Major trigger warning for the video linked above. I have chosen not to post it here directly. 

This week, the video of a family reacting violently to their gay son has gone viral online. Whether you choose to watch it or not, it’s important to know that it’s out there. 

Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, came out to his family last year and says they were mostly unresponsive. But this week, he found himself in the middle of an altercation with his father, his stepmother and his grandparents after they confront him about his sexuality. Pierce caught the whole thing on camera, without showing anyone’s face.

In the video, you can hear Pierce’s family disowning him, telling him he’s kicked out of their house, yelling slurs at him, and physically beating him.

"Their reaction was pretty much expected [once] I chose to leave instead of pray because they have always been very vocal about not supporting the gay lifestyle," he told HuffPost. "My [stepmother’s] reaction was the most surprising and hurtful."

The family members involved in the intervention, which he says was “driven by my grandparents,” have not contacted the media, but they left Pierce a voicemail telling him to remove the video of the incident from YouTube. Pierce also says he did not contact police over the apparent altercation in the video.

I watched this video, and I’m going to be messed up about it for a long time. Pierce’s friends have started a fundraising campaign to help cover his living expenses; if you can help, please do

Please be kind to each other. Please, just be kind to each other.

Book 4 Will Supposedly Get Released in Australia in January/February 2015 (According to IGN)

The Legend of Korra fans will be pleased to hear the show’s final season is only a few months away with a Nickelodeon representative telling IGN Book 4 will premiere in Australia in January/February 2015.” (x

“Both seasons will screen on Nickelodeon but will also be made available in full on day one through Foxtel Go and Anytime services, with iTunes following shortly after.”

Is there more Colorado weed in the mail? Report says yes

DENVER (AP) — The amount of Colorado marijuana being seized en route to other states through the U.S. mail has more than quadrupled since 2010 and was destined for more states than before, according to a new report by a federally funded drug task force.

Postal inspectors seized more than 493 pounds of pot from packages in 2013, up from 57 pounds in 2010, the year after medical marijuana dispensaries proliferated in Colorado, according to the figures released this month by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

In 2010, there were 15 packages bound for 10 states intercepted by inspectors, compared to the 207 parcels destined for 33 states in 2013. Top destinations were Florida, Maryland and Illinois, the report states.

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ISIS is forcing children to witness beheadings and crucifixions


It’s difficult to find a header image to go along with this story because the search results are all so incredibly horrific.  But, as you can see, there are children present and watching this public crucifixion in Syria.  This is an intentional strategy by ISIS to brainwash and desensitize Syrian and Iraqi children to their violence. 

from CNS:

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant commonly carries out public executions in its Syrian stronghold on Fridays, forcing children to watch as victims are beheaded or shot at close range. Corpses are then displayed on crucifixes and decapitated heads exhibited on sticks for days afterwards.

The gruesome details are recorded in a new report released Wednesday by a U.N.-appointed independent panel investigating the Syrian conflict, now being described as “the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.”

Amputations, the stoning to death of women by “ISIS-sanctioned” mobs, lashings with cables, and the recruitment of children as young as 10 to fight are among other abuses committed by ISIS, said the report, which is based on almost 500 interviews and documentary material, and focuses on the six-month period up to Jul. 15.

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It doesn’t take a UN report to confirm this.  You can go see the photos or watch the videos for yourself if you have the stomach for it.  

ISIS’s brutal violence is self-publicized because they want to attract, recruit, and train more young men to follow in their horrific footsteps.  

September Fixtures

Google calendar | Fixtures | Call-ups

- Wednesday, September 3: International friendly

  • Germany vs Argentina - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT

- Thursday, September 4: International friendly, Euro U-21 qualifier

  • Hungary vs Spain (U-21 qualifier) - 4 pm CEST | 10 am EDT
  • Croatia vs Cyprus - 8:15 pm CEST | 2:15 pm EDT
  • France vs Spain - 9 pm CEST | 3 pm EDT

- Friday, September 5: International friendly

  • Brazil vs Colombia - 8:30 pm EDT | 2:30 am CEST (Saturday)

- Sunday, September 7: Euro 2016 qualifiers, friendly

  • Germany vs Scotland - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT
  • Portugal vs Albania - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT
  • Serbia vs France (friendly) - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT

- Monday, September 8: Euro 2016 qualifier

  • Spain vs Macedonia - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT

- Tuesday, September 9: Euro 2016 qualifier

  • Spain vs Austria (U-21 qualifier) - 7 pm CEST | 1 pm EDT
  • Andorra vs Wales - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT

- Saturday, September 13: La Liga, MD3

  • Atlético Madrid (H) - 8 pm CEST | 2 pm EDT

- Tuesday, September 16: Champions League, group stage

  • FC Basel (H) - 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT

- Saturday, September 20: La Liga, MD4

  • Deportivo La Coruña (A) - 4 pm CEST | 10 am EDT

- Tuesday, September 23: La Liga, MD5

  • Elche (H) - 8 pm CEST | 2 pm EDT

- Saturday, September 27: La Liga, MD6

  • Villarreal (A) - 4 pm CEST | 10 am EDT
Atheist group threatens to sue high school after football team prayed for injured player


We’ve covered these anti-religion intolerance mobs before. They’re scum.  Today’s outrage comes from the Freedom From Religion Foundation who threatened to sue a high school after its players knelt in prayer while an injured player was being tended to on the field. 

from FNC:

The injured player was on the ground being tended to by trainers and coaches.

So the Seminole High School football team did what many football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and prayed for their injured teammate.

But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation – a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin.

An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools – accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child.

A school district spokesman told me the injured child, who is the son of the team’s head coach, has since rejoined the team.

“It is our information and understanding that Seminole High School (is) allowing an adult, a local pastor, to act as a ‘volunteer chaplain’ for the football team,” FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote.

The attorney said the school cannot “allow a non-school adult access to the children in its charge, and certainly cannot grant that access to a pastor seeking to organize prayer for the students.”

The FFRF told the school district to “refrain from having a ‘volunteer team chaplain’ at Seminole High School.

The school district said the prayer was instigated by students and denied that a chaplain prayed with the team. School spokesman Mike Blasewitz told that the school doesn’t even have a team chaplain, contrary to the FFRF’s allegations.

“There is nothing to cease and desist because our behavior was within the guidelines in the first place,” he told television station WFTV. “No adults in the photo, no adults participating, no adults leading it.”

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Here’s the deal: 

It doesn’t matter if any adults participated in the prayer.  It doesn’t matter if an adult led the prayer.  It doesn’t matter if the team had a volunteer chaplain for the team.  NONE OF THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  The 1st Amendment guarantees students (and teachers, I might add) the right to practice their religions.  

There would only be a Constitutional issue if the high school was forcing people to participate in religious activities or disallowing students from participating in their own expression of religion. The school has not “established a religion” or any religious preference, and no amount of teachers or students praying changes that.  The teachers and students are all individuals protected by the Constitution, and as long as they don’t force other to participate or prevent others from practicing their own religions, there is no Constitutional infringement. 

Here’s what the FFRF really wants: to infringe on the rights of these young men.  They want to prevent these young men from praying because they’re a bunch of intolerant bullies.  What they advocate is an obvious distortion of the Constitution.  

If you want “freedom from religion,” I’ve got news for you: you already have it in America.  If you don’t like seeing people praying: don’t look at it.  It’s as simple as that. 

September International Call-Ups

Fourteen players are called up for their respective countries to play friendlies and/or Euro qualifiers in September.

- Colombia: James

- Croatia: Modrić

- France: Benzema, Varane

- Germany: Khedira, Kroos

- Portugal: Coentrão, Pepe

- Spain: Carvajal, Casillas, Isco, Ramos || U-21: Pacheco

- Wales: Bale


Pre-Load for The Sims 4 on Origin is available!


Pre-load has begun. Open the Origin client to download your game.

If you purchased The Sims 4 via Origin North America, you can begin pre-loading the game now. Each country has their own pre-load date and time, so please check your Origin client for details.
When your game is in “Pre-Load” state, you will be able to download the game (to a certain percentage) ahead of the release date. This will save you time on release day, allowing you to install and play quickly, rather than downloading for the majority of the night.
Digital pre-load on Origin begins August 29th at 10am Pacific, 12pm Central, and 1pm Eastern.
Digital game release on Origin begins on September 1st at 9pm Pacific, 11pm Central Time, and on September 2nd at 12am Eastern.

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This guy is 22 years old and out there on live television running for mayor slamming the war on drugs, militarization of police, and the 2 party political system. A damn hero


Photos of the day - August 29, 2014

A mural depicting British musician, David Bowie is seen in south London, Afghan youths sit on the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan and Malaysian students performs during the Malaysia’s Independence Day rehearsal celebrations in Kuala Lumpur are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

Find more news related pictures on our photo galleries page.

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