Alabama State Rep. Joe Mitchell, D-Mobile, had an outlandish email exchange with a Jefferson County man who asked lawmakers not to pass any laws that would restrict gun ownership. Eddie Maxwell sent a mass email to state legislators on Jan. 27, warning them that even attempting to introduce a gun control bill was, in his opinion, a violation of state law. Mitchell responded from his House email account and wrote, "Your folk never used all this s---t to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a---d, inbreed [sic], imported criminal-minded kin folk." read more
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Delivering a rare speech for a Republican at this bastion of liberalism, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday was given multiple standing ovations by the left-wing audience after railing against government surveillance and warning the students: "Your right to privacy is under assault."
"I am here to tell you that if you own a cell phone, you're under surveillance," he told the crowd.
Paul's address at the Berkeley Forum on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley focused on the National Security Agency's collection of telephone metadata and the debate over privacy.
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BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Censorship or common sense?
Some Broomfield parents are petitioning to have Toni Morrison's 1970 novel "The Bluest Eye" removed from the school district's approved reading lists, but others are fighting to keep it, calling it censorship.
"It's kind of in a league of its own," said Erin Gee, standing outside Legacy High School with a group of parents who feel the novel could be harmful for high schoolers.
Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, said the vessels have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa, the official IRNA news agency reported. The fleet, consisting of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, began its voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on a three-month mission. The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate its ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond.
The man who washed up on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific with a tale of being lost at sea for more than a year told authorities that he left Mexico on a fishing trip, was blown off course after his engine died and watched his traveling companion starve to death. The castaway, who identified himself as Jose Salvador Alvarenga, was questioned Monday by police and told them an incredible story: He drifted 6,000 miles in a 24-foot boat, surviving on fish, birds, turtles, rainwater, urine -- and prayers. Officials said they have not yet confirmed his account.