Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

Via ABC News:
She announced the news today during a speech in New York City with her mother, Hillary Clinton, at her side. Clinton said she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, do not know if it’s a boy or a girl. The news shouldn’t come as a complete shock. In an interview with Glamour Magazine last year, Clinton said that she and her husband were considering 2014 “the Year of the Baby.” "We sat down and said, 'Here's what we want to do.' The first thing on the list was simple: We want, God willing, to start a family,” Clinton told the magazine. “So we decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby.”
In the above-linked article, ABC refers to Chelsea as "the former - and potentially future - First Daughter."

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Dan Savage Is On Portlandia Tonight

Homme is lead singer for Queens Of The Stone Age. Dan Savage doesn't appear in the trailer below. Homme plays the gay brother who brings home a slobbish boyfriend.

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Catholic Priest Arrested For Attempting To Lure 14 Year-Old Girl Into His Car

Archdiocese Of Portland's Father Michael T. Patrick has been arrested for attempted to lure a 14 year-old girl into his car on the streets of Vancouver.
Patrick, 57, is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail after being arrested as he returned from a trip to Australia. He's being detained on a Clark County arrest warrant. The alleged incident occurred on a Northeast Vancouver street at around 5:30 on March 10. The girl told police she was walking west on Northeast 28th Street when the driver of a silver or blue car looked at her "strangely," according to a probable cause affidavit. According the affidavit, the driver turned around and then came up behind the girl, passed her and then stopped the car in the bike lane. As the girl approached the car, the driver, she told detectives with the Vancouver Police Department, opened the driver's side door and said "Hey, get in." She told the man, "No," and then continued walking toward her home at a faster pace. The driver then drove alongside the girl, "asking her several times if she wanted a ride," according to court documents. Each time, she said responded "No." At one point, the girl told police, the man said "Come on, cutie."
The Archdiocese has refused to comment.

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Now On Sale In Brazil

Via Gay Star News:
Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’. Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season. The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot). The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive. He is also claiming they are selling out in stores across the country.
A petition has been launched against the company.

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LaBarbera: Salon Must Apologize

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Janet Porter's Silly Lie About Porno Pete

"American pro-family leader Peter Labarbera has been arrested in Canada. First, Peter Labarbera was denied entry into Canada as a potential violator of the country's hate propaganda law because of his biblical stand for natural marriage. [LIE] But thanks to some conservative members of Parliament, when Peter LaBarbera appealed the Canadian border security agency's decision, he was permitted to enter the country and speak at a Saskatchewan pro-life event. LaBarbera and Canadian activist Bill Whatcott were then arrested at the University of Regina for handing out pro-life and pro-family materials. University provost Thomas Chase defended the arrest, claiming the pro-family materials could 'harm the campus community.' Welcome to the criminalization of Christianity." - Faith2Action hate group leader Janet Porter, parroting the lies about the arrest of Porno Pete.

FACT CHECK:  If opposing gay marriage were grounds for denying entry to Canada, millions of Americans would have been refused entry by now. Hate groups also routinely claim that the SPLC puts them on their hate group list merely because they oppose gay marriage.

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Lawyer Who Defended Prop 8 At SCOTUS Is Changing His Mind On Gay Marriage

Protect Marriage attorney Charles Cooper, who last year argued against the overturn of Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, says his opinion on gay marriage is "evolving" now that his own daughter is planning to marry a woman.
The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country's rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favour of allowing the unions. Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle.

And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his personal opinion on gay marriage as an evolving process. "My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people's do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker's book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality." Cooper's words are reminiscent of the language President Barack Obama used throughout his first term to describe his "evolving" views on gay marriage. In 2012, Obama announced publicly that he did, in fact, support the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
Cooper's daughter will marry in Massachusetts in June. He says, "My daughter Ashley's path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey's family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks."

HRC president Chad Griffin reacts: “I spent the better part of five years sitting across courtroom aisles from Mr. Cooper, disagreeing with just about every word that came out of his mouth, but I have profound respect for his decision to love and celebrate his daughter and her fiancée because his story reflects the experience of so many of the 90 percent of Americans who personally know someone who is LGBT."

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier react: "We were so moved to hear of the Cooper family's constant love and support of their own daughter, even as the Perry case was in full swing and Mr. Cooper was spending his days planning Prop 8's defense. Some may find this contrast between public and private jarring, but in our opinion, loving an LGBT child unequivocally is the single most important thing any parent can do. We are overjoyed for Ashley and her fiancée, and we wish them the very best."

Will Brian Brown issue his usual denouncement?

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Jews Ordered To "Register" In Ukraine

Via USA Today:
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website. Donetsk is the site of an "anti-terrorist" operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia. The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of "Donetsk's temporary government," and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the report.
An estimated 67,000 Jews live in Ukraine. The leaflets demand a $50 registration fee.

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Glenn Beck: The Bible Tells Us Everything Americans Are Supposed To Do In Politics

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"Ex-Gay" Coffee: $15 Per Bitter Bag

The SPLC is suing the "ex-gay" Jewish group JONAH for defrauding its clients by promising to cure them. Good As You tips us that JONAH's legal group is raising money by selling "Defense Fund Coffee" at  $15 per 12oz bag. Maggie Gallagher is their chairwoman.

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TRAILER: Orange Is The New Black

Season two launches on June 6th.

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Porno Pete: My Time In A Canadian Jail

"I was taken to the Regina Police Headquarters with my hands cuffed behind my back. There, the police took everything on my person except my socks, jeans, underwear and a T-shirt. As they would treat a common criminal, they took my eye-glasses, my wedding ring, my watch, etc.– apparently part of standard procedure to prevent inmates from harming themselves. It seemed a bit of overkill to me, but I suppose they were under orders to treat me the same as other inmates.

"Inside the small, 5-and-a-half by 8-foot jail cell with nothing but a cement cot and a metal sink/toilet, I asked for a Bible to read, but they would not provide one. I’m still trying to figure out how a Bible could be used for suicide. Anyway, I had a lot of time to think and pray so that’s what I did. It was my first time in a prison and I wouldn’t recommend it!

"Bill was released after a couple of hours, but I was kept in jail because now the Border Security agency wanted to take over my case. I was told that since I had been arrested by Canadian police, I had allegedly violated the sole condition of my entry into Canada. (I responded that neither Bill nor I believed we were violating Canadian law, as Bill’s right to protest at public universities–including U.-Regina–had already been validated in the courts.)

"Because of Customs’ involvement, I had to spend the night in the holding cell. Thank God Bill had graciously given me his cot cushion or I would have been sleeping on cement. The next day, I was informed that there would be another hearing about whether I could stay in the country. Since I had planned to leave Thursday morning anyway–and faced the prospect of at least another day in prison, I told the Border Security agent in charge (Joe) that I would be willing to leave right away since being expelled might be the verdict of the government anyway." - Hate group crackpot Peter Labarbera, in a money beg for his defense on "mischief" charges.

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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Molesting Teen Boy In The Late 90s

X-Men director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who alleges that Singer drugged and molested him in the late 90s.  Singer's accuser was 17 at the time.
The lawsuit - filed weeks before the release of Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past - alleges the 48-year-old used his influence as a Hollywood insider, as well as a range of drugs and alcohol, to force sex on the boy. Michael Egan seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial after wide-ranging abuses at California and Hawaii house parties beginning in the late 1990s, according to the civil action filed in a Hawaii federal court. A representative for Singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The suit accuses Marc Collins-Rector, a former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, of initiating the sexual abuse by arranging for Singer to meet Egan at "notorious parties" in Encino, California, around 1998. "The parties were typically sordid and featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys who were present for the parties," the lawsuit said.
Singer's attorney reacts: "The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit. It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at a time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks." (Tipped by JMG reader Gerald)

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TODAY: Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals Hears Oklahoma Marriage Equality Suit

The longest-pending marriage equality lawsuit in the nation gets its hearing today before the Tenth Circuit Court.  Here's how it got started ten years ago:
On November 3, 2004, private lawyers in Tulsa filed a federal lawsuit (formerly, Bishop v. United States) in the 10th Circuit on behalf of two same-sex couples seeking an injunction against the United States for enforcing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and against Oklahoma for enforcing its laws restricting the freedom to marry to different-sex couples. The lead plaintiffs, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin, hail from Tulsa and have been together for 17 years. Another couple, Gay Phillips and Susan Barton, are legally married in Canada and have a civil union in Vermont, are also listed as plaintiffs.
As with the Utah case that the Tenth Circuit heard last week, an audio file of the hearing will be posted later today. The same three-judge panel that heard the Utah case will hear today's Oklahoma case, so we can expect another "sharply divided" report.

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ARKANSAS: Marriage Hearing Today

An Arkansas state judge will hear marriage equality arguments today.
More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock. Late last year, Piazza refused to grant a motion by the state that sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but he also refused to grant a motion by the couples suing, who asked him to block enforcement of the ban. The plaintiffs include 21 same-sex couples and a woman who wants to dissolve her New York marriage to another woman.
Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004 by a 3-1 margin.

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Open Thread Thursday

It snowed in New York City this week and we need some spring up in this joint. Show us your gardens.

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Robert Oscar Lopez Takes Anti-Gay Parenting Campaign To Bryan Fischer

Homocon horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez took his anti-gay parenting campaign to Bryan Fischer's show yesterday to declare that "in the future, all children will be defined by which parent acquired them." 

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80 Year-Old Salsa Dancer Wows Judges, Draws Controversy On Britain's Got Talent

Via the Guardian:
It felt like another Susan Boyle moment, in the opening episode of the new series of Britain's Got Talent, when a 79-year-old grandmother suddenly revealed herself to be an extraordinary salsa dancer. But the shock on the faces of Simon Cowell and his fellow judges on the ITV talent show as Sarah "Paddy" Jones was thrown into the air by her Spanish dance partner Nico Espinosa, some 40 years her junior, may not be shared by everyone. Unlike Boyle, who was propelled from obscurity to international stardom when she sang I Dreamed a Dream in front of Cowell in 2009, Jones is already a talent show winner and Guinness World Record holder. Jones, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, won Spanish talent show Tu Si Que Vales five years ago and went on to appear on This Morning and the Paul O'Grady Show, both on ITV. She later gained a place in the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the world's "oldest acrobatic salsa dancer". The producers of Britain's Got Talent defended her inclusion, saying anyone can apply to be on the show and none of the judging panel, including Cowell, knew that Jones had previously won a TV contest.

(Tipped by JMG reader Homer)

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We've Reached Peak Beard Frequency

According to an Australian study, we've reached peak beard frequency and the style pendulum will now swing back to clean shaven mugs.
"Big thick beards are back with an absolute vengeance and so we thought underlying this fashion, one of the dynamics that might be important is this idea of negative frequency dependence," said Prof Rob Brooks, one of the study's authors. "The idea is that perhaps people start copying the George Clooneys and the Joaquin Phoenixs and start wearing those beards, but then when more and more people get onto the bandwagon the value of being on the bandwagon diminishes, so that might be why we've hit 'peak beard'." "Peak beard" was the climax of the trend for beards in professions not naturally associated with a bristly chin - bankers, film stars, and even footballers began sporting facial hair.
Bears will ignore the pendulum, of course. (Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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Sodomy Banned But Not Necrophilia

Via Gawker.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heaven Is For Real Kid: Only People Who Really Love Jesus Will Go There

And while he was in heaven, he met God, Jesus, the sister that his mother miscarried, and five more white people.


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Google Contact Lens Cameras?

CNET says Google is working on it:
Google has a patent pending for a contact lens with a micro camera and sensors embedded on the surface controlled by blinking, which would enable you to take hands-free pictures and could help the blind navigate the everyday obstacles of the world. Although still apparently hypothetical, the patent combines ideas from Google Glass smart glasses and Google's tear-scanning smart contact lenses. Highlighted by Patent Bolt, the smart-contact-lens patent posits sensors in the lens that can look for light, colours, faces, movement and even specific objects.
Blink left to take photo. Blink right for Facebook upload.

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Blind Link

No excerpt.

No post labels.

Just go read this.

And watch the video.

And take a tissue.

(Tipped by JMG reader Chad)

Brooklyn Cyclones To Host Seinfeld Night

New York Mets minor league franchise Brooklyn Cyclones will host Seinfeld Night on July 5th. The players will wear puffy shirts, there will be an Elaine dance contest, the PA announcer will be a low-talker, and there will be a table for the airing of grievances. The stadium will be renamed Vandelay Industries Park for the night and actual latex salesmen will get in free. The first 2500 fans in the gate get a Keith Hernandez bobblehead. More fun details here.

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ILLINOIS: Lambda Legal Sues Doctor For Refusing Medication To Trans Woman

Lambda Legal yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against an Illinois doctor for refusing to prescribe hormone replacement therapy for a transgender woman. The suit alleges that such a denial is a violation of the Affordable Care Act. Lambda writes:
Kenneth Upton, Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal, said: "The provisions of the Affordable Care Act are clear: doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender. Patients such as Naya Taylor place their health and well-being in a doctor’s hands. Ms. Taylor asked for her doctor to provide services similar to those provided to other clinic patients who are not transgender and the doctor and clinic refused, posing a significant risk to Ms. Taylor’s health. The ACA’s non-discrimination provisions were intended to ensure appropriate medical care for transgender people, a community that already faces a disproportionate amount of discrimination, violence and suicide rates."

Naya Taylor is a transgender woman living in Mattoon, Illinois. Dr. Aja Lystila had been Ms. Taylor’s primary care physician, but when Ms. Taylor requested to start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) aspart of her medically necessary, transition-related healthcare to treat her gender dysphoria, Dr. Lystila refused. Dr. Lystila first claimed she was not experienced in providing hormones to transgender people even though hormone therapy is regularly provided to non-transgender patients in a variety of settings every day. Later the clinic told Ms. Taylor that it “does not have to treat people like you.” HRT is one of the vital life-saving treatments used to treat gender dysphoria, a recognized, serious medical condition.
The suit names the doctor and his clinic, which receives federal funding. A separate complaint has also been filed with the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

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Barbwire Has The Gene Robinson Sadz


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Phone Makers Give Nod To "Kill Switch"

After years of pleas from law enforcement, a coalition of the largest mobile handset makers in the world have agreed to install kill switches on devices manufactured after July 2015. The kill switch feature will allow the phone's owner to wipe all data and disable the phone. 
Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group. All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA-The Wireless Association. Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from taking mobile devices by rendering phones useless while allowing people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. Its proponents include law enforcement officials concerned about the rising problem of smartphone theft. HTC, Motorola, Nokia are among the other smartphone makers who have signed up, along with carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.
After another rash of iPhone snatching on the NYC subway, the NYPD recently deployed undercover cops who pose as careless commuters in order to flush out "Apple pickers."

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PETA Vs Michelle Obama

PETA is using three little girls to slam the First Lady because real eggs will be used this weekend at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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Bloomberg To Spend $50M To Fight NRA

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will spend $50M to back candidates that support gun control.
Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own. “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A." ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’" He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” The considerable advantages that gun rights advocates enjoy — in intensity, organization and political clout — will not be easy to overcome. Indeed, Mr. Bloomberg has already spent millions of dollars trying to persuade members of Congress to support enhanced background check laws with virtually nothing to show for it.
The NRA declined to comment on Bloomberg's announcement, but Gun Owners Of America head Larry Pratt taunted Bloomberg to go ahead and "waste" his money. Bloomberg's campaign will target specific states.
The group will zero in on 15 target states, from places like Colorado and Washington State, where gun control initiatives have advanced recently, to territory that is likely to be more hostile like Texas, Montana and Indiana. They have set a goal of signing up one million new supporters this year on top of the 1.5 million they already have. Previous efforts by Mr. Bloomberg to push gun control have touched off tensions with national Democratic leaders, because he has run negative ads against incumbent Democrats whom he views as insufficiently supportive of gun control. The Democratic leaders argue that Mr. Bloomberg threatens to hand control of the Senate to Republicans, which they say would doom any hope of passing gun control legislation. Mr. Bloomberg dismissed those fears, saying he was concerned only with the long term. “You can tell me all you want that the Republicans would be worse in the Senate than the Democrats,” he said. “Maybe they would. But that’s not what we’re talking about here.”
Breitbart readers are reacting as you'd expect.

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Behind The Scenes At Hedwig With NPH

(Via Towleroad)

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Tweets Of The Day - Dan Savage

Dan Savage has unleashed his 187,000 Twitter followers on the members of the Louisiana House.

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Bryan Fischer Cheers Louisiana

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Linda Harvey Is Sick Of Talking About You

"Enough is enough. Have you noticed that the promotion of homosexuality seems to be almost everywhere you look these days? From movies and TV shows to commercials, mass-market paperback novels and even children’s media. As you’ve heard me say many times, the topic of sexual deviance has sadly permeated the climate of our public schools. The mainstream media breathlessly covers homosexual so-called rights as an issue way out of proportion to its relative importance. When the Supreme Court struck down portions of state and national marriage laws last summer, you’d think the first person had landed on Mars. Meanwhile, much more important issues like human trafficking, child abuse or the daily slaughter of unborn babies in this country get little attention. The only thing that will overcome this darkness is for parents to stand up, even if it’s uncomfortable. It’s not hateful to do so and your willingness to draw the line in the sand and say no to homosexual propaganda may be the action that saves a life." - Hate group leader Linda Harvey, speaking on her radio show last Friday, the Day Of Silence.

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Queens Street To Be Named For PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford And Son Morty

JMG reader Brandon tips us that street in front of the former Queens home of late PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford and her son Morty Manford will be renamed their honor. Final approval of the change is expected before the naming ceremony next weekend. Jeanne passed away in January 2013 at the age of 92. Morty Manford, an assistant New York State Attorney General, died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 41.

RELATED: On Pride weekend last June, a plaque was posted in the West Village to mark the location of the first PFLAG meeting in 1973. The Manfords founded PFLAG after Morty was beaten while distributing pro-gay flyers outside a 1972 political meeting in Manhattan.

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Funny Or Die: Creationist Cosmos

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Greeting Card Company Pranks Applicants For "World's Toughest Job"

6.6M views since Monday. Mother's Day is May 11th.

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Petition Of The Day

Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014 Eric Leue has launched a petition calling for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to remove CEO Michael Weinstein for characterizing Truvada as a "party drug" rather than as a daily HIV preventive.
This petition is not about how Weinstein or we personally feel about HIV PrEP. This petition is about whether we, the people, should be allowed access to accurate information, free of stigma and discrimination. Since 1980, HIV and its prevention has been framed in moral terms, and the people carrying the virus blamed. The head of our largest AIDS service organization should know that HIV prevention is not “a party.” With our signatures to remove Michael Weinstein as CEO and President of the AHF, we encourage the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to reconnect with the public to be able to continue their important work hand in hand with the communities they serve.
The FDA approved Truvada for HIV prevention nearly two years ago, but relatively few gay men are using it for that purpose due (in part) to the "Truvada whore" stigma. Click on the post link for Truvada for more stories on this issue.

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Salon Writer: Porno Pete "Humiliated" By Student Walkout At My College

Salon writer Kate Geiselman recounts the walkout that took place last week when Peter LaBarbera delivered a speech about the evils of homosexuality at her Ohio college.
Mr. LaBarbera approached the podium and apologized affably for keeping us waiting. He talked about the importance of dialogue and respect. And then he said there was no scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. He reminded us that the hypocritical left, in silencing voices like his, is really the party guilty of intolerance. And that was our cue to leave. We stood, without a word, and walked out. I heard a woman shouting, “Shame! Shame on you!” There were gasps and a few loud grumbles of disapproval, LaBarbera’s aforementioned “Are you effing kidding me” among them. We walked out of the venue and into the Student Activities Center, where we hugged and laughed and ate Honey Maid graham crackers. Photographs of the venue after we walked out show that about 12 people remained behind, at least two of whom I recognize as allies who likely stayed to see what he would say. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Hit the first link and read the full story. (Tipped by JMG reader AJ)

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ALABAMA: Woman Charged With Murder After Shooting Son's Boyfriend In Back

An Alabama women has been charged with murder after shooting her son's boyfriend in the back at a local truck stop.
Anita T. Hill, 51, of Pickens County, has been charged with murder in the case and was booked on a $75,000 bond. She has since bonded out of jail. Investigators have determined that Hill's son and Johnson were "involved in a long-term relationship" and had been together for about four years. "This relationship has caused tension between the suspect who is the mother of the male witness and her son," Phillips said. Investigators believe Hill's son and Johnson asked Hill to meet them at the truck stop to talk about helping them move and other issues. After a short conversation, the son returned to his vehicle while Hill and Johnson continued speaking. Investigators say Johnson turned to walk away and that's when Hill allegedly pulled out a hand gun and shot him in the back. "Witnesses at the scene describe that it appeared that the victim in this case attempted to turn and move away from the suspect. At which time she pulled a hand gun and fired one round," Phillips said
Investigators say the woman may have believed the victim had been physically or mentally abusive to her son. A detective with the homicide unit says that hate crime charges will not be filed because shooting arose from "family issues."

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David Pakman Interviews Scott Lively

LGBT ally David Pakman interviewed Scott Lively on Monday and confronted him about several issues, including his claim that President Obama is gay. Pakman interviews a lot of crackpots and always zeroes in on their most ridiculous claims.

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Pro-Gay Marriage Republican Super PAC Raises $2.75M In First Quarter

A Republican super PAC created to support pro-gay marriage GOP congressional candidates has raised $2.75M in the first quarter of 2014.
The three-month haul for American Unity PAC is by far the biggest so far for the super PAC, which was around for the 2012 election but had relatively little funding. The committee raised about the same amount in all of 2012 and pulled in just $260,000 in 2013. The super PAC was boosted early this year by $1.75 million in donations from GOP donor Paul Singer, who has been among the most vocal and well-funded proponents of gay marriage in the GOP. Another $1 million came from billionaire Massachusetts investor Seth Klarman. Only one other person contributed more than $25 to the super PAC.

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TRAILER: Walk Of Shame

It's like After Hours but set in LA with a 30 Rock cast.

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LOUISIANA: House Votes 66-27 To Keep Unconstitutional Anti-Sodomy Law

Thanks to pressure from a local anti-gay Christian group, the Louisiana House yesterday refused to repeal an unenforceable and unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. The vote was 66-27.
A House Committee passed the legislation onto the body's floor by a vote of 9-6 last week. But one of the state's most powerful lobbying groups, the conservative Christian Louisiana Family Forum, opposes striking the sodomy ban. The group sent out a letter to every legislator urging them to vote against the proposal, claiming that teenagers would be less protected from sexual predators if they went through with the repeal. They also said the bill would put the public health at risk. "Louisiana's anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy and immoral," stated the letter to lawmakers from the Louisiana Family Forum. During a floor discussion of the bill, the legislation's sponsor, Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, pushed back on the Family Forum's assertions. The bill only seeks to repeal a statute that is already unconstitutional, she said.
Fucking a human corpse? Legal in Louisiana. A blowjob from a consenting adult? Technically a felony and punishable by five years in prison. Praise! Glory!

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HLN Misidentifies Progessive Radio Host David Pakman As Former Neo-Nazi

Progressive radio host David Pakman made the rounds of cable news shows this week as he was one of the most recent jounalists to interview the Kansas City shooter. Somehow HLN got Pakman's photo mixed up and ran it during a call-in interview with a former neo-Nazi.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Porno Pete Is Out Of Jail

Peter LaBarbera was apparently released from Canadian jail late this afternoon.
An American anti-gay and pro-life activist has decided to voluntarily cut his visit to Saskatchewan short following another run-in with the Canadian Border Services Agency. Peter LaBarbera was questioned by CBSA Tuesday morning in relation to his arrest at the University of Regina on Monday. The Regina Police Service held LaBarbera in custody overnight at CBSA’s request, said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich in an email Tuesday morning. LaBarbera had been initially denied entry to Canada on April 10 under hate speech laws. He appealed and won, under the agreement he would leave the country by April 17.He then delivered the keynote address at Saskatchewan’s Pro-Life Association convention in Weyburn on Saturday.
LaBarbera was given a court date of May 26th, when he and fellow crackpot Bill Whatcott must appear on "mischief" charges arising from his trespassing arrest.

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Brian Brown Doubles-Down On Hypocrisy

"Stay out of New York City. That is effectively the message that a City Councilman named Daniel Dromm has sent to you, me, and millions of pro-marriage Americans — including the millions who already live in the city that never sleeps. And none of us, least of all New Yorkers, can allow ourselves to remain silent about it. What spurred Dromm's remarks? The announcement that Chick-fil-A had plans to expand its operations into New York City. Dromm is one of those intolerant few who still cling bitterly to a misremembered moment in 2012 when Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy was reported in the press expressing his personal belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. In Dromm's and others' imaginations, this meant that Chick-fil-A was an 'anti-gay company' and that Cathy and the many thousands who work for him deserve punishment." - Economic terrorist Brian Brown, who for two years has been attempting to punish the many thousands who work for Starbucks and General Mills. Brown is using Dromm's words in a money beg for NOM's coming hate march in DC.

NOM's Dump Starbucks boycott.
NOM's Dump General Mills boycott.

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Herman Cain Joins The Shoe Truthers

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Headline Of The Day

Right Wing Watch has the story.

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Pomplamoose - I Got You (I Feel Good)

"Pomplamoose's cover of James Brown's I Got You (I Feel Good) is a live performance done in one take. All sounds were recorded or triggered live - so no overdubs or lip-syncing." This is the 23rd Pomplamoose clip I've posted since 2009. Can't get enough of them.

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Porno Pete Is Still In Jail

When activists stage their own arrests they are typically released later the same day or the next morning after being given desk appearance tickets or assigned court dates. Not so for Peter Labarbera, who is still in jail according to Canadian anti-gay crackpot Bill Whatcott, who was arrested with LaBarbera yesterday. Early this morning Whatcott posted a message to the wingnut forum Free North America:
Please pray for Peter. I have been released on my own recognizance and have to appear in court to answer to these charges on May 26th. Peter on the other hand remains in custody and is facing a hearing tomorrow before Border Services. Notwithstanding, I am Peter's co-accused, our lawyer Tom Schuck has requested I act as Peter's counsel at the immigration hearing. I have no idea where the hearing is going to be held, but I do have the case law (all of it my own) that I can present to the Immigration Arbitrator and hopefully convince him/her that indeed Peter and I have reasonable grounds to believe we were not violating the law and hopefully I can get Peter released from custody tomorrow on his own recognizance, so he can leave Canada on his own. Please pray for this.  Seeing as Tom requested I act as Peter's counsel, I have to call off my prophetic witness and book promotion at the University of Saskatchewan. None the less, just as General Douglas MacArthur said, "I will return."
This explains why the normally prolific Twitter user has been silent since his arrest. They don't let you keep your cell phone in jail. It's not clear where LaBarbera is being held, but here's a photo of the jail in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Out Issues Power 50 Ranking

Out Magazine today published its eighth annual ranking of the 50 most powerful LGBT people in the United States.  Here's a bit of the list.

1. Ellen DeGeneres
2. Tim Cook
3. Rachel Maddow
4. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
5. Glenn Greenwald
6. Ryan Murphy
7. Neil Patrick Harris
8. Andy Cohen
9. Michael Sam
10. Robin Roberts

Homocon billionaire Peter Thiel is #13. Former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman is #18. Andrew Sullivan is #26. New to the list is DOMA attorney Roberta Kaplan at #47. Curiously missing from this year's ranking is closeted homocon blogger Matt Drudge, who ranked at #21 last year and at #16 in 2012. Since there's no obvious reason for Drudge to completely fall off the list in one year, I wouldn't be surprised if somebody got a cease-and-desist letter.

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Linda Harvey Is Outraged At Canada

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NYT Calls On Obama To Issue Executive Order On Employment Discrimination

From the New York Times editorial board:
Mr. Obama said in November that workplace discrimination “needs to stop, because, in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.” An executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors would extend badly needed job protections to more than 11 million employees who work in states that lack such protections and whose companies fail to provide them voluntarily, according to the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law. What Mr. Obama needs to do is act on his principles and issue such an order, without the religious exemption that was put into the Senate bill to lure Republican votes. Challenged last week to explain the mystifying delay on this issue, Mr. Obama’s spokesman said that the president supported broader legislation and that its enactment by Congress would make an executive order “redundant.”
The Times concludes that the president should "lead by example" in order to prod the House to do the right thing on ENDA. The Senate passed ENDA in November.

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United Nations Condemns Brunei For Death By Stoning Sharia Laws

Next week Brunei will institute a set of brutal Sharia laws that demand death by stoning for homosexual acts, adultery, rape, murder, and for declaring oneself to be a non-Muslim.  The United Nations today condemned the coming laws.
“Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, insulting any verses of the Quran and Hadith, blasphemy, declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, and murder are the other offences for which the death penalty could be applied under the revised code. Noting that Brunei has maintained an effective moratorium on the use of the death penalty since 1957, OHCHR urged the government to establish a formal moratorium and to work towards abolishing the practice altogether. “Under international law, stoning people to death constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is thus clearly prohibited,” Mr Colville stated.
Brunei gained independence from Britain in 1984. With a population of just over 400K, last year the International Monetary Fund ranked Brunei as the fifth-wealthiest nation in the world based on GDP per capita. The United States ranked sixth.

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Matt Gold - Appreciated

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Tea Party Challenger Ad: House Speaker John Boehner Has Electile Dysfunction

NPR reports:
OK, there was former Sen. Bob Dole pitching Viagra years ago. But he was already out of office when he became a spokesman for the virility drug. Now comes long-shot candidate J.D. Winteregg, a Tea Party-oriented primary challenger to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who's running a Web ad inspired by those unavoidable erectile dysfunction ads that have created awkward moments for millions of parents watching TV with their children. A high school and college French teacher, Winteregg doesn't have much to lose with such an unconventional approach. He's raised very little money and has very low name recognition. Winteregg's ad spoofs Cialis spots specifically. It also plays off the mischievous mispronunciation of Boehner's name — well known to anyone who's read the comments sections of blog posts about the speaker.

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NOM Fumes After Gay NYC Councilman Slams Chick-Fil-A Expansion Plans

"We don’t need bigots coming to New York City. They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community. We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves. They need to wake up and see reality." - Gay NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), speaking last week to the Huffington Post about Chick-Fil-A's plan to "aggressively expand" into urban markets. Last month Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy announced that he'll be shutting up about gay marriage, doubtlessly in order to smooth the expansion process.

Yesterday NOM president Brian Brown went nuts about Dromm's brief statement.
"These remarks are outrageous and intolerant, and sadly seem to be part of a trend developing in the public debate surrounding this issue. When Dan Cathy's pro-marriage views were first reported in 2012, we saw mayors and city councils saying similar things—it was a disgraceful circus then, and it is now. What Dromm has effectively said here is that anyone who believes in marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unwelcome in New York City. His remarks, coming amidst a climate of such unseemly attacks on pro-marriage people as we saw with the Mozilla controversy last week, simply reinforce a growing manifestation of hostility and intimidation in the public square toward folks with traditional values. Christians and others are now, it seems, going to be considered guilty of 'thought-crimes' and threatened with all manner of reprisals simply for holding their beliefs."
NOM is demanding a "formal apology" from the entire New York City Council. Good luck with that!

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Porno Pete Was Arrested After Violating Denial Of Permission To Set Up A Table

More on Peter LaBarbera's staged arrest in Canada:
Before their arrival, the university issued a news release saying the pair would be monitored to ensure they did not engage in any activity that would promote hatred. At one point, with news cameras rolling, an unidentified university official approached Whatcott, 46, and LaBarbera, 51, and asked them to leave. During that encounter, Whatcott said he had attempted to get permission to set up an information table and, since he was denied, proceeded to set up a table anyway. “I’m not leaving,” Whatcott told the official, “You guys are intolerant and should be ashamed of yourselves for shutting down our message without even considering it.”
Activists for every cause routinely stage their own arrests by willfully breaking the rules. But out in Teabagistan today, faux outrage is running at the usual fevered pitch.

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Scripture Candy

The Jelly Bean Prayer Bag is only $6.99. One presumes that Jesus' Blood is cherry-flavored.
The gourmet jelly beans with meaning! Each individual bag features "The Jelly Bean Prayer," a beautiful prayer that shares what each colored bean represents. There are 8 different jelly bean flavors and approximately 17 individual packets inside the large bag. Great for Sunday school lessons, Easter baskets, or any time of the year. *Each packet is not guaranteed to contain all 8 flavors.
The company has quite a line of products. Source.

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Google Glass Goes On Public Sale Today

Google Glass is doing a one-day public sale today.
Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, Google will sell its wearable computing device, Glass, for $1,500 plus tax. Buyers will also get a sunglasses shade or one of Google's newly-introduced prescription glasses frames with their purchase. The one-day sale is an expansion of Google's Glass Explorer program, which began back in 2012. "Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too," Google said in a post on Google+ last Thursday. "…We're excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts about Glass."
Will anybody here buy one?

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Nabisco Loves Axe Murderers

"When you come down to things like axe murder or homosexuality and you say, ‘we’re really going to promote it and we’re going to encourage everybody in America to engage in this or at least support this thing,’ there will be people on the other side who will take an adamantly opposed position to your support of axe murdering or homosexuality. They will be intolerant, they will be very intolerant of that which is evil, like axe murdering. Didn’t God define love? See the problem with this ‘love’ thing is you can define it anyway you want. Homosexuals love their friends and cannibals love their victims, they taste good." - Christian radio host Kevin Swanson, speaking about Honey Maid's pro-gay ad campaign.

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THURSDAY: Tenth Circuit To Hear Oral Arguments In Oklahoma Marriage Suit

Freedom Oklahoma writes:
On Thursday, April 17 at 10am MT, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will hear oral arguments in Bishop v. Smith, the landmark case that seeks the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oklahoma. In January 2014, a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, and the state has appealed the ruling to the 10th Circuit. This case, which had been waiting for its day in court for nearly a decade, is historic — and it could very well be what brings the freedom to marry not just to Oklahoma but to every state in the 10th Circuit (including Colorado, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming) and possibly the nation, should it face consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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