RIP Zelda Rubinstein

Several weeks ago we heard Zelda had fallen ill. She finally crossed over into the light. One-of-a-kind actress and one of the first celebrities to go into HIV/AIDS activism. RIP Zelda Rubinstein Actress Zelda Rubinstein- the ball of sass with the childlike voice who was best known as the psychic from Poltergeist- more

UN Concludes UK Complicit in Torture

Tighten that noose: United Nations human rights investigators have concluded that the British government has been complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture of several of its own citizens during the “war on terror”. In a report published today that will make difficult reading for ministers who repeatedly denied the UK’s involvement in torture, UN officials […]

KY to Force Women to Watch Ultrasound Before Terminating a Pregnancy

Oh Kentucky, nobody does it like you: The [state] Senate passed legislation Monday that would require doctors “to show a woman an ultrasound image of her fetus and explain how it is developing before performing an abortion.” By an overwhelming vote of 32-4, Senate Bill 38 encountered no difficulty passing in the Senate. However, the fight […]

CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding

Dear CIA, this is why we don’t believe anything you say: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn’t know what he was talking about. Kiriakou, a 15-year veteran of the agency’s intelligence analysis and operations directorates, electrified the hand-wringing national debate […]

Dumbass California Mother Requests Ban on Dictionaries

And the dumbass school district complies: A mother in Menifee, California, asked the Menifee Union School District to ban all copies of the 10th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary after her child stumbled across the term “oral sex.” What is surprising, indeed horrifying, is that district officials immediately complied with her request, and pulled all […]

Judge Dismisses NSA Wiretapping Case

Great news for those who love bad news: A federal judge has dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls and emails. In the ruling, issued late Thursday, U.S. District Court Chief […]