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The Great Gay North
As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments whether there is a Constitutional right to gay marriage, some conservative justices have expressed their ambivalence about leading the country into what ...
Richard Riis 04/29/2015 8 17 - -
21 Awesome Things to Know About Stan Freberg, American Genius
America lost a towering genius this week, and I lost a personal idol. Stan Freberg was a legendary voice-over artist, comedian, satirist, puppeteer, impressionist, recording artist, and songwriter.
Richard Riis 04/09/2015 101 159 4 -
February 24, 1980: America's "Crisis of Confidence" Gets a Kick in the Ice
Thirty-five years ago today, on February 24, 1980, the United States hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to capture the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, delivering a much-needed lift to ...
Richard Riis 02/24/2015 1 1 - -
February 21, 1922: Fifteen Years Before the Hindenburg, the Air Disaster America Forgot
Fifteen years before the crash of the Hindenburg galvanized the nation and effectively put an end to lighter-than-air commercial travel, the fate of the Roma made headlines – and then was ...
Richard Riis 02/21/2015 92 197 2 -
The Nuclear Attack That Wasn't: February 20, 1971
Most adults can remember those ubiquitous tests of the Emergency Broadcast System on television and radio: “This is a test. This is only a test.” Forty-four years ago today, however, it was ...
Richard Riis 02/20/2015 26 22 - -
February 19, 1986: America Is Moved by a Voice from the Grave
On this date in 1986, one of the most powerful public service ads in television history, featuring a beloved stage and screen actor speaking from the grave, was aired for the first time. When ...
Richard Riis 02/19/2015 8 36 - -
Remembering "Franksgiving": When Democrats and Republicans Celebrated Thanksgiving on Different Days
Scene from Holiday Highlights (1940) Larry: Where is everybody? Curly: Maybe it's the Fourth of July. Moe: The Fourth of July in October? Curly: You never can tell... Look what ...
Richard Riis 11/24/2014 12 41 2 -
Damned If He Did, Damned If He Didn't, and Damned If You Dare Ask Which
The most powerful and provocative film I've seen in recent years is Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," an Academy Award-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film) drama in which Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, ...
Richard Riis 11/21/2014 3 2 - -
OK, GOP, Now Put Up Or Shut Up
OK, Republicans, you've taken control of the Senate and strengthened your majority in the House of Representatives. For the last few years all you've done is bitch about what's wrong with the ...
Richard Riis 11/05/2014 20 9 - -
McCain Uses California Earthquake to Criticize Obama
Leave it to the long-past-irrelevant Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) to use this morning's major earthquake in northern California to take a jab at President Obama. McCain, appearing on "Fox ...
Richard Riis 08/24/2014 39 15 - -
Children of Immigrants Saved from Immigrant Children: A Community Lashes Out Against a Church
“But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14 A public meeting about a proposal by ...
Richard Riis 08/23/2014 18 27 1 -
PTSD in a Pill: 20 Years Later One Desert Storm Veteran Has Become Another Casualty of War
For the first time in his life, Sgt. S. is afraid. Sgt. S. served ten years in the United States Army, including two tours in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm and third in Somalia. He’s ...
Richard Riis 08/10/2014 17 86 2 -
Wealthy Hamptonites Don't Want to Remember Dead Nun Because Tragedies Are Boring and Stuff
It’s becoming increasingly burdensome to be rich in the United States. The great, unwashed masses have begun to believe the wealthy should abide by the same laws they do and pay their share of ...
Richard Riis 08/06/2014 33 25 2 -
Independence Day Special: Thirteen Facts About America Conservatives Would Like You to Forget
1. Conservatives opposed the Founding Fathers, the American Revolution and a lot of other righteous stuff as well. By definition a conservative is one who wishes to preserve and/or restore ...
Richard Riis 07/04/2014 196 561 53 -
Supreme Hypocrisy: 24 Years Ago SCOTUS Warned Us About What They Decided in Favor of Yesterday
Alfred Smith and Galen Black, members of the Klamath tribe and counselors at a private drug rehabilitation clinic, were fired in 1983 for having ingested peyote as part of a Native American church ...
Richard Riis 07/01/2014 9 12 1 -
Romney Calls Hillary "Clueless." I Guess He Ought to Know.
Mitt Romney had some harsh words for potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton this weekend, calling her "clueless." "[Clinton] was asked whether the Bowe Bergdahl trade was one ...
Richard Riis 06/16/2014 13 20 1 -
Ukraine Foreign Minister: "Putin Is a Dickhead"
Ukraine's foreign minister has precipitated a diplomatic row with Russia after referring to President Vladimir Putin as a "dickhead." Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia addressing a crowd of ...
Richard Riis 06/16/2014 27 7 - -
65 Years Ago Today: Remembering a Forgotten Space Pioneer
Space pioneer Albert II. It was 65 years ago today that the world’s first space-traveling primate was launched into history. Many brave men and women have contributed in the quest to put human ...
Richard Riis 06/14/2014 13 23 - -
Phil Robertson, Duck Theologian, to Publish His Own Bible
Have you read the Bible and found it in need of a little "juice"? Ever wish the Good Book were, well, Better? Behold! This fall Christian publisher Thomas Nelson is publishing The Duck Commander ...
Richard Riis 06/09/2014 25 6 - -
Apple's "Chicken Fat" Ad Harks Back to a Political Era Long Gone
Composer Meredith Willson and President John F. Kennedy Millennials probably find the commercials quaint if not puzzling, but to those like me who started school in the 1960s, Apple’s “Chicken ...
Richard Riis 06/09/2014 124 80 1 -
Billionaire Gets Four Months for Sexual Assault of a 12-Year-Old Girl
“Affluenza” has struck again. Samuel Curtis “S. C.” Johnson III, the 59-year-old billionaire heir to the S. C. Johnson & Sons (formerly Johnson’s Wax) fortune, who confessed to repeatedly ...
Richard Riis 06/08/2014 224 376 8 -
The Super Bowl Goes Arabic
The National Football League has announced that the Super Bowl will go "Arabic" in 2016. "Arabic" as in Arabic numerals, that is. The 50th annual edition of the Super Bowl will be played on ...
Richard Riis 06/04/2014 15 2 - -
Let Him Go: A Woman Is Divorcing Her Husband Because He Doesn't Like "Frozen"
A Japanese woman is divorcing her husband of six years because he doesn’t like the Disney movie “Frozen.” The 29-year-old woman apparently soured on her marriage after her husband admitted ...
Richard Riis 06/04/2014 44 7 1 -
Yahoo! News Reaches New Level of Headline Inanity
The promulgation of junk news grows and grows with every news cycle, but I believe this headline from Yahoo! News, posted on June 2, has raised inane news reportage to an almost unsurpassable peak.
Richard Riis 06/03/2014 16 7 - -
Have You Heard? Van Gogh’s Ear Is Alive and Well and Living in Germany
The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the renowned artist's genetic material. The nineteenth-century ...
Richard Riis 06/03/2014 8 8 - -
The Dishonored Dead: Civil War Skull to Be Sold at Auction
The skull of a Civil War soldier found near the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, battlefield is scheduled to be sold at auction in Hagerstown, Maryland, on Tuesday, June 3. The Estate Auction Company is ...
Richard Riis 06/02/2014 33 25 - -
Bach and the IOC Should Zip Up More Than Their Snowsuits
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach lit into "politicians" in an address this week for daring to put "politics" above more noble matters, by which, of course, he means the IOC ...
Richard Riis 02/05/2014 6 10 - -
There Is No Ducking the Consequences of Free Speech
Freedom of speech is again in the news as a star of the reality television show "Duck Dynasty", Phil Robertson, has been suspended indefinitely by the A&E Network following his recent comments on ...
Richard Riis 12/20/2013 18 16 - -
A Shameful Deja Vu: New York Veterans Once Again Denied Freedom of Speech, Assembly
In a repeat of events of one year ago to the date, antiwar protestors affiliated with Veterans for Peace and others from We Are Change were arrested Monday by New York City police for remaining at ...
Richard Riis 10/08/2013 1 2 - -
A True Tennessee Titan
Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Jonathan Willard has proven he’s not just a Titan on the field. Willard, 23, who received a $2,000 signing bonus from the Titans as an undrafted free agent, ...
Richard Riis 07/26/2013 3 14 - -
What I Learned from the George Zimmerman Verdict
With the verdict - not guilty - just in, I am set to mulling over eleven key points of law I've gleaned from watching George Zimmerman's learned defense team in action. What a sad lesson in American ...
Richard Riis 07/13/2013 2 8 - -
Civil War Veterans’ Graves Go Unmarked Thanks to VA
In remembrance of my own Civil War veteran, great-great-great-grandfather Sergeant Abner C. Lay of Company A, 78th New York Infantry, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A yellow flag denotes the otherwise ...
Richard Riis 07/11/2013 7 9 - -
Freedom of Assembly on Trial in NYC: Veterans Who Fought for Liberty Are Forced to Fight Again
World War II veteran Jay Wenk tolls a bell while Vietnam veteran Tarak Kauff reads the names of the fallen moments before their arrest on October 7, 2012. “Congress shall make no law… abridging��
Richard Riis 07/10/2013 63 139 3 -
The Greenest Generation? Rubbish.
"Our willingness to part with something before it is completely worn out is a phenomenon noticeable in no other society in history.... It is soundly based on our economy of abundance. It must be ...
Richard Riis 06/16/2013 9 14 1 -
A Brave Battle Comes to an End: Eddie Nogay, 1995-2013
His family made him promise he wouldn’t die on his 18th birthday. He kept his promise. Eddie Nogay died at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, the day ...
Richard Riis 06/06/2013 7 34 1 -
The IRS and the Continuing GOP Circus of Hypocrisy
In 2004 the IRS investigated the tax-exempt status of the NAACP in response to demands by Republican lawmakers who questioned whether the NAACP's activities had crossed into political campaigning, ...
Richard Riis 05/14/2013 13 5 - -
The New GOP Election Strategy: All Benghazi, All the Time
While congressional Republicans were parsing word-by-word and minute-by-minute the way the administration described the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, a lying ...
Richard Riis 05/13/2013 28 4 - -
May 10, 1933: Authoritarian Repression of Free Speech and Thought Is Given an Enduring Symbol
“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” ("Where they burn books, they will in the end also burn human beings.") – Heinrich Heine, Almansor , 1821 Eighty ...
Richard Riis 05/10/2013 65 77 3 -
50 Years Ago This Week Television Brought the Struggle for Civil Rights Home to a Shocked America
Fifty years ago this week the city of Birmingham, Alabama, turned the dogs on black children marching for civil rights, initiating eight days that brought the intensifying struggle into living ...
Richard Riis 05/02/2013 13 24 2 -
George Jones, Country Music Legend, 1931-2013
"George might show up flyin' high, if George shows up at all But he may be, unconsciously, the greatest of them all From the Beatles and me in Nashville, to the 'billies and the Rolling Stones If ...
Richard Riis 04/26/2013 21 13 - -
No Charges for Pepper-Spraying and Sucker-Punching Cops
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has announced that his office will not prosecute the NYPD officer who pepper-sprayed a group of women without provocation in a video that electrified social ...
Richard Riis 04/21/2013 138 183 1 -
Republicans vs. America
In a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll released this month, 91% of Americans support universal background checks for gun sales. Yesterday, the Senate, taking up the same issue in the ...
Richard Riis 04/18/2013 4 4 - -
Marco Rubio vs. Marco Rubio: The Battle Over Background Checks
Poor Marco Rubio. He seems to be confused. Maybe he has been working too hard. Perhaps he is simply dehydrated. Surely he’s not just your run-of-the-mill Republican hypocrite. Check out the ...
Richard Riis 04/17/2013 3 1 - -
Breaking News: Deadly Ricin Mailed to U.S. Senator
CNN is reporting that the deadly poison ricin has been detected in an envelope mailed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi). An envelope that tested positively three times for the deadly poison ...
Richard Riis 04/16/2013 9 8 - -
GOP Congressman Calls on Wolf Blitzer to Apologize... for What?
Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has called on CNN's Wolf Blitzer to apologize for using the Boston Marathon bombings to “attack political opponents,” despite the fact that Blitzer made no ...
Richard Riis 04/16/2013 6 3 - -
Admitting Reality Is Not Admitting Defeat.
In a diary posted previously in this forum I had the audacity, according to some, to suggest that the world changed on September 11, 2001. I was surprised at the number of ostensibly progressive ...
Richard Riis 04/16/2013 18 2 - -
September 11 Was the Day Everything Changed. April 15 Reminds Us That That Change Is Permanent.
September 11, 2001, is remembered as the day everything changed. April 15, 2013, may be remembered as the day we were forced to realize that that change is permanent. President Obama did not say ...
Richard Riis 04/16/2013 21 3 - -
Guns Don’t Kill People, A Weak and Cowardly Congress Does
If you’re looking for evidence that Congress doesn’t give a damn about the American people, about the will or the safety of their constituents, look no further than the weak and shameful gun ...
Richard Riis 04/11/2013 2 3 - -
Sen. Jeff Flake Fears Background Checks Will Lead to “Paperwork” and Other Boring Stuff
Senator Jeff Flake (R–Arizona) says universal background checks ...
Richard Riis 04/09/2013 7 5 - -
Sometimes the Best Laugh I Get All Day Comes from Watching the News
An editorial in the New York Post says same-sex marriage is a threat to religious freedom. I wasn’t aware that a new law that actually required citizens to take a same-sex spouse was in the works.
Richard Riis 03/27/2013 2 5 - -
A Wedding, a Reception and, Hopefully Soon, the Same for Others
A happy couple I know celebrates their first wedding anniversary soon and I wish them all the best. I don't have to tell them how lucky they are to have found each other; they know that already. ...
Richard Riis 03/26/2013 6 23 - -
Karl Rove Accuses Democrats of Trying to "Scare People" on Gun Control
Republican strategist Karl Rove says Democrats need to "stop scaring people" with regards to gun policies and gun control reform. Speaking on ABC’s This Week yesterday, Rove said, "Let's be ...
Richard Riis 03/25/2013 4 3 - -
Don't Tread on My Obamacare: A Son's Battle Cry
March 23 marked the third anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, and still its bitter and selfish enemies plot to repeal the ...
Richard Riis 03/25/2013 9 31 1 -
"The Best Thing About the Earth Is If You Poke Holes in It Oil and Gas Come Out": GOP Science Lesson
Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from Texas who believes John Boehner is not conservative enough and whose signature legislation is the proposed ...
Richard Riis 03/24/2013 15 17 - -
20 Years After Desert Storm Our Casualties Are Mounting – and the Military Doesn't Want to Know
For the first time in his life, Sgt. X is afraid. My friend Sgt. X (not his real name) served ten years in the U.S. Army, including two tours in Kuwait in Desert Storm and another in Somalia. He��
Richard Riis 03/24/2013 70 122 2 -
For Once Fox is Right: CBS Owes American Veterans an Apology
Like the proverbial blind pig who occasionally unearths a truffle, the Fox News Channel has finally stumbled onto a beef with which I am in complete agreement: CBS and the producers of The Amazing ...
Richard Riis 03/23/2013 45 14 - -
The NRA Clears Its Throat and Congress Wets Its Pants
"We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change. ... Surely we can do better than this.” - President Barack Obama, December 16, 2012 A mere three ...
Richard Riis 03/20/2013 6 8 - -
More GOP Hypocrisy: Anti-Pot Politician Busted for Possession
Just as most of us were still shaking our heads in amazement at Senator Rob Portman's(R-Ohio), whiplash conversion to supporting same-sex marriage following the revelation that his son is gay, ...
Richard Riis 03/16/2013 9 17 - -
In Houston It's Illegal to Feed the Homeless and for the Homeless to Feed Themselves
Last year the city council of Houston, Texas, passed a law making it illegal to feed the homeless within the city without the permission of property owners. Yes, in the land of six-guns, cattle ...
Richard Riis 03/16/2013 132 201 1 -
Italy's Biggest Gay Club Pays Rent to the Vatican
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has revealed that a building owned by the Vatican houses not only a high-ranking church official but also Italy’s largest gay ...
Richard Riis 03/12/2013 5 8 - -
Fragged: DoD Suspends the Tuition Assistance Program for Servicemen and Women
The Army, Air Force and Marines have announced that the Tuition Assistance Program for servicemen and women has been suspended. The Navy is still weighing its options. The suspension will not ...
Richard Riis 03/12/2013 9 8 - -
New York's Soda Ban Loses Its Fizz in Court
A New York State Supreme Court judge today tossed New York City's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters, street vendors and fast food outlets, one day before the new law ...
Richard Riis 03/11/2013 23 8 - -
Ten Years Ago This Week the Dixie Chicks Found Free Speech Comes at a High Price
What the members of the Dixie Chicks still refer to as “The Incident” occurred on March 10, 2003, ten days before the United States invaded Iraq. "It felt pretty trite to me to be doing a show ...
Richard Riis 03/11/2013 31 19 - -
Nixon, Our Most Anti-Gun President, Once Contemplated a Ban on Handguns
Republican politicians weren’t always deep in the pockets of the NRA. Case in point: President Richard Nixon, who was so determined to combat gun violence he contemplated banning handguns ...
Richard Riis 03/10/2013 25 14 1 -
Looking for Love? Skip the Club and Try Walmart
A new study by the journal Psychology Today finds that Walmart might now be the go-to place for finding romance. An analysis of "missed connection" posts on Craigslist, where starry-eyed ...
Richard Riis 03/09/2013 21 4 1 -
Rembrandt, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cézanne… and George W. Bush?
An artist who taught former President George W. Bush how to paint praises his nascent mastery of the canvas, saying that he’s going to go down in history as a “ great artist .” Artist and ...
Richard Riis 03/09/2013 16 7 - -
Joint Statements and Joint Committees: Dazed and Confused with the Feds
Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration administrators warned the federal government this week that time is running out to nullify Colorado and Washington's new laws legalizing recreational ...
Richard Riis 03/08/2013 5 2 - -
Stabbed in the Back by the TSA
Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole has announced that, beginning April 25, passengers going through airport security can now bring onboard knives with blades no longer than 2....
Richard Riis 03/06/2013 12 16 - -
A Posthumous Pardon for Jack Johnson? Obama Has Been Opposed, and for Good Reason
A Senate resolution was passed Tuesday to encourage President Obama to posthumously pardon boxing legend Jack Johnson, who was convicted 100 years ago in a racially-motivated travesty of justice. ...
Richard Riis 03/05/2013 25 9 - -
Dear God, Spare Me from Another Celebrity "Baby Bump"
They’re everywhere. You can’t avoid seeing them or hearing about them. Nearly every week there’s a new tabloid headline speculating on the existence or trumpeting the first photographs of a ��
Richard Riis 03/03/2013 24 19 - -
McDonald's' Answer to Sluggish Sales: Deep Six the Fruit Salad
McDonald's is cutting its Fruit & Walnut Salad and Chicken Selects from the menu, a spokeswoman said on Friday. After years of outperforming its rivals, McDonald's has been struggling as ...
Richard Riis 03/02/2013 27 13 - -
Obama’s “Jedi” Reference Further Divides an Already Polarized Nation
Asked by CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin this morning why he doesn't just sit down with congressional leaders until a sequestration deal is reached, President Obama said that he can't ...
Richard Riis 03/01/2013 273 285 2 -
While Millions Hotly Debate the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment is Dying a Quiet Death
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon ...
Richard Riis 02/27/2013 89 167 4 -
Presidential Cinema: American Presidents in the Movies
With two well-regarded biographical feature films about American presidents, Lincoln and Hyde Park on the Hudson , still making the rounds in local cineplexes, I got to wondering which presidents ...
Richard Riis 02/27/2013 19 3 - -
Booty Collar: Man Arrested for Hiding 100 Bags of Heroin in His Ass
Rasoul Speight was driving north on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Alpine, New Jersey, last Thursday when police pulled his 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer over for having unclear license plates and an ...
Richard Riis 02/25/2013 12 2 - -
Iran Reports Downing a Hypothetical Drone in Hypothetical War
In this image taken from Iranian television, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps vehicles surround the wreckage of the hypothetical drone downed on Saturday. Iran's official Fars News Agency ...
Richard Riis 02/24/2013 8 2 - -
Need a Reminder You're Getting Old? Pebbles Flintstone Turns 50 This Week
Feeling down because you’re getting old, fellow Baby Boomers? Try this on for size: Pebbles Flintstone turns 50 years old on Friday. You read that right: Fred and Wilma Flintstone’s adorable ...
Richard Riis 02/21/2013 32 42 1 -
On This Date in 1971, America Braced for a Nuclear Attack That Never Came
All but the youngest readers surely remember those ubiquitous tests of the Emergency Broadcast System on television and radio: “...
Richard Riis 02/20/2013 38 41 1 -
Dear Senator McCain: STFU
Senator John McCain got himself worked up into a righteous lather on Sunday’s "Meet the Press" over what he continues to insist was a “massive cover-up” on the part of the White House about ...
Richard Riis 02/18/2013 149 420 15 -
Comic Book Superheroes Fight Grime and Lift Spirits
With endless war, bitterly partisan politics, urine-soaked cruise ships and Marco Rubio’s cottonmouth crowding anything else off news programs and blog sites these days, one can be hard-pressed ...
Richard Riis 02/16/2013 3 7 1 -
Tossing My Mitre into the Papal Ring
"For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well." - Hebrews 7:12 I am officially announcing my candidacy for pope. When Pope Benedict XVI ...
Richard Riis 02/15/2013 61 44 1 -
50 Years Ago This Month a New York DJ Spoke Out for Justice and a Brave Mississippi Newspaper
WNEW's Gene Klavan (left) and Dee Finch. Ira Harkey had a degree in journalism, some experience as a reporter and a powerful social conscience when he bought the Pascagoula Chronicle in 1949. Harkey,
Richard Riis 01/15/2013 8 20 - -
Aaron Swartz, Intellectual Freedom Fighter, 1986-2013
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, ...
Richard Riis 01/13/2013 19 25 - -
"Double Divas": Television for Boobs
First there were reality shows for survivors, chefs, bachelors and brides, then for would-be truckers, fishermen, foresters and pawn shoppers, and even a train wreck-cum-cultural phenomenon of a ...
Richard Riis 01/05/2013 13 4 - -
Pork? Baloney! 67 House Republicans Vote Against Paying Federal Insurance Claims
Despite an opportunity to vote for a stripped-down federal relief package devoid of any and all semblance of earmarks, 67 Republican representatives in the House voted against relief for Sandy ...
Richard Riis 01/05/2013 11 13 - -
My Resolutions for 2013
I refuse to do anything “Gangnam style.” The phrases “baby bump”, “double down”, “bucket list” and “kick the can down the road” shall never ...
Richard Riis 01/01/2013 3 1 - -
And Allah and Jesus Smiled
"I almost choked on my Cheerios," says Nancy Long. "Just the expression on Aiden's face - crying and crying. I couldn't get the picture out of my mind all day." About a week after Tropical Storm ...
Richard Riis 12/23/2012 2 10 - -
American Laws: Dumb and Dumber
It is illegal to wear a false moustache in church in Alabama. It is illegal to push a moose out of an airplane in Alaska. It is illegal to keep more than two dildos in one house in Arizona. It ...
Richard Riis 12/22/2012 7 4 - -
National Review: Newtown Massacre Can Be Blamed on Women
I’d have said the opinions of the National Review are straight out of the Stone Age, but I have too much respect for our prehistoric ancestors to ever think they were that stupid. The National ...
Richard Riis 12/20/2012 10 11 - -
Common Sense Rebuttals to the Same Tired Arguments against Gun Control, Part 2
“I see no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” – Ronald Reagan "I support and promote local and national gun control laws and organizations. If a guy ...
Richard Riis 12/18/2012 10 4 - -
Hiding from the Spotlight: The NRA Goes to Ground
Like frightened rabbits gone to ground or cockroaches that scatter when the lights come on, the National Rifle Association has gone into hiding. Last Thursday, the NRA boasted on their Twitter ...
Richard Riis 12/17/2012 6 13 - -
Gutless TV: Shreveport’s KTBS vs. Rhonda Lee
When TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston received some very ugly criticism about her weight in an email from a viewer back in October, her station, KBTV in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, allowed her to ...
Richard Riis 12/17/2012 3 4 - -
Armed Is Not the Answer: Now Is the Time for Stricter Gun Control
To the next fool who says we don't need more restrictive gun laws in America, we just need to be better armed to discourage the would-be killers, I say this: Surrounded by our nation's most expert ...
Richard Riis 12/17/2012 1 3 - -
20 Irrefutable Arguments for Gun Control
Richard Riis 12/16/2012 10 8 - -
Anonymous Leaks Westboro Baptist Church Contact Information
The monsters at the Westboro Baptist Church have posted their intentions to spew their hate at the funerals of the twenty children killed in the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in ...
Richard Riis 12/16/2012 16 25 - -
If Only Our Politicians Were As Brave As Our Teachers
If anybody wants to know the kind of people who become teachers, they need only read about the bravery of the staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It starts with the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, ...
Richard Riis 12/15/2012 15 58 3 -
An Open Letter to Mike Huckabee and Bryan Fischer
Former governor, Fox News host and all-around meathead Mike Huckabee attempted today to walk back his comments linking a lack of religion in schools to Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, ...
Richard Riis 12/15/2012 27 30 1 -
Common Sense Rebuttals to the Same Tired Arguments against Gun Control
It breaks my heart that we have to visit this issue again… and again and again and again. When mass killings have become an almost weekly event in the United States, we live in a sorry nation. ...
Richard Riis 12/15/2012 10 25 1 -
Sometimes a Joke Is Just a Joke and a Tragedy Is Just a Tragedy
It wasn’t even very funny. They rarely are. Most of the time they’re just plain mean bordering on cruel. But the prank phone call generating so much buzz this past week was, as pranks go, pretty ...
Richard Riis 12/12/2012 30 7 1 -
The New York Post and Snuff Journalism
New Yorkers don’t shock easily, but yesterday’s New York Post shocked even the city’s most jaded tabloid readers. The reaction has now reached far beyond the New York metropolitan area and ...
Richard Riis 12/05/2012 3 3 - -
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