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36And you wonder why Marxism became a political force.
24Clint Eastwood just upstaged Rick Perry in the stupidest grouping of words ever made. Update: All praise the Invisible President.
24They still don't get it, do they? "Father Benedict Groeschel, American Friar, Claims Teens Seduce Priests In Some Sex Abuse Cases."
13Never mess with Bill Nye!(Warning: Poe's Law in action!)
8What a dick head!
12"I don't approve of what Breivik did, but Norway totally deserved it."
43Arctic sea ice levels hit a record low. Gee, it's sure a good thing that global warming is a communist hoax, or I would be getting a bit worried right about now.
16Pissing on Lincoln's grave, are we?
11"We take Gotham from the corrupt - the rich, the oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity - and we give it back to you. The people." Anarchist soldiers plot a coup.
20New Zealand 'marriage equality' bill passes its first hurdle with former staunch opponents voting to allow gay marriage.
6Screw all this politics. Chocolate reduces risk of strokes for men research claims
20Personhood USA fails again to put Personhood up for a vote in Colorado.
16Photojournalism proves its relevance: Mitt Romney thanks his top donors during a private party, on his friend's yacht flying a Cayman Islands flag.
10This isn't going to end well.
44Top Romney aide: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers."[No, not The Onion]
16Fetch the popcorn: First three-way civil union signed in Brazil, causing anger and legal headscratching.
3Even the Daily Fail gets it right, every so often. Bics for her, not the brightest marketing strategy ever devised, even during the Silly Season.
35A few weeks ago, several Ohio coal miners claim that their employer forced them to give up a day's work (and with it, a day's pay) to attend a Romney rally. The coal company's response: "Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend." What a surprise: Bob Murray, the CEO of the company (which was fined millions of dollars for failing to meet safety standards that resulted in a 2007 mine collapse, killing eight people) is also a climate change denialist.
26A word of advice to Republican politicians. The word "rape", stop using it.
13Israel, what the hell?
15Anti-gay activist taken into custody for underage homosexual sex. What is it with these guys?
5A New Zealand study suggests marijuana usage under the age of 18 reduces intelligence, but fine in any other age range.
20A new Arizona law, signed by Governor Brewer, defines pregnancy as starting two weeks prior to conception. Very sadly, not The Onion.
15And yet a textbook that says the Loch Ness Monster disproves evolution and another one that says electricity is a mysterious force is perfectly fine.
17The Taliban really, really hate partying.
24America is utterly, utterly doomed. 'Clean energy, he said, “would slow the winds down”.'
25The South shall rise again!
15Regret running back to the GOP, Ron?
16Charlie Crist, former Republican Governor of Florida, endorses...Obama!
34Idaho Republican wonders if women even know what rape is. Also not The Onion.
450% of blacks for Mitt Romney. Not The Onion.
15Faux News decides it's ok if they put US servicemen and their families in harm's way.
15Scientologists ♥ Ron Paul.
16It may be international GoTopless day, but the Catholic Church have declared it National Marriage Sunday and are getting the big guns out: a letter denouncing gay marriage is to be read in every Catholic church in Scotland.
56The first man to walk on another world, Neil Armstrong, has died at the age of 82. His family asks "Next time you walk outside on clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil and give him a wink."
21Mitt Romney: Birther-in-Chief.
22Not content with the birther crown, Donald Trump expands into Vaccine hysteria. One more batshit cause and he wins the trifecta
5Gold buggery now official GOP policy
14"Several Republican state attorney generals called a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional and asked the Supreme Court to strike it down."
16Reagan judge says "Deregulation fundamental mistake." Greenspan agrees.
16Tampa Bay strip clubs prepare for RNC. [Oh god, am I the only one who wishes there was a warning when a link leads to a video?]
20Once again, Christians show that the First Amendment only applies to them.
12Another shooting. This time in NYC. Update: the shooter shot one person, the NYPD shot nine.
8An Norwegian art gallery tried to save some money by receiving a painting by normal post, not a special courier, but it went 'walkies' in the post. The piece? A £5,400 Rembrandt, Lieven Willemsz, van Coppenol
14Gawker releases an audit of Romney's off-shore finances.
12Anders Behring Breivik declared sane, sentenced to 21 years, may be extended for "preventative detention" according to the Guardian and the New York Times. Other news agencies are reporting that he has been sentenced to between a minimum of ten years and the legal maximum of 21.
8We're all in this together: Bank of England's stimulus "lined the pockets of the rich"
-16Don't do 'roids, kids: Not only is a popular cancer charity forever tainted, the cyclist responsible thinks that whining about an "unconstitutional witch hunt" makes him less of a coward.
13Death from Above!!! Mwaahaahaahaa!!!!! Well, okay, it's a hover-bike. Still cool though.
8Who knows? Maybe someday it'll be news if a family values advocate isn't caught doing something indecent in public. Headline: "Rev. Grant Storms, critic of (gay New Orleans website) Southern Decadence, convicted of obscenity for public masturbation."
20The best way to stop abortions is deadly force.
20Apparently spying on American muslims is a big waste of time. NYPD reacts in shock that their sure fire investigation failed to turn up any terrorists. Cenk weighs in.
18Tennessee State Senator Stacey (yes, he's a guy) Campfield says it's virtually impossible to get AIDS through heterosexual sex.
14NASA names Curiosity rover's landing spot in memory of Ray Bradbury.
16"The move was not partisan" Oh yeah, totally.
7Locked-in syndrome sufferer dies a week after losing a legal challenge for assisted suicide.
26Just when you thought they couldn't grow them any dumber: A Texas high school grad-u-wate judge says if Obama wins, he wants to be prepared for civil war and a UN takeover.
14Finally! Journalists (or at least one, so far) are starting to do their friggin' jobs.
12Art restoration - you're doing it wrong.
4The accusations against Julian Assange amount to nothing more than "bad sexual ettiquette" according to George Galloway [1].
8Scott Brown understands how his bread is buttered..
25Romney: You're going to make us lose the election! Akin: Nah, I'm going to stay around for as long as I want to.
12It seems that neo-Nazis, skinheads and other militant racists are joining the US Army and Marine Corps to get the military training they think they'll need to overthrow the "ZOG" in Washington, DC.
13Ordering a hex on that annoying guy at work just got a little harder.
25Democracy - Republicans are doing it wrong.
85The President: "Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me...I think these comments do underscore why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."
9Congressman Kevin Yoder: I'm sorry for swimming naked in the Sea of Galilee. Sometimes, the WIGO's just write themselves.
26Meanwhile, at the Iowa State Fair: Hank Williams, Jr. - "Obama is a Muslim!" Obama - "mmm pork and beer nom nom nom."
18Ohio GOP election official in an email to newspaper: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine"
80You don't need abortion exceptions for when the woman was raped, because if she got pregnant, it wasn't really rape. Todd Akin sets a new record for being a shitbag.
11"No officer, I didn't stab my daughters, it was the century-old ghost living inside my head."
22Back in 2008 Iceland was facing economic Armageddon. Guess their unemployment rate now.
16From the Department of Say-No-More: Majority of Tea Party members support carrying concealed weapons in church.
8Meet Earth. Where the closest thing to "atheistic" evil still sounds like a fundamentalist tract.
20The pregnant teen, who couldn't have chemotherapy due to the Dominican Republic's abortion laws, has died.
10At the University of Colorado, students with gun permits are now segregated into special dorms. Incredibly, the university still allows these students to bring their weapons to class (provided they're concealed).
42"Oh no, our mosque is too small to fit us all in!" "Here, borrow our synagogue."
18Conservatives! Meet your new home: Россия, священная наша держава, Россия любимая наша страна...
42Pro-life until birth. Pat Robertson says you shouldn't adopt children who've been sexually abused, in case they grow up "weird."
8Libertarian Party sues to remove Romney from State ballot.
18Holding a democratic protest against a dictator in a church? Obviously, you hate Christianity!
38Paul Ryan applied for stimulus funds in 2009, despite calling it a "wasteful spending spree."
16Romney uses band's song for his campaign. Band says, "I don't fucking think so."
0Facebook is finally beginning to succumb to pressure on user privacy. Coincidence?
30Mittens: I pay at least 13% in taxes and 10% in charity. Alright then. Release them so we can put this to rest, just like your father did when running for governor of Michigan, and like Obama did with his freaking birth certificate,
4The cereal-burning anti-gay protester is dead. Meanwhile, the English translation of the tribute on the Facebook page of Leisner’s nephew, a missionary in Costa Rica, was mangled, reading: "Please pray for the family of Mike to feel the spirit of God as dildo in this time of a loss."
8The Tea Party displays a sane, reasonable, rational campaign poster. Not!
16Seriously, in this day and age how dumb must you be to agree to your 12-year-old having a sleepover with a 46-year-old priest?
10UK threatens to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in order to get Assange. Under pressure from Big Brother? Update: Are we ready for another Falklands now?
5The USA's population reaches 0.1 giga-π
8VIDEO: "We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us. But the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed. And so we have done what's legally required, and there's going to be no more tax releases given." So sayeth Ann Romney. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney claims that the Obama campaign strategy is "about division and attack and hatred . . . designed to bring a sense of enmity and jealously and anger." If they're this thin-skinned during the earliest days of the campaign, what will they sound like by the first of November? (And how will they react to criticism if he's elected?)
8Shooting at Family Research Council headquarters. One guard injured.
8French Catholic Church attempts to pray the gay marriage away.
26Joe the Plumber: "...put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting."
36CNN's Soledad O'Brien: Paul Ryan is talking out of his ass. Romney advisor: WAAAHHH
6Hulk Merkel smash.
30In the United States, atheism up, religion down according to Gallup.
20Catholic Church makes a fortune in the German porn business. Somehow, I'm not really surprised.
22Anti-Semite party leader discovers Jewish Heritage. This could be an analogous law of Haggard's Law
6The wrath of libertarians: Failed Bitcoin exchange sued by customers over thefts. Getting your money back from an exchange run by anonymous operators is, of course, the legitimate purview of government.
12X-Butterflies come forth!
-10...and then 2 people, one a policeman get shot down in Texas.
22Gabby Giffords returns home.
46The US Army promotes its first openly gay general
22WikiLeaks proves its relevance yet again, is currently getting pounded by a DDoS from what most likely is the US government. Update: Assange et al.'s response.
12You don't often hear Fox News being called too leftist, but that's what batshit birther Jerome Corsi claims.
6Fareed Zakaria might get sacked for plagiarism.
12Romney campaign sources have leaked his choice for running mate: Matthew Morrison. Official announcement on Saturday.
28It died a quick death. Released in April, a Christian publisher has yanked a biography of Thomas Jefferson which had already been voted "the least credible history book in print," by readers of the History News Network in July. "We carefully edit every book we publish, and we rely on the expertise of our authors concerning their subjects," a representative for the publisher said. "It is extremely rare that the company would have to withdraw a book from the market based on concerns about its content." Memo to Christian publishers: If the byline contains the name "David Barton," it's full of lies myths distortions you should be concerned about its content!
26We might be in for quite a Streisand: Even the ultra-rich have begun to pay no income tax, and Romney's reluctance to release the data his returns is getting more and more suspicious.
14Mother of God.
26Missouri legislates that creationist kids can refuse to study evolution.
13Melvin Morse, known for writing about NDEs in children, arrested for water-boarding his daughter.
12The trick of using prisoners as slave economically viable labour continues to grow in the UK.
6Ah, kids' sticker albums. Collect your favourite sporting heroes... interesting animals...drug lords...
10Jenna Jameson endorses Romney: "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."
24Bryan Fischer compares children of gay parents to slaves needing to be saved
5Occam's Razor?
12Evolution in action, and boy, is it mean.
2Pass me the coffee, baby
0Drunk claims "religious reason" for setting fire to toilet seat.
18'Allo 'allo 'allo, what's all this then? Not smiling during an Olympic event? You're under arrest!
1"Let them eat pigeons!" (obviously pigeon pie isn't a local delicacy there...)
11Hello, my name is Stephen Harper, and I don't want to look like George W. Bush in any way whatsoever.
10Rogue condoms invade the Olympic Village.
9Poisoning the well or legitimate concern over the lengths that Mitt Romney went to start Bain Capital? We may never know unless he releases his tax returns.
12Kristina Schröder, German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, makes the greatest spin ever: "[Same-sex couples in civil partnerships] take on long-term responsibility for each other, so they live out conservative values" (Mind you, it's not as far out as David Cameron's "I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative" statement.)
15Pregnant? Y'all ain't comin' to our school! Screw Title IX!
20The WWW turns 21, and its baby photos are online
6I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! Pro-Immigrant GOP Group to Arpaio: Refocus on Fixing Department. this is for people who don't get the quote
0"Librul media!" "If the turban infidels had guns this would have never happened!" "Obama false flag conspiracy!" "PC hysteria!"
46Your socialism at work, America. (Curiosity lands on Mars.)
12The Cayman Islands: Start paying up.
17Dan Ariely and Mike Norton find that Democrats' and Republicans' ideas of the ideal distribution of wealth in the United States are, in fact, very, very similar when under the "veil of ignorance."
8Team GB's most successful day at an Olympics in 104 years.
-9Black Helicopters flying low over a New England city unannounced after dark, complete with special operations troops rappelling onto rooftops.
1Why can't you just let me lose a match? Heck, I'll quit if you are insisting that I can't lose on my own.
25Author and scientist, Jared Diamond, to Romney: "What the fuck are you talking about?"
28Fox News host says "Once again, we put something on the air that's a flat out lie and distortion." (*gasp*)
18Tired of the Chick-fil-A controversy yet? Well, too bad. A Mississippi congressional candidate says the Mayors of Chicago and Boston should be "introduced to the Second Amendment". Update: Sarah Palin doesn't know what the First Amendment actually means.
10Mittens throws his wife (and her horse) under the bus.
14Homeopaths offer to rebrand products as confectionery, but out of necessity, not honesty.
20What? You're giving women access to birth control? That's as bad as 9/11!
10Diarrhea epidemic hits the US
14Gore Vidal, celebrated author, playwright, dies