Over the weekend, Republicans in the Michigan Statehouse passed a "license to discriminate" bill that would give just about anyone the right to refuse service to LGBT people if it conflicted with their religious beliefs. The broadly written Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow, for example, an EMT to refuse emergency treatment to a gay person or a pharmacist to refuse to refill HIV medication. The measure is similar to one in Arizona that even right-wing governor Jan Brewer thought went too far and vetoed.
Frigid weather has forced the Smokies cold weather attraction in Tennessee to limit hours and activities for people to do outside. Thursday, Ober Gatlinburg closed the ski slopes with plans to reopen them on Friday at noon. "Limiting our Guest's exposure to the adverse temperatures is our primary consideration," said Bruce Anders, President of Ober Gatlinburg. Tubing resumes Friday at 11am and will continue as usual. Ober Gatlinburg offered the Aerial Tramway, Indoor Ice Skating and much more until 5pm Thursday. The resort plans to open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. read more
A study released Tuesday by two Army War College professors explains how some officers maintain compliance with ever-increasing training requirements, requests for information and reams of mandatory paperwork. They lie about it. The service's "foundation of trust is slowly being eroded by the corrupting influences of duplicity and deceit," found researchers Leonard Wong and Stephen J. Gerras. "[E]ach year, tens of thousands of support forms are submitted with untruthful information," the report states. "To the average officer, it is the way business is done in the Army." read more
Michael Vedvik was a longtime Seattle Seahawks fan. So his wife thinks he'd laugh about the last line in his obituary today: "We blame the Seahawks lousy play call for Mike's untimely death." The Spokane native, had a heart attack just hours after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl. He was 53. His sister wrote the obituary and the line was added by his brother-in-law.
This year will mark the 30th anniversary of a very strange day on Capitol Hill: September 19, 1985, when a group of well-connected Washingtonians addressed the US Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about what they saw as out-of-control rock music lyrics. Frank Zappa, Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, and John Denver appeared before the panel to describe their philosophical opposition to any form of censorship. read more