Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Ex-Gays": Shut Up, Lady Gaga

Brian Tashman writes at Right Wing Watch:
An advertisement for ex-gay activist David Kyle Foster’s movie, “Such Were Some Of You,” ran during today’s edition of “The 700 Club.” The clip featured activists Michael Brown and Anne Paulk, and one young man who exclaimed: “I have to say, Lady Gaga, shut up. I was not born this way.” Foster has warned of gay brainwashing in schools and divine punishment for gay rights, insisting that he changed his sexual orientation after “sleeping with 1,000 men.”

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Kneed In The Nuts For Jesus

From the press materials:
FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face? The film is being directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Daniel Junge and his directing partner, Bryan Storkel. It is being produced by award-winning producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKehleer.

(Via Christian Nightmares)

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BRITAIN: Leaders Sign "Historic Pledge" To Scotland If They Vote No On Secession

Via the Scotland Daily Record:
Westiminster main party leaders today set aside their differences to promise that a No vote will mean a stronger Scottish Parliament and total protection for the NHS. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed up to a historic joint statement that was demanded by the Daily Record on behalf of the people of Scotland. In their own words, they pledge to work together to transfer more powers to Holyrood if Scots reject independence on Thursday. The Prime Minister, his Lib Dem deputy and the Labour leader also promise to ensure that no one other than the Scottish Parliament can cut vital public services such as the NHS. The unprecedented agreement was signed after the Record demanded that the leaders clearly explain what they are offering so the Scottish people can decide if it is a better alternative to independence. The agreement was brokered by former prime minister Gordon Brown and Scottish Labour. It will give Scots who remain unsure about separation complete confidence that, if there is a No vote, Scotland will still be given much more control over its future.
The British government has been in panic mode after recent polls showed a surge of support for independence. On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth cautioned Scots to "think carefully" about their vote even though Buckingham Palace is officially neutral on the issue.

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Advocate Issues Top 50 LGBT Media List

The Advocate today issued a ranking of the "50 most influential LGBT people in media." On the list are many familiar names including Andrew Sullivan, Frank Bruni, Josh Barro, Dan Savage, Suze Orman, and Glenn Greenwald. (Tipped by JMG reader Kyle)

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Calgary Ted: Stop Obama's Amnesty

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"Nonpartisan" NOM: Send Us Money To Help The GOP Win The US Senate

"NOM needs your help to continue to stand up and fight back! Won't you please make a generous gift right away, knowing that your donation — of whatever amount — will be matched dollar-for-dollar? We're seeing the furious attacks against marriage taking place all around us every day... radical activists seeking out hand-picked, liberal judges throughout the country and launching lawsuits against marriage laws in virtually every state... major corporations taking positions to endorse marriage redefinition — even throwing their financial weight behind the movement — despite the fact that millions of consumers and existing customers believe in marriage...

"It's frustrating, I know. Sometimes, people feel powerless. But you and I know that it's merely another call to action... because marriage is worth defending — always! Remember, if you act now you are taking advantage of our limited-time matching gift, which will instantly DOUBLE the size and impact of your gift! We CAN retake the Senate. We CAN elect marriage champions and ensure that the GOP remains strong on marriage. We CAN make a resounding statement that the Supreme Court will hear BEFORE they rule on the future of marriage in America. But we need your help to fully realize this matching gift opportunity, ensuring that we have the resources we need to WIN this November!" - Nonpartisan (SNORK!) hate group leader Brian Brown, who last week attended a Kremlin summit which called for more nations to enact brutal anti-gay laws.

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Proposed: New East River Tramway

New York City already offers tram service between the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, but a local businessman has proposed a new "high-speed" gondola system that would initially provide service between Williamsburg and lower Manhattan. Gothamist is digging it:
Picture this: it's 100 degrees out, you descend into the subway station to find a packed platform, you stand for 10 minutes waiting for a train as the sweat forms a glistening husk around your entire body. What if you could skip all of that, and float way above the river to your destination? CityRealty's president Dan Levy has proposed an East River Skyway, and we are on board—this high-speed gondola would connect a number of areas along Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts—kind of similar to the East River Ferry route. If the real estate exec's proposal ever takes flight, the first phase would connect the Williamsburg waterfront to Downtown Manhattan (a trip to Delancey street would only take 3.5 minutes!), South Williamsburg and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. After that, an extension north to Greenpoint, LIC and Midtown East, and south to DUMBO and the South Street Seaport area would be added. After that, who knows! Hoboken? The moon?
The proposed cost is $100M, which is probably less than the cost of a new subway station. There's a slick website in support of the proposal.

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Symantec Drops LGBT Site Blocking

Web security giant Symantec has agreed to stop filtering LGBT-related sites. Via GLAAD:
GLAAD today announced that Symantec, the fourth largest software company in the world, has removed a feature that previously allowed people to block LGBT-related websites, including resources like GLAAD.org and The Trevor Project. GLAAD worked with Symantec to make the change, which affects millions of people and businesses across the world. “Making this change was not only the right thing to do, it was a good business decision,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Norton Business Unit, Symantec. “Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec’s values and the mission of our software. Inclusion is a key factor in our company’s culture and it’s important that our products meet that same standard. We’re taking a broader look at all of the categories in this database, and will be eliminating any others that are similarly outdated.”
RELATED: JMG is occasionally blocked as porn by some corporate and commercial filtering services. These blocks are usually dropped when readers notify the service or their system administrator.

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Pope Francis Redefines Marriage

TIME Magazine reports that Pope Francis "dropped a big hint" over the weekend.
The Holy Father presided over the wedding of 20 couples Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica. From a distance, the group seemed fairly typical: the couples ranged from ages 25 to 56 and were all from the Diocese of Rome. But the underlying storyline is far more telling: one bride was already a mother, some of the couples had already been living together, and others had previously been married. Popes rarely preside over public marriage ceremonies, but when they do, they tend to be linked to moments when the Church is trying to make a bigger point about the place of the family in society. Pope John Paul II performed the last public marriage ceremony in 2000 as part of the Jubilee for Families, an event that focused thematically on the gift of children and the harm of abortion. For Francis, now is a similar moment of historical importance. In a matter of weeks, he will convene the October Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, the first big-ticket item Francis put on the papal agenda when he became Pope last year.

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XELLE - Sweat

From the press materials:
XELLE cast Brett Azar as the hot, bodybuilding Tony Little-esque instructor. They also brought on a fierce group of curvy jazzercise dancers and called on celebrity friends like Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Stodden, Andrew W.K. and Sherry Vine to make cameos. Designer Geoffrey Mac created the insane costumes and the hair design is by Wigbar. NYC drag star Marti Gould Cummings also appears as the catalyst for the surprise twist ending!

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Glenn Beck Joins FRC Hate Summit Roster

"Just when we thought the program couldn't get any better, FRC Action is proud to announce that Glenn Beck, the voice behind one of the highest-rated radio shows in America will be joining the Values Voter Summit in D.C. next weekend. Beck, who conservatives know from TheBlaze TV, one of the world's largest streaming video networks, is making a return trip to VVS after headlining the program last year. As part of this year's event, Glenn, whose shows have topped the charts of the conservative talk circuit, will be capping off the general session on Saturday. Beck joins fellow commentator Mark Levin, as well as Senate leaders Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), John Fleming (R-La.), Frank Wolf (R-VA), Erick Erickson, Star Parker, the Benham Brothers, Duggar Family, and many more!" - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, via press release.

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PUERTO RICO: Lambda Legal Files For Swift Overturn Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Via Lambda Legal:
Today in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five gay and lesbian couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said: "All families deserve to have their love and commitment recognized in Puerto Rico; they need the protections only marriage can provide as soon as possible, without discrimination. Every day that passes, our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender family members are told they are inferior to our other family members. They are living, working and caring for each other now and need the dignity and respect of marriage."
Learn about the plaintiffs here.

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NEW YORK CITY: HRC Applies To March In 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Via the Human Rights Campaign:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today applied to have an Irish-American contingent from the organization included as an official participant in next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. Parade organizers recently announced that in 2015, for the first time in the event's long history, an LGBT group—which represents staff at NBC Universal, the television network broadcasting the parade--would be allowed to march under its own banner.

“We are encouraged to learn that a group of LGBT people will be able to march in next year's St. Patrick's Day parade under a banner identifying them as LGBT,” the letter reads. “We see this as an important and long-overdue first step toward full inclusion for LGBT people in one of the city's oldest and most storied traditions.” At the time of the announcement, parade officials said that OUT@NBCUniversal was the only LGBT group that applied to march next year. HRC urges the parade organizers to consider its application as well as those of other LGBT groups, including Irish Queers, which has long fought to be included in the iconic event.
Read the full letter here.

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Annie Lennox On Her Coming Album

Via Digital Spy:
Annie Lennox has unveiled the trailer for her new album Nostalgia. The seven-minute video features Lennox talking about her new record, which features interpretations of some of her favorite songs from the 20th century. The 12-track album features covers of 'Memphis in June', 'Strange Fruit', 'I Can Dream, Can't I?' and 'God Bless the Child'. Lennox has also launched an online companion to the album, which includes track-by-track song histories, artwork and special videos. New content will be added to the website over the coming weeks.

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SCOTUSblog: Arizona's Ban Likely To Fall

Lyle Denniston writes at SCOTUSblog:
A federal judge in Phoenix has taken an initial step toward allowing same-sex marriage in that state, indicating that he is likely to strike down the state’s ban when he rules on it soon. Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick, overseeing two cases involving some fifteen gay and lesbian couples, ruled Friday on only one part of that case, but left little doubt where his overall review was heading. In his fourteen-page order, he ruled that state officials must treat a gay couple as having been married when one of the partners died this summer. Thus, the death certificate must show that they were married at that time, according to the decision. In the course of that ruling, though, the judge offered a range of observations that seem sure to doom Arizona’s ban when he does confront that issue directly.
And then it will be stayed.

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Matt Barber Is Selling These T-Shirts

Last night hate group leader Matt Barber sent out an email promoting the sale of these t-shirts.

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Babs: I'm Not A Diva

She said as she sat in the host's chair in order to show her most flattering side.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

CALIFORNIA: 100 Drag Queens To Protest "Real Name" Rule At Facebook HQ

One hundred drag queens will reportedly descend on Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters tomorrow in a protest over the "real name" rule that has seen many profiles deleted. Via Techcrunch:
Trannyshack founder and drag queen Heklina woke up this morning to discover her Facebook profile page had been completely erased from existence. She’d heard of this happening to other queens in her community last week. Then Facebook sent her a personal message last Thursday that asked her to revert to her birth name, as well. She says she tried to comply with that request by keeping her drag name and then adding her last name, Grygelko. However, adding her last name as a compromise didn’t seem to be enough for the social network giant. Her entire profile is now gone. And she says she has no way of reaching out to her other drag queen friends because she doesn’t even know what their birth names are. “I’ve had this name for 20 years now,” she says. “I walk down the street and people say ‘Hi Heklina.’ People know me by my drag name.” She says asking her to revert to her birth name is akin to not acknowledging her as a person.
Heklina says that Facebook claims that the real name rule has long been in place and that algorithms just recently discovered all the drag names.

UPDATE: The protest has been postponed after Facebook officials agreed to meet with the group.

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PHILDELPHIA: Two Gay Men Attacked By Mob Of Eight In Brutal Street Bashing

Via NBC Philadelphia:
A violent attack on two gay men in Center City Thursday night left one of those men in the hospital with multiple fractures, according to sources. Sources tell NBC10 the 27-year-old and 28-year-old victims were walking from a restaurant in the area of 16th and Chancellor around 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Suddenly they were approached by a visibly intoxicated group of two men and six women. Witnesses say someone in the group asked, "Is this your fucking boyfriend?" When one of the victims told them yes, the group allegedly attacked them, punching and kicking them in the face, head and chest. Police say one of the suspects then snatched a victim's bag containing a cellphone, wallet and credit cards. The group then fled in an unknown direction. "It was a bunch of screams at first," said witness Geoff Nagle. "...a lot of punching and kicking." Another witness, who asked to remain anonymous, says he heard the group screaming homophobic slurs.
Police are looking for surveillance video and are seeking help from the public.

(Tipped by JMG reader Joey)

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Linda Harvey: More Christians Need To Show Up In Gay Places To Scream Abuse

Brian Tashman writes at Right Wing Watch:
Linda Harvey of Mission America spoke to BarbWire columnist Gina Miller on her radio show this weekend, where the two reprised their attacks on LGBT rights as a demonic, destructive force. Reflecting on a campaign to push for LGBT rights in Southern states, Harvey said anti-gay activists should have the same “kind of boldness” and go to pride parades and “places that are homosexual” like San Francisco, Provincetown and Key West. Miller, however, cautioned that “a lot of the homosexual radicals are radical and they’re violent and vicious,” adding: “These people are vicious and we’re not. That’s the thing. We’re not vicious but we know the truth and the truth is on our side.”

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GOP Mocks Clinton's Iowa Return

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Headline Of The Day

Via the Washington Post:
This is how you know you have reached true capital-”D” Diva Status: the “Tonight Show” clears its entire slate of guests just for you. Barbra Streisand will be Jimmy Fallon’s only guest on Sept. 15, when she appears to promote her new album, “Partners,” which comes out Sept. 16. The last time she was on the show, she was promoting her debut album with Johnny Carson in 1963. It will be interesting to see if and how “Tonight Show” set decorators accommodate Streisand’s “good side.” Streisand famously favors the left side of her face, so much so that she’s even unseated Oprah Winfrey — when Streisand did interviews with Oprah, she sat stage left and Oprah sat stage right, a complete reversal of Oprah’s normal guest-host arrangement. The Funny Girl’s a huge get, so NBC’s bound to make whatever concessions necessary to get Babs in the building
Streisand is expected to perform so it seems like there will have to be another guest since the new album is all duets.

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Homocon "Ms." Robert Oscar Lopez Tries To File Anti-Gay Brief With Fifth Circuit

Homocon horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez has filed an an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Texas' ban on same-sex marriage. At least, he tried to - but if you'll embiggen the above you'll see that the docket notice not only refers to Lopez as "Ms." but points out that he screwed up the filing.

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JMG Worldwide Exclusive Premiere:
Jimmy Somerville's New Single Travesty

Via press release:
The euphoric joy of disco has been one consistent thread, which has run through the diverse, illustrious thirty-year career of pop legend Jimmy Somerville. Famous for re-making disco classics as his own, “Travesty”, Jimmy’s first original disco-styled single will make its debut on JoeMyGod on Sept. 15th and will be serviced promotionally (single version and extended mix) to media outlets and clubs. “Travesty” will be available from all digital retailers on October 28th (via Membran). “Travesty”, written by Jimmy and produced by long-time producer John Winfield, is a taster of his forthcoming album Homage that as the title suggests, pays homage to the disco era.

The emphasis throughout the recording of the new album has been on achieving the musical authenticity of the original disco era Jimmy grew up with and loves so much. A proud Jimmy Somerville comments: “I've finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought could. If I was 15 again I'd buy it, sit on my bed, slowly open the gate-fold, slide out the vinyl, place it on the turntable then jump off the bed and imagine someone just passed me a tambourine...I'd be in heaven! The horns, the strings, the bass, the guitars, the drums, the backing vocals and the melody....the escape. So open your ears embrace the groove and pay homage to an all too easily derided sound ... I LOVE Disco!"
I've been playing this track nonstop since Friday and as you'll hear, Travesty does indeed live up to its old school disco billing. You'll have to wait a bit to hear to the fantastic full eight-minute 12" version - but disco-heads are guaranteed to flip for it.

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Yes Scotland Protests The BBC

"Pro-independence Scots rallied outside the BBC’s Glasgow headquarters on Sunday to protest the public broadcaster’s pro-union 'bias' and demand the resignation of political editor Nick Robinson."

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Black Conservatives Group Aligns Itself With Anti-Gay World Congress Of Families

From a press release published by Christian Newswire:
The World Congress of Families is pleased to announce that the Black Conservative Summit (BCS) Leadership Initiative this fall in Washington D.C. organized by Freedom's Journal Institute has been designated a World Congress of Families Special Event. This year's summit will feature some of the leading Black conservatives and Christian leaders from across the country, including Bishop Harry Jackson, Ken Blackwell, Day Gardner, Ben Kinchlow, Dr. Eric Wallace, Dean Nelson, Walter Hoye, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint and U.S. Senate chaplain Barry Black. The event's theme is "Advancing Conservative Principles and Stemming the Liberal Tide: A Matter of Faith, Race and Politics."

Freedom's Journal Institute is devoted to research, education, and the advancement of public policy that promotes Responsible government, Individual liberty and fidelity, Strong family values, and Economic empowerment (R.I.S.E Principles) in the urban community from a biblical perspective. We believe that at no other time in American history has the fight to uphold our nation's founding principles required our undivided attention. WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs stated: "We're honored to be involved with this historic conference, particularly because of its emphasis on the natural family." Organizers explain: "Both historical and biblical precedence bears witness to the fact that the 'natural family' is the foundation of our society."
RELATED: Last week the Illinois-based World Congress of Families held a conference at the Kremlin where it issued a call for more nations to criminalize homosexuality. Among those in attendance was NOM president Brian Brown.

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The Big Gay/Straight Ice Cream War

Via Gothamist:
Sensing an acute lack of heteronormative ice cream parlors in the West Village, one Italian restaurant has positioned itself to capture the elusive demographic of those who'll have two scoops of whatever John Wayne's having (raw hamburger). Gallo Nero is down the street from Big Gay Ice Cream's second location on Grove Street at 7th Ave. Reached by telephone, a manager at the restaurant seemed confused about the nature of our call. "What's the issue? We can call our ice cream whatever we want," he said. Asked if the sign was a reference to Big Gay Ice Cream, or if he could see how it may be interpreted as homophobic, the manager, who declined to provide his name, replied, "They have their own way, we have our own way."
RELATED: I can recommend the Mermaid Sundae at Big Gay Ice Cream: Key Lime curd, vanilla ice cream, crushed Graham Crackers, and whipped cream. Other house specialties include the Bea Arthur and the Rue McClanahan.

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At The 24th Annual GMHC Voguing Ball

The 24th Annual GMHC Latex Ball was held last month at Manhattan's Terminal 5. From filmmaker Nicholas Jenkins: "The Latex Ball attracts over 2,000 individuals from the LGBTQ community to dance, vogue, celebrate fashion and art, and compete for prizes and respect. GMHC first launched the Latex Ball in 1989 as an HIV prevention program in response to dire HIV rates in the House & Ball community, a subculture of LGBTQ youth."

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INDIANA: Seventh Circuit Court Stays Marriage Ban Overturn Pending SCOTUS

Via Hoosiers Unite:
This stay was expected, and similar motions have been granted in other jurisdictions. What’s important is that our case is up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of this month, and we could know very soon whether the Justices will take up the issue of marriage equality in the coming term. We remain hopeful that they will do so and that they will embrace the legal sentiment that these bans harm Hoosier and American families and clearly violate our Constitution.
Marriage equality cases from five states are on the Supreme Court's list for consideration at its September 29th meeting.

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Files Motion To Intervene In Broward County Case

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a motion to intervene in the Broward County marriage equality case. Last week Judge Dale Cohen vacated his earlier overturn of the state's ban on same-sex marriage after learning that Bondi's office had not been properly notified about the Broward case. Prior to that decision, it appeared that marriages would have been able to commence in Broward County when the 30-day stay lapsed without action from Bondi's office. Hit the first link to read Bondi's full motion.

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Eric Holder Joins Anti-Bullying Campaign

Via press release from the Cartoon Network:
Select videos that are uploaded to Stop Bullying Speak Up will become part of new campaign spots to appear on Cartoon Network, its digital platforms and Boomerang throughout October. Participants are also encouraged to share their videos on their own social media platforms using #ISpeakUp to help spread the word. “Bullying and harassment can have devastating effects on kids of all ages,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “That’s why, alongside our partners at the Department of Education, the Justice Department is striving to reduce abusive behavior against and among students of every grade level. We’re committed to promoting safe and inclusive learning environments for all of America’s young people. And I’m proud to join Cartoon Network in calling on every student, parent, and educator to pitch in, and do their part, to speak up against bullying.” 
Also joining in is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Catholic League Calls For War

The Catholic League published the above message in today's New York Times.

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Rasmussen 2014 Gubernatorial Recap

The right-leaning Rasmussen has recapped the 2014 gubernatorial races. According to the linked interactive polling results, nine states remain too close to call with the election less than two months away. Per Rasmussen polling, only one state, Minnesota, is leaning to the Democratic side. Leaning Republican are Connecticut, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Illinois.

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Hillary Clinton Stumps In Iowa: I'm Back!

CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton told reporters Sunday that the purpose of her return to Iowa for the first time in over six years was "to support candidates." But 2016's presidential politics were everywhere on a sun-soaked field in Indianola, Iowa. Clinton captured the sentiment best herself with a joke from the stage of the 37th and final Harkin Steak Fry: "Hello Iowa. I'm back!" Clinton left Iowa in 2008 after finishing a disappointing third place in the Iowa caucus. Six years have changed things, though, and Clinton has been followed by the possibility of running for president since she stepped down as secretary of state in 2013. Polls show her as the prohibitive favorite for the nomination, and her visit to Iowa this weekend has raised the specter even higher that she will likely run for president. From the stage on Sunday, Clinton admitted the 2016 question is on her mind. "It is true, I am thinking about it," Clinton said to a roaring applause. "But for today, that is not why I am here. I am here first and foremost for Tom [Harkin], for Ruth [his wife] and for the great candidates that you have a chance to elect." The crowd reacted with unhappy groans, some yelled "Just do it!"

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John Oliver On Scotland

Raw Story recaps:
“So Scotland and England have been involved in something of a 300-year-old arranged marriage,” he explained, “And look, I will be the first one to acknowledge, England has been a little bit of a dick since the honeymoon. In 1746, we actually banned the kilt, just because we knew they liked it. And then, we chose ‘God Save the King’ as the U.K.’s national anthem, a song which, at one point, had a verse referencing ‘rebellious Scots to crush.’ Although, to be fair, we later realized that was wrong and replaced it with a line about pissing on the Welsh.” Oliver mocked the name of the campaign designed to keep Scotland a part of the UK, “Better Together,” saying “it sounds like what people say to convince themselves to stay in a dead marriage.”

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Trump: I Never Went Bankrupt

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FRC's Star-Spangled Sunday

Yesterday the Family Research Council and a cavalcade of anti-gay crackpots held an event that was pitched as a marking of the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. But, of course, the event was really more of a Christian get-out-the-vote rally laden with ominous claims about the end of religious liberty and the "movement to expel God from the public space" in the United States. Speakers included Mike Huckabee, loony E.W. Jackson, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Benham brothers, Penny Nance of the Concernstipated Women, and Pastor Rick Scarborough, who recently called for a class action lawsuit against homosexuality itself. The full clip is below, click around if you can bear it. (The event was two hours long, the clip repeats halfway through.)

UPDATE: The Charlotte Observer reports on the rally.
Two possible GOP presidential candidates joined with prominent leaders of the religious right in Charlotte on Sunday night to mark the 200th anniversary of the poem that became America’s national anthem. The evening of speeches, Bible verses, and music from First Baptist Church in uptown Charlotte was simulcast to 351 conservative evangelical churches across the country. These listeners and the event’s headliners – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former Gov. Mike Hucakbee, both exploring a 2016 run for the White House – also heard a longer, religion-tinged version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” than those who stand and sing it at baseball games and Fourth of July celebrations. Asked whether “Star Spangled Sunday” amounted to a political rally in a tax-exempt church, Perkins insisted the celebration of Key’s words, written in September 1814 during a battle with the British at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, amounted to an appropriate tribute to the religious heritage that shaped America. “If you look at the history of Francis Scott Key, he was a Christian motivated by his faith,” Perkins said. “If you read the final stanza (of what became ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’) it is, I would say, nothing short of a prayer.”

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Uganda Tourism Board: Gays Are Welcome

An unlikely headline via Gay Star News:
The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists. John Tanzella, president and CEO of IGLTA, told the SoSoGay website that the board felt Western media had portrayed Uganda in a particularly negative light since the country passed a law that would punish gay sex with life imprisonment in December last year. The law was struck down last month. Tanzella said, "The delegation said that gay people are welcome. They were very concerned about the perception of Uganda in Western Europe and North America, and claimed that the backlash caught them by surprise. No-one thought it would pass. The delegates all pointed out that they have friends and family who are gay." He said Uganda was a long way off from joining IGLTA and first would have to go through a "process of education."
I wouldn't expect a rush of bookings.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: "The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana."

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama Need To Act Before ISIS Kills Every American At Home

"The first thing I want to tell American people, from my point of view, it is our fight, it is not just their fight. I will not let this president suggest to the American people we can outsource or security and this is not about our safety. There is no way in hell you can form an army on the ground to go into Syria, to destroy ISIL, without a substantial American component. To destroy ISIL, you have to kill or capture their leaders, take the territory they hold back, cut off the financing, and destroy the capability to regenerate. This is a war we’re fighting, not a counter-terrorism operation. This is not Somalia, this is not Yemen. This is a turning point in the war on terror. Our strategy will fail yet again. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home." - Sen. Lindsey Graham, speaking today on Fox News Sunday.

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SCOTLAND: Polls Split On Final Weekend

Via the Telegraph:
Polling experts said the Scottish independence referendum was “too close to call” on Saturday night as a clutch of surveys gave contradictory pictures of the state of the campaign. A survey of 705 Scots by ICM for The Telegraph suggested that the Yes vote had opened up an eight-point lead over the No campaign. Results of the online poll showed 54 per cent of Scots who have made up their minds planned to vote in favour of independence, with 46 per cent intending to vote against. However, a separate telephone poll of 1,000 Scots by Survation [seen above], released by the Better Together campaign against independence, put the No vote ahead by the same margin. Meanwhile, an Opinium/Observer poll also showed a narrow gap in favour of No. Excluding undecided voters, the poll found 53% of those questioned plan to vote No while 47% intend to vote Yes.
A separate poll taken in England and Wales unsurprisingly shows a strong majority against secession.

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LA Gay Men's Chorus - Spider-Pig

Friday night The Simpsons celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert of the show's most famous musical numbers at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus performed Spider-Pig from The Simpsons Movie and the Emmy-nominated We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) from the classic 1995 episode, Homer The Great.

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CANADA: Priest Found Guilty Of Raping Dozens Of Children And A Dog

So this happened in Canada:
A defrocked Catholic priest was found guilty Friday of raping dozens of children and a sled dog in the Canadian Arctic, where he worked as a missionary for decades. The Belgian-born Eric Dejaeger, 67, was convicted of 31 counts of sexual offenses against children and one count of bestiality. At the start of the his trial last November in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada's northernmost Nunavut territory, Dejaeger acknowledged and pleaded guilty to eight out of 80 original charges. Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled the evidence had been weakened by the passage of time, and whittled down the number in the indictment. The defense and prosecution have 30 days to appeal the decision. Otherwise, Dejaeger is expected to be back in court in January for sentencing. The Iqaluit court clerk told AFP that more than 20 victims from the Inuit hamlet of Igloolik, on the shores of the Northwest Passage, testified at the emotionally charged trial.
Dejaeger also has a 1990 conviction for sexually assaulting eight children.

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