May 1, 2009

This just in...

1. According to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists.

2. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, following Rush Limbaugh's cue, suggested on Tuesday that President Obama was to blame for the "swine flu" crisis.

3. The Wall Street Journal reports that A/H1N1 may have actually originated in the U.S.

4. An Ohio State University report finds that conservatives are less likely to understand that Steven Colbert is using satire when making political statements on his eponymous TV show.

5. North Carolina representative Virginia Foxx, testifying against the expansion of federal hate crimes legislation, suggested that Matthew Shepard was merely the victim of a robbery, and that suggestions that he was targeted because he was gay were all a part of "a hoax that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."

6. During the April 24 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage (owner of the energy drink RockStar) stated: "Make no mistake about it: Illegal aliens are the carriers of the new strain of human-swine avian flu from Mexico."

7. When questioned recently at Stanford University about the authorization of waterboarding and torture during the George W. Bush administration, Condoleeza Rice replied "The United States was told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture, and so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture."


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