Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Feds Block Merger Of Cell Phone Giants
The Department of Justice today filed suit to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, saying that if the companies were to join, millions of consumers would suffer with higher prices and fewer choices.
"AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would eliminate a company that has been a disruptive force through low pricing and innovation by competing aggressively in the mobile wireless telecommunications services marketplace. AT&T could obtain substantially the same network enhancements that it claims will come from the transaction if it simply invested in its own network without eliminating a close competitor."Bam! The merger isn't officially dead until a federal judge rules. Which, of course, could take forever. But as the above-linked story notes, in the meantime thousands of workers at both companies will hang on to their jobs.
Quote Of The Day - Erwin Chemerinsky
"I continue to believe that the [Supreme] Court will rule, five-to-four, in an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, that laws prohibiting marriage equality violate the United States Constitution. Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinions in Romer v. Evans (1996) and Lawrence v. Texas (2003), and I think that he will see his longest-lasting legacy from over a quarter of a century on the Court being in the area of eliminating discrimination against gays and lesbians. I believe that his opinion will emphasize, as he did in Romer and Lawrence, the absence of any legitimate interest for prohibiting marriage by same-sex couples. As in Lawrence, and other opinions, he will point to the trend across the world." - Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine's law school.
Tony Perkins & The KKK
I've blogged many times about Tony Perkins' ties to the KKK. Today Equality California picks up on Perkins' racist past in a clip about his attempt to undo California's LGBT education bill. Watch this!
October 11th: Utah's Pink Dot
Possibly Good News On Prop 8
Via Zack Ford at Think Progress:
Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court may have been derailed by Senate Republicans, but his nomination to California’s Supreme Court is right on track. The Commission on Judicial Appointments will consider Liu’s appointment Wednesday, but the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominations has already given him its highest rating: “exceptionally well-qualified.” It’s expected that, if confirmed, Liu — who has previously spoken out for marriage equality — will be seated in time for next week’s hearing on proponents’ standing in the Prop 8 case.
An Update On Jerry Buell
Eagle-eyed JMG readers have picked up that Orlando's WFTV-ABC has edited their original story about public school teacher Jerry Buell. The station's earlier claim that the KKK had threatened to picket the Lake County School Board has vanished. As WFTV was the source for several JMG posts on that issue and since no other news outlet appears to be making that assertion, we're going to have to now recant such a claim here. I'll publish updates to that effect in my previous posts. It would be interesting to learn why that bit has disappeared from the WFTV story without explanation.
Peter Sprigg: Help! I'm Being Oppressed!
Sprigg is incensed about being characterized as part of a hate group. This is the guy who wants you imprisoned for being gay. This is the guy who announced on national television that it would be a fantastic if the United States would just "export" all its dirty queers to some other country.
RELATED: The Charity Give Back Group used to be called the Christian Values Network. Whatever made them change that?
Willie Nelson - Back To The Start
Yes, this is the Coldplay song. Clip description:
The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system.
The Return Of Ratty Hairpiece Woman
Focus On The Family's Ratty Hairpiece Woman (Candi Cushman) goes on and on about the "indoctrination" of students by groups such as GLSEN. Let those kids grow up to be the violent Christian bullies that God meant them to be!
BRISBANE: Gays Vs. Hate Preachers
100 Years Of Style In 100 Seconds
Matt Barber: Help! I'm Being Oppressed!
"I’ve said this before and I’ll say it right now. The sexual anarchist lobby, this radical, militant lobby, wants three things in this order: they want to see those of us who hold traditional values and have a biblical view of sexual behavior and sexual morality; they want to see us behind bars. Absent that, if that doesn’t work, they want to see us discredited, our licenses, my law licenses revoked, unable to teach in schools and so forth. They want us completely discredited and marginalized to the fringes of society. Finally and included in that is the inability, they want to see people like us not able to make a living. And that’s why they’re going after these organizations and they’re using economic terrorism, for lack of a better phrase." - Liberty Counsel spokesbigot Matt Barber.
Again, and just so we're all clear...gay boycotts are "economic terrorism." Stop that terrorizing, you dirty homo terrorist! Stop it right now!
The Gay Groupon Launches
Poor Groupon. Aside from being one of the most over-hyped and destined to flameout internet companies since Kozmo, they face hordes of competitors who have not only jumped on their concept, but use similar names as well. Via Techcrunch, here's the backstory on Gaypon:
Before becoming a Gaypon merchant, businesses are put through a background check of sorts, where they are investigated for any bad marks, like complaints of discrimination from customers and employees, poor hiring practices, etc. Gaypon says it also uses various tools, like the Human Rights Campaign’s “Corporate Equality Index” that rates American workplaces on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. Gaypon plans to donate a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations, and those that support the gay community, like The Trevor Project, which focuses on crisis and suicide prevention amongst LGBTQ youth, and Affirmations, which is one of the largest LGBT community centers in the United States. The exact percentage of those donations, however, is unclear.Just a few days ago, a good friend idly wondered why there was no gay version of Groupon. I pointed to the very short-lived Fab.com (nee Fabulis) as the reason. I don't have a lot of faith in Gaypon either, but I wish them well.
RELATED: You won't actually feel too sorry for Groupon after reading last month's Vanity Fair feature about its founder.
FLORIDA: Students Of "Cesspool" Teacher Share His Homophobic Comments
After being suspended for posting anti-gay comments on his Facebook page, last week Florida teacher Jerry Buell was reinstated when the KKK threatened to picket the local school board in his defense. The defiant Buell said that he did not intend to change his teaching philosophy, which includes speaking "as if Lake County had hired Jesus Christ himself." Today Equality Florida shares some examples of Buell's in-class comments as reported by former students.
Brian Blaise, an honors student who graduated in 2003, described the day Mr. Buell offered his disturbing take on the issue of gays serving in the military: "I looked up when he said he supported gays in the military, stunned by the answer. He immediately followed that comment with the statement that we should then put them on the front lines, and pull back," Blaise said. Another of his students recounted Mr. Buell invoking the quote "A pig in a tuxedo is still a pig" to declare his disdain for recognizing gay relationships.Got that? "Jesus Christ himself" is telling public school students that setting up gay soldiers to be murdered would be a hilarious thing to do. Christian Love.™
TAKE ACTION: Send an email to the Lake County School Board and demand that they expand anti-bullying and non-discrimination policies to include LGBT students.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The source for the KKK aspect of this story, Orlando's WFTV-ABC, has edited their original story to remove this claim. No explanation has yet been provided for this change.
The Bad Hair Grad Photo Meme
Yesterday Dan Savage posted the above left photo from 1982, saying, "Who am I to criticize anybody's style?" At least Dan's hair appears to be low maintenance. Accomplishing my 1977 feathered swoop required at least thirty minutes with a blow dryer and a round brush. Not to mention enough Aqua Net to eat a sizable ozone hole over Central Florida.
RELATED: Check out Bilerico's Bill "Bon Jovi" Browning.
Gay Military Mag To Debut On Bases
The publishers of Outserve Magazine have received permission to distribute the gay-oriented title on Army and Air Force bases beginning next month.
OutServe Magazine will hit store shelves at Army and Air Force bases on Sept. 20, the day the Pentagon plans to formally end enforcement of the “don’t ask, don't tell” policy that bans gays from serving openly. The publication is published by OutServe, a group of secretly gay active duty service members that says it has hundreds of members currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The magazine, which began publishing in the spring, is currently available in limited supply at some public meeting areas and military physicians offices, the group said.
IRENE: A Top Ten Worst Storm
Analysts say Hurricane Irene will enter the books as one of the ten most costly storms to ever strike the United States. Dozens of people have died and flood waters continue to rise in some portions of New England. Repairs to damaged roads, bridges, and train tracks will likely take many months to complete and the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have demanded immediate financial assistance from the federal government.
Industry estimates put the cost of the storm at $7 billion to $10 billion, largely because the hurricane pummeled an unusually wide area of the East Coast. Beyond deadly flooding that caused havoc in upstate New York and Vermont, the hurricane flooded cotton and tobacco crops in North Carolina, temporarily halted shellfish harvesting in Chesapeake Bay, sapped power and kept commuters from their jobs in the New York metropolitan area and pushed tourists off Atlantic beaches in the peak of summer. While insurers have typically covered about half of the total losses in past storms, they might end up covering less than 40 percent of the costs associated with Hurricane Irene, according to an analysis by the Kinetic Analysis Corporation. That is partly because so much damage was caused by flooding, and it is unclear how many damaged homes have flood insurance, and partly because deductibles have risen steeply in coastal areas in recent years, requiring some homeowners to cover $4,000 worth of damages or more before insurers pick up the loss.Buzzfeed has posted many photos of the damage in Vermont.
Foo Fighters - Hot Buns
More On The Charlotte Hate March
As I mentioned yesterday, hundreds of red-shirted anti-gay Christians marched on Charlotte Pride this weekend in order to hurl insults and condemnation at the event's attendees. According to Matt Comer of North Carolina's Q-Notes, the group's leader, Michael Brown, "started his FIRE School of Ministry to 'raise up a holy army of uncompromising spirit-filled radicals who will shake an entire generation with the gospel of Jesus by life or death.' Chilling. More photos from the day can be found on Brown's Facebook page.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
GOP: The 'G' Is For 'Goatse'
Puerto Rico's Sen. Roberto Arango says his resignation was brought about by a conspiracy of his political enemies. Enemies who apparently forced him to show his fellow Grindr members the results of his fabulous weight loss. IN HIS ANUS.
In his resignation letter effective August 31, Arango says his political enemies are to blame for his downfall. “I affirm with the up most certainty that the controversy which Puerto Rico's Senate and the city capital is currently facing is the result of a sinister maneuver orchestrated by my political enemies,” he wrote. When the Puerto Rican TV show Dando Candela presented the conservative lawmaker with a photograph of a naked man, he didn't exactly deny he was the subject in the photograph: “You know I've been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I've been taking pictures. I don't remember taking this particular picture but I'm not gonna say I didn't take it. I'd tell you if I remembered taking the picture but I don't.”RELATED: I was totally hoping for another reason to post about Arango just so I could use the above headline, which I ripped off from an anonymous Slog commenter.
Payback Is A Rich (Donor)
Politico's Ben Smith reports:
With same-sex marriage legal in the state in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reaping the political rewards: A source emails over an invitation to a $12,500 per person "intimate evening" fundraiser on Sept. 21 with Cuomo. It will be hosted by medical-supply heir Jon Stryker, who is probably the biggest donor to gay causes in the country; and Jonathan Lewis, son of Democratic megadonor Peter Lewis.
Just So We're All Clear
When anti-gay Christianist hate groups call for nationwide boycotts of LGBT-friendly companies, that is a righteous use of the free market in order to preserve morality, marriage, family, and the American way. But when GAY groups use or threaten the use of a boycott, THAT is homofascist intimidation, intolerance, bullying, and an attempt to deny the freedom of speech.
Just so we're all clear.
ISRAEL: Army Prepares For Riots After UN Vote On Palestinian Statehood
Next month the Palestinian Authority will request recognition from the United Nations. The Israeli army is reportedly stockpiling stun grenades and other "crowd control" measures in anticipation of the reaction to the UN's vote.
The PA plans to ask the UN for recognition, though it has not yet decided whether to pursue full recognition or "non-member observer state" status, which would put it on a par with the Vatican. The latter requires only a two-thirds vote in the General Assembly, while full recognition also needs approval at the Security Council, where the United States has promised to veto the measure. The PA has not yet drafted a final resolution requesting recognition; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to submit it at the General Assembly next month. Several EU member states, including France and the United Kingdom, have said they will wait to see the final resolution before deciding their vote. Four EU members - Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic - have already said that they plan to vote against the measure. Ashton hinted, though, that the EU could endorse the measure. "I would hope to see something that the European Union is able to support," Ashton said on Monday.
Perry Widens SC Polling Lead
Tweet Of The Day - Albert Brooks
American Family Association Calls For Recriminalization Of Homosexuality
The American Family Association, which screams and complains every week about its hate group designation, would like to imprison millions of Americans merely because of who they are. But remember, WE are the Nazis.
Both of the cases that went to the United States Supreme Court that dealt with the issue of whether states should criminalize sodomy, and of course they still ought to be able to do it, every state in the union criminalized sodomy until 1962 and then forty nine states until 1972, then they began to fall like dominoes. But by the time of the founding until the late 20th Century, homosexual activity was a felony offense in the United States of America, there is no reason why it cannot be a criminal offense once again, absolutely none.
(Via - Right Wing Watch)
Ladies Love Crazy Hair
According to hair stylists, even liberal women are rushing into the nation's salons to "guiltily demand the Bachmann Look."
"A lot of clients have asked for Sarah Palin hair in the past four years, and now, it's Bachmann," says Andi Scarbrough of Byu-ty Hair Therapy in L.A. "Politicians are the new celebrities, because they're real. They didn't just spring up out of the red carpet." However, she admits, "I have women who come in with photos with the face cut out sometimes." "She has great coppery color that warms her up a little bit," said Angelo David at his E. 43rdSt. salon, who confirmed a spike in copycat requests for the candidate's look. "Not everybody wants to look like Kim Kardashian." Bachmann's style "is safe, but not soccer mom. It's sexy," said Alma Qeraxhiu at her AlmaG Salon and Spa on E. 21st. St. "I have found it a little bit amazing how many women have been coming in asking for her hair style, even though they don't agree with her politics."The Bachmann seems a lot like The Rachel to me.
Real Christians Love Oil Wells
Last week a group of "leftist" Christian environmentalists, including gay activist Dan Choi, were arrested outside the White House in a protest over a proposed massive oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. But according to a spokesman for the Alliance For The Stewardship Of Creation, those protesters aren't real Christians.
"They profess to believe the Bible," he points out. "Well, the Bible tells them that they're supposed to obey the governing authorities unless those governing authorities either require them to do what God forbids or forbids them to do what God requires -- and that has not happened. So they are actually disobeying scripture by doing this." Beisner believes the protesters are seeking media attention. "They oppose the provision of affordable, abundant, and reliable energy, and they do that frankly because they don't want human beings to prosper," he explains. "They want our economy to shrink because they think that our good, productive economy is harmful to the environment -- and on that they're just flat-out wrong."
ADF Vs. ACLU On Internet Filters
The anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund has entered the long-running battle to get public school systems to stop blocking websites that are useful to LGBT students. According to an ADF letter sent to several school districts, administrators are within their legal rights to ignore ACLU demands to lift the bans. Via the Christianist news outlet, OneNewsNow:
The ACLU is presently suing several school districts about the issue. "School districts shouldn't be bullied into exposing students to sexually explicit materials," argues ADF attorney David Cortman, adding that the ACLU's "Don't Filter Me Initiative" would be better named the "Public School Porn Initiative." "That's because the ACLU is pushing its radical sexual agenda for children by intimidating school districts with a long string of scare tactics," he continues. "These are just disguised as a concern over censorship, but in truth these school districts have no obligation to cave to the ACLU's unwarranted demands."Because GLSEN and P-FLAG are actually porn sites. Yup.
CHICAGO: Anti-Bullying Ally Ben Cohen To Kick Off Gay Softball World Series
You Are Putrid And Depraved
The Advocate reports that the El Paso Times has published a full-page ad from a local Catholic priest who is totally washed in the gentle redemptive blood of Jeebus.
"Engaging in depraved and unnatural sexual acts will lead directly to the ruin of both the homosexual's body and soul," [Father Michael] Rodriguez writes. "Our very anatomy cries out against the lie that homosexual acts are 'ok.'" Rodriguez closes his screed by saying we live in a "godless society" that condones homosexuality. "Reflect, first there are (a) individuals committing mortal sins of a homosexual nature; next, evil extends its tentacles to (b) society as a whole accepting homosexual and homosexual activity as 'normal"; and finally, iniquity's victory is all but sealed when (c) laws are enacted which impose the putrid homosexual ideology on everyone, while those who, rightfully resist it, are ridiculed, attacked, and persecuted," Rodriguez writes.Oh, look! Here are all the contact details for Father Rodriguez!
Asshat Of The Day - Michael Brown
"How many other community groups feature prominent performances by drag queens at their events? Can you imagine crowds at an Hispanic Pride event, or Black Pride event, or Asian Pride event -- just to name a few -- being entertained by men wearing dresses (or less), hot pink wigs, and matching knee-high boots? And this is part of the LGBT's strategy 'to promote acceptance'? How telling. And how telling that, unmentioned by the Observer, there was a large truck stationed next to the festival offering 'Free HIV Testing.' Yes, just another typical community event. It is also a bit disconcerting to watch young men greet each other with exclamations of 'Hey girl!' before exchanging pecks on the cheek. Does your average child find it confusing to hear men call each other 'girls'?" - Evangelist Michael Brown, on this weekend's Charlotte Pride, where hundreds of red-shirted Christians gathered to scream insults and hatred at attendees. Brown recently self-published a book of anti-gay lies, A Queer Thing Happened To America.
RELATED: Brown is attempting to create another Christianist martyr in a local Charlotte woman who purposely marched her four young boys through the middle of the event in order that they be photographed near "not family friendly" vendors and attendees. We'll be hearing more on this to be sure.
VIDEO: If you can bear it, here's another clip of one of God's Gentle People who spent the day accosting arrivals to let them know that they will die of AIDS and then spend eternity in a lake of fire.
Chaz Bono Cast For DWTS
The world's most famous transman, Chaz Bono, has been cast for the coming season of Dancing With The Stars. Also cast is Queer Eye fashion maven Carson Kressley.
ABC has unveiled the official cast line-up of "Dancing with the Stars" season 13, confirming the participation of some stars who had been mentioned in buzzing reports. They include Cher's son Chaz Bono, "Scream 4" actor David Arquette, former "The Hills" star Kristin Cavallari, George Clooney's ex Elisabetta Canalis and Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob Kardashian. From the sport world, there are Los Angeles Lakers' forward Ron Artest and female goal keeper Hope Solo. Rounding up the batch of twelve, which was announced during the Monday (August 29) episode of "Bachelor Pad", are HLN host Nancy Grace, "Hairspray" actress Ricki Lake, "All My Children" actor J.R. Martinez, the Wilson Phillips crooner Chynna Phillips, and fashion expert Carson Kressley.
Billboard Of The Day
Richmond, Virginia's Gay Community Center has revived a billboard campaign first seen in 1987.
Each day tens of thousands of travelers traveling south on Interstate 95 and east on Interstate 64 will see this message of inclusion as they pass the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Perhaps some will learn. Perhaps some will come out. Just as in 1987, Richmond will be reminded that LGBT people are woven into the fabric of the city.Hit the above link for more about the billboard and its history.
Florence - What The Water Gave Me
Metro-North Line "Closed For Months"
The Port Jervis line of Metro-North, which shuttles commuters between
Outside of the city, the storm has been devastating. So far, 40 people have died from it, and that total is expected to rise. The property loss is estimated to be well over $10 billion, and even locally, the MTA announced last night that Port Jervis line will not enjoy Metro-North service for months due to “catastrophic damage” to track beds, bridges and signal system. The railroad will run shuttle buses for now, but they do not anticipate service any time soon. More details are available in a press release, and the photos are breathtaking in their starkness.
Monday, August 29, 2011
SPOILER: True Blood
AFER: Prop 8 Proponents Desperately Trying to Hide Trial Tapes from Public
Today a California judge said that he would rule quickly after hearing arguments about the release of Proposition 8 trial videos. Anti-gay groups, whose "expert" witnesses were famously made to look like either fools or fascists or both, are vigorously attempting to thwart the release of the videos.
All Heterosexual Men Are Pedophiles
Delaware pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley has been sentenced to 14 consecutive life sentences after being charged with 471 counts of molesting over 100 girls in his practice, providing blatant proof that heterosexual men are all inherent molesters who should not be trusted around children.
The "vast majority" of Bradley's victims were under 3 years old, lead prosecutor Paula J. Ryan stressed in urging the harshest possible sentence for the once-respected physician whose crimes sent shock waves throughout Delaware and beyond and ranked him among history's worst pedophiles. "Earl Bradley committed unspeakable acts upon those who could not speak for themselves," Ryan told the judge. "He deliberately manipulated the parents of these children. He manipulated those who worked with him, and he repeatedly and intentionally -- without remorse or hesitation -- attacked and sexually assaulted toddlers and nonverbal children. "To make indescribable and horrific matters even worse, he videotaped these incidents for his own perverse pleasure, endlessly editing and copying, permanently memorializing his attacks on these children for his own twisted collection," she said.The American people need to rise up and demand that heterosexual men be banned from any job that provides access to our nation's vulnerable children!
Pastors Spew Hatred At Charlotte Pride
This fuckweasel was just one of several fascist Christianists who spent the weekend hurling hatred at Charlotte Pride attendees. Another of God's Gentle People was arrested for violating the city's noise ordinance, which stipulates that bullhorns must not exceed 75 decibels from ten feet away.
Russia Approves Tunnel To Alaska
The Russian government has given the go-ahead on an ambitious new tunnel project that could connect Siberia with Alaska via an underground rail line. If completed, the $65 billion project will be the longest underwater tunnel in the world, besting the Chunnel between England and France by twice the distance. The planned course would stretch over 65 miles and would snake beneath the Big and Little Diomede Islands. According to Inhabitat, the project will be funded by a private and public partnership. So why build it? Aside from being a civil engineering marvel, the tunnel would also provide an efficient way to move 100 million tons of freight per year.
Who Likes Wet People?
Catholic Group: Galileo Was Wrong
A bizarre sect of wingnut Catholics is back in the news for their long-running claim that Galileo was wrong about heliocentrism. Because it says so in the Bible. And according to the Chicago Tribune, the group's membership is growing.
Those promoting geocentrism argue that heliocentrism, or the centuries-old consensus among scientists that Earth revolves around the sun, is a conspiracy to squelch the church's influence. "Heliocentrism becomes dangerous if it is being propped up as the true system when, in fact, it is a false system," said Robert Sungenis, leader of a budding movement to get scientists to reconsider. "False information leads to false ideas, and false ideas lead to illicit and immoral actions — thus the state of the world today.… Prior to Galileo, the church was in full command of the world, and governments and academia were subservient to her." There is proof in Scripture that Earth is the center of the universe, Sungenis said. Among many verses, he cites Joshua 10:12-14 as definitive proof: "And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, while the nation took vengeance on its foe.… The sun halted in the middle of the sky; not for a whole day did it resume its swift course."Even the Vatican has ridiculed the group. A spokesman for the Creation Museum, however, hedged his bets, saying the Bible says nothing either way.
(Tipped by JMG reader Amanda)
Chatbot Vs. Chatbot
Quote Of The Day - Crazy Eyes
"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending." - Rep. Michele Bachmann, speaking to an audience of "evangelical and Tea Party voters" in Sarasota, Florida.
Bloomberg Endorses Openly Lesbian NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn
According to the New York Times, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says privately ("to almost anybody that asks") that he is endorsing Christine Quinn to succeed him in 2013 at the end of his third term. Quinn, the openly lesbian longtime speaker of the New York City Council, has been Bloomberg's indispensable lieutenant, often corralling the large and combative Council into complying with his marching orders.
In 2009, Quinn was considered by many to have a lock on becoming mayor, but then her boss decided on that controversial third term. As for 2013, that's a long ways away, but with Anthony Weiner presumably out of the picture, Quinn will likely only face the perennial unelectable fringe Democrats, plus whomever the GOP decides to sacrifice. While Quinn remains very popular in the LGBT community, there is a rather large contingent of gays and progressives who loudly and regularly protest her positions, which many say protect big business interests at the expense of nightlife, tenants, and others.
I Cast You OUT, Homosexual Demon!
Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch
TODAY: Dan Choi's Trial Begins
Along with a dozen other activists, Dan Choi was arrested last November after handcuffing himself to the White House fence in a DADT protest. Choi was the only one to reject a government offer of six months probation. His trial begins today.
Choi said he rejected the offer and requested a trial, where he said he intends to defend what he calls his First Amendment right to stage a peaceful protest in front of the White House for a “just” cause. According to Choi, who has emerged as a nationally recognized gay activist, the government offer created tension between him and some of the other protesters. He said prosecutors initially said the offer would only be extended if all 13 people arrested in the Nov. 15, 2010 White House protest accepted it. “The 12 that were arrested with me are my friends,” Choi told the Blade. “So this prosecution tactic tried to rip us apart.” In a last minute decision, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office agreed at a court hearing in May to allow the other 12 arrestees to obtain the probation agreement even though Choi refused the offer.Choi is charged with one federal count of failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer. Here's the video of the protest and arrest.
The Great British Synth Documentary
It took me half the day to watch this fantastic 2009 documentary because it kept sending me spinning off into Wikipedia and YouTube holes. It's a bit strange that so many of the records that I thought was randomly picking out of the import 45s bin turned out to be such groundbreaking and influential tracks. And most of them I purchased unheard, usually basing my decision on the label, the producer, and most often - the hairstyle. I missed my calling.
INDIANA: Public Schools Suffer As Voucher Program Swells Private Christian Schools
Months after sweeping into power in the state legislature, Indiana's teabaggers instituted the nation's strongest school voucher system, which allows parents to use taxpayers' money to pay the tuition for private Christian schools. And things are turning out exactly like you'd expect.
Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say that violates separation of church and state. Supporters respond that parents, not government, decide where the vouchers will be spent.Not only are these kids suffering through the brainwashing of a private Christian school, YOU are paying for it.
Perry Leads By Far In SC Primary Poll
David Pakman: Michele Bachmann Silent On Gay Teen Murdered In Her Hometown
Troll Or Poe?
FLASHBACK: Make A Wish
If, like me, you were a barely-pubescent homosexual in the early 70s, perhaps you too spent your Saturday mornings wracked by bewildering lust for Make A Wish host and Grammy winner Tom Chapin. My mother was pleased that I was such an avid fan of an educational program. Heh. I still know this theme song by heart. "If you want it, you can get it. But to get it, you've got to want it." OK then.
Closet Case Ed Koch Endorses NOM-Backed Anti-Gay Repub For Anthony Weiner's Seat
Saying he wants to punish President Obama for "abandoning Israel," three-term former NYC mayor and closet case Ed Koch has thrown his support behind the anti-gay GOP candidate running in the special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner. Former cable TV executive Bob Turner (above left) opposes same-sex marriage and says he strongly opposes the repeal of DOMA. Village Voice columnist Harry Seigal interviewed Koch:
"I see this only contested congressional race in the country as an opportunity to do what the election of Scott Brown did in Massachusetts," Koch told me in an e-mail. "As a result of that election, Obama moderated his political philosophy on domestic issues. In fact, he folded on too many issues, e.g., the Bush tax cuts. Now, if the Jews turn their backs on him, he may see the wisdom of jettisoning his hostility to Israel." Koch, who has crossed party lines in the past to endorse Republicans, emerged as a prominent Jewish hawk after 9/11, backing George Bush in 2004 in response to statements then–Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean made about Israel.While he has very publicly endorsed gay marriage, Koch has steadfastly refused to answer questions about his own gayness, often turning the tables on male reporters and asking them when they last had oral sex. New York state Assemblyman David Weprin, the Democrat in the campaign, has endured vicious attacks from fellow Orthodox Jews who are furious over Weprin's vote in support of same-sex marriage. The nastily anti-gay state Sen. Dov Hikind (D) has threatened to cross party lines and endorse Turner.
VIDEO: Yesterday NOM posted this clip in which the interviewer rails against Weprin for a full minute before even allowing a response.
MTA Resumes Service (Mostly)
Although the mayor warned commuters not to expect the return of subway service until late today, New Yorkers woke up this morning to the surprising news that most lines were running after a massive crew of MTA workers labored overnight to reposition trains and clear tracks of debris. Problems and service changes persist on several lines, so check the MTA website for updates. All bus lines are running and Long Island Railroad is back on "near-normal" service. However, all Metro North lines remain closed and may not reopen for days.
Lady Gaga Opens VMAs In Drag
Sunday, August 28, 2011
PUERTO RICO: Anal Weight Loss Costs GOP Territorial Senator His Job
Puerto Rican GOP territorial Sen. Roberto Arango has resigned after he was discovered showing his anus on the gay hook-up site, Grindr. Arango initially dismissed the revelation, saying that he was only uploading photos to show off his recent weight loss. IN HIS ANUS.
A Puerto Rico lawmaker has resigned following reports that explicit photos of him surfaced on an iPhone application for gays and bisexuals, the head of the U.S. territory's Senate announced Sunday. Sen. Roberto Arango, a Republican who represents the capital of San Juan, presented his letter of resignation after a weekend meeting, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said. Schatz did not release the lawmaker's letter, but said the circumstances that led to the resignation "are very lamentable." Local news media published photos from the application showing a man's nude upper body with a cellphone obscuring his face. Another photo showed a rear view of a nude man on his hands and knees. Another showed a fuzzy image of a face that seemed to match Arango's.According to a JMG source, Arango not only voted for a failed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, he once mocked another legislator by squeezing a rubber duck at him on the Senate floor. In Puerto Rico, the Spanish word for duck means "queer" or "faggot."
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GOProud: This Is Not A Culture War
Even though four of the leading GOP presidential candidates have signed a hateful Christianist pledge to destroy the civil rights of LGBT Americans, even though the Tea Party has successfully dismantled abortion rights in several states, and even though the Republican Party has waged a brutal campaign against immigrants and the poor, GOProud says liberals are falsely promoting the idea that we're in a "culture war."
The only people talking about the “culture wars” are on the left and the reason is simple: they can not defend the abysmal record of the Obama administration when it comes to the bread and butter issues most Americans care about. Contrary to what the left, and their enablers in the main stream media, would have you believe, there is no new culture war brewing on the right. The Republican candidates for President haven’t been crisscrossing the country banging the drum of abortion, gay marriage, creationism, etc. Quite the contrary, even the most conservative candidates – such as Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann – have repeatedly said these are NOT the issues they are running on.GOProud apparently doesn't listen to the stump speeches of their fellow teabaggers, who do nothing but "bang the drum of abortion, gay marriage, and creationism." According to GOProud's Chris Barron, "The 2010 elections were laser-focused on the size of government and fiscal issues." Yes, yes, Herr Barron. Keep loading up those cattle cars.
Multiple Washovers On Fire Island
Several communities on Fire Island experienced washovers during Hurricane Irene. Generally considered one of the worst case scenarios for any barrier island, a "washover" is when ocean waves overcome the dunes and mix with bay water on the mainland side.
Ian Levine of the Ocean Beach Fire Department told The News that the water went from the ocean to the bay on Cottage Walk in Ocean Beach, Corneille Estates and Fire Island Summer Club, Atlantique, Saltaire and Field 5 at Robert Moses, where there is 12 to 18 inches of water. Additional washhovers occurred at Sail and Nautilus Walks in Fire Island Pines and on Whalebone Walk in Davis Park. Two transformers have reportedly come down, while the bay saw a storm surge of 4 to 5 feet. There were 22 foot waves on the ocean during the height of the storm. Fire Island experienced a peak wind gust of 71 mph, while sustained winds averaged between 35 - 60 mph during the storm. Sayville reported a 91 mph wind gust at 7:02 a.m., while East Moriches reported a 71 mph wind gust at 6:20 a.m.According to the above-linked report, the gay village of Fire Island Pines experienced one washover and water there has already receded. It adds that the access road to the Sayville ferry terminal is presently under "four to five feet of water." All of Fire Island remains under a mandatory evacuation order until at least Tuesday and the power may not be restored until then.
UPDATE: A Twitter user reports "the ocean met the bay on Nautilus and Sail walks in Fire Island Pines."
RELATED: During the Great Hurricane of 1938, a washover permanently split the New York barrier island at Hampton Bays, creating the Shinnecock Inlet.
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Rivers Breach Manhattan Seawall
The Hudson and East rivers have breached the seawalls in lower Manhattan, stalling cars and flooding buildings. The tide has begun going out and this relatively light damage may be the worst of Irene for New York City. About 100,000 outer borough residents have lost power due to high winds. Con Ed officials are considering a "preemptive" power cut to parts of Manhattan in and near the flooded areas.
Crazy Eyes: As Your President I Will Abolish The EPA & Destroy Environment
Speaking to an audience of wealthy retirees at an "upscale Florida retirement community," Michele Bachmann yesterday vowed to dismantle the "jobs killing" EPA and allow energy companies to ravage pristine federally-protected lands.
With untapped oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off the nation's coasts, shale oil in Western states, and rich natural gas and coal deposits, she said the U.S. "is sitting on a mother lode of treasure." "The United States is the number one country in the world for energy resources," the Minnesota congresswoman told a central Florida town hall meeting, arguing that in shale deposits alone the U.S. easily outstrips the total oil supply of Saudi Arabia. "That doesn't even include all the oil in Alaska." But Bachmann said environmentalists were preventing resources from being exploited, leaving the U.S. dependent on energy imports. "Instead of thinking we are beggars out here begging for oil and for energy, we are the king daddy dogs when it comes to energy," she said. "The radical environmentalists have demanded that we lock up all our energy resources," she added. "President Bachmann will take that key out of the door. I will unlock it."
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Glenn Beck On Irene
"This hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you, as was the earthquake last week, it's God reminding you you're not in control." - Glenn Beck, saying that Hurricane Irene is a warning that Americans should be following his advice to start hoarding food in advance of the coming global economic collapse.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Bloomberg Updates Irene Plan
NYC To Begin Zone Rates For Taxis
With all of mass transit out of service, today New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission ordered livery cabs and taxis to switch to a zoned fare system. Zoned fares begin tomorrow morning and metered rides will continue until then. Twitter users have already begun reporting major cab fare ripoffs since the subways closed down at noon. As in "$50 to go downtown."
Here's the PDF of the temporary rules.
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Linda Harvey: Nobody Is Gay
"There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for 'respect,' respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans." - Hate group leader Linda Harvey, of Mission America.