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Monday, March 24, 2014

Stories to Watch: 3/24/14

A NY pastor is handing out AR-15s because that's what he thinks Jesus taught. You know, that whole Sermon on the Mount thing about turning the other cheek, the meek inheriting the Earth, the peacemakers being all blessed and stuff, and FREEZE SCUMBAG, BEFORE I BLOW YOUR FUCKING HEAD OFF!!!! Sometimes it seems like the people who talk about Christianity the most understand it the least.

Moronic hatemonger Rep. Steve King said something stupid (i.e., racist) again.

Here's a shocker: e-cigarettes, the gimmicky nicotine delivery system, don't do a very good job of helping you quit smoking.

The Exxon Valdez oil spill, 25 years later. It's still not completely over.

Speaking of oil spills, Fox Business reporter Tracey Byrnes wants you to know they're just a distraction from the real news -- which is how terrible regulations are for the oil industry.

If there's no War on Women, why do so many women find themselves fighting it?

Related: the Hobby Lobby case, where a whiny employer wants to force female employees to buy insurance that doesn't cover contracteptives, is up before the Supreme Court. SCOTUS will decide whether forcing women employees to abide by your religious beliefs is some sort of religious freedom -- rather than religious repression, which it so obviously would be. It should be a nobrainer, but the conservatives on the court seem to have no brains.

Finally, the Syrian civil war threatens to spill into our lap as Turkish jets shoot down a Syrian warplane in Turkish airspace. Turkey is a NATO ally, so if they get dragged into the civil war, it'll take some diplomatic finagling to keep us out.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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