- Today's comic is Going down by Matt Bors:
- Certainly all the people who preach and cry about religious freedom will be flocking to this case, right?
Lawyers for an imprisoned Jewish man argued in court on Monday that the state of Texas is violating his religious freedom by failing to provide him with kosher meals.
Max Moussazadeh, convicted of murder, has been in a Texas prison for 19 years after he served as a lookout during a robbery in which a partner shot and killed a man.
He filed a 2005 federal lawsuit accusing the prison system of failing to offer him kosher food, though it accommodated inmates with special dietary needs such as diabetics.
- Jack Wu, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church—you know, those "god hates everyone we hate, which is a lucky coincidence for us" assholes—is running for the Kansas State Board of Education. And his campaign website is epic:
The current public educational system in Kansas and the United States is preparing its students to be liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts.
My mission, in running for the Kansas State Board of Education, is to throw out the crap that teachers are feeding their students and replace it with healthy good for the soul knowledge from the holy scriptures. [...]
School administrators are always complaining about budget problems and lack of funding for this or that. Haha, that's funny. I have a really simple solution to solve that problem: Eliminate funding for evolution textbooks and pseudo-education. We'll save a ton of money! Tell those evolution textbook publishers to recycle their waste of paper, and tell those evolution teachers to teach truths instead of lies.
- Maybe Americans have learned something:
Americans have poured record amounts of money into savings accounts even though interest rates are at historic lows, new federal data show, a sign that average people may be missing out on a booming stock market and recovering real estate sector. [...]
Households began squirreling away cash in the midst of the recession. The savings rate, which was at 1 percent in 2005, generally fluctuated between 5 percent and 6 percent during the recent recession. This year it has hovered around 4 percent, still above historical norms.
“A lot of families have drained whatever savings they had because of hard times — job losses or low wage growth — and are trying to replenish their reserves,” Dynan said.
- It's souls to the polls time:
It's not just the collection plate that's getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation.
Exhorting congregations to register to vote, church leaders are distributing registration cards in the middle of services, and many are pledging caravans of "souls to the polls" to deliver the vote.
- Want to be able to take pictures of cops trying to illegally search your phone without a subpoena? There's an app for that.
If you’ve ever taken an ecology class, you may remember these as the “four laws of ecology,” coined by one of the field’s founders, Barry Commoner, who died yesterday at the ripe old age of 95.
Commoner is known for his willingness to speak out against environmental ills that science showed to be ecologically damaging — but he didn’t stop there: In an era when the environmental movement was increasingly focused on fighting pollution and protecting wild places, Commoner argued that environmental struggles were inseparable from social concerns, including civil and women’s rights (see Rule No. 1). He was also a staunch advocate for consumer rights.
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