Archive for October 30th, 2014

October 30th, 2014 - 10:46 pm § in Misc.

Washington’s Supreme Court Makes Rape Harder To Prosecute

Washington’s Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled today that defendants accused rape can’t be required to prove the victim consented to sex; rather, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged victim didn’t consent to sex. The decision overturns a 1975 legi[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 9:32 pm § in Politics

Why Kaci Hickox Is Right To Defy Governor LePage’s Quarantine

I don’t think any reasonable person will dispute that public health officials should have authority to quarantine individuals who may pose a threat to public health when there’s a rational medical reason to do so. The rationale for quarantining people is the same as for locking up crimin[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 7:06 pm § in America

Newspaper Fires Editorial Writer For Racist Remarks In Private Blog

The Charleston Daily Mail, a 100-year-old newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia, fired a 30-year employee this week for posting racist comments in his personal blog. Don Surber, who was employed as an editorial columnist, wrote in his blog: “This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 4:56 pm § in Hypocrisy, Politics

Serial killer endorses candidate who used him for attack ad

A GOP group’s attempt to smear a Democratic candidate using a Willie Horton-type attack ad backfired when the convict featured in the ad endorsed the Republican candidate the group is backing: Convicted killer Nikko Jenkins offered his take on the race in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional Dis[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 10:47 am § in America

Yes, Republicans’ Voter Conspiracy Theories Are As Weird As You Suspected

If you drill into it, many Republicans really do believe Democrats can’t win except by cheating, and they do it with noncitizen votes. From this it naturally follows that Obama is an illegitimate president, Obamacare is an illegitimate law, and our country has been taken over by foreigners. ht[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 4:51 am § in America, The Ave Scene


from the Seattle Salmon When asked if Whole Foods pays its employees a living wage, a Whole Foods spokesperson, Wendy Simons, responded, “People don’t work at Whole Foods for the money. They work here out of fear; fear that they are being poisoned by the atmosphere and food supply that exists ou[...]