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11Senator Blasts Rand Paul For NSA Criticism, Says Paul 'Doesn't Deserve' Senate Seat

Rand Paul (R-KY) is a popular man right now. Polls show his Kentucky voters love the work he’s doing in the Senate and would support him in a presidential bid as well. His popularity has skyrocketed in recent months, as he’s publicly voiced staunch opposition to the surveillance activities of the NSA.

But just as his father has done for decades, the Libertarian-leaning Paul is ruffling some feathers within the GOP establishment. One senator, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), is now saying Paul doesn’t even deserve his seat in the senate.

King ripped Paul for threatening to sue the Obama administration over the NSA’s policies. According to King, the controversial agency is “doing exactly what its supposed to be doing.”

“Rand Paul does not know what he’s talking about. And, Rand Paul is really spreading fear among the American people," King said. “To me, he’s either totally uninformed or he’s part of that hate America crowd that I thought left us in the 1960s."

King accused Paul of spreading fear and paranoia amongst the American public.

“We can have honest differences about what [NSA’s] policies are, but what Rand Paul is creating is hysteria,” King said. “The same reason he was saying he was worried about the CIA using drones to kill Americans in Starbucks. He is playing on some sort of … fear mongering, isolationism. Rather than using intelligent arguments, as people could well do, he is resorting to fear, he’s appealing to the lowest common denominator. And I find that very offensive.

“In any event, he doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that type of misperception and absolute lies to be honest with you," King added.

Meanwhile Paul, never one to curb his public opinions to appease his superiors, continued to defend his class-action lawsuit against the NSA. The lawsuit accuses the agency of searching people’s personal communications without a sufficient warrant.

“I think the idea of a class-action lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of participants really beats home and brings to the forefront the idea that this is a generalized warrant and it should be considered unconstitutional," Paul said.

Sources: Huffington Post, Politico, Public Polling Policy

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11There Should Be A 'Class Action Lawsuit' Against Homosexuality, Says Tea Party Leader Rick Scarborough (Audio)

Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough says that he thinks there ought to be a class action lawsuit against homosexuality, comparing it to holding cigarette makers accountable because their products cause cancer.

During a Tea Party Unity event on Thursday, Peter LaBarbera, the president of the anti-gay group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, suggested that media should begin telling the stories of people who left the gay lifestyle are happy instead of embracing “the pro-gay thing.”

“We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘Look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ex-gays?’” LaBarbera said. “We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories. Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives because the other media is not doing that, we should all get on Fox and say, ‘Come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.’”

Scarborough said there’s much more they can do to stop the pro-gay agenda.

“Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough said. “I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it.”

“Even the Center for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer,” the former Baptist pastor continued. “And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that.”

“Yeah, I think that’s great,” LaBarbera said of the lawsuit. “I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid [sic] in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to ‘just be gay,’ then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that gays, bisexuals and other men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 63 percent of the new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2010. CDC data on tobacco say smoking accounts for 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men in the U.S. and 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths in women in a given year.

“Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States,” the CDC says.

MSM accounted for 11,400 new HIV infections in 2010, while smoking accounts for 440,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

“More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined,” the CDC says.

Sources: The New Civil Rights Movement, Raw Story

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11Hundreds of Women Sue Suave For ‘Melting’ Their Hair (Video)

Hundreds of women filed a class action lawsuit after they allegedly suffered hair loss and burns from using Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit.

Plaintiff Catherine Reny said her hair began “melting” as soon as she applied the product, reported Court House News Service.

The lead plaintiffs in the case say Unilever, the manufacturer of Suave products, failed to warn consumers of the risk of hair loss and scalp burns when the product from introduced in 2011.

"Unilever knew, but failed to disclose to plaintiffs and the class, that the treatment contains an ingredient or combination of ingredients that causes significant hair loss upon proper application," the lawsuit states. "The active ingredient in the treatment, thioglycolic acid, including its salts and esters, is the same active ingredient that is used in hair depilatories and some hair perming solutions."

The suit claims the advertising was false. It stated the kit had "No Formaldehyde," although it contained DMDM Hydantoin, a chemical that releases the carcinogen formaldehyde.

"It transforms frizzy, unmanageable hair into hair that's sleeker and easier to style," said a commercial for the kit, which is no longer being sold. The kit was recalled in May 2012 and discontinued.

Plaintiff Josephine Wells says her hair is still fall out two years later.

"After proper application of the treatment, Wells noticed her hair breaking at the crown and she experienced significant hair loss at the crown and on the sides of her head,” the complaint says. “Because of the breakage and hair loss, she has had to cut approximately ten inches off her hair and has spent thousands of dollars on weaves, hair extensions, and other treatments to attempt to restore the damage to her hair. The straightening effects and damage to Wells' hair continues to this day - nearly two years after she used the product. Her once long, beautiful, natural curly healthy hair is now dull, fragile and short. Her hair is extremely thin and the bald spots caused by the treatment are still visible."

A number of people joined the lawsuit after the Facebook page ”Suave Keratin Infusion Kit Destroyed My Hair” was created and users began sharing their experiences.

"I just sat in the bathroom and cried. I didn't know what to do,” Tonja Millet told local Texas news WFAA.

The complaint states that Unilever “solicited and obtained numerous releases from California consumers and others in the United States who were injured by use of the product, without advising them of their right to obtain legal counsel.”

In exchange for releasing Unilever from all responsibility, the complaint says they gave consumers $50.

The class action seeks to through out the releases and damages for negligence, gross negligence breach of warranty, deceptive advertising, and other charges.

Sources: Court House News ServiceWFAA

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11Former Apple Retail Employees Sue Company For Unpaid Security Screenings

Two former Apple retail store employees are suing the company over wages they claim to have lost during security screenings at the store.

Security screenings are standard procedure for all Apple store employees. When an employee arrives to work or leaves work, their bag is checked. Apple says the policy aims to reduce in-store theft from employees.

But the former employees say the checks often take up to 15 minutes. When you add this time up, they claim, it can result in $1,500 in lost wages annually.

One of the former employees worked at a Los Angeles Apple store, the other at a store in New York. The employees are hoping to represent all workers from the state of California and New York who in the last six years have not been compensated for their time spent being searched. In addition, the lawsuit is seeking overtime compensation for workers who spent time being searched after they had worked 40 hours for the week.

According to the lawsuit, the employees had no problem with the search. They only had a problem not being paid for it.

Good luck with this one, guys. Security screenings are common for retail workers, and I’m willing to bet that you were told about them in some obscure paragraph of your employee contract, which you consented to when you signed. 

Sources: ZD Net, Businessweek

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