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Race and Flash Mob Attacks, Rick Santorum Attacks Rick Perry’s Stance on Gay Marriage, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Is it all about race? (link)

FOX News is finally asking if the “flash mob” attacks we’ve seen around the country are racially motivated.

Similar attacks are also being investigated in cities likes Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee, where 30 people were arrested after alleged mob attacks erupted at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 4. At least 18 people were injured in or around the grounds, including seven police officers, authorities said.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn called the attacks “reprehensible,” and some fairgoers, including Norb Roffers, said it appeared bystanders were targeted because of their race.

It’s about time the national media looks at this. Has race been playing a part in these attacks? The answer is yes. But it also goes deeper. It about race, a sense of entitlement, culture, and what’s happening inside the homes of these kids. I’ll talk more about this on the show today.

2. Santorum vs. Perry (link)

Rick Santorum is desperate. He also hates gay marriage and plans to attack Rick Perry’s stance on gay marriage.

Even though Perry won’t be on stage at the presidential debate Thursday in Iowa, Santorum will be eagerly looking for any opportunity to tweak the Texas governor and soon-to-be new candidate on same-sex marriage, campaign insiders say. Santorum’s camp sees Perry’s comments as creating a unique opportunity for him to get some traction by directly challenging a candidate who’s taking up more and more oxygen in the race.

This is a dumb argument and one Republicans don’t need to be having anyway. Perry and Santorum basically agree on gay marriage. They don’t like it and don’t want it to happen. Where they disagree is when it comes to states’ rights. Perry believes that if it isn’t in the Constitution, then the states should decide. Santorum thinks that’s stupid and that the feds should rule anyway.

More on this on the show Thursday.

3. bin Laden the movie? (link)

Did the Obama Administration give away movie rights about the raid that killed bin Laden? Rep. Peter King is on the case.

In a town that runs on access, Hollywood filmmakers get it, too — and that apparently has the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security concerned about what kind of access the Obama administration has provided to big-time filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, who is making a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

In a statement Wednesday, Rep. Peter King (D-N.Y.) called on the Pentagon and the CIA to investigate the matter, saying he was worried about the possibility that classified information was leaked to Bigelow and representatives of Sony Pictures, which has acquired distribution rights to the movie.

“The Administration’s first duty in declassifying material is to provide full reporting to Congress and the American people, in an effort to build public trust through transparency of government,” King said. “In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history.”

Get your popcorn ready!

These and many more topics coming up on Thursday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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