Rod Bastanmehr

Delusional Christian Talk Show Host Blasts Disney's 'Frozen' for Turning Children Gay

In the 1990s, it was the gay purple Teletubbie who was out to turn innocent children gay. Now Christian right-wing kook Kevin Swanson is convinced that Frozen is trying to turn his 5-year-old daughter into a lesbian.

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Viral Video: Korean Police Just Stand and Watch Thugs Destroy Street Vendors' Stands

In Gangnam, Korea, a police raid on street vendors has gone viral thanks to a video that shows the level of brute force used against the owners of the stands—and all while the police do nothing.

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VIDEO: Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tells Jimmy Kimmel He's Always Packing Heat

Rick Perry, Texas Gov., and 2012 Presidential hopeful with some memory issues, has come back guns swinging—literally.

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Disturbing Trend: The Rise of Luxury Gun Clubs

Call it the future of country clubs nationwide; call it excess for excess' sake. Whatever you call it, "guntry clubs," as they’ve been dubbed, are become all the rage.

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7 Most Shameless Pieces of Oscar Bait

The 86th Annual Academy Awards are set for this Sunday, meaning that Hollywood’s biggest, most-hyped night is nearly upon us. When considering how to vote in your office’s Oscar pool, or how to impress friends with your prophetic knowledge, look no further than recent history. If history is any indication, there is connecting thread running throughout many of the Academy’s favorite films—call it Oscar bait. It’s a cynical term for deliberately making movies containing elements the Academy just can’t resist—a main character with disabilities, historic sweep, triumph of the little guy, slightly left-leaning politics. In other words, it’s not just glitz and glamour and what to wear, it’s nailing the narrative formula that is most likely to ensure one’s transition from the seats to the stage.

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New York's Hottest Trend: Beard Transplants for Wannabe Hipsters

Trendspotters take note, it looks like there is a new type of “fake” on the market, but this one is of a more subtle variety: the popularity of the Brooklyn hipster aesthetic, namely the crazy surrounding facial hair, has grown so popular that well-heeled men in New York are reportedly rushing to their doctors looking for “facial hair transplants”—a non-invasive surgery that helps make beards look thicker and less patchy.

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Michigan Police Will Face No Charges for Shooting Homeless Man 11 Times for Stealing a Cup of Coffee

Police officers in Michigan involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man during a confrontation over stolen coffee will not be facing federal charges, Raw Story reports. Authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, announced Tuesday, February 25 that there was not significant enough evidence to charge the six Saginaw police officers with manslaughter.

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Meet Ted Nugent's Brother, Jeff, Who Says Ted Needs to 'Tone It Down'

If you thought vile, racist, NRA-poster-boy Ted Nugent slithered out from a rock as a spontaneous reptilian life form, it might surprise you to learn he has a brother. His brother's name is Jeff and he, at least sometimes, wears suits and is capable of sounding like a reasonable man. Warning: it is possible other Nugent siblings might crawl out of hte woodwork. He has another brother John and a sister Mary.)

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Georgia Tries to Get in on the 'License-to Discriminate'-Against-Gays Action

With all eyes on Arizona in the days since its legislature passed its blatantly discriminatory Anti-Gay Bill, and the public awaits Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to sign or veto it, Georgia lawmakers want to get in on the new Jim Crow-law trend. A new bill that has found fast footing and is moving quickly through the Georgia House of Representatives would allow business owners who personally believe homosexuality to be a punishable sin to openly discriminate against gay citizens.

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Is Monsanto Killing the Monarch Butterflies, Too?

Monsanto may have just found yet another reason to be hated.

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Utah Elementary School Throws Out Kids' Lunches in Front of Them Because of Parents' Debt

A reported 40 kids at the Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City Utah picked up their lunches on Tuesday, only to then watch as their meals were taken and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their school accounts.

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Horrifying Callousness: Firefighters Refuse to Help Dying Man Because He Did Not Call 9-1-1

When 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills collapsed of a heart attack right in a parking lot across the street from a Northeast Washington fire station, yesterday, his daughter begged nearby on-duty firefighters for help. They refused saying the victim had to call 9-1-1 first.  

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Another Republican Abandons the GOP: Ex-Nevada Lt. Gov Sue Wagner Cites Party Extremism

Call it Right Flight: In what is starting to look like a trend, the Republican Party has pushed yet another member to the breaking point by pulling so hard to the right. According to Talking Points Memo, Former Nevada Lt. Governor Sue Wagner announced earlier this week that she has left the Republican Party, citing irreconcilable changes to the party’s mission statement and general ethos.

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No Manslaughter Charges for Cop Who Shot Black Car Crash Victim Ten Times

A grand jury has declined to indict the North Carolina police officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old black man seeking help for his injuries after a car crash. 

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WH Report's Shocking Stat: 7% of College Men Admit to Attempting Rape, Most of Them Multiple Times

A White House report released Wednesday brings to light to a shocking statistic: 7 percent of college men admit they have attempted rape, 63 percent of those have been involved in multiple assaults, averaging 6 each. And those are the ones that admit it.

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Veteran Gay Conservative Activist Leaves GOP - Calls Party 'Hopelessly Out of Touch'

Gay political activist and longtime Republican, Jimmy LaSalvia, did not merely leave the GOP last week. He loudly denounced his former party for its "culture of intolerance" and predicted it will never "win another Presidential election."

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The Top 5 Worst Snubs In Oscar History

The Motion Picture Academy did its yearly duty in the dead of morning today, announcing the nominees for this year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. Many of the year's shoe-ins proved to be just that (12 Years a Slave managed to nab a number of predicted awards); some last minute contenders proved to have legs (Spike Jonez’s Her came out of the woodwork in December to overwhelming praise); and a couple films managed to blindside entirely (What is Philomena, and how exactly does one contract it?)

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Gov. Chris Christie's Backroom Politics and Bullying Go Way Back - At Least to College

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a long history of political bullying, dating back at least to college, Talking Points Memo reports.

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Wikileaks Reveals Obama Administration's Role in Stifling Haitian Minimum Wage

Strike another one for Wikileaks. The ever-controversial leaker of the world’s best-kept secrets has published a wire on The Nation that reveals the Obama Administration fought to keep the Haitian minimum wage to 31 cents an hour. 

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Are Our Nukes Safe? Air Force Nuclear Officers in the Middle of Yet Another Scandal

The Air Force has reported that 34 nuclear missile launch officers have been stripped of their certification after being implicated in the largest breach of security in the nuclear force, bringing into question both the safety of classfiied materials and the integrity of the Force itself.

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New Study: Half of Black Males and 40 Percent of White Males Arrested by Age 23

In a study published this week in the Crime & Delinquency journal, a large number of American men are said to have already been arrested by the time they’re in their early 20s. For African-Americans, 49 percent have been arrested by teh time they are 23. For white males, the number is 40 percent. 

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New E-Book Bestseller: Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

One book you’re not likely to find on the year-end “Best Of” lists is, strangely, one of the year’s best selling—Adolf Hitler’s political manifesto, “Mein Kampf,” which saw a surge in sales thanks to its recent release as a downloadable e-book, reports ABC News Business.

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100,000 Bats Fall from the Sky in Australia Due to Extreme Heat Wave

In a scene that could come straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's imagination, about 100,000 bats were found littering the ground after a major heatwave hit Australia this week, causing the bats to fall from the sky and die upon impact. In addition to the bats, the heatwave—which struck the north-east state of Queensland earlier this week and hit temperatures as high as 135 degrees fahrenheit—meant mass deaths for the country’s flying foxes across an estimated 25 colonies.

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LSD and 'Magic' Mushrooms May Be the Key to Keeping You Out of Prison

While psychedelic drugs have been used for years as a method of treatment for conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a new study shows that the correct use of LSD and other hallucinogens may keep people from returning to prison.

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Detroit Is Giving Writers Free Houses in an Effort to Rebuild

Good news for struggling writers: the key to sustaining your lifestyle is to go to a city that’s struggling more.

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'12 Years A Slave' Poster in Italy Emphasizes Film's White Stars While Diminishing Black Lead

“12 Years A Slave,” the Oscar front-runner that is near the top of numerous Best-Of-Year lists, is being promoted in Italy as a film which stars Brad Pitt. 

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WATCH: Snowden's Holiday Message - 'A Child Born Today Will Grow Up With No Conception of Privacy'

American whistleblower, hacker, hero to some, traitor to others, Edward Snowden showed his christmas spirit when he took part in the UK channel 4’s annual "Alternative Christmas Message,” which, since 1993, has included such headline-grabbing notables as former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sharon Osbourne. Snowden's speech was shortened and uploaded online shortly before the broadcast, making for a nice bit of poetic irony in its seemingly unintended leaking, but was immediately blocked by many different stations.  

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New Study: 97% of All Chicken Breasts Contain Harmful Bacteria

A new Consumer Reports study finds a disturbingly high statistic: 97% of the chicken breasts CR tested were found to harbor bacteria that could make you sick. That's just three percent shy of all the chicken

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Georgia Congressman Tells Poor Kids to 'Sweep the Floors' For School Lunches

Republican congressman Jack Kingston from Georgia, currently in the early stages of his bid for the Senate nomination, may have just put his foot too deep in his mouth to ever fully get it out. Over the weekend he was quoted saying that poor children should have to either pay or sweep floors if they want to eat school lunches. 

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6-year-old Suspended for Sexual Harassment After Kissing Classmate on the Hand

Six-year-old Hunter Yelton was suspended and now has a permanent record as a result of kissing a fellow student on the hand, and now his Colorado school district has come under fire for labeling the incident as "sexual harassment."

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Techpreneur's Friends Won't Let Him Retract His Facebook Rant Calling SF's Destitute 'Trash'

At 7 miles by 7 miles, it seems San Francisco may not be big enough for both the haves and the have-nots. At least not according to Greg Gopman, founder of AngelHack, the world's largest hackathon competition, who found himself in hot water this week when he went on a Facebook rant about the state of the city's downtown district, and the number of homeless people on the city streets.

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