Thursday, October 06, 2011

CALIFORNIA: Feds Order Closure Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The federal government is sending letters to California's legal pot dispensaries ordering them to close within 45 days.
The state's four U.S. attorneys sent letters Wednesday and Thursday notifying at least 16 pot shops or their landlords that they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The attorneys are to announce their coordinated crackdown at a Friday news conference. The move marks an escalation of the conflict between the government and the medical marijuana industry.
While medical marijuana has been a literal lifesaver for many cancer and AIDS patients, brazen flouting of wrongfully obtained licenses has long provided ample fodder to the movement's enemies.

UPDATE: It's not yet clear if the "crackdown" is limited only to those pot shops with the worst histories of abuses. Tomorrow's press conference will tell the full story.

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Crazy Eyes: None Of The GOP Presidential Candidates Hate Gay Marriage Like I Do

She hates the hardest and is therefore the best.

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ESPN Cans Hank Williams Jr For Good

Thanks to his Obama=Hitler speech, America will never again hear Hank Williams' opening theme to Monday Night Football.
Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams Jr. isn't anymore. The country singer and ESPN each took credit for the decision Thursday morning to ax his classic intro to "Monday Night Football." The network had pulled the song from the game earlier this week after Williams made an analogy to Adolf Hitler while discussing President Barack Obama on Fox News on Monday morning. "After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," Williams said in a statement to The Associated Press. "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It's been a great run." But ESPN's statement said: "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

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Jesus Ween

Also about zombies!

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NY Town Clerk: I'm Being Oppressed!


RELATED: The lying liars at NOM are lie-tweeting today that "New York clerks lose jobs for defending marriage." In FACT, nobody has "lost" their job. Two have QUIT rather than obey the law.

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POLL: Majority Supports Gays In Military

CBS News reports on their new poll:
Just a few weeks after the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a majority of Americans say they support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, according to a new CBS News poll. According to the poll, 68 percent of Americans said they support gay and lesbians' rights to serve openly. Fifty percent said they "strongly" favored the idea. Moreover, although many national Republicans leaders were against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," more Republicans surveyed favor the idea of allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the armed forces openly than oppose it.

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Oral Sex: Worse Than Smoking?

We haven't had a "shocking" medical study in a few hours.

So here.
A study published in yesterday's Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals that as many as 72 percent of throat tumors in men may be linked to the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. The researchers hypothesize that the virus spreads predominately via oral sex, and that it may already account for more cases of throat cancer than smoking. "The burden of cancer caused by HPV is going to shift from women to men in this decade," said Maura Gillison, an oncologist at Ohio State University and lead author of the study. "What we believe is happening is that the number of sexual partners and exposure to HPV has risen over that same time period."
Here's the study's abstract.

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TRAILER: Stained Glass Rainbows

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SPLC Steps Up Pressure On FRC

Tomorrow the Southern Poverty Law Center will take advantage of the media pack following GOP candidates by staging a press conference outside the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in DC. Let's hope at least a couple of the major networks tune in.

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Hop On Board The Hate Bus!

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EQCA: No Prop 8 Repeal Try In 2012

Citing polls that are still too close to call, Equality California has announced that they will not attempt to place a repeal of Proposition 8 on the 2012 ballot.
Equality California said that while public opinion on marriage for same-sex couples has increased since Proposition 8 passed in 2008, support continues to hover near 50 percent—indicating more work must be done before asking voters to overturn Proposition 8 through what would inevitably be a very expensive and difficult campaign. In addition, the Perry v. Brown legal challenge to Proposition 8 has provided hope that the freedom to marry can be restored in California and create a legal precedent to protect marriage without the potential risks and expense of a multi-million dollar campaign in these very trying economic times.

"With a challenge to Prop 8’s discrimination now before the courts, Freedom to Marry supports Equality California’s decision to forego a ballot campaign in 2012,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry. ”Freedom to Marry will continue to work with Equality California and our many other partners to engage Californians in the crucial conversations necessary to grow the pro-marriage majority and permanently restore the freedom to marry in California as soon as possible."

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Thank You, Steve

I decided to read the wingut New York Post over breakfast this morning, something I very rarely do, because I was curious to see teabagger teeth-gnashing over Sarah Palin's announcement. What I found at the front of the paper was four full pages of tributes to Steve Jobs. (Plus the cover.) And way way way back in the lower right corner of page 16? One sentence about Sarah Palin. Even in death, Steve Jobs does the world good.

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KapoQuotable - Jimmy LaSalvia

"We at GOProud are thrilled at this opportunity. We look forward to gay people everywhere getting a chance to hear about our organizations and hear from Ann Coulter – simply the smartest, funniest and most stylish woman in politics today. We thank Ann for agreeing to do this and for continuing her outspoken support for gay conservatives." - GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia, who appears in the upcoming episode of Logo's The A-List: Dallas. (And by "outspoken support" he means that Coulter endorses GOProud's platform of supporting anybody that would like to see you in prison.)

RELATED: There's a boycott page on Facebook already, of course. When I sent the link to Logo's Twitter dude, he fired back: "Aw man looks like we lost the cranky demographic."

CORRECTION: JMG reader AlanT tips us that the above-linked boycott page actually predates the Coulter/GOProud flap, although the most recent entries there do refer to it.

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FRC's Latest Hate Campaign

(Via - Good As You)

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GOP Rep. Frank Wolf Attacks GOProud Board Member Grover Norquist

Rep. Wolf's official House website:
In a speech today on the House floor, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) expressed concern about Grover Norquist’s influence on the political process in Washington and his association with several individuals, groups and causes many would consider unsavory. Wolf questioned Norquist’s relationship with convicted felon Jack Abramoff and terrorist financiers Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami Al-Arian. He also raised the issue of Norquist’s advocacy of moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, including 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheik Mohammed, and his representation of the Internet gambling industry and Fannie Mae.
Infighting is funny! Watch the clip.

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DNC On Wall Street Protests

On their "rapid response" YouTube channel, the Democratic National Committee bashes the GOP for the economic disaster that has propelled Occupy Wall Street.

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Maddow On Marriage

"I feel that gay people not being able to get married for generations, forever, meant that we came up with alternative ways of recognizing relationships. And I worry that if everybody has access to the same institutions that we lose the creativity of subcultures having to make it on their own. And I like gay culture." - Rachel Maddow, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Bill O'Reilly Vs. Richard Dawkins

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NYT Covers Values Voter Summit Flap

The Family Research Council's annual Values Voter Summit begins tomorrow with a speaker's slate comprising many of the most viciously anti-gay and racist figures in the nation. Last week People For The American Way joined the chorus of progressives demanding that the invited GOP presidential candidates at least comment on those they'll share the stage with.

Today the New York Times reports on the situation.
Since Mitt Romney is battling suspicion among Christian conservatives about the depth of his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, it is no surprise that he is joining the other major Republican candidates this week to speak at the annual Values Voters Summit, a celebration of the political aims of the religious right.[snip] “If Mitt Romney wants to appeal to mainstream audiences, he should publicly disassociate himself from Fischer’s bigotry before handing him the podium,” said Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way. The Romney campaign did not immediately comment on the call to distance the candidate from Mr. Fischer.

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Obama On Steve Jobs

The White House has released a statement by the president.
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

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Mass Violence At Wall Street Protests

Last night the NYPD waded into the Wall Street protesters with flailing batons and pepper spray. Hundreds of the estimated 15,000 protesters were reportedly arrested, but police have not released figures. IMPORTANT CORRECTION: Contrary to initial reports from the scene, where, admittedly, confusion reigned, only a few dozen protesters were arrested. An NYPD official this afternoon put the number at "between 40 and 50."

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Quote Of The Day - Andrew Sullivan

"So she's bowing out. Call it cowardice; call it a rare example of sanity; call it a bizarre end to an even weirder game of hide and seek for the past few months. But the bottom line is: we can stop worrying about the threat she posed to this country. That is all I really cared about: the insane gamble with the world that John McCain foisted on us, with no vetting and no reason but desperation and cynicism. It is hard to describe the relief of this awful person finally going away." - Andrew Sullivan, in a typically blistering post about Sarah Palin.

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The Values Of The Values Voters Summit

Compiled by Right Wing Watch.

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Open Thread Thursday

What do you use to read JMG?

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

BREAKING: Steve Jobs Has Died

Mere weeks after he stepped down as the long-running CEO of Apple due to health reasons, computer icon Steve Jobs has died. I'll add to this post when further details are available.

[Image credit: Apple.com]

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Sarah Palin: I'm Officially Not Running

Ooh, this news will make the homocons at Hillbuzz cry.
"After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order. My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can make way more fucking money by continuing to whore out my snowbilly family on reality shows."
I've edited the above for the sake of clarity.

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Herman Cain: Obama Administration Secretly Planned Wall Street Protests

"Don't blame Wall Street. Don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."

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Hate Groups Attack Rep. Ros-Lehtinen

NOM is cheering a nasty attack on Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen by a Florida-based Christianist hate group, who accuses the Miami-area congresswoman of taking bribes to become the first Republican House member to support the repeal of DOMA.
Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) has embarrassed and ridiculed herself by becoming the first Republican to co-sponsor on a deceptive bill to overturn the bipartisan Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This new fraudulent legislation seeks to overturn the will of the people in Florida and all across America, by imposing so-called "homosexual marriage" on all fifty (50) states. No doubt, when voters elected Congresswoman Lehtinen, this was not a part of her "agenda", she has lied to and misled her own constituents, donors and volunteers by kowtowing to an extremist agenda. As we go forward there is little doubt that the "incentives," being used to sway votes, will be exposed.
The Christian Family Coalition closes by childishly taunting Ros-Lehtinen that Florida's voters rejected same-sex marriage and "there's not a single thing she can do about it!"

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Quote Of The Day - David Cameron

"I once stood before a Conservative conference and said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man and another man. You applauded me for that. Five years on, we’re consulting on legalising gay marriage. And to anyone who has reservations, I say: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative." - British Prime Minister David Cameron. (Via - Towleroad)

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Brandon McInerney To Be Retried As An Adult, Hate Crime Charge Dropped

Prosecutors announced today that they will be retrying teenage murderer Brandon McInerney as an adult and with no hate crime embellishment to the charges. A mistrial was declared last month after some jurors refused to convict McInerney as an adult. Those jurors have since formed a support group for McInerney.
Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell set a Nov. 21 trial date, according to Fox, but it's unclear if it will be held in Ventura County. The first trial was moved to Los Angeles County due to pretrial publicity. McInerney was 14 in February 2008, when he is accused of killing King at E.O. Green Junior High School during a computer lab class. Prosecutors contend McInerney embraced a white supremacist philosophy that sees homosexuality as an abomination. Police found Nazi-inspired drawings and artifacts at his house, and a white supremacist expert testified at trial the hate-filled ideology was the reason for the killing.

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Rabbi Daniel Lapin: 9/11 Was Predicted In The Torah & Was Totally Planned By Hitler

"The Torah, in ancient Jewish wisdom the Bible, actually explains something which we have lived through which is one of the great mysteries: the plot of 9/11. Not only do we find references in Zachariah to four mysterious crafts that come through between two mountains made of metal, in biblical terminology mountains can be natural mountains or also anything tall that grows up like two buildings, also the idea that the plot was hatched not in Mecca or Medina or Riyadh or anywhere else in Saudi Arabia, that plot was hatched in Hamburg, Germany, and was based on a dream that Adolf Hitler had in 1943 which was to fly suicide Luftwaffe German air force bombers into the towers of Manhattan." - Whackadoodle Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Lapin, speaking to Pat Robertson on the 700 Club.

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Bevan Dufty On MSNBC

Openly gay San Francisco supervisor and mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty appeared on MSNBC today to discuss the mixed reaction to his latest campaign ad, which features his young daughter.

(Via - Think Progress)

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Afternoon View - West 137 Street

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Wall Street Protesters Hate Capitalism!

So sez GOP Rep. Allen West. And if you read Gay Patriot's Twitter feed, the protesters are also unwashed smelly hippies.

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Prop 8 Backers File Another Brief To Overturn Judge Walker's Ruling

They keep losing, but the backers of Proposition 8 just appeal, appeal, appeal. Once again, they are demanding that Judge Walker's ruling be overturned because his gayness and long-term relationship constituted an inherent conflict of interest.
The sponsors of California's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal court to invalidate the ruling of the federal judge who struck it down, saying the judge should be disqualified because he did not divulge he was in a long-term relationship with another man. Lawyers for the Proposition 8's backers filed their open brief on the issue late Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

They claim that another federal judge erred when he concluded U.S. Chief Judge Vaughn Walker's relationship status was irrelevant to Walker's ability to fairly preside over the trial on the measure's constitutionality. In their brief, they argue that Walker's impartiality can be questioned because he is "similarly situated" to the plaintiffs who sued to overturn Proposition 8, two same-sex couples in established relationships. They also said that while Walker has not indicated if he and his partner wish to marry, research presented as evidence in the trial found that two-thirds of unmarried same-sex couples would tie the knot if they could.

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Jurors Discuss Lawrence King Trial

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CHICAGO: City Scales Back Gay Pride Parade To Curb Public Drunkenness

Well, this is a new one. Chicago's city leaders have ordered an earlier start and a reduction in the size of the city's gay pride parade, saying the move is meant to reduce public drunkenness.
Chicago is altering the route, size and starting time of its annual Gay Pride Parade to curb public drinking and accommodate crowds that topped 800,000 last year. The most important change is the starting time. The parade held on the last Sunday in June will step off at 10 a.m. instead of noon. “Unless you’re a hard-core drinker, most people don’t drink at 10 o’clock in the morning,” said parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), Chicago’s first openly-gay aldermen, added, “There’s people concerned about alcohol being consumed on that day. Complaints are that people actually bring their coolers and consume a lot. An earlier start time will promote less drinking.”
RELATED: Two years ago New York City reduced the length of its pride parade, but that move was unrelated to drinking as alcohol sales are not permitted at city parades.

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VIDEO: Ali Forney Center Launches Campaign For LGBT Youth Shelter

Ali Forney Center head Carl Siciliano:
“We hope that this video will promote awareness of the terrible peril that LGBT youth face when left homeless in the streets. With the recent spectacle of elected officials taking budgetary actions to endanger and abandon homeless youth in New York City, we hope the rally on October 24th will send a loud and clear message that the LGBT community demands that they be protected. No youth should be left in the streets without shelter."
Via press release: "The October 24 rally will be held in Union Square, beginning at 6 PM. It is in support of the Campaign for Youth Shelter, and is being planned by representatives from the Ali Forney Center, the Bronx Community Pride Center, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Green Chimneys NYC, the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, and Queer Rising."

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SPLC Denounces GOP Speakers At Family Research Council's Convention

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Democrats Hold WV Governorship

Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin has won the special election to replace West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who left office late last year after winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.
The race was fraught with negative ads from both sides and narrowed in the final weeks. The national parties spent millions of dollars on each campaign. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Tomblin had 50 percent of the vote compared with Republican Bill Maloney's 47 percent, according to unofficial results. Tomblin campaigned as the rightful heir to Manchin. He said together they helped shape policies that created pain-free balanced budgets and revenue surpluses at a time when other states continued to struggle during the recession. "We tried to stay on message as much as possible," Tomblin told to The Associated Press before addressing his supporters Tuesday night. "We do have a stable budget and a stable economy in West Virginia. That's what people are looking for."
Sen. Manchin, who replaced the late Sen. Robert Byrd, missed two critical votes on the repeal of DADT, but said he would have voted against both bills had he been present and not "celebrating Christmas with my family."

RELATED: Tomblin's family has earned over $4M from legislation that benefits his family business. That bill was approved by the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee when Tomblin was its chairman.

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Perry's Polling Plummets

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TODAY: Labor Unions To Join In Massive #OccupyWallStreet Protest March

Today's planned 4:30pm march from City Hall to Wall Street is expected to be the largest show of numbers in the three week old Occupy Wall Street protest.
Unions, community groups, college students and the unemployed - calling themselves "the 99%" who are getting the shaft from the richest 1%, which controls 40% of America's wealth - are joining in. "Join us to protest the arrest of 700 marchers on the Brooklyn Bridge while the banksters who wrecked the economy remain free," urged NYU Prof. Andrew Ross. Anticipating more mass arrests, Samuelsen filed for a federal injunction to stop the city from commandeering city buses to transport NYPD prisoners. The transit workers union said regular passengers were kicked off at least five buses on Saturday when NYPD brass ordered drivers to take some of the 700 detained protesters to booking.
RELATED: Broadway's musicians union startled theatergoers yesterday when it declared that tonight's shows were canceled so that members could participate in the march. That announcement was later retracted as a "computer error."

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700 Club: We're Being Oppressed!

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Wingnuts Cheer End Of Playboy Club

Dan Issett, head of the right-wing Parents Television Council, is claiming credit for the demise of The Playboy Club, which has been canceled by NBC after only three episodes.
"The show would still be on the air if people hadn't stood up and spoken out to the sponsors of the show and the advertisers on the show," Issett suggests. "So there's a lot of credit that needs to be given to people around the country who made the simple step of just letting their opinion be known about this." He says that was the bottom line to NBC's decision to end the show that was designed "to promote the Playboy brand". So Issett says that is what it will take in the future to get the point across to the entertainment industry. And he hopes that those making programming decisions in the future will more carefully consider whether the content of a show or movie violates public trust.
The show scored only a 1.2 rating in its last airing. Issett: "We’re pleased that NBC will no longer be airing a program so inherently linked to a pornographic brand that denigrates and sexualizes women."

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HomoQuotable - R. Clark Cooper

"If Herman Cain truly wants to see the science proving that sexual orientation is not a choice, Log Cabin Republicans would be happy to show it to him. The claim that a person chooses to be gay or lesbian has been discredited by every major professional medical organization, starting with the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. An individual’s orientation is no more a choice than the color of his skin or whether he is left-handed, and too many people have been hurt because of failed attempts to change the way they were born." - Log Cabin Republicans head R. Clark Cooper.

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Race War To The Top

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Sesame Street To Debut "Hungry" Muppet

In a grim marker of the times, Sesame Street will launch a new "hungry" Muppet character whose family faces regular food deprivation.
Pink-faced Muppet Lily, whose family deals with food insecurity, will join Big Bird, Elmo and other favorites on a one-hour prime-time special featuring country star Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley called "Growing Hope Against Hunger," to air Oct 9. The new Muppet will bring awareness to the ongoing hunger struggles that families face in the United States, the show said. "Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children," the Paisleys said in a statement.

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Joel Osteen: I'm Still Anti-Gay

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NEW YORK CITY: British Lesbian Killed In East River Helicopter Crash

A British woman celebrating her 40th birthday with her partner and parents was killed yesterday when their sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River just off Manhattan. The frenzied rescue attempt was covered live on NYC television and was viewed by thousands from their office and apartment windows.
Moments before a doomed chopper crashed into the East River on Tuesday, the pilot yelled to his passengers, "We're going down." Suddenly, the helicopter plunged upside down into the chilly, fast-moving water, sparking a desperate rescue operation by city cops and firefighters that saved four people from the treacherous water. Despite their heroic efforts, Sonia Marra Nicholson, a British woman in the city celebrating her 40th birthday, was trapped inside the helicopter and died. The crash left her mother and partner in critical condition. Her stepfather was treated and released. Veteran pilot Paul Dudley escaped the 3:20 p.m. crash unharmed. "He's very distraught," a source said. "He says he just lost control and it crashed in the water."
Australian gay news site SameSame reports that the two women resided in Sydney, where they once owned well-known restaurants.

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Chaz Bono Survives Week 3 On DWTS

A shocker to everybody, especially Chaz. After the results were revealed, Cher tweeted that she'll be in the audience at next week's show.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Revolution IS Being Televised

Click over to Global Revolution for a live video stream from lower Manhattan. Meanwhile the White House has acknowledged the growing protest, which is now in its third week: "To the extent that people are frustrated with the economic situation, we understand. And that’s why we’re so urgently trying to focus Congress’s attention on the need to take action on the economy and job creation."

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Overpopulation: Totally A Myth

The Population Research Institute, which is a front group for the Christianist Bradley Foundation, claims that overpopulation is a myth. Throw away those condoms! Use the Earth as you fucking well please!

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Anonymous To Wall Street: We Will Take Down Stock Exchange On October 10th

PC Magazine:
The threat to "erase" the NYSE from the Internet was not explained, though in comments on the YouTube video, some speculated that Anonymous was planning a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack on the public-facing NYSE.com website, similar to DDoS attacks the group has used to take down websites in the past. Others felt that would only be a minor setback for the NYSE and guessed that Anonymous was planning a larger attack, perhaps even an attempt to actually disable trading on the exchange.

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Boehner Triples DOMA Legal Budget

House Speaker John Boenher has tripled the allocation to defend DOMA to a possible $1.5M.
A modified contract between the General Counsel to the House of Representatives and former Solicitor General Paul Clement of Bancroft PLLC sets a cap of $750,000 which can be raised up to $1.5 million. "It is absolutely unconscionable that Speaker Boehner is tripling the cost for his legal boondoggle to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act," Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, said in a statement. "At a time when Americans are hurting and job creation should be the top priority, it just shows how out of touch House Republicans have become that they would spend up to $1.5 million dollars to defend discrimination in our country," Hammill continued.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler reacts via press release:
“In the current climate of Republican-sponsored deficit hysteria, draconian spending cuts, and an ongoing recession in which Americans are still awaiting congressional leadership on jobs and mortgage relief, it is shocking and supremely hypocritical for Republican Leadership to spend additional taxpayer dollars on the unwarranted, unconstitutional and unnecessary defense of DOMA. It seems that the only jobs program the House is creating is one for high-priced lawyers to defend an unconscionable law.
Freedom To Marry's Evan Wolfson:
“At a time when Americans are struggling through one of the worst economies in our nation's history, it is shameful that House Republicans are now tripling the spending of tax dollars - including those of gay and lesbian Americans - to defend a discriminatory anti-gay law that makes it even harder for committed gay and lesbian couples to take care of and protect their loved ones. The so-called Defense of Marriage Act is indefensible, and wasting tax dollars on perpetuating discrimination is unconscionable.”

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Christie: I'm Not Running (For Real Real)

"Now is not my time. I've been adamant about the fact I would not run for President," he said. "My job in New Jersey is my passion. New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me." - NJ Gov. Chris Christie, at today's press conference. And the GOP field sighed in relief.

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DWTS: Argentina Style

Totally NSFW.

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Donahue: Drop Madonna From Super Bowl

Catholic League blowhard Bill Donahue, who has an opinion about everything, is firing out press releases demanding that the NFL drop plans to feature Madonna as the halftime entertainment in Super Bowl 2012. After all, they did pressure a boy band member to drop out in 2004.
The NFL cannot expect Catholics to be treated any different. JC Chasez may be known for some dicey lyrics, but he is chopped meat compared to Madonna. For decades, Madonna has blatantly offended Christians, especially Catholics. The offensive lyrics, lewd behavior and misappropriation of sacred symbols are reason enough not to have her perform. Worse, she has repeatedly mocked the heart and soul of Christianity: Jesus, Our Blessed Mother, the Eucharist and the Crucifixion. If JC Chasez is unacceptable to the NFL to perform during halftime at one of its classic games, Madonna must be deemed unacceptable to perform at the Super Bowl. There is only one playbook in this game.

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Herman Cain Hates All Of You

Herman Cain appeared on The View today to say that homosexuality is a choice and he's seen no science to contradict his opinion.

RELATED: Herman Cain has been endorsed for president by GOProud board member Gay Patriot. GOProud chair Chris Barron spends most of his day approvingly retweeting items about Cain.

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Teabaggers Back Hank Williams Jr.

"No Hank, no Monday Night Football. ESPN, owned by far left leaning Disney struck back at Hank Williams today, taking his trademark, 'Are you ready for some football?' song off fo [sic] the opening of Monday night football. Why? Williams dared to insult Disney darling Obama. As much as I love sports, I have just about had it with ESPN. Until Hank Williams is brought back to sing the intro to MNF, I won’t watch it and I encourage everyone else to turn off MNF. Hank Williams, Jr. is rumored to be thinking about running for the US Senate in Tennessee. As a Tennessean, all I can say is, 'Run Hank Run!'" - Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation.

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Chris Christie: Will He Or Won't He?

Twitter sources are split. Christie has called a press conference for 1pm today.

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Gay Reporter Prods White House Press Secretary About Obama & Marriage

Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson in the pink.

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Crazy Eyes: Your Non-Voting Rep

Talking Points Memo reports:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has missed 150 votes in the House since announcing her candidacy for president, according to data gathered by Congressional Quarterly. That figure represents nearly half of all House votes held since June 13. Bachmann missed every vote held in September. The last time she cast a vote? August 1.
Way to represent, Miss Cray-cray.

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Ann Coulter To Appear On The A-List

The most repulsive woman in the world is going to appear on the worst show in the history of television. That seems rather appropriate. Via Logo:
Hold on to your cowboy hats kids because there is a big surprise coming up on The A-List Dallas — an appearance from none other than Ms. Ann Coulter. While Ms. Coulter’s political viewpoints are a frequent source of debate, she has always been somewhat supportive of the gay community. In fact, Go Proud, the conservative gay organization, recently named Coulter “Honorary Chair and Gay Icon.” Gay Icon being the highest order in most political organizations – next to Class Treasurer and Historian.
Logo's entire announcement reads as if it was written by GOProud.

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Quote Of The Day - Tate Westbrook

"The promise from Navy leadership in this meritocracy is that any Sailor, regardless of background, race, gender, or sexual preference, has the opportunity to go as far as they can in this great Navy based on their work ethic, intelligence, aptitude, and commitment." - Commander Tate Westbrook, at the commissioning ceremony for the Navy destroyer USS Spruance. The event took place in Key West, which was founded as a U.S. Navy base in 1822. (Tipped by JMG reader Scott)

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You Too Can Raise The Dead!

It'll only cost $215 for the 18 DVD instructions!

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SCOTUS Boots Birther Suit

Suck it, Alan Keyes.
The high court on Monday refused without comment to hear a challenge brought by conservative activist Alan Keyes and other members of the American Independent Party. They contend Obama wasn't eligible to be president because he was not born in the U.S., and thus not a citizen. U.S. courts, and the Supreme Court, have previously thrown out similar suits.
Keyes is also part of the movement to keep Obama off the 2012 ballot.

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The View Cast On The N-Word


The most bleeped episode in the show's history?

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Thomas Jane: I Was A Gay Hooker

"Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you're going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don't accept people's sexual flavors. You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean? You're a lot more open to experimentation as a young man. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. And probably because of my middle-class, white blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to challenge myself in that way." - Thomas Jane, star of HBO's Hung, speaking to the Los Angeles Times.

Unfortunately, Jane closes the interview by claiming that he "chose to be a heterosexual guy because that's what my DNA dictates and my nurture dictates that I am."

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BUFFALO: School Suspends Student Who Taunted Sister Of Gay Suicide Victim

As we learned last month, the sister of 14 year-old bullying victim Jamey Rodemeyer was taunted with chants of "We're glad he's dead!" at a school event on the day of her brother's wake. The school has finally taken action.
School district superintendent Scott Martzloff confirmed that the student had been suspended and would be punished “to the fullest extent allowed under education law.” “We will not let the actions of any student threaten the emotional well-being of others,” he said. Police are considering charging a number of students in relation to Jamey’s death. Meanwhile, state legislation has been proposed to curb the problem of anti-gay and other forms of bullying. State Senator Jeffrey Klein’s bill is designed to “modernise New York State’s harassment laws and crack down on the emerging cyberbullying epidemic”.

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Gov. O'Malley For Maryland Marriage

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NOM's New Chairman On Gay People

"Evil will be with us always, and it requires constant vigilance to defeat. I look at it as a litigator and an educator. There will always be threats to institutions grounded in human nature by those who think human nature doesn’t define limits. We need to be involved in the immediate defense of threats against marriage, but also take a long-range view by educating the next generation about the importance of the issues we’re confronting." - NOM chairman John Eastman, speaking to the Catholic Register.

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Where's Sarah Palin?

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Halloweiner

According to Halloween superstore Ricky's, this year's best-selling costume may be Anthony Weiner.

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World's Best Public Restroom

Virtual Tourist has named Bryant Park's restroom as the "world's #1 public toilet." I've been in there, it IS nice. "Who would have thought that a loo in the middle of such a dirty, noisy, frenetic city would have classical music, fresh flowers, and even an attendant! Visitors report that it's also spotlessly clean."

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New Ad From Bevan Dufty

A cute new ad from openly gay San Francisco mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty includes his young daughter. Via email, my pal Karl Frisch speculates that this might be a first for an LGBT candidate.

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Perkins: Obama Is Spitting At The Military

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NFL Cans Hank Williams' Theme Song After He Compares Obama To Hitler

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the Karpel Group, today's Swag Tuesday prize is The Showgirl Must Go On, a live recording of superstar Bette Midler's long-running and critically raved Las Vegas extravaganza at Caesar's Palace. The Showgirl Must Go On becomes available on DVD and Blu-ray across North America today at music outlets and online.
The New York Times exults, “Like all great showgirls, she [Midler] may wear sequins like a second skin, but the woman underneath is all flesh and blood, humor and heart.” The $10 million extravaganza played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at the famed Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. Taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade feaures many of Ms. Midler's colorful and classic stage and screen characters. Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. The production was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
We have two DVDs and two Blu-ray copies of The Showgirl Must Go On. Enter to win your copy by commenting on this post. Only enter once and please remember to leave your email address in the text of your comment. Entries close at midnight on Thursday, west coast time. Publicists: If you'd like to take part in Swag Tuesday on JMG, please email me.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Obama: Still Working On Gay Marriage

Washington Post:
President Barack Obama says he is “still working” on his views of gay marriage. Obama’s comments come one year after he told liberal bloggers that his views on gay marriage were “evolving.” He supports civil unions, but has thus far not backed same-sex marriage. During an interview with ABC News on Monday, Obama said gay couples should, at a minimum, have strong civil unions. But he stopped short of backing gay marriage. Obama says his evolving views are influenced by friends, family and children of gay couples he knows who are thriving.
When I was on SiriusXM during the president's speech to the HRC, we speculated about his famed "evolution" on marriage. My point was that there's probably not one person in the country (on either side of the issue) who doesn't believe that Obama personally supports gay marriage. Therefore, I'm not really seeing the loss of that much political capital by actually saying so.

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Today In Dominionism

Available next week is Divorcing God, the American Family Association's how-to documentary on returning Christians to their rightful God-ordained places at the head of the American government and society.

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Photo Of The Day

Chicago's giant new statue of Marilyn Monroe has been derided as tacky by many critics, but it does serve at least one practical function.

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Michael Brown & Cindy Jacobs: Gay Activists Want Christians Put Into Prison

More hilarious hypocrisy from people who really fucking do want to see you thrown into jail merely for existing.

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NEW YORK: Lesbian Couple Tells Of License Denial By Town Clerk


(Via - Think Progress)

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Just Posted To NOM's Blog

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FLORIDA: New Gay Families Flourish After Lifting Of Adoption Ban

Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel reports on the environment for Florida's gay families since the lifting of the state's ban on adoptions.
For 33 years, Florida barred gays and lesbians from adopting. That changed last October, when Florida's Third District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled the law unenforceable and the state declined to challenge it. Since then, family law attorneys estimate more than 100 men and women in South Florida's gay and lesbian community have pending adoption cases. "The phones have been ringing off the hook,'' said family law attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, of Miami. "It's been 33 years of pent up desire,'' she said.

After the October decision, the state removed the question of sexual orientation from its application form, although the ban remains on the books and could be challenged down the road. At the Foster and Adoptive Parent Association of Palm Beach County, Executive Director Marie Bond said "we're definitely seeing more families,'' from the gay and lesbian community. Victor Martin, 49, a single gay man, adopted his 21-month-old daughter in December and said he couldn't imagine what his life would be like without her.
Commenters on the above-linked article are behaving in traditional Christian fashion.

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Ce Ce Peniston - Finally 2011

Re-recorded for the 20th anniversary. Meh. Wasn't crazy about it the first time. Plus she was rude to me.

(Via - Pop In Stereo)

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SCOTUS: Humanitarian Faith Groups Can Discriminate In Hiring Practices

The Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of a lower court's ruling that faith-based humanitarian organizations may legally refuse to hire those outside of their religion. The suit had been brought on behalf of several former employees of the massive Virgina-based evangelical group World Vision.
In August, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that World Vision could legally discriminate in hiring based on religious affiliation. The court, upholding a lower court ruling on a discrimination suit, said World Vision qualifies as a faith-based humanitarian organization and is exempt from the Civil Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday affirmed that appeals court decision by refusing to hear the case. “Our Christian faith has been the foundation of our work since the organization was established in 1950, and our hiring policy is vital to the integrity of our mission to serve the poor as followers of Jesus Christ,” said Richard Stearns, World Vision U.S. president, in a statement.
World Vision is an international relief agency with annual donations of over $2 billion. They have been accused of deceptive practices regarding their aid to poor children in foreign countries.

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Madonna Booked For Super Bowl 2012

USA Today reports that Madonna has been booked as the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl 2012.
The game is Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The NFL has gone with established acts in the past few years. Since Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake appeared in 2004, halftime acts have included Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and last year had the Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash.
Boy Culture's Matt Rettenmund adds that Madge will likely debut a new single from her coming album. He snarks: "Which requires her to ingratiate herself to sports fans, perform new material for the very first time live AND be in Indiana, all challenges."

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Infomercial Huckster Don Lapre Commits Suicide While Awaiting Fraud Trial

Fast-talking infomercial scam artist Don Lapre has killed himself while awaiting trial on multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme charges.
Embattled TV pitchman Don Lapre was found dead in his Arizona jail cell on Sunday, just days before his $52 million fraud trail was set to begin, authorities said. The 47-year-old infomercial huckster was accused of scamming at least 220,000 people by selling worthless vitamins, using get-rich-quick pyramid schemes and phony businesses. A grand jury indicted Lapre in June on 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering though his company, "The Greatest Vitamin in the World." The company's "customers" spent nearly $51.8 million to sell vitamins and recruit others to do the same. But only 5,000 people received about $6.4 million in commission, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
I'll admit that I occasionally watched Lapre's shows in fascination with his outrageous claims and his ever-changing hairpieces.

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Rachel Maddow Vs. Bryan Fischer

As I've noted here many times, most of the major GOP presidential candidates will appear at this year's Values Voter Summit, an event put on by the Family Research Council, an SPLC-certified hate group. Last week it was learned that American Family Association spokesbigot Bryan Fischer will immediately follow Mitt Romney on the convention's stage. In the clip below, Rachel Maddow picks up the story. Start the clip at 3:00.

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Marriage: According To The Bible

(NSFW source)

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TENNESSEE: Gay Couple Assaulted By Church Deacons And Victim's Father

Yet another charming example of Christian Love.
"I went over to take the keys out of the ignition and all the sudden I hear someone say 'sick'em,'" said Gibson County resident, Jerry Pittman Jr. Pittman said the attacked was prompted by the pastor of the church, Jerry Pittman, his father. "My uncle and two other deacons came over to the car per my dad's request. My uncle smash me in the door as the other deacon knocked my boyfriend back so he couldn't help me, punching him in his face and his chest. The other deacon came and hit me through my car window in my back," said Pittman. He said bystanders did not offer assistance. He said the deacon yelled derogatory homosexual slurs, even after officers arrived. He said the officers never intervened to stop the deacons from yelling the slurs.
Charges have been filed against all of the involved church officials, including the victim's father. Local news video below.

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Christianity & Interracial Marriage

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SERBIA: Cops Bust Anti-Gay Extremists In Violent Belgrade Pride Plot

Serbian authorities canceled this weekend's Belgrade Pride events on Friday, saying that they could not devote the estimated 5000 riot police needed to protect parade attendees from expected neo-Nazi protesters. Yesterday police arrested six men who were found in the possession of ski masks and baseball bats.
Riot police were deployed across Belgrade and other cities over the weekend to quell any trouble. A Pride march was held last year in Belgrade for the first time in ten years but ended in violence as 20,000 people held a counter protest. This year, reports claimed that extremists were planning to use violence and start fires to disrupt the gay rights march. Pride organisers were unwilling to cancel the event and accused authorities of giving in to threats. But human rights minister Milan Markovic told B92 that many people could have been killed. He said: “It’s far from the truth that the state has capitulated and that hooligans are more powerful than the state, that’s complete nonsense.”

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Ron Paul & ACLU Denounce U.S. Killing Of American Al-Qaeda Terrorist

Both the ACLU and Ron Paul have come out strongly against the killing of America-born Al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, whose car was struck with a U.S. drone missile two days ago. Paul calls the attack a "sad precedent" in American history.
“He was born here,” said Paul. “He is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged with any crime. Nobody knows if he killed anyone.” And Paul said the precedent of striking against Americans, even those suspected of being terrorist masterminds, is not a good one. “If the American people accept this blindly and casually - have a precedent of an American president assassinating people who he thinks are bad. I think that’s sad,” he said.

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INDIANA: Lawsuits Over Stage Collapse May Set Precedent For LGBT Rights

This summer's tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair may have broad implications regarding the "portability" of gay marriages and civil unions.
Indiana's attorney general said he will not be the one to pick a fight over the rights of a Chicago woman whose same-sex partner was killed in the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But legal experts say lawsuits filed in the case are certain to have widespread implications for same-sex couples across the U.S. Chicagoan Alisha Brennon entered into a civil union in Illinois with her partner, Christina Santiago, in June, shortly after civil unions became legal in Illinois on June 1. In August, Santiago was one of seven people killed when a storm blew down an outdoor concert stage in Indianapolis. Last week, Brennon filed three lawsuits seeking damages for the death of her partner. The suits could force the courts to decide whether civil unions in one state have legal standing in another.
Indiana's attorney general says he will attempt to have the suit against the state dismissed, but not on the grounds that Indiana does not recognize civil unions. Last year the Indiana legislature approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but that issue must survive a second legislative approval and a public referendum before becoming law.

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VIDEO: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

We got the audio last month, today Towleroad tips us to a bootleg/leaked version of the video.

UPDATE: The clip has been yanked by the Sales Prevention Team at Sony Music Entertainment.

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ILLINOIS: Tea Party Marriage Defender Busted For Soliciting Prostitute

Last year when the news broke that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) had cheated on his wife, Chicago Tea Party president Steve Stevlic went on a Twitter-fueled crusade to denounce the congressman for destroying the sanctity of his marriage. You all KNOW what comes next, right?
TeaCon was supposed to be the culmination of all the work that Chicago Tea Party Director Stevan Stevlic put into building the party. But Stevlic, of Cicero, ended up skipping the event Saturday after news broke about his arrest for soliciting a prostitute more than a year ago. Stevan Stevlic, then 36, was arrested June 25, 2010, in the 1600 block of South Kilbourn for misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, a police source confirmed to the Sun-Times Saturday. The arrest was first reported on the website Gawker, which said the charges were dropped after Stevlic agreed to participate in a rehab program.
Stevlic has now locked his Twitter feed so nobody can screencap all that moral outrage directed at Rep. Jackson. (Tipped by JMG reader Rich)

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Herman Cain: I Should Have Spoken Up When Gay Soldier Was Booed

Tea Party favorite Herman Cain now says he should have spoken up after hearing a gay soldier booed by the audience at the most recent GOP debate. Cain's comment comes after President Obama denounced the GOP field over the issue during Saturday's speech to the Human Rights Campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that he should not have stayed silent after the audience at a GOP debate booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq. The Georgia businessman told ABC's "This Week" that it would have been "appropriate" for him to have defended the soldier. None of the candidates on stage at the Sept. 22 forum responded to the boos. "In retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations that it could have had, yes, that probably — that would have been appropriate," Cain said, when asked if he should have asked the audience to respect the soldier.
The Freepers are shredding Cain for yesterday's remark, with Free Republic founder Jim Robinson entering the comments to say, "Pandering to the left will cause you to lose potential support very quickly."

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ACTION ITEM: Sign Complaint About Deceptive SB 48 Petition Gathering

Please consider signing the Courage Campaign's complaint about the lying ways that our enemies are gathering signatures to repeal California's SB 48.

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