Friday, May 22, 2015
IRELAND: Red-Caped Catholic Loons Say Yes Voters Have Been Mean To Them
Tweet Of The Day - Big Gay Ice Cream
CANADA: Michael Sam Signs Two Year Deal With Montreal's CFL Franchise
The CFL's Montreal Alouettes have signed former NFL defensive end Michael Sam to a two-year contract. Sam, who made headlines as the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, never played a regular-season snap in the league. Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams at final cuts prior to the 2014 season and later spent time on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. The 25-year-old was out of football last season. He competed at the NFL's inaugural veteran combine this spring but managed only a 4.99-second 40-yard dash.The Canadian Football League was founded in 1958 and has nine teams. Its championship Grey Cup game is Canada's most-watched sporting event. (Tipped by JMG reader Dave)
IRELAND: Voter Turnout Is Promising
Turnout in the world’s first referendum on same sex marriage and on the age of candidates for the presidency is reported to be brisk. Some urban areas estimated that 20 per cent of the electorate have cast their vote but voting is slower in many rural areas. Ireland is the first country to vote on marriage equality and in Dublin some turnout was seen as quite high for lunchtime. Returning officers expect voting to increase significantly by tea-time with most people in employment expected to vote between 7pm and 10pm when polling finishes. In a number of polling stations in Galway city queues were reported before polling opened at 7am. In city areas of Cork polling hit 12 per cent by 1pm. Across the country in Mayo voting was estimated at 17 per cent in Westport by lunchtime and about 10 per cent or 11 per cent in Castlebar.RELATED: Bookmakers Paddy Power are putting the odds at 10/1 in favor of the Yes vote.
MLB Launches Pride Wear Line
See them here. (Tipped by JMG reader Jeremy)
John Stemberger Has The Boy Scouts Sadz
WND Reports On Duggar Scandal
fails to report that four of the girls molested by Josh Duggar were his own sisters. Sample reader comment: "This is another attack against FRC, because they refuse to give in to the Nazi-Gay Agenda."
Petition To TLC: Cancel The Duggars' Show
AUSTRALIA: Lawmaker Threatens Mankini March If Gay Marriage Isn't Legalized
The Palmer United Party turned independent Senator commented on fellow Queensland Canberra colleague Wayne Swan's recent admission he was wrong to stand against same-sex marriage and would now support making it legal. Mr Lazarus told ABC Radio 612 Brisbane he was in favour of the move. "As I said in the past I think there is way too much child abuse, too much abuse against women - I think if two people love each other, whether they've got penises or they've both got vaginas, they should be allowed to be married," he said. But he said he didn't believe that politicians should be in charge of the decision. "What I do agree with, and a lot of people are saying, is why are politicians the ones that have got to decide this? "I think we should take it to a referendum. Unfortunately a lot of politicians are bound by party policy: we either have a conscience vote, or we get a referendum going and I would guarantee, the majority of Australians would support gay marriage, and if they don't I'll turn up to Parliament House in a mankini." Mankinis were made famous by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in his role as Borat. They have been used as a threat against humanity ever since.During his rugby career, sportscasters called Lazarus "the brick with eyes" due to his imposing physical size. Support for same-sex marriage in Parliament is thought to be just a few votes short of passage.
GALLUP: Americans Continue To Greatly Overestimate Percentage Of Gays In USA
The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans' 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year. The stability of these estimates over time contrasts with the major shifts in Americans' attitudes about the morality and legality of gay and lesbian relations in the past two decades. Whereas 38% of Americans said gay and lesbian relations were morally acceptable in 2002, that number has risen to 63% today. And while 35% of Americans favored legalized same-sex marriage in 1999, 60% favor it today.Only 9% of respondents estimated the LGBT population to be under 5%.
Scrabble Updates Its Dictionary
Scrabble dictionary has added lotsa new words for its players, and some are so ridic, they'll make you lolz. The venerable board game has an additional 6,500 words, including a few once limited to social media and technology. The words are straight from the mouths of the cool kids. There's lotsa, twerking, lolz, emoji and ridic -- short for ridiculous. Facetime, which means talking with someone via the Apple app of the same name, will earn you a cool 15 points. Emoji, that ridiculously expressive digital icon, will get you 14 points. Bezzy -- best friends in regular speak -- adds 18 points. The list goes on and on. Wahh -- a shorter, more lyrical word for wailing, is in there. And who knew that shootie, a shoe that covers the ankle, is even a word?Also: blech, sexting, and shizzle. Yes, shizzle.
IRELAND: Ex-Pats Come #HomeToVote
IRELAND: Today Is The Day
Polling stations across the country have opened for the referendums on same-sex marriage and reducing the age of presidential candidates. Just over 3.2 million people are entitled to vote today. Polling stations opened their doors at 7am and will remain open until 10pm today. All Irish citizens aged 18 or over are entitled to vote, but only if their names are on the electoral register. There were 3.14 million names on the register when the date for the referendums was fixed, but 66,000 voters applied to have their names on the supplementary register before the deadline of May 5th. Voters will be given two ballot papers: a white ballot paper for the marriage referendum and a green ballot paper for the age of presidential candidates referendum. In the marriage referendum people may vote Yes or No to the proposal to include a new clause about marriage in the Constitution.
Entertainment Tonight On Duggar Scandal
One Last Marriage Map Change?
stayed decision in Alabama, the map monitors have advanced the state from purple to mustard. In case you are wondering, it was back in January when Alabama went from red to sapphire.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Duggar Family Endorsement Is Still On Mike Huckabee's 2016 Campaign Site
Perkins: I Am Praying For Josh Duggar Over These "Previously Unknown Events"
Breitbart Reports On Duggar Scandal
they don't mention all those times that the Family Research Council declared that gay people are inherent pedophiles. Or those times that Josh Duggar declared that transwomen are going to molest defenseless little girls in public restrooms.
BREAKING: Josh Duggar Resigns From FRC In Wake Of Molestation Revelations
Josh Duggar, announcing his resignation from the Family Research Council in a statement to People Magazine.
Duggar's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have also issued a statement:
"Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives, When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."At this writing neither the Family Research Council or Tony Perkins have publicly addressed the scandal.
ALABAMA: Court Grants Marriage Plaintiffs Class Action Status, Stays Ruling
this way: "All persons in Alabama who wish to obtain a marriage license in order to marry a person of the same sex and to have that marriage recognized under Alabama law, and who are unable to do so because of the enforcement of Alabama’s laws prohibiting the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and barring recognition of their marriages."
Tweet Of The Day - Dan Savage
FRC Leader Josh Duggar Allegedly Confessed To Molesting His Own Sisters
Josh Duggar, one of the members of the family that stars in TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" ... was the subject of a police investigation for allegedly sexually molesting 5 girls, some of whom are his sisters. The story was broken by In Touch Weekly, but TMZ has confirmed with law enforcement that Josh Duggar -- who was around 14 at the time -- was the alleged molester against 5 girls starting in 2002.New York Daily News:
According to the police report, Josh fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping, but sometimes they were interacting with him ... in one case reading a book. There was another reported incident 9 months later. According to the police report, the police were not immediately contacted. Instead, Jim Bob, the dad, met with church elders and agreed Josh should be put in a treatment program. The police report says Josh's mom, Michelle, said it wasn't really a treatment center ... they simply sent Josh to a guy who was remodeling a building to do manual labor.
In 2006, the family was scheduled to appear on "Oprah," and before the show someone sent an email to Harpo warning that Josh had molested girls. Harpo forwarded the email to a hotline, which triggered a police investigation. Cops wanted to question Josh, but Jim Bob lawyered him up and Josh declined the invitation.
Since the story emerged this week, even more shocking details about Josh’s alleged abuses have come out: Not only did Josh allegedly assault several young women, but his father also waited more than a year before contacting law enforcement. In Touch obtained a copy of the December 2006 Springdale, Ark., police report that showed Josh had been investigated for several offenses against five female minors, including “forcible fondling,” with some of the offenses investigated as felonies.Duggar, normally a prolific Twitter user, has not updated his account in two days.
Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, were interviewed for the report, which revealed Jim Bob first became aware of his son’s alleged abuses in March 2002, when he was told by a girl that Josh, then 14, had touched her breasts and genital areas on multiple occasion while she was asleep. In July 2002, Jim Bob said his son had confessed to fondling a girl while she was sleeping, which his parents responded to by disciplining him for the incident rather than reporting him to police.
The decision was made that Josh be sent to a “Christian program” (that) consisted of hard physical work and counseling,” which he was enrolled in from March 2003 to July 2003. Michelle later admitted Josh didn’t get counseling, but was sent to stay with a family friend for a period of time, who she said was “kind of” a mentor.
Porno Pete Will Be At IML
LIVE VIDEO: Eurovision Semi-Finals 2
The finals are Saturday. Competing right now in the second semi-finals round are 17 nations: Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.
(Tipped by JMG reader Luis)
UPDATE: Finalists chosen in this round: Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Israel.
Ted Cruz: I'll "Always Always Always" Fight Against "Mandatory Gay Marriage"
LIVE VIDEO: Texas House Debates Bill To Allow Clergy To Refuse Gay Marriages UPDATE: Bill Passes Without Amendments
Watch it live. As I reported earlier today, there could be much more to this bill than a simple affirmation of the rights that clergy already have. And we're also expecting Rep. Cecil Bell to try to tack on his "disobey SCOTUS" amendment.
UPDATE: The bill passed nearly unanimously and without the promised attempt by Cecil Bell.
Signorile Interviews Texas Rep. Cecil Bell
Though it's not mentioned in any of his official biographical information, Bell's wife Jo Ann, described as his "high school sweetheart," is, according to public records, his second wife. Records show he divorced his first wife (to whom he was married in 1981) a little over a month before he married his second wife in October of 1991, who gave birth to their son, Cecil III, five and half months after they married. “Well, I think that would be an interesting conversation, but no one’s brought up that legislation,” he said about the issue of banning divorce, before quickly excusing himself to get back on the floor to vote.
Boy Scouts President Calls For End To Ban On Openly Gay Adult Leaders
The Boy Scouts of America will no longer seek to revoke the charters of chapters that accept gay adult leaders, the organization's president, Robert Gates, told its national leadership on Thursday. “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” Gates said during the BSA's annual national meeting. The organization took no formal action on its current policy to ban gay adult leaders, but Gates said the group can no longer "ignore growing internal challenges to our current membership policy." “Nor can we ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country – changes taking place at a pace over this past year no one anticipated,” he said. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”RELATED: Gates served as Secretary of Defense during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. He retired in June 2011, shortly before the repeal of DADT took effect.
TEXAS: "Defy SCOTUS" Bill Might See New Life Today In State House Vote
Texas state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, intends to attach an amendment similar to his previous bill barring the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples to a bill protecting clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages during a House floor vote on Thursday, May 21. Bell filed HB 4105, also known as “The Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act,” ahead of an anticipated summer Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality. It would have withheld pay from county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. After its defeat last week, Bell told reporters he wasn’t giving up on it. Though an amendment must be considered germane to a bill, Equality Texas reports that Bell intends to attach HB 4105 to SB 2065, which passed the Senate last week on a 21-10 vote with all Republicans and one Democrat voting for it. While HB 4105 died before it could get a vote, it garnered support from the majority of the House HOP caucus.Even if Bell's amendment is not attached to SB 2065 today, its passage could mean that clergy who also work for the state as justice of the peace or county clerk could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses or officiate those weddings. Reporter Chuck Lindell will be covering the proceedings on Twitter and a live-stream of the voting will be here.
Concernstipated Women Have RBG Sadz
Mario Diaz, writing for the Washington Times.
Editorial Of The Day
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Being gay is not an illness. It requires no cure. And anybody who practices “conversion therapy,” purporting to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is a quack, engaged in medical malpractice. Conversion therapy does not work. On this, the scientific and medical consensus is strong. It can only do harm. We urge the Illinois Senate to support a measure, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, and Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, that would bar mental health workers from engaging in treatments designed to change the sexual orientation of minors. The bill passed in the House on Tuesday by a vote of 68 to 43. Biss tells us he is “optimistic” it will pass in the Senate as well, next week, but he’s still rounding up the votes. Conversion therapy is one of those issues on which there are not really two opposing credible views, and to claim otherwise is to create a false equivalency. On the one side are defenders of the practice, their views usually grounded in religious belief, who can cite no credible evidence. On the other side is the full weight of America’s mainstream medical and mental health communities, who come armed with facts. The cure does not work, and nobody needs curing.The editorial also endorses the federal ban introduced in the US House earlier this week. The federal bill would outlaw all "ex-gay" torture (not just for minors) on the basis of it being a fraudulent practice.
IRELAND: Will It Be A Yes For Equality?
Hotelier Ian Reisner Continues Apology Tour, Donates $20K To Fire Island PAC
below apology from Manhattan hotelier Ian Reisner was read at the group's meeting over the weekend.
Dear Members of our Community, First I want to clear up that Mati Weiderpass has zero involvement or ownership in the Pines. Now let me state unequivocally that I made mistakes. While my initial intention was bi-partisan dialogue about National & Israeli security, I've come to learn that intentions and outcomes are different things. The outcomes of my actions are that I've deeply hurt our community - and I am truly sorry. In order to help build a stronger community I am taking the following steps: I am renewing and redoubling my commitment as an ardent supporter of LGBT causes. I will continue to invest my resources in the Pines, its cultural programs and activities that celebrate the diversity and acceptance of its community members, so that it always holds its rightful place in LGBT history. To this end, today I made a donation to the 'FIPPOA-PAC' -- matching All funds raised in its last active year -- which supports politicians committed to the Pines and to LGBT issues. More so, I will be donating profits from my Pines Investment this summer to the following organizations that I have supported in the past: The LGBT Community Center in NYC & The Jerusalem Open House, as well as to 'Equality Texas' which fights for LGBT rights on one of this countries more challenging fronts. Further, I am in the process of hiring a Director of Community Affairs to serve as a liaison with various LGBT organizations and to guide me in better serving our community.The donation was reportedly $20,000.
NOTE: High season on Fire Island kicks off this weekend. It will be interesting to hear reports on attendance at Reisner's businesses there.
FRC Prays Against Dan Savage
Today's prayer from the Family Research Council:
ABC-Disney’s New Low – Our friends at the Media Research Center (MRC) are promoting a petition urging Disney-owned ABC to cancel its new series highlighting one of the nation’s nastiest, openly anti-Christian homosexual activists, Dan Savage. The supposed-to-be-funny TV show, is a new low in youth “entertainment” from Disney. Its agenda is clearly to mainstream homosexuality, and stir up contempt for Christians (see MRC Article & video of TV show trailer – Disclaimer: foul language, themes – not for children; Pray & Sign Petition). Pray that thinking Americans will reject the filth that ABC-Disney is spewing upon our nation and using to harm our children. May the MRC petition succeed and this nasty program be cancelled! (1 Kgs 12:6-11; Pr 19:26-29; Zep 3:1-5; Col 3:4-7; 2 Pet 2:4-10; Jude 1:5-10, 17-25)(Via Good As You)
OREGON: Teen Confronts Anti-Gay Haters
do something about it.
"I was so irritated because I see them all around town and all they ever do is make people feel like crap about themselves,” said Ragan, a junior at Tillamook High School. The men were standing outside Eyes of Oregon, on 1st Street and Main Avenue, where her mother works. “I went inside and asked her and her boss if it would be all right if I made a poster that stands up for what I believe in,” she said. “They were totally all for it. So I made a sign that said, ‘I love Gays.’” The two men, said Makaila, began insulting her personally. “They were calling me names, and asking my mom questions, like, ‘How many times did you have to get an abortion before you were able to have your daughter?’ and saying, ‘You’re going to burn in hell right along with your daughter.’ The things they were saying were just awful, but I didn’t let them faze me.”Makaila's one-person counter-protest was soon joined by many others and eventually more than 40 supporters had shown up to stand next to her with signs of their own. After more than six hours, the haters finally went home. Over on Facebook, Makaila has vowed to return. Her mom says, "Makaila stood up. Boy, did she ever! Look what she did – wow! I’m so, so proud of her."
Postmodern Jukebox - Barbie Girl
I missed this when it came out a few days ago and yes, this is that Barbie Girl. The Ken doll on the left is Next Magazine cover boy Joey Khoury, whom you might have seen in the long-running Off Broadway hit Altar Boyz. Stick around for the "human theremin" bit.
IRELAND: Prime Minister Issues Last Minute Plea For Same-Sex Marriage
Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, has made a final plea for a yes vote in the referendum to legalise gay marriage. The taoiseach told the Irish electorate on Wednesday night: “There is nothing to fear for voting for love and equality.” Kenny made his plea on live television ahead of a broadcasting embargo imposed on all sides of same-sex marriage debate. The republic is the only country in the world where the electorate will decide whether to make gay marriage legal. The country goes to the polls on Friday and the votes will be counted from Saturday morning. Under the Irish electoral rules, there is a ban on statements from all sides of the debate on the country’s airwaves 24 hours before polling stations open. Earlier, at his Fine Gael party’s last press conference of the campaign, Kenny said he had “no intention of becoming a gay icon” over his strong support for a Yes vote. He also rejected suggestions from those opposed to gay marriage that religious schools would be forced to teach about the validity of same-sex marriages.The above-cited 24-hour statement ban apparently does not apply to social media as both sides have been active on Twitter today. Polls open at 7AM tomorrow (that's 2AM in New York City) and close at 10PM local time. Ireland does not have electronic voting so the result will likely not be known until midday Saturday. If we get any exit polling I'll be posting it here tomorrow night.
NOM Exploits Jindal With Money Beg
money beg list. He writes:
When Louisiana State House Bill 707, which would have blocked the government from penalizing companies because of the owner's stance on same-sex marriage, was defeated in the state house's Civil Law and Procedure over fears that it legalized discrimination against LGBT people, Governor Jindal said that he was "disappointed by the committee's action." But then he did something about it! The Governor is taking bold action in defense of our most precious first freedoms — freedom of religion and freedom of speech. And when one of our elected officials is willing to take a stand like this, you and I must be willing to stand behind him. Please click here to send Governor Jindal an email thanking him for standing up for religious freedom. And then, once you've taken action, please forward this email to family and friends using the sharing buttons below, asking them to do the same.Earlier yesterday Brown sent a separate email in which he announced that NOM will soon be issuing its 2016 anti-gay marriage pledge for presidential candidates. (NOM's 2012 pledge was signed by all major GOP candidates.) That email contained 13 links to NOM's donation page.
MICHIGAN: Mother Says Outed "Grindr Pastor" Told Her Gay Son To Kill Himself UPDATE: The Son Speaks Out Himself
CBS affiliate in Flint, Michigan:
A mother came forward with new accusations against the local pastor who resigned after being outed as gay. She said what that pastor told her son nearly drove him to suicide. Jennifer Kish is angered over the recent revelation that Matthew Makela might be gay, not because of his alleged sexual preference, but because of how he treated her son while they were parishioners at his church. Makela is a Midland pastor who resigned after being outed by a website. The website said it outed Makela because of his outspoken stance in recent years against homosexuality, a stance one woman said was particularly harmful to her family. Kish said her then 17-year-old son Tyler suffered from serious depression and was considering suicide because he was told by Makela he was going to hell because he was gay. "If he's going to hell for being gay then he might as well commit suicide," Kish said. Makela is the subject of scrutiny because of the alleged hypocrisy. The website Queerty posted a conversation it claims shows Makela soliciting sex with another man on the app Grindr, an app geared toward gay and bisexual men.
UPDATE: Some readers have noted that the mother in the above story may be putting words into the mouth of the so-called Grindr Pastor, who may have "only" told her son that being gay was as bad a sin as committing suicide. In the clip below, the teenager tells the story himself.
Tony Perkins Raves About Bobby Jindal
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Harlem Hate Church Has New Message
Bryan Fischer: All Christians Must Disobey SCOTUS, "They Can't Arrest Us All"
AFA Cheers Newly "Family Friendly" A&F
Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has been well known for using highly sexualized marketing techniques to lure young people into its stores...but that's all changed now that the company has ousted former CEO Michael Jefferies. After 13 years of AFA's campaigning against A&F's trashy catalogs, shirtless models and pornographic ads, the company has shed the tawdry image and is now making its stores family friendly. The company has turned up the lights, turned down the music and cut back on the level of colognes that shoppers are forced to breathe. "By the end of July, there will no longer be sexualized marketing used in marketing materials, including in-store photos, gift cards and shopping bags," Abercrombie said in a news release. A research of A&F's website, Facebook page and other social media images already show a refreshing change from just a month ago. Parents, and children alike, will find A&F's offerings respectable and decent. And...the malls just became a bit more comfortable to visit.Also claiming victory is One Million Moms head Monica Cole: “The posters Abercrombie & Fitch used in their stores had nude models who just had their clothing strategically placed so nothing was seen, but the posters in general were obscene. These posters were removed after our voices were heard."
National Review Has Notorious RBG Sadz: She Totally Destroys The Rule Of Law
“The Notorious R.B.G.” is not the beneficiary of a grand expansion of imagination, a leap to a higher plane of Being. She is the result of an ideology of womanhood that has been militantly enforced on American politics and culture over the past half-century, not by latter-day Susan B. Anthonys but by knockoff Betty Friedans. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s own service has been to impose that ideology on the law not from a seat in the legislature, but from her perch on the judges’ bench. By doing so, she has helped to legitimize the reduction of the Constitution and the entire judicial apparatus to an instrument for political gain, and to enshrine a vision of modern womanhood that cheerfully eviscerates any woman who believes otherwise. The Left thinks that is something to be celebrated?Good grief.