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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INDIA: Supreme Court Recognizes Trans People As Third Gender

In what is being hailed as a landmark ruling, today the Indian Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a third gender. Via the BBC:
"It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female. It ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities. According to one estimate, India has about two million transgender people. In India, a common term used to describe transgender people, transsexuals, cross-dressers, eunuchs and transvestites is hijra. Campaigners say they live on the fringes of society, often in poverty, ostracised because of their gender identity. Most make a living by singing and dancing or by begging and prostitution. Rights groups say they often face huge discrimination and that sometimes hospitals refuse to admit them. They have been forced to choose either male or female as their gender in most public spheres.
The BBC notes that India is the third nation to recognize a third gender. Nepal did so in 2009 and Bangladesh followed last year. The Times Of India has more on today's news:
The apex court also said states and the Centre will devise social welfare schemes for third gender community and run a public awareness campaign to erase social stigma. The SC said the states must construct special public toilets and departments to look into their special medical issues. The SC also added that if a person surgically changes his/her sex, then he or she is entitled to her changed sex and can not be discriminated. The apex court expressed concern over transgenders being harasssed and discriminated in the society and passed a slew of directions for their social welfare. The apex court said that trangenders were respected earlier in the society but situation has changed and they now face discrimination and harassment. It said that section 377 of IPC is being misused by police and other authorities against them and their social and economic condition is far from satisfactory.

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Enter The Shoe Truthers

Wingnuts are saying that Hillary Clinton planted that shoe-throwing woman in order to look more presidential. Because it happened to Dubya. Seriously. From a post on the website of Fox commentator Bernard Goldberg:
There is a political axiom, I believe first posed by Euclid or Archimedes, that when Hillary does something, or when something happens to her, she has carefully calculated it beforehand. This is almost always true, the one trivial exception being the nomination and election of Barack Obama in 2008. So it would not be stretching logic to suppose that Hillary arranged to have the shoe thrown at her. Remembering the Bush incident, she may have calculated that this would make her seem presidential. This would explain why Ms. Ernst was not pounded to a pulp by Hillary’s bodyguards, and why she seems on the verge of getting off scot free. Don’t be too surprised, the next time you visit Phoenix, if you see her sitting at a table in a downtown Hillary for President store front, stuffing and sealing envelopes.
Rush Limbaugh agrees: "I think it was staged, or set up, or whatever. I don’t know why anybody would be throwing a shoe at Hillary unless maybe it’s an attempt to make the Benghazi people look like nuts and lunatics and wackos."

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NASA Tracks Blood Moon Eclipse

There's a moon in the sky. It's called the moon. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Porno Pete Arrested At Canadian College After Refusing To Leave The Campus

Canadian radio station CJME has the story:
An American anti-gay activist and a Canadian abortion activist have been arrested at the University of Regina. Peter LaBarbera, the controversial head of an American lobby group that has been labelled a hate group by the South Poverty Law Center, and Bill Whatcott, an abortion activist who has a history of legal troubles in Saskatchewan, were taken into custody by the Regina Police Service. News Talk Radio's Kevin Martel observed police officers tell the two to leave the school's campus or risk being arrested; after some discussion the men refused to move and were arrested for trespassing. LaBarbera and Whatcott were in Weyburn over the weekend to speak at a pro-life conference. They were at the school attempting to hand out anti-abortion and anti-gay pamphlets, flanked by large placards depicting aborted fetuses.
I have no doubt that LaBarbera deliberately provoked his arrest in order to win martyrdom points with his fellow Christianists back home. And now come the "outraged" appearances on Fox News and websites across Teabagistan.

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Robin Roberts On Coming Out

"Shortly after I posted about my relationship with Amber on Facebook last year, I showed a picture of us with my niece — who'd gotten married in Baton Rouge, LA — on GMA. It was like a beautiful family picture. I was so moved that people got it and said, 'You're happy.' Others, though, were asking, 'Why didn't you say something about her before? Why are you only recognizing her now?' News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what's right for me. Love is love, and I'm grateful to have that. Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way. But I don't care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can't get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don't go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices." - Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, speaking to Good Housekeeping.

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New JMG Mobile Interface Launches

We launched a new mobile interface for JMG today. Don't freak out if you don't like it - just hit the "desktop" button at the top and you'll be returned to the regular version. The new interface supports the following devices at this stage:
  • iPad (Mobile Safari on iOS 5+, Chrome on iOS 5+)
  • iPhone (Mobile Safari on iOS 5+, Chrome on iOS 5+)
  • Nexus 7 (Google Chrome)
  • Kindle Fire (Amazon Silk)
Other Android devices will be supported in the next couple of months. Just click on a photo or title to read each post. You can then swipe back and forth between the posts as you do with any mobile photo gallery. Hit the JMG logo to return to the home page and tap "add to home screen" to create a dedicated JMG button on your device. Everybody hates change, including me, but since you've got the option to stick with the old interface, I'm hoping there won't be too much screaming. But just in case, I'm putting my mandrake earmuffs on.

UPDATE:  Some important features have proven to be buggy or not working from the start. The provider is working to install some fixes and the interface will likely be up and down as they make changes. You'll continue to be able to access JMG on mobile devices the regular way while they do this. Sigh. I guess I was kidding myself that it would work like a dream right out of the gate, huh?

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At Miami Beach Pride 2014

Miami Beach's sixth annual LGBT Pride parade took place yesterday on South Beach's Ocean Drive with Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan, who appears at 2:30 in this clip.

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Quote Of The Day - Chelsea Manning

"As a trans woman, I appreciate the Pride movement’s significant role in bringing together diverse communities and elevating the public profile of the fight for queer rights, I have always enjoyed attending Pride celebrations given the opportunity, and I'm deeply honored to receive this title." - Chelsea Manning, writing from federal prison in reaction to being named honorary grand marshal of San Francisco Pride.

More from the Advocate:
Organizers of the San Francisco Pride parade that last year scuttled plans for Chelsea Manning to be grand marshal are trying to repair a rift the controversy created. Manning is named as an "honorary grand marshal" on a list published by organizers this weekend via the official pride website. And SF Pride's new board president, Gary Virginia, said in a statement that Manning's nomination in 2013 was "mishandled." "Even with this controversy, thousands of Manning supporters in the 2013 Pride Parade represented the largest non-corporate, walking contingent in the parade," Virginia noted. "I want to publicly apologize to Chelsea Manning and her supporters on behalf of SF Pride, and we look forward to a proper honor this year.”
Manning's selection as SF Pride 2013 grand marshal was met with great controversy. One LGBT military group denounced the selection and another called for a boycott of SF Pride, who then reversed their decision.

RELATED: Manning is serving a 35 year espionage sentence for leaking classified information. Yesterday her lawyer discussed the appeal now in progress.
"The Espionage Act was meant to punish spies and saboteurs....It was never meant for whistleblowers," attorney Nancy Hollander said Sunday night in a Skype call to a gathering of Manning supporters in Washington. "This is a draconian act…It must be stopped if we’re to have any freedom of speech—if the First Amendment is to exist at all." Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) was convicted at a court martial last year of leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. A military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison—far and away the longest sentence ever given in a leak case. The sentence is not yet final because it awaits action by Manning's commander, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan. He can reduce or eliminate Manning's sentence or overturn the conviction.

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MICHIGAN: ACLU Sues For Recognition Of Existing Same-Sex Marriages

Via press release:
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed last month are recognized by the state. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold. “As a matter of law and fundamental fairness, the state is obligated to extend the protections that flow from marriage to all those who celebrated their weddings last month,” said Kary L. Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director. “Doing anything less treats legally married gay and lesbian couples like second-class citizens, and adds to the confusion and instability these loving families have endured.”
Last month Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder acknowledged the legality of the marriages that took place on the one day they were allowed. But he still won't allow state agencies to recognize them.

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CLEVELAND: Muslim Cab Drivers Refuse To Work With Gay Games Advertising

Cleveland television reported on Friday that some Muslim cab drivers have walked off the job rather than drive taxis with the above advertising for the Gay Games, which take place there in August.
19 Action News reporter Brian Duffy spoke with about 20 cabbies at the airport who are still driving and all of them confirmed there are drivers who have walked off the job on protest. Representatives of AmeriCab, one of the three cab companies on the job at the airport, also confirmed the protest but say only one of their drivers has been reassigned. We're told at least 16-17 drivers who work for Ace Taxi, another company working out of the airport, are no longer driving. We went to Ace but were told they were too busy to talk to us. Yellow Cab, a third cab company at the airport, never returned our calls. Tom Nobbe, the executive director of the games, says he's a bit disappointed. "When you look at what's going on around the world it's not a huge surprise. In some parts of the world LGBT folks are not very welcome," said Tom Nobbe of the Gay Games.
Cleveland International Airport has issued a statement:
Today, two of the three taxi cab companies (Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab) operating from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport's (CLE) dedicated taxi cab program. The drivers informed their respective companies their decision was based on religious reasons. The airport is committed to providing this necessary customer service to our arriving passengers seeking transportation from the airport to their final destination. An agreement has been brokered by the airport between the taxi cab stand operator, Standard Parking, and the affected taxi cab companies that will allow for the replacement of those drivers who no longer wish to participate in CLE's taxi cab program. The affected taxi cab companies will backfill the airport's dedicated fleet with metered taxi cabs until each company can hire permanent drivers for the airport's taxi cab program. It is expected to take approximately two to three weeks to repopulate the airport's Taxi fleet.
(Tipped by JMG reader Dan)

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Obama Speaks About Kansas Shooting

This morning President Obama spoke about yesterday's shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas. Prosecutors say hate crimes charges are likely.
Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo., a known white supremacist, has not been formally charged in the slayings, but officials said more information about charges was expected Tuesday. Federal prosecutors were moving to put the case before a grand jury. Police suspect Cross fatally shot two people Sunday afternoon in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, then drove to a retirement community where he shot a third person. He was arrested in an elementary school parking lot. "We have unquestionably determined through the work of law enforcement that this was a hate crime," Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said, refusing to elaborate on the evidence. Cross, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, was being held at the Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

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Tweet Of The Day- Bishop Gene Robinson


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Bill Donohue: Knights Of Columbus Will Join My Boycott Of Guinness Beer

"We have amassed over 7,000 email addresses from the Knights of Columbus, constituting over 1,500 councils across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, we are asking the Knights to join us in our boycott of Guinness. We are confident that many Knights will participate. How do we know? Because we have been contacted by many councils already, anticipating our appeal to them. When Guinness pulled the plug on its sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City—over the bogus argument that gays are barred from marching—it insulted Catholics of every ethnicity. The only way to send the corporate bullies at Guinness a message is to hit them in the pocket book." - Economic terrorist Bill Donohue, writing for the Catholic League.

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OHIO: Federal Judge Rules That State Must Recognize Out-Of-State Marriages
UPDATE: Ruling Is Stayed Pending Appeal

The expected ruling in Ohio was issued today. Via press release from Freedom To Marry:
Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Black struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married. He ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state -- as married. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement: “Couples who are married should be treated as married no matter where they are in the country, including Ohio. Couples should not have to play 'now you're married, now you're not' as they travel, work, move, or return home. This is a good day for families and businesses in Ohio, and a good day for the Constitution and America."
Last Monday hate group leader Brian Brown posted his boilerplate sadz reaction in anticipation of today's ruling.

UPDATE: The judge has stayed his ruling pending an appeal.
In an unusual move, Black stayed enforcement of his order pending appeals to his court, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He ordered the attorneys for the four same-sex couples involved in the case to file a response today and the state to file by 3 p.m. Tuesday on whether that stay should stand. “The court shall rule expeditiously,” he said, but noted he is inclined to remove the stay on just the four couples.

The case decided today involves Ohio rules about whose name can go on Ohio birth certificates when legally married gays adopt a child. The state does not allow both partners to be listed on the birth certificate. Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal the order and ask that overall stay remain in place, spokesman Dan Tierney said. However, DeWine will not appeal the lifting of the stay for the four couples involved, he said. That means if Black lifts the stay, those four couples would be allowed to proceed with the birth certificate process – and state would be compelled to allow it.

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Logo Pulls Episode Of RuPaul's Drag Race After "She-Male" Complaints By Activists

Logo today announced that it has pulled an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race after transgender activists complained about a skit in which contestants were asked to view photos and declare whether the images were of "females or she-males." The issue has been a hot topic on some activist sites since the show first aired. From Logo's statement:
We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term 'she-mail' on Drag Race. Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again. Furthermore, we are removing the 'You've got she-mail' intro from new episodes of the series. We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.
"She-male" is widely used in porn and is considered among the most pejorative anti-trans expressions by many activists. Two years ago a similar flap erupted over the word "tranny" and RuPaul commented on the issue in an interview with Michelangelo Signorile:
"In the ACT UP age we called ourselves queers because we earned the right, we took the word back. But in reality, once you go even deeper, you know, you have to come from intent. And black folks call themselves the n-word all the time. It's because the intent is coming from a place of love. If the intent is coming from a place of hatred, that's different. But you can't legislate intent. You can't -- there's no way to do it. So, the truth is, you have to fix that individually on a one by one basis. If somebody calls you a green martian, would you be offended by it? No, you wouldn't be. Why? Because you know you're not a green martian. But if you're offended by someone calling you a "tranny," it was only because you believe you are a "tranny!" [laughter.] So then, the solution is: Change your mind about yourself being a "tranny."

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Homocon Robert Oscar Lopez: Unhinged Homofacists Have Banished Me To Europe

"I was delighted to come and speak to the BBC in London, to German parliamentarians in Brussels, and to Italian jurists, but one of the reasons that I was so available to help European allies was practical: having been blacklisted and driven out of the public square by a cadre of unhinged homosexual fascists, I could make no appearances in the United States and had, up until last month, a wide open schedule. Between March 2013 and April 2014, I made four trips to Europe and delivered dozens of interviews, public addresses, and presentations, with everyone from I-Télé to church groups to European members of parliament.

"Meanwhile, I was largely invisible in the United States. Conservatives who wanted to defend marriage focused on buttoned up academic postulations, religious-freedom arguments like the ones championed with vetoed legislation in Arizona, and warnings about a slippery slope leading to polygamy. I had chosen an urgent and stark tone in my argumentation, naming same-sex parenting as child abuse, invoking past history when social experimentation led to atrocities, and rejecting sentimentality in favor of probing scrutiny. There was still a belief among many defenders of marriage that compassion, civility, and professionalism could overwhelm the gay lobby with kindness. The result was that troublemakers like me were banished to Europe." - Homocon horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez, bragging about his European hate tour for American Thinker.

RELATED:  Last week Lopez filed an anti-gay amicus brief in support of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Last month Lopez declared that gay men are turning surrogate mothers into breeding slaves. Last year, in addition to appearing on stage at an anti-gay Manif Pour Tous rally in France that was supported by neo-Nazis, Lopez testified against LGBT equality before several state legislatures and he co-signed an anti-gay homocon brief to the Supreme Court in support of DOMA. You really must read the Media Matters take on Lopez' trilogy of gay erotica.

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Perkins: Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Is A Coward For Retreating On Gay Marriage

Hate group leader Tony Perkins appeared on the Fox News show of Mike Huckabee yesterday to denounce Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy as a "coward" for backing out of the same-sex marriage issue. Huckabee then laughably denounced the left for trying to "shut down the view" of anti-gay companies, when "nobody is asking the left to do that." Huckabee then called campaigns against anti-gay companies "economic terrorism." Starbucks, General Mills, Kraft, Macy's, Home Depot, and all those other boycotts? Not economic terrorism, apparently.

REMINDER: When major national Christian groups with millions of followers call for boycotts, that is a righteous use of the free market in order to preserve morality, marriage, family, and the American way. But when gay folks call for a boycott, THAT is homofascist intimidation, intolerance, bullying, economic terrorism, a stifling of religious liberty, and an attempt to deny the freedom of speech. And don't you forget it.

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DJ Rand Paul Takes Requests

After being spoofed as a Coachella DJ on Saturday Night Live, yesterday Sen. Rand Paul posted the above tweet then followed up with a dozen YouTube links to tracks by Avicii, Daft Punk, and LGBT allies Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis. Because he's down, you guys. Also on the set list of DJ Rand Paul: Rush, the Police, Jefferson Airplane, Coolio, the Beatles, and Tom Petty.

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Ugandan Group Issues Urgent Appeal For Aid In Helping HIV Volunteer Flee Country

GEHO Uganda has issued an urgent appeal for financial assistance in helping a Ugandan HIV/AIDS volunteer flee her country. The woman is currently in hiding and is being sought by police after being accused of violating Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act through her work. Details:
On April 11, the Gender-Equality and Health Organisation (GEHO) Uganda, a community-based organization in Jinja, Eastern Uganda, posted an urgent appeal for travel funds for a One Way airline ticket to Canada for Dorcas Awena, 26, a longtime volunteer for their AIDS program. GEHO was set up to provide desperately-needed medical, legal and psychological support, including safe houses and legal aid, for the LGBTQ community of Jinja, Eastern Uganda - after initial introduction of the "Kill the Gays" bill. Awena fled into hiding after police raided GEHO's offices, and six local radio stations publicly broadcast her name as someone accused of violating the anti-homosexuality law. As of Thursday afternoon, April 10, Awena had avoided a third attempt by the police to arrest her. GEHO still needed $300 to cover her plane ticket. Your donation to the Safe Passage Fund will be applied to cover the balance of Awena's air ticket and a travel stipend ($800). Monies raised beyond this amount will help other LGBTQ activists and allies in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia and elsewhere in immediate danger who need safe passage and asylum.
About the Safe Passage Fund:
Right now, LGBTQ activists are under attack in Uganda and need your support. The Safe Passage Fund was created to provide immediate assistance to LGBTQ activists who are at-risk of violence, life-imprisonment or even death. In partnership with our sister fund, Urgent Action Fund - Africa, the Safe Passage Fund makes rapid grants within 1-7 days to ensure the safety, and if necessary, evacuation, of these courageous individuals.
From the appeal: "Your tax-deductible donation will be quickly directed to the neediest cases. Thank You!" The Safe Passage Fund is a sister operation to the Urgent Action Fund.

Donate here.

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Malta To Legalize Civil Unions

Via Malta Today:
Today history will be written in Malta, when Parliament is expected to legalise civil unions. Same-sex couples will have the same rights and obligations as married persons of the opposite sex, including the possibility to adopt children. When one thinks that until a few years ago, Malta did not even allow divorce, one can only conclude that this is a historic moment in terms of social justice and equality. When the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) was formed at the turn of the century, it started to articulate discourse for equal rights in terms of sexual identity. Small progressive movements – Moviment Graffitti being one of them – immediately supported MGRM’s calls. Eventually others joined in, including Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party, Zminijietna Voice of the Left and a rainbow of new NGOs speaking up in terms of LGBT and Civil rights, such as Auditus and Drachma. Opinionists and journalists from media outlets such as Malta Today played an important role in articulating discourse along the lines of MGRM. An informal, fluid and broad alliance – a chain of equivalence – was formed around the demand for equality.
The opposition party is expected to abstain during tonight's vote. Afterwards the Maltese LGBT community will hold a celebration rally in Palace Square and attendees are invited to wear wedding attire. (Tipped by JMG reader Ronan)

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Kids Meet The Walkman

800K views in the first day.

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Finland Issues Tom Of Finland Stamps

In September, Finland's postal service will release several stamps that feature the work of famed gay artist Tom Of Finland. Via FinnBay:
Itella is owned by the state of Finland, providing postal, logistics and e-commerce services in Finland. Tom of Finland or Touko Laaksonen (8 May 1920 – 7 November 1991) is one of the most popular Finnish artists in Finland, who focused on drawing stylized homoerotic fetish art. He produced over 3,500 illustrations, mostly featuring men with exaggerated primary and secondary sex traits with tight or partially removed clothing. “His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures,” says Itella.
If you embiggen the image, you'll see that there appears to be three stamps on the page, including one of just the bare butt.

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Seen In Utah

On Friday the Eagle Forum staged an anti-gay rally at the Utah statehouse where Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was among the speakers. Above is one of the signs seen at the rally. (Via Good As You)

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Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi: Violating Shabbat Is Worse Than Committing Murder

After a story about a Shabbat-violating barber, Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi says:
"Don't make this mistake. Don't send your children to public school. Get them out of there right away. Don't be afraid of the money. [Unclear: Something about "animals".] You put him in good Yeshiva and one day you're gonna see how you saved them. At least your grandchildren will be Jewish. Better your son will be a doctor and your grandchildren will be Vinny and Tony? Or Achmed? Is that better? OK, so your son became a doctor. But who are his children. Irene? And Christine? And who - who are these children? What's gonna be when 71% of people in America getting married to non-Jews. Do you know that? 71%. Every day Israelis getting married to goyim here in New York alone. Every day."

RELATED: You might remember Mizrahi from his December 2013 declaration that even masculine homosexuals "must be stoned to death."

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap:
A Republican icon comes out in support of marriage equality. We've had a sting of major marriage wins in the last few months, but now anti-gay groups will keep trying to tear those victories down in a series of hearings. Support for marriage equality is picking up in conservative states, a terminally ill woman in Indiana is one step closer to getting her marriage recognized, and we have more lawsuits on the horizon in the south.

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Every Child Deserves A Mom & A Dad


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Editorial Of The Day

From the Salt Lake Tribune:
In rapid succession, the official Utah position on same-sex marriage has gone from mainstream conservative to merely retrograde to downright nasty. The arguments put forth Thursday by Utah’s hired legal eagles in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will soon be brushed aside, if not by that tribunal, then by the U.S. Supreme Court, and by the march of human progress. Meanwhile, the state is engaged in a rear-guard action against families it does not like. It is trying to block the adoption petitions filed by at least two of the some 1,200 same-sex couples who were legally wed after Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled in December that Utah’s Amendment 3, banning same-sex marriage in the state, was unconstitutional. The fact that the state is going out of its way to stop the legal formation of two — or more — secure, intact and loving families clearly puts the lie to the argument that the official defense of Amendment 3 is not, in lawyer-speak, "animus" against same-sex couples and their households, but a reasonable state effort to encourage the legal formation of, well, secure, intact and loving families.
Read the full editorial.

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Apple CEO Reaffirms ENDA Support

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TRAILER: Hercules

Hercules! Hercules!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Anti-Gay Irish Journalist: I'm Afraid To Go Out At Night After Panti Bliss Flap

Anti-gay Irish journalist John Waters says he's now fearful for his safety after being paid €40,000 by state television shortly after he was denounced as a homophobe by drag performer Panti Bliss during a nationally televised show.
"What is the great crime in taking money off the state broadcaster?" he asked, in an interview near his holiday home in Sligo town yesterday. "Let me tell you this, if this had gone on, it isn't €40,000, I would have got €4m out of RTE." Mr Waters also took the opportunity to reinforce his stance on gay marriage and adoption." This is about free speech. It is about the rights of people to speak about what is important without being demonised," he said. Waters told the Sunday Independent he has been left fearing for his personal safety. "I won't go in to Dublin city centre at night. When you have that kind of toxicity generated out of nothing, what are you going to do? It's not worth it." "I was walking down the street and a guy on a bicycle shouted 'you f***ing homophobe' at me before cycling on. I was in a coffee shop on another occasion and a woman waddled over to me with a pram and told me I should be ashamed of myself before walking off. They are cowards, they shout something and keep walking, they don't want to engage."
Waters adds that he now has no friends left in the media and claims to have lost 14 pounds from the stress of the backlash against him. Hit the above link for several video clips in which Waters defends his use of the term "buggery" and attacks gay adoption, which he calls as "absurd" as allowing two brothers to adopt.  The Sunday Independent story is currently the top post on Breitbart London.

RELATED: After the payment to Waters was made public, Panti Bliss delivered a now-legendary speech about homophobia that went viral on YouTube and was remixed into a dance track by Pet Shop Boys.

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LGBT Group Faith In America Issues Plea To Pope Francis In Full-Page NY Times Ad:
Stop Condemning Homosexual Acts

The LGBT group Faith In America today published a full-page open letter to Pope Francis in the New York Times. The letter was written by Ali Forney Center head Carl Siciliano and financial assistance was provided by furniture maker Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Your Holiness, I write to you as a Roman Catholic, a former Benedictine monk and as a gay man who has spent over 30 years serving the homeless, first as a member of the Catholic Worker Movement, and now as the founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, America’s largest center for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth based in New York City. I write on behalf of the homeless LGBT youths I serve. I ask you to take urgent action to protect them from the devastating consequences of religious rejection, which is the most common reason LGBT youths are driven from their homes. At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and brings suffering to innocent youths, you will end this teaching and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.
Hit this link and read Siciliano's message in full. In a Facebook page set up to support the campaign, Mitchell Gold writes:

To be very open, this might be one of THE most consequential efforts I’ve ever been involved in. PLEASE take a minute to look at the full page ad in the NY Times today asking the Pope to “take being or acting gay off the sin list.” It’s a big deal that some think is too big of a goal…. BUT it has to start sometime….and it must. Too many people are suffering needlessly. AND the church has changed before and apologized! Please like and share it on FB, forward to friends and family…..do what you can to help to start to move this mountain. Sincere thanks, Mitchell Gold.
A petition to Pope Francis has also been launched.

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The Tweet Of God

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OREGON: Four Students Wear Anti-Gay Shirts On Day Of Silence

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NEVADA: State GOP Drops Opposition To Gay Marriage And Abortion

Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval for governor in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting. By a show of hands, convention-goers adopted the platform as proposed by a separate committee without the two planks on marriage and abortion, following the Clark County GOP’s lead in removing hot-button social issues from the party’s statement of its principles. Some 520 delegates attended the convention, but less than half were present when the platform was adopted at about 7:30 p.m. Little debate preceded the vote, a far contrast to earlier in day. State party Chairman Michael McDonald said it was a successful convention at the end of the day. “I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” McDonald said, referring to the platform. “This is where the party is going.”
Log Cabin Republicans react via press release:
"The state party has made it clear that they want a 'bigger tent' and has welcomed us into it," said Ed Williams, President of Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada and a delegate at the convention. "Today's historic vote positions the Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada and our allies to be even more effective in demonstrating that the Republican Party is the party of limited government, personal responsibility and individual liberty." Log Cabin Republicans National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo added: "Once again, our local Log Cabin Republicans members have made a critical difference pushing the GOP toward the right side of history by going where others fear to tread -- or cannot tread because of their party affiliation. The Republican Party is at a crossroads: in a year where the Massachusetts GOP rolled back the clock and added divisive social issues to its platform, the state Republican Party responsible for nominating Sharron Angle in 2010 seems to have finally learned to focus on the issues that truly matter to voters, which will lead to massive Republican wins at the ballot box this fall"

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SNL: CNN Pregnancy Test

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