a video that went viral over the weekend, a man asks his friend to punch him in the face because he didn’t want to be awake for a painful tattoo. The footage, first posted to the KnockoutFootage Facebook page, had been viewed more than 30,000 time since being uploaded…

Ann Coulter: Cruel for rich people not to shame poor people for having too much sex

Conservative author Ann Coulter thinks poor people need to be stigmatized by the educated upper class for having too much sex. “The one thing that has really changed besides, I mean you have the government often subsidizing bad behavior, you have Hollywood rewarding bad behavior, but there’s also an overwhelming…

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