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Saturday, April 19, 2014

People charged with the murders of almost 100 people can be linked to a single far-right website, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The White Nationalist web forum Stormfront.org says it promotes values of "the embattled white minority," and its users include Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a 2011 massacre in Norway, and Wade Michael Page, who shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012.

After a two-year investigation, the SPLC said (pdf) that since Stormfront became one of the first hate sites on the internet in 1995, its registered users have been disproportionately responsible for major killings. The report was released a month early after white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was accused of killing three people at a Jewish center in Kansas City on Sunday.


Monday, March 31, 2014

The maker of Jack Daniel's pushed a state law that would make it more difficult for other companies to call their product "Tennessee whiskey." The distiller, owned by Brown-Forman, pushed through a bill stating that the name only can be used if the drink is 51 percent corn fermented mash, aged in new barrels of charred oak, filtered through maple charcoal and at least 40 percent alcohol. Diageo, which makes the state's No. 2 whiskey George Dickel, opposes the rule. Establishing the pro-Jack Daniel's definition amounts to "effectively reversing the flexibility that has been enjoyed for more than 130 years by Tennessee whiskey distillers," said Guy Smith, Diageo executive vice president for North America.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize, the school said Wednesday. The ruling has not yet been posted to the National Labor Relations Board website, but in a statement, Northwestern acknowledged the ruling and says it plans to appeal. The players' petition was a way to get a seat at the bargaining table in college sports and could change the landscape of the NCAA model. Northwestern University fought the petition by saying its players are students and not employees.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Since taking office in 2001, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) has called voter fraud an "epidemic," and made cracking down on it a top priority. Now, as he runs for governor, he's touting his ongoing battle to implement the state's strict voter ID law, arguing that the measure is crucial to combat fraud. But over the 13 years of Abbott's tenure, his office can only cite two fraudulent votes that might have been stopped by the ID law. To put that another way, such votes accounted for one out of every 18.7 million votes cast in Texas during that period.


Saturday, March 08, 2014

Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., is giving away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle during a March 23 service dedicated to "hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the anti-Christian socialist media and anti-Christian socialist politicians the last few years." The church reserves the right to disqualify anyone it deems of "questionable character" from winning the rifle. Its website states, "Dear detractors: The Lord has commanded us in I Thessalonians 5:14 to comfort the feeble minded." read more


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