Friday, September 30, 2011

NOM Launches Billboard Campaign Against Pro-Marriage New York State Senators

NOM has launched a billboard campaign intent on unseating the New York state senators who voted for marriage equality.
"Just like David Weprin discovered earlier this month when he faced voters after redefining marriage, Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi, Roy McDonald and Shirley Huntley will soon discover that the people of New York will not sit idly by while the institution of marriage is redefined without voters having any say in the matter," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "NOM and our Let The People Vote" coalition will not rest until these legislators are turned out of office and the people of New York are allowed to vote on the definition of marriage."
As everybody well knows, marriage equality will never come to a public vote in New York state. NOM's campaign is really meant to terrorize legislators in other states.

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SERBIA: Belgrade Pride Canceled Over Fears Of More Neo-Nazi Rioting

Saying they fear a repeat of last year's violence, the government of Serbia has canceled this weekend's pride celebrations. Last year Serbian riot police battled hundreds of neo-Nazi anti-gay rioters at Belgrade Pride, fighting back against hurled Molotov cocktails with stun grenades. Over 100 injuries were reported and almost 200 rioters were arrested.
"The ban was issued in line with the law on public gatherings which prescribes such a measure in cases of probable disruption of public transport, threats to public health or safety of people and property," Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said on Friday. Traditionally conservative societies across the Balkans have been slow to accept open homosexuality and many gay rights events in the region have ended in violence. Another government official said that Serbia's National Security Council, comprised of heads of police, security agencies, the military and President Boris Tadic, ordered police to cancel the event after security assessments indicated "extremely serious security threats." "Our intelligence indicated hooligans are poised to attack gay activists, police, media, offices of political parties, foreign businesses, embassies and burn cars," the official said.
The leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church: "I would call this pestilence a parade of shame which is smearing human dignity and the holiness of life and family."

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CANADA: National Post Apologizes For Running Anti-Transgender Ad

Canada's National Post has apologized for publishing a nasty anti-trans ad paid for by the anti-gay Institute for Canadian Values. Many thanks to ALL of the 488 JMG readers who clicked out on the complaint form! (You were all Canadians, right? Heh.)
Earlier this week the National Post ran an advertisement that has caused some controversy. The ad, bought by the Institute for Canadian Values, argued against aspects of the Ontario school curriculum that include instruction about certain aspects of human sexuality. Specifically, it objected to teaching young children — those between junior kindergarten and Grade 3 — about transsexual/transgender/intersexed/two spirited issues. The National Post has procedures in place for vetting the content of advertising, especially advocacy advertising. The procedures are intended to ensure that such ads meet a standard of tone and respect that is consistent with furthering constructive dialogue about important public policy issues. In this case, those procedures were not followed. An ad that should not have run in its proposed form was allowed to run. This ad will not run in the National Post again.
The paper adds that it will donate the income from the ad to an LGBT rights group. Thanks haters! No, really!

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Liberty Counsel: We'll Boycott PayPal

More economic terrorism from the Christian right!

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Happy Blasphemy Day

Young man, there's no need to feel down! For today is the third annual Blasphemy Day International. According to the founders, today we should "openly express criticism or even disdain for religion." Meh, that comes along every thirty minutes here on JMG.

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Thrice Married Serial Adulterer Finds Gay Marriage To Be As Temporary As His Ability To Not Fuck Women Who Aren't His Wife

"I think this [gay marriage] is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know." - Newt Gingrich, who would like remind you that marriage is between one man and one woman whom you abandon riddled with cancer on her hospital bed while you fuck the shit out of your next wife whom you later cheat on while screaming with Godly moral outrage about the infidelities of the president.

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Bill Donahue: Gay Marriage Doesn't Exist

Because the Vatican says it doesn't. Or something.
No one really believes that two men can marry, and this includes those homosexuals deemed "married" in states that entertain this fiction. But a separate matter is the right of homosexuals, and their heterosexual supporters, to declare that Catholicism is somehow agnostic on this issue. It is not. There is only one teaching body in the Catholic Church, the Magisterium, and it neither recognizes nor sanctions social arrangements that compete with marriage.
You know what really doesn't exist?

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Gingrich To Soldier On DADT: We Can Reverse Obama's Social Engineering

And the soldier's a douchebag too.

(Via - Think Progress)

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Ex-Rated

For when Google-stalking isn't enough, how about a site where jilted lovers can dish about their formers? What could possibly go wrong? The PR material calls it "TripAdvisor for dating." Yeah.

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CANADA: Supreme Court Rules Drug Injectors Clinic Is Constitutional

Canada's Supreme Court has ruled that a Vancouver health clinic for intravenous drug users is an allowable exception to the nation's drug laws. Even though the clinic's clean needles and HIV testing services are credited with reducing the incidence of AIDS, conservative groups opposed its operation because local police overlooked drug possession and usage laws within.
"Insite saves lives. Its benefits have been proven. There has been no discernible negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada during its eight years of operation," the ruling said, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. If Insite wasn't allowed to operate it would prevent injection drug users from accessing the health services offered at the facility, threatening their health and their lives, the ruling said. Withdrawing the exemption would even undermine the purpose of the federal drug law, which includes public health and safety, the court said. The Supreme Court said that if the health minister, currently Leona Aglukkaq, receives applications for more exemptions, she must continue to exercise her discretion and aim to strike a balance between Charter rights and protecting public health and safety.
HIV/AIDS activists in British Columbia are celebrating the ruling. (Tipped by JMG reader Mike)

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Afternoon View - Bryant Park

Everybody's favorite midtown oasis. Free wifi!

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Tony Perkins: Gays Are A Tiny Minority And Therefore Don't Deserve Equal Rights

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Bill Maher - It Gets Better

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More New Added Extra Bank Fees

CNN Money:
Get ready for a new wave of bank fees. Bank of America will begin charging a $5 monthly fee at the beginning of next year for customers who make debit card purchases. Whether you use your card for one purchase a month or 20, you will pay $5 per month starting in 2012. It doesn't matter if you select "debit" or "credit" at the point of sale.

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Pentagon OK's On-Base Weddings

The Pentagon says that military chaplains may now conduct same-sex weddings on base or anywhere else.
The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Some members of Congress have objected to military chaplains performing same-sex unions, saying it would violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The Pentagon says a military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn't required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs. The Pentagon also says Defense Department property may be used for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies such as same-sex unions, as long as it's not prohibited by state or local laws.
Ooh, the squealing WILL be delish.

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Chris Meloni As Tony Boloney

Chris Meloni helped out the Daily Show last night by starring in their clip mocking NYPD Officer Anthony Bologna, the man videotaped pepper-spraying helpless Wall Street protesters. And there's a website for The Vigilogna.

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Adele - Someone Like You

Almost a year after her sophomore album topped every chart in the world, we finally have a production video for Adele's tear-jerker Someone Like You. Trivia: This is the first purely vocal + piano single to reach #1 in the 53 year history of Billboard's pop singles chart. Many similarly sparse ballads also reached #1, but according to Billboard, all had other minor accompaniment.

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Reasons To Hate PETA, Part 87

PETA wants to post the above billboard image in a small Florida town where this weekend a man was nearly killed by a shark. Yeah, that'll go over well.

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NASA's Photo Of The Day

A sunspot so massive it can be seen without a telescope is expected to remain active for another week. (For scale, an image of the Earth was inserted above.) Scientists recently concluded that sunspot activity has an effect on the Earth's weather, but to what degree remains unknown.

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Slaggie's New Hate Group Aligns With Florida's "Gays = Cesspool" Teacher

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Brian Brown: The Manhattan Conspiracy Will Destroy All American Values

Much like the GOP likes to characterize anything from the Democrats as "San Francisco values," NOM has begun calling the marriage equality movement "the Manhattan conspiracy." Because you know what's in Manhattan? Jews, dirty queers and illegal brown people!
Gay-marriage advocates from Bloomberg to Tim Gill to Ken Mehlman look across the pond and see that the party of Margaret Thatcher, the "Conservative" Party in Great Britain, is now threatening to pass a gay marriage bill. Could the same thing happen to the party of Ronald Reagan? Not while you and I live and breathe and exercise our God-given ability to act! But the point person for this quiet new effort has now emerged: Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she would co-sponsor the bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act— becoming the first Republican to sign on to Manhattan Rep. Jerrold Nadler's (D-NY) legislation. The Manhattan conspiracy against the Manhattan Declaration principles—respect for life, marriage and religious liberty—has now begun!
Brian Brown: "The laws of nature, and of nature's God, cannot be gainsaid by any merely human power, whether it is the will to evil, or merely the will to self-deception, or even ignorance of the truth."

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New From Mittens

Isn't that the Right Wing Watch theme music?

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Quote Of The Day - Tony Scott

"I took it all I could take it, and I couldn't take it anymore and I stood up. I'm a pastor, a pastor who loves his city. I've poured my life into this city. I feel like we're under attack from the forces of darkness that would really like to influence people with a message that is not from God's Word. We just stood up and said 'No, that's not true; we're not going to stand for that.'" - Pastor Tony Scott on his nine Toledo billboards denouncing gay people.

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Australia Wants To Say "I Do"

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Busted Preacher: The Gays Did It

Anti-gay activist Pastor Harris Himes, who yesterday surrendered in Montana on six felony fraud counts, told reporters that it was the gays (and others) who set him up.
Himes was required to surrender his passport and will next appear in District Court on either Oct. 6 or Oct. 20. He didn't keep a low profile after leaving the Ravalli County jail, though. Peter Christian of KGVO radio's "Talkback" show mentioned the charges against Himes on Thursday morning and Himes called in to respond. He told Christian he is an attorney, but knows better than to represent himself. Himes went on to claim that gay and pro-abortion activists may be behind the charges against him and co-defendant James "Jeb" Bryant, another self-proclaimed pastor. Himes further claimed that State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen may also be behind the charges because of political disagreements they've had in the past. Other callers quickly, and forcefully, called him out for making groundless accusations.
Himes is also an attorney who volunteers for the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund. He maintains a blog on Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site.

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Sylvia Robinson Dies At 76

Silky R&B crooner and hip hop pioneer Sylvia Robinson has died at the age of 76. Her biggest pop hit was the sexytime proto-disco moaner Pillow Talk, which topped the Billboard charts in 1973 and predicted Donna Summer's Love To Love You, Baby two years later. But Robinson will best be remembered as the founder of Sugar Hill Records, the groundbreaking hip hop label which produced (arguably) the world's first hit rap record, Rapper's Delight. She went on to release the infinitely superior Grandmaster Flash classic The Message, and my personal Sugar Hill favorite, Funk You Up by The Sequence.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

TRAILER: Walking Dead Season 2

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Cue Lena Horne

Or Billie Holiday. Or Viola Wills. (Source)

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A Gay Chess Joke

(NSFW Source)

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Ellen & Rep. Nancy Pelosi Discuss DADT And GOP Booing Of Gay Soldier


(Via - Think Progress)

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Ninth Circuit Court Dismisses LCR Appeal To Have DADT Declared Unconstitutional

Saying that the issue was rendered moot by last week's implementation of the legislative repeal of DADT, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court's ruling that the law was unconstitutional. That case was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, who have continued to press the issue should another administration attempt to reinstall the law.

Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:
The Ninth Circuit panel -- made up of circuit judges Arthur L. Alarcin, Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, and Barry G. Silverman -- issued the decision per curiam, meaning the decision was issued for the court and not in the name of any particular judge. Once the court decided to dismiss the case because of the repeal of 10 U.S.C. 654 -- the DADT statute -- the decision did not address the underlying issue at trial of the constitutionality of DADT. In the LCR statement, R. Clarke Cooper, the group's executive director, said, "The ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States is the reason why Congress finally acted to end this failed and unconstitutional policy. This decision by the Ninth Circuit denies more than 14,000 discharged gay and lesbian servicemembers an important means of obtaining justice for the wrong perpetuated against them under the ban, and leaves open the possibility of future violations of servicemembers' rights.

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MONTANA: Leading Anti-Gay Activist Charged With Six Felony Fraud Counts

Pastor Harris Himes (above, at the microphone), the most well-known anti-gay activist in Montana, has been charged with six felony counts of theft and fraud related to a business scheme he allegedly orchestrated with another pastor.
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said Harris Himes turned himself in Wednesday morning after learning that there was a warrant for his arrest. District Judge James Haynes issued bench warrants on Tuesday for Himes and James "Jeb" Bryant after attorneys for the state Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance filed six felony charges against the two. The charges included theft, fraud, conspiracy to commit both, failure to register a security and failure to register as a salesman of same. According to court records, Himes and Bryant claimed to own a business, Duratherm Building Systems, and promised at least one investor a large return on his $150,000. But the investor claimed to have never received any returns or confirmation of sale, nor could he get his money back.
According to the above-linked story, Harris frequently testified and campaigned against proposed pro-gay legislation. We know him here on JMG as part of the Not In My Bathroom anti-transgender rights group.

In February of this year I posted video of Himes testifying that homosexuality was a "sin worth of death" and therefore gay people should not be allowed to rent homes in Montana. Thanks to Himes and others, Montana's state legislature then passed a bill outlawing all LGBT rights laws, at any level in the entire state.

RELATED: Himes is also the president of the far fringe-right Montana Eagle Forum and in his dual role as pastor/lawyer he performs pro bono work on behalf of the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund. He blogs at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site.

UNRELATED: Two nutjob anti-gay whackos taken down on the same day! I am chortling until my chortler is sore! O frabjous day, indeed!

(Tipped by JMG reader and Montana activist D. Gregory Smith, who often battled Himes. Read Smith's account of today's news.)

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FOTF: Gays Hate Christian Babies

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KapoQuotable - Chris Barron

"Ann's position on this clear, and so is GOProud's. We respectfully disagree. We aren't the pod people here at GOProud. We can disagree among ourselves. Unlike the left and their RINO enablers we don't believe that every person who opposes DADT repeal is anti-gay. Indeed Ann has done more for gay people -- courageously speaking out at CPAC, for example -- then most of the gay organizations here in D.C." - GOProud chairman Chris Barron, defending Ann Coulter's endorsement of booing gay soldiers.

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Bryan Fischer: The First Amendment Does Not Apply To Mormons

As I noted several posts down, Mitt Romney, a Mormon, is scheduled to share the stage with Bryan Fischer at the FRC's Values Voter Summit in two weeks. People for the American Way have asked Romney and the other GOP presidential candidates to denounce Fischer before they appear at the conference. This clip may speed a response from Romney, at least.

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NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-Gay State Sen. James Forrester BUSTED On Credentials

Yesterday we enjoyed the evisceration of anti-gay NC Sen. James Forrester at the hands of Michelangelo Signorile, who got rather incredulous at Forrester's lack of HIV knowledge, especially considering that Forrester claims to be a Fellow with the esteemed American College of Preventive Medicine. As it turns out, THAT WAS A FUCKING LIE.

Pam Spaulding has the delicious dirt via contributor Scott Rose, who got this response from the ACPM:
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The quick answer to your questions is that Dr. Forrester is not, and never has been, a member of ACPM (much less a Fellow, which is our highest designation of membership). However, this is troubling to us, too, that he's apparently claiming to be a Fellow of ACPM, and we would like to know where Dr. Forrester is making these proclamations so that we can approach him and demand that he cease falsely using ACPM credentials in his campaign or wherever else he's using it. If you can point us to some places where he's using those credentials, we'd be most appreciative. Many thanks.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! We chortle in our joy. We chortle the fuck outta this!

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GOProud Board Member Ann Coulter Endorses Booing Of Gay Soldier

"Only eight Republicans in the entire U.S. Senate supported eliminating Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It's safe to assume that no one on the stage supported this sexualization of the military, except maybe one of the nut candidates polling at 3 percent. This is not an anti-gay position; it's a pro-military position. The basic idea is that sexual bonds are disruptive to the military bond. Soldiers, sailors and Marines living in close quarters who are having sex with one another, used to have sex with one another or would like to have sex with one another simply cannot function as a well-oiled fighting machine. A battalion of married couples facing a small unit of heterosexual men would be slaughtered." - GOProud board member Ann Coulter, endorsing the booing of a gay soldier during last week's GOP debate.

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CANADA: Christian Group Publishes Anti-Trans Ad In National Paper

The viciously anti-gay Institute for Canadian Values today published the above trans-bashing ad in the National Post. A Canadian clone of the American Family Association, the ICV recently forced a reduction in government funding for Pride Toronto. JMG tipster Ron suggests that Canadian readers voice their complaints to Advertising Standards Canada, the federal authority that deals with issues such as this.

NOTE: The real intent of this campaign, obviously, is to exploit the most "alien" aspect of the LGBT movement in order to dismantle any attempt to teach kids that it's OK to be themselves and that it's wrong to treat badly those that are different. The ICV, like so many American anti-gay Christianist groups, wants to legitimize the bullying and bashing of LGBT children.

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New App: "Is My Son Gay?"

A new cell phone app gives worried parents a checklist of items that might provide clues to their son's homosexuality. Whoopi rips it to shreds.

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Tweet Of The Day - PFAW

While the Family Research Council has wisely kept Bryan Fischer's name off the Values Voter Summit website, the convention's timetable reveals that Fischer is scheduled to take the podium immediately after Mitt Romney.

People For The American Way reacts:
People For the American Way president Michael Keegan urged Romney and his fellow presidential candidates to denounce Fischer’s bigotry before appearing with him at the event. “Bryan Fischer’s stunning record of public bigotry would make him a pariah in any sane political movement,” Keegan said. “But his long record of hate speech doesn’t seem to bother the supposed ‘mainstream’ GOP politicians like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry who are sharing the stage with him at an event sponsored by his employer. Candidates don’t have to agree with the views of everyone they appear with – but they should be wary of lending legitimacy to those who peddle hate and fear of their fellow Americans. If Mitt Romney wants to appeal to mainstream audiences, he should publicly disassociate himself from Fischer’s bigotry before handing him the podium."
Aside from Fischer's outrageous lies about LGBT people that are so often reported here on JMG, he's also said that the First Amendment only applies to Christians, that Native Americans shouldn't have the right to own property, and that black women "rut like rabbits" in order to produce welfare babies.

Will ANY of the GOP candidates react to PFAW's call?

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Morning View - Town Hall

Just off Times Square, the 1500-seat Town Hall was built by advocates of women's suffrage as a venue for public political discourse. The auditorium's legendary sight lines spawned the expression: "Not a bad seat in the house."

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Frothy Mix Vs. Ed Shultz

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More Promising HIV Vaccine News

While many who work down in the trenches of HIV/AIDS activism have long given up any hope of an effective vaccine in our lifetimes, small glimmers of hope continue to occasionally peek through the clouds. From a small vaccine study in Spain, a result that may reduce HIV to a "minor chronic infection" such as herpes:
The trial demonstrated how the vaccine stimulates the production of lymphocytes B, which produces HIV attacking antibodies that block the virus from infecting healthy cells. Blood tests during the 48th week revealed that 72.7% of the treated volunteers had developed these HIV fighting antibodies. However generating a long lasting response against future attacks truly renders the vaccine effective. This is achieved when the body maintains a basic memory level of T lymphocytes, which are generated after the first attack and can circulate the body for years. The T lymphocytes are responsible for stimulating the attacked cell's immune response, which can then identify and destroy the HIV virus. Blood tests during the 48th week revealed that the 85% of the patients maintained the memory T lymphocytes immune response. "MVA-B immune profile meets, initially, the requirements for a promising HIV vaccine," says Esteban. Although it does not remove the virus from the body, the immune response induced by the vaccine could keep the virus under control by destroying the infected cell.
A new phase of trials with infected volunteers is set to commence. While this and other vaccine studies have showed some promise, most have failed. And none have been shown to work in all subjects.

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Wal-Mart Adds Trans Protections

The Human Rights Campaign offers muffled applause.
“What matters in the workplace is how you do your job, not your gender identity or sexual orientation,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “As the nation’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart shows that doing the right thing is also good for business. We urge them to continue to move forward by ensuring all of their LGBT employees receive equal benefits.”
Still, this is a huge move from the nation's largest retailer. Expect some blowback from the hate industry.

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Photo Of The Day

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ALABAMA: Court Offers Jail Or Church

An Alabama court is offering criminals the option of a jail sentence or mandatory year-long attendance at a church. The ACLU is looking into the situation, which is covered below by Christian television.

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Facebook & You

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Russian Province Bans Gay Activism

The regional assembly of the Russian oblast of Arkhangelsk has banned the "public promotion of homosexuality" including any gay pride parades. An oblast is an administrative region similar to a province. The bill was titled "Measures To Protect The Morals & Health Of Children."

VIDEO: Russia Today covers the story.

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Who's Who Of Haters Scheduled To Appear At FRC's 2011 Values Voter Summit

Many of the nation's most viciously anti-gay figures are scheduled to appear at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, including all of the major GOP presidential candidates. All in one place: Bryan Fischer, Phyllis Schlafly, Brian Brown, Harry Jackson, Mat Staver, Gary Bauer, Ken Cuccinelli and many more. Immediately following Mitt Romney's speech, attendees will convene to plot against LGBT Americans in a session titled "Straight Talk On Gay Marriage."

RELATED: None of the GOP presidential field are apparently troubled by FRC head Tony Perkins' racist past or the fact that he twice spoke before a Louisiana white supremacist group. None are apparently troubled by Perkins' 1996 payment of $82,500 for the mailing list of Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon David Duke. None are apparently troubled that Perkins lied to local election officials and filed fraudulent campaign finance documents to cover up his KKK payment. None are apparently troubled that Perkins' pals at the White Citizens Council call black Americans "a retrograde species of humanity." We would not be surprised to see the Confederate flag waving behind the podium at the Values Voter Summit.

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FRC Backs Anti-Gay NY Town Clerks

"The push for counterfeit marriage isn't about accommodation; it's not even about 'equality.' Even when homosexuals get what they say they want--the redefinition of marriage and the so-called 'benefits' of marriage--they aren't satisfied. Instead, they're intent on driving anyone from a public post that dares to hold a view contradictory to theirs. The goal is to force Christians to check their faith at the doors of public service. The people behind this effort will use the same rhetoric as President Obama, claiming that they support the freedom of worship. But the freedom of 'worship' is vastly different than the freedom of religion. The freedom of worship is what happens on any given Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until noon . The freedom of religion is the ability to live your life according to the precepts of you Christian faith--as Rose Marie is attempting to do." - Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council.

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Cain: Black Americans Are Brainwashed

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Open Thread Thursday

What's your pick for greatest television show ever?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ILLINOIS: Catholic Charities Loses Bid To Keep Adoption Contract With State

Catholic Charities has lost its request for a stay on the cancellation of its adoption contract with Illinois, a relationship severed by the state when the group refused to serve gay and unmarried couples.
Judge John Schmidt on Monday denied Catholic Charities' request to stay his earlier ruling that the group has no right to state contracts to provide adoption and foster care services. Illinois ended $30 million in contracts with Catholic Charities in four dioceses in July because the organizations' practice of referring unmarried couples to other agencies was discriminatory, a violation of the state's civil union law.
Catholic Charities plans to further appeal to a higher court.

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Afternoon View - Langston Hughes Place

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In Stock: RPG Jesus

(Via - Jesus Needs New PR)

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FRIDAY: Protest March Against NYPD

Civil rights advocates and progressives will march in protest of NYPD brutality this Friday in Manhattan.
In response to more than 80 arrests during a demonstration Saturday near Union Square, protesters plan to rally Friday afternoon against what they say was “brutal” behavior by cops, and will march from Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, to the NYPD’s headquarters at 1 Police Plaza. “They have completely lost control,” protester Larry Hales, 34, said of the police’s response, noting that several videos on Youtube appear to show cops shoving, striking and using pepper spray on protesters. “We’re hoping to make demands that they stop targeting the activists down at Wall Street and that the charges are dropped for those that were arrested.” “They haven’t scared activists into going underground,” Hales added. “They’re not going to stop people from protesting.”
It's been learned that the cop accused of pepper-spraying several young women this weekend was sued for using excessive force during the 2004 Republican Convention. Most protesters agree that the majority of the officers they've encountered have been fairly respectful in a difficult situation, but that the NYPD continues to shield their bad apples. Same as it ever was.

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New Blog: Unnecessary Phrases

Yesterday's entry: "blend together." You get the idea.

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Rick Perry's Day Off

"Firing automatic weapons is my form of golf." Just posted to what appears to be his official YouTube channel.

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NEW YORK: Orthodox Jewish Hate Group Says "Gay" Is Another Name For Satan

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Don't Say "Gay Christian"

"First, the phrase designates an unbiblical identity. Christians are new creations. They are those who have died with Christ and whose lives are hidden with Christ in God (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:19-20; Colossians 3:3). Our primary identity, therefore, is not any sin but Christ. For this reason, Christians never speak of 'lying Christians,' 'adulterer Christians,' 'fornicating Christians,' 'murderer Christians,' or 'thieving Christians' -- even though we know sadly that Christians are capable of all kinds of sins. It's unseemly to create labels that define Christians by sins from which they actively and self-consciously seek deliverance. We can be honest about our sin without speaking of it as if it were our identity. The phrase 'gay Christian' creates an identity category that we would not accept for any other sin." - Evangelist Denny Burk, writing in the Baptist Press.

NOTE: Hey Mr. Burk, here at JMG we say "lying Christian" ALL the time! Drop by sometime for the mountains of daily evidence.

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Photo Of The Day - Dubya Visits Gay Gym?

Bilerico reports that Bush II dropped in for a work-out at DC's popular-with-the-gays Vida Fitness.

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Ed Koch Flip-Flops On Obama

Remember how closet case and former NYC Mayor Ed Koch supported an anti-gay Republican for the U.S. House in order to punish the president for "abandoning Israel"? Remember how much mileage NOM has gotten out of that mess? Forget all that, because now Koch says he loves the president again because Obama clearly "got my message."
Koch says he's pleased with Obama's stance on the Palestinians' bid for United Nations membership, urging more talks with Israel before any action is taken. The U.S. vowed to use its Security Council vote to block the Palestinians if necessary. "What I said earlier was that I thought that President Obama had engaged in hostile actions toward the state of Israel, and I wanted to send him a message not to take the Jewish voters for granted," he told the Daily News. "The message was delivered and I noticed that President Obama's speech at the UN and support of Israel were superb."
Koch says he's now "back on the bus" for Obama 2012.

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Michelangelo Signorile Vs. Anti-Gay
North Carolina State Senator

North Carolina state Sen. James Forrester's anti-gay lies and general asshattery have been featured here on JMG several times, so you'll likely enjoy his evisceration at the hands of SiriusXM host Michelangelo Signorile. Forrester is one of the sponsors of his state's coming referendum on same-sex marriage.

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Donna Summer Nominated To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame For Fourth Time

For the fourth time, Donna Summer is among the fifteen acts nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Summer was also nominated three of the last four years, but has been overlooked despite numerous Grammy wins, including one for Best Rock Vocal Performance. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first commercial full-length record. Here's the full list, from which five will be chosen:
Beastie Boys, The Cure, Donovan, Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Donna Summer, War.
Notably (and shamefully) absent this year is Chic, who has been nominated six of the last eight years, but has never been chosen. Also: Eric B & Rakim? SRSLY?

RELATED: Since some of you are probably wondering, yes, Madonna was inducted in 2008.

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NEBRASKA: Drag Queen Verbally Battles Asshat Campus Preachers

And the students LOVED her.

(Tipped by JMG reader Victor)

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Chaz Survives Week Two On DWTS

Now saddled with a painful knee injury, this may be as far as Chaz will go.

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Halloween Is Satan's Night

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The Men Of The Stacks

A beefcake calendar of male librarians? Sure! Their website even has a link to the It Gets Better Project. (Tipped by JMG reader David.)

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O'Donnell Denounces NYPD Brutality

"Unprovoked police brutality." Watch this.

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Amazon Launches iPad-ish Kindle

Via Atlantic:
Tomorrow Amazon will unveil its answer to the iPad, reports TechCrunch's MG Seigler. "On Wednesday morning in New York City, Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire. Yes, this is the name Amazon has settled on, to help differentiate the product from the e-ink Kindles, which will still be very much alive and for sale." With Amazon's online retail foothold, its tablet could present a threat to Apple's dominance--at least we think so.
Slightly smaller than the iPad, should retail for around $300.

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IRELAND: Gay Man Up For Presidency

Openly gay Sen. David Norris has won the nomination for the presidency of Ireland, a largely ceremonial post.
The independent politician won the support of Dublin city council last night and will run against six other candidates next month. He said he was “absolutely thrilled” at the news. Mr Norris 67, pulled out of the race in August over controversy surrounding a letter of support he had written for a former partner who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy. But earlier this month, he announced he would stand after receiving a “consistent outpouring of public support”. He told the Irish Times: “If I can make this kind of comeback I hope to God as president I’ll be able to help the country make the kind of comeback that it and its people deserve.”
The election is October 27th.

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New From Crazy Eyes

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Chris Christie: Will He Or Won't He?

Although he has repeatedly denied that he will consider a run for president, last night New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared to be wavering on that decision after all the major declared GOP candidates suffered campaign setbacks.
Despite Christie's avowed disinterest in the White House, longtime adviser Tom Kean gave the Christie-for-president movement a boost Monday when he said Christie was "very seriously" considering running. "He's giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago," Kean, a former New Jersey governor, told the National Review Online. Wall Street Republicans in particular have been urging him to run. Three politically connected Republicans in the financial industry told Reuters on Tuesday he was being courted by activists who are dissatisfied with the current Republican field, but they asked not to be identified by name. The New York Times listed a number of wealthy and influential party activists who were trying to get him to run, including David Koch, recently listed by Forbes magazine as the richest New Yorker, and hedge fund magnate Paul Singer.
The deadline to appear on some state 2012 ballots is in two weeks.

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Quote Of The Day - Rose Belforti

"New York law protects my right to hold both my job and my beliefs. I’m not supposed to have to leave my beliefs at the door at my government job. For me to participate in the same-sex marriage application process I don’t feel is right. God doesn’t want me to do this, so I can’t do what God doesn’t want me to do, just like I can’t steal, or any of the other things that God doesn’t want me to do." - Rose Belforti, town clerk in Ledyard, New York.

Belforti is being defended by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund in a case brought by People For The American Way, who are representing a lesbian couple whom Belforti refused to serve.

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Glee Spoiler: Unicorn

Stay out of the comments if you've not yet seen last night's episode. Otherwise, dive in and dish.

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Bullied Even After Death

At a school dance following his wake, some classmates of Jamey Rodemeyer chanted "We're glad he's dead." Jamey's sister heard them. Horrible.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ninth Circuit Blocks Prop 8 Tapes

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had until September 30th to place a stay on the release of the videotapes of the Prop 8 trial. And they've done so. And now we wait for the haters to make their appeal. But hey, at least all those Christians won't be murdered.

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Southwest Vs. Lesbians (CONT)

Southwest says:
Additional reports from our Employees and Customers onboard flight 2274 during a stop in El Paso on Sunday now confirm profane language was being used loudly by two passengers. At least one family who was offended by the loud profanity moved to another area of the cabin. Although we have reports of what Customers characterize as an excessive public display of affection, ultimately their aggressive reaction led to their removal from the aircraft. We do not tolerate discrimination against anyone for any reason. In this situation, their removal was directly and solely related to the escalated conversation that developed onboard the aircraft.
Leisha Hailey says:
In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar. We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss. We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple. We were on the airplane less than 5 minutes when all was said and done. We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a “family airline.” We were never told the reason the flight attendant approached us, we were only scolded that we “needed to be aware that Southwest Airlines was a family oriented airline.”

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FORT WORTH: Teacher Claims Suspended Student Had Been Harassing Him

Finally we get the other side of the story in the case of the Fort Worth high school student allegedly suspended merely for saying he finds homosexuality morally wrong. A spokesman for an LGBT teachers organization reports in the Dallas Voice:
He [the class teacher] reports (and has reported to his school) repeated acts of anti-gay harassment by several students that occurred this and last year, including by a group of four specific boys in this class, of whom Ary is one. Among other incidents, Mr. Franks maintains a “word wall” for his German IV class on which he posts articles and images from several journals, including the German magazine, Stern. One of these articles concerned gay rights in Germany, and included a photo of two men kissing. The group of four boys concerned was sitting near this image immediately before Mr. Franks found it had been ripped from the wall. The student and his lawyer are now asserting that including this photo among the others constituted his teacher’s “imposing acceptance of homosexuality” in his classroom. These students subsequently took every opportunity to denounce homosexuality in class, frequently without context; that is, with the topic having otherwise been broached.
Read the entire linked article and you'll learn what many of us already suspected - that the student in question has a long history of Christianity-fueled anti-gay misbehavior. Clearly, if the teacher's story is true, the suspension was the inevitable result of a running pattern of harassment. The case has been trumpeted on virtually every Christianist site as evidence of rampant homofascism, but you can bet that the teacher's side of the story will see zero attention.

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Anti-Gay Group Claims To Have Signatures To Place SB 48 Repeal On CA Ballot

Via Los Angeles Weekly:
"Stop SB 48," the group that wants to repeal a state law that allows California students to learn about important people in history who were gay, claimed in an email to supporters yesterday afternoon that its petition drive for a ballot measure will be successful. "The signed petitions are coming in at an incredible rate -- tens of thousands a day," the email reads. "It looks like we are going to make the goal of more than 500,000 valid signatures all delivered to our Sacramento office by October 10." Gay rights activists have said that the anti-gay history initiative would be difficult to defeat in June, 2012, when the ballot measure would go before California voters.
If they do have the signatures, we know how they got them.

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Gay Pilots: Don't Boycott Southwest Yet

The National Gay Pilots Association says everybody should chill until we get the entire story about Southwest Airlines and actress Leisha Hailey. Via press release:
The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) opposes any premature boycott measures against Southwest Airlines until we hear all sides. Southwest Airlines has strict non-discrimination policies in place and is actively working with NGPA and other gay rights organizations to further enhance their policies and employee training. We still expect SWA to send a clear signal to all its employees that such behavior cannot be tolerated (especially when it comes to definition of family), should the accusations be true.

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Herman Cain Leads New Zogby Poll

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Email Of The Day - Eugene Delguadio

This week's email from local elected suburban Virginia official Eugene Delguadio is another ten-page morass of outrageous lies. Of course! But at least this week no radical homofascists broke into Eugene's house and hit him on the head with rocks. This time Eugene turns his attention to a pending federal anti-bullying bill. A bill which, if passed, would totally make it legal for gay students to sexually assault their classmates. So sez Eugene, who can be reached at (703) 421-4599. RELATED: In addition to his Loudoun County supervisor's salary of $40,000, records show that Delguadio plays himself $150,000 annually from donations made to Public Advocate of the United States, the anti-gay hate group he founded and runs. This guy is making a fucking fortune with his lies. How do we stop him?

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