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Father Of Boy With Leukemia Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Rhett Krawitt is an unvaccinated child–though not because his parents have any loony beliefs about vaccination causing autism or whatever. He’s unvaccinated because he has been fighting leukemia for the past 4 1/2 years, and though doctors say he’s in remission, his immune system is still rebuilding.

Because he can’t be immunized, Rhett relies on herd immunity to protect him. Unfortunately, he also goes to school in Marin County, California, which has the Bay Area’s highest rate of “personal belief exemptions” from vaccinations. 6.45% of the children attending school there this year are not vaccinated against measles, polio, whooping cough and other communicable diseases. Keep reading »

Marissa Alexander Has Been Released From Prison

  • Florida Stand Your Ground defendant Marissa Alexander has been released from prison. [NBC]
  • Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is being grilled over her stance that waterboarding is torture. [The Guardian]
  • If policing strategies that position officers as members of the community rather than being removed from or above the community have been proven to work, why don’t we use them? [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

PETA Made Me Do It: The 7 Types Of Sexist PETA Ads That Turned Me To Meat

Remember all of those GoDaddy ads that featured NASCAR driver Danica Patrick fake-stripping? PETA had no problem with those. Those were fine. But once GoDaddy created an ad that featured a woman selling a puppy on a GoDaddy-hosted site, A LINE WAS CROSSED. Of course, PETA’s rationale for their objection was as thin as their objection to most of the ads they speak out against — they argued that the ad featured a puppy mill, but as far as I can tell, it was just a barn.

So yeah, my issue with the whole situation is that Super Bowl ads that objectify women are just fine to PETA, but god help if an animal is even cast in an advertisement. I know it’s not PETA’s job to fight for women’s rights, but you’d think that an organization whose central belief is ostensibly that all life is equally valuable would posit women and men as equally valuable, too. (Which is laughable anyway; they not only believe in kill shelters, they run one of the largest kill shelters in the country and kill animals they can’t place faster than other kill shelters.) But they don’t, and they have a long history of selling women as only sexually valuable and normalizing violence toward women in their ads. Keep reading »

Oklahoma Legislator Can’t Believe People Think Her Anti-LGBT Bills Mean She Hates Anyone

Following a federal judge’s decision overruling the state’s ban on gay marriage, over a half a dozen anti-gay bills have been proposed by members of Oklahoma’s state legislature.

Three of these bills were proposed by Rep. Sally Kern, who once described homosexuality as being “more dangerous” than terrorism. Let’s take a look at them, shall we? Keep reading »

Utah Parents Kill Themselves, Three Of Their Kids For Fear Of The Apocalypse

Last year, the bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack, along with three of their children were found in a locked room in their home in Springfield, Utah. On Tuesday, police held a press conference revealing that the Stracks had likely killed themselves and the children in order to avoid “evil in the world” and what they believed were the coming horrors of the apocalypse.

The Stracks and their children overdosed on cold medications, methadone and — in Benjamin’s case — heroin, most of which was drunk from a beach pail. They were found by Kristi Strack’s 27-year-old son from a previous marriage and their grandmother. Keep reading »

Nancy Grace Tells Weed Advocate He’s “Obviously Stoned”

Nancy Grace
Take A Shot Every Time She Says "Marijuana Cookie"

In her bizarre ongoing quest to deem recreational pot a Grave Threat To These Great United States, Nancy Grace continues to string together and snowball isolated incidents in which people ingest marijuana and then wreak havoc, regardless of whether the pot is actually the key cause of the behavior in those scenarios. In her latest on-air hysteria last night, NORML’s Norm Kent, a marijuana advocate, told Grace, “Your argument is not real because you take isolated instances of aberrant behavior and try to make them standardized for all marijuana users. And once and for all, Nancy, have you no conscience?” The made her head grow close to exploding, so she handled things the mature way and accused Kent of being high: “I was really just looking for an answer to the question, but obviously you’re stoned.” Keep reading »

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