These stories are getting a littletoocommon. Over the weekend, fake news site KCTV7—which posts these types of lies for the sheer joy of watching the world burn—"reported" that Michele Bachmann was advocating putting detained undocumented immigrant children into what she (the site) called "Americanization Facilities" where they would spend "half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that's English."
Of course, the congresswoman had said no such thing, but that didn't stop several sites—among them, Daily Kos and Think Progress—from running the story anyway, since fact checking just takes too much time anymore. It wasn't till Sunday that Raw Story definitively called shenanigans on the story, and the sites sheepishly published their apologies ... Discuss
If you're not familiar with David Icke, here are the basics: He was a BBC sports commentator until a psychic told him he was the "Son of the Godhead" and he announced that the world is being secretly run by a cabal of reptile-like extraterrestrials. Ah, yes. One of those. His theories have a whole Wikipedia page, which isn't that big of a deal, but someone noticed yesterday that the Wikipedia page had been edited by someone in the U.S. House of Representatives. See if you can spot the changes some anonymous, high-ranking editor changed:
Icke has claimed on multiple occasions that many of the world leaders are, or are possessed by, reptilians ruling the world.
Icke has claimed on multiple occasions that many of the world leaders are, or are possessed by, reptilians ruling the world. These allegations are completely unsubstantiated and have no basis in reality.
Hmmm. Just what you'd expect a reptilian possessed member of the House of Representatives to say, right? Very suspicious. The truth is out there. Eyes open, sheeple ... Discuss
On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the federal government. The categories of sexual orientation and identity were added to existing non-discrimination orders for race, color, religion, sex or national origin, meaning there will be no exemption for religious organizations.
However, Obama chose to let stand a 2007 exemption memo saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act still exempts World Vision and other organizations that funnel federal funds to social justice causes from religious nondiscrimination requirements. "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama said just before signing the order. "I'm going to do what I can with the authority I have to act" ... Discuss
For most former Presidents, their lives after the White House are pretty quiet. They write a memoir, give some graduation speeches, maybe take up a humanitarian cause or painting. But George H.W. Bush is not willing to go so quietly. Today, he brought in his ninetieth year by skydiving, a tradition he has now carried out eight times. He no longer has the use of his legs, but this is America, and in America, people do not let such things get in the way of skydiving. The President skydived in tandem with Sergeant 1st Class Mike Elliott, a former member of the Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team. So Happy Birthday, Former President George H.W. Bush. Take an extra skydive for the rest of us ... Discuss
It's a wonderful day in Maine -- in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.
Not since 1899 has the House Majority Leader lost a re-election vote, and never has one lost to such an unlikely challenger. In fact, yesterday's historic upset is more or less unique in any sort of political race in U.S. history. The race in Virginia's 7th Congressional District pitted the well-funded, established Eric Cantor, who had been almost a shoe-in to take John Boehner's spot as House Speaker, against a little-known Tea Party candidate named Dave Brat. A college professor with plenty of academic credentials, Brat managed to fuel a perceived mistrust of Cantor's politics and pitted himself as being more committed to the conservative cause, a stance which evidently made up for the giant disparity in their funding. Brat won by a margin in the double digits, unseating a household name in American politics before anyone outside of Virginia had decided to take him seriously. His campaign manager turned 23 in May. By any measure, it's an impressive feat.
"I think this is a scale eight earthquake. I think it will shock the Washington establishment; it will shock the House Republicans," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told CNN. And he's probably right, but just what it all means is a matter of debate right now. It's a huge, much-needed boost for the Tea Party, and a few pundits are also speculating that this will put any hope of immigration reform on life support. At this point, the only certain takeaway is that nothing in politics can ever be taken for granted ... Discuss
Want to be President in 2016? According to a new poll, your odds for winning are going to be much better with some military and business experience, and being an evangelical Christian won't hurt (21% of responders said they'd be more like to vote for an evangelical). The same poll shows that experience is now more of a liability than it has been in the past, with 30% of Americans saying they'd be less likely to vote for someone with "many years" of Washington experience, while just 19% said they'd be more likely to vote for such a person.
But the big negatives for a person running for the Oval Office are a little less work-related. 22% of Americans say they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate who had smoked weed, and 52% said they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate who'd had an extramarital affair. But the biggest black eye is atheism. 53% of responders say they'd be less likely to vote for an atheist, with only 5% saying they'd be more likely ... Discuss