The Daily Beast has obtained photos from Ukraine that "appear to reveal the truth about who carried out the shootings in Independence Square," reports Jamie Detmer. "The pictures shared exclusively with the Daily Beast show members of a crack anti-terrorist unit known as the Alfa Team in the courtyard of the headquarters of Ukraine's feared state security service, the SBU, preparing themselves for battle. ... The unique photographs and 90 gigabytes of video material shared with the Daily Beast provide strong evidence that the massacre in the Maidan was in fact a vicious and clinical assault ordered by the pro-Russian Yanukovych regime and executed by its arch loyalists."
A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God's punishments for marriage equality and abortion access won the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). "Everybody knows that God controls weather," Susanne Atanus told the gay paper Windy City Times in January. "God is super angry. Gay marriage is not appropriate, and it doesn't look right, and it breeds AIDS."
As Crimeans danced in the streets this week, giddy at the prospect of being gathered into Russia, few were watching as closely as the residents of the tiny mountainous enclave of South Ossetia, who, five and a half years ago, were similarly ecstatic. On the day in 2008 when Russia formally recognized the enclave as independent of Georgia, young men hung out of their car windows, waving Russian flags and spraying pedestrians with Champagne. Officials daydreamed about building an economy based on tourism, like that of Monaco or Andorra. That has not happened. read more
Iggy and The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who played with the pioneering proto-punk band from 1967 to 1974 and again from 2003 to 2013, died Saturday due to an unspecified illness. He was 64. "Scott was a great artist," Iggy Pop said. "I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother." After the band broke up in 1974, Asheton played with other bands until Iggy Pop reunited with The Stooges for 2003's Coachella festival. "For the first time in their long careers, the Asheton brothers were making big money and playing to enormous crowds," reports Rolling Stone. read more
Frozen might just be the most talked-about kids movie since Toy Story, but it's not all accolades and awards for the Oscar-winning animated flick. There is a fear campaign mounting against the film, warning conservative parents and grandparents to keep their impressionable young children away from what some believe is a musical advertisement for the gay agenda.