This week, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official disarmed a potentially dangerous sock monkey at the St. Louis, Mo., airport.
"You're kidding me, right?" Phyllis May, a woman who makes sock dolls in Redmond, Wash., asked the TSA agent who wanted to take the gun, the Huffington Post reported. May made the mistake of leaving her hand-made dolls and sewing supplies in her carry-on bag.
When the bag went through the screening process and was not given back quickly, May worried. When a TSA agent held up the bag, asking whose it was, May was thunderstruck. "I realized oh, my God, this is my bag," she told Idaho news station KTVB. more >>
A black Santa? No, that's going a bit too far now. Fox News host Megyn Kelly felt the discussion of that notion in a recent op-ed by Slate writer Aisha Harris, required a staunch rebuttal and proclamation to America's children that it is an accepted fact that Santa and Jesus were both white.
In the op-ed titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore," Harris argued that insisting Santa Claus can only be white "helps perpetuate the whole 'white-as-default' notion endemic to American culture (and, of course, not just American culture)."
To fix that, Harris, who is black, suggested that Santa be replaced by a penguin for a more neutral figure. more >>
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt who took that controversial selfie with President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during Nelson Mandela's memorial service is a charmer who is known for her unconventional political style.
Last December, according to the London Evening Standard, Thorning-Schmidt, spotted actress Sarah Jessica Parker who plays the character Carrie Bradshaw in the cult hit TV show "Sex and the City" in Olso and excitedly approached her for her autograph.
"Hi, I'm Danish Prime Minister," Thorning-Schmidt says in a YouTube video of the incident posted in January. "I'm so happy to see you," she continued before asking the actress for a picture and her autograph which was kindly obliged in a flutter of camera lights. more >>
WASHINGTON - The spouse of imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini has expressed support for sanctions on Iran as part of negotiations to free her husband and other prisoners of conscience held in the Islamic Republic.
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Abedini, told The Christian Post while serving as a witness at a Congressional hearing Thursday morning that she would "actually approve and be supportive" of sanctions.
"They've asked what if there was an increase in sanctions. I don't think things could get any worse for my husband with increased sanctions," said Abedini. more >>
A battle between conservative groups and the Republican Party, generally viewed as a fight between Tea Party outsiders and "establishment" insiders, intensified Wednesday and Thursday after some testy remarks by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the firing of a key Republican staffer.
Boehner accused conservative groups of opposing the recent budget deal to strengthen their own organizations, rather than to help the Republican Party or the country.
On Wednesday, he said those groups were "using the American people for their own goals." And on Thursday morning he said, "It just comes to a point where some people step over the line. When you criticize something and you have no idea what you're criticizing, it undermines your credibility." more >>
Michigan's legislature passed a bill Wednesday banning the Affordable Healthcare Act's (ACA), or "Obamacare's," exchanges from covering abortions.
The ban comes a year after Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a similar measure in 2012. Despite the veto, pro-life advocates collected more than 315,000 signatures, pushing the measure once again before legislators and will become law without Snyder's signature.
Under Michigan's constitution, voters can petition lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it into law without his signature. more >>