Saturday, January 07, 2012
Don't Bother Commenting On Hillbuzz
After yesterday's post about Hillbuzz's homocon blogger Kevin DuJan, I've received emails from JMG readers reporting that their comments there are being altered to make it look like they are making physical threats. A quick scan on that Hillbuzz post reveals several vile and abusive comments allegedly made by "our side." What IS it about homocons and all these faked attacks? A word to the wise - take a screenshot of your comments left on these sites. Altering your words seems legally actionable to me.
Afternoon View- Central Park Promenade
Weekend Mix - DJ Dave Huge
Kick off your weekend with this eclectic electro mix from NYC's DJ Dave Huge. Setlist. Facebook. Website. Twitter.
Upcoming gigs: Collider, First Saturdays at Stonewall Inn. Body Rock, January 21st at Rockbar. Bassment, January 26th at Monster. Union, January 27th at Monster.
NOTE: With this post we revive the JMG Weekend Mix series in which we highlight major national and up-and-coming DJ talent. This series ran for 28 installments in 2010 with entries from such well-known names as Susan Morabito, Corey Craig, Herbie James, David Knapp, Ted Eiel, and many others.
CHICAGO: Cardinal George Apologizes
"During a recent TV interview, speaking about this year's Gay Pride Parade, I used an analogy that is inflammatory. I am personally distressed that what I said has been taken to mean that I believe all gays and lesbians are like members of the Klan. I do not believe that; it is obviously not true. Many people have friends and family members who are gay or lesbian, as have I. We love them; they are part of our lives, part of who we are.
"I am deeply sorry for the hurt that my remarks have brought to the hearts of gays and lesbians and their families. I can only say that my remarks were motivated by fear for the Church's liberty. This is a larger topic that cannot be explored in this expression of personal sorrow and sympathy for those who were wounded by what I said." - Cardinal Francis George, in an apology posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
George's initial statement caused a firestorm of bad press, with both newspaper editorial boards and national LGBT groups joining to denounce his words. Truth Wins Out last week ran a full-page Chicago Tribune ad demanding George's resignation. Reactions to the apology are below.
It appears that the Cardinal has had a chance to reflect on the deeply hurtful and destructive statement he had made on Christmas day in comparing the movement for LGBT equality to the Ku Klax Klan. His apology is important and will go some way toward healing the pain he has caused. However, his actions will speak louder than words, and we will be paying attention to see if his words translate into acts of dignity and respect towards LGBT people," said Bernard Cherkasov, Chief Executive Officer of Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest organization advocating for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.Truth Wins Out
"We called for Cardinal George's resignation but we think remorse is a positive step in the right direction," said TWO's Executive Director Wayne Besen. "It is gratifying to see the Cardinal take personal responsibility for the hurt he has caused and we hope this incident leads to improving relations with the LGBT community."Gay Liberation Network
This is completely disingenuous. No one was challenging the church's "liberty." Even though George himself has done everything he can to prevent legal equality for LGBTs, we have never in turn insisted that the church be forced to perform same-sex marriages, for example, any more than others have insisted that it be forced to perform marriages for divorcees. Furthermore, apologies, in order to be real, need to be issued directly to those wronged. A web posting is about as passive a delivery of an apology as you can get. Cardinal George could have picked up the phone and called an LGBT journalist and had a genuine dialog about the issues. Moreover, his original slam against "the Gay Liberation Movement" sounded like it was directed at the Gay Liberation Network, which has led demonstrations against his support of discrimination on several occasions, and he could have delivered an apology to GLN.NOTE: Gay Liberation Network says that despite Cardinal George's apology, they will go through with tomorrow's planned noon protest outside Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral.
UPDATE: GLN has called off the protest after all. "While canceling the January 8 protest, we are redoubling our efforts to secure participation in the Freedom to Marry Day demonstration scheduled for Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 AM in front of Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago."
Frothy Mix: Kids Are Better Off With Their Dad In Prison Than Having Two Moms
Rick Santorum wants to be seen as a blue collar, bootstraps, man of the people. But he keeps allowing himself to veer off message into weirdo rants like the one below. This is a good thing.
For the second time in as many days, Rick Santorum waded into the issue of gay marriage, suggesting it was so important for children to have both a father and mother that an imprisoned father was preferable to a same-sex parent. Citing the work of one anti-poverty expert, Santorum said, "He found that even fathers in jail who had abandoned their kids were still better than no father at all to have in their children's lives." Allowing gays to marry and raise children, Santorum said, amounts to "robbing children of something they need, they deserve, they have a right to. You may rationalize that that isn't true, but in your own life and in your own heart, you know it's true."
Maggie Loves Frothy
"When the guy who has taken more hits than any other for standing up for life and marriage fights his way with nobody's help from nowhere to, well, Tuesday night -- you have to cheer. The left, which thought it had buried Santorum years ago, is going to go after him with a hatred unlike anyone else has yet generated in this race. They hate him with that special ire reserved for his virtues, not his vices. They will go after him not just to defeat him, but to smear his good name, to associate it with their own muck, to take a decent and honorable man and try literally to make his name mean mud. They will not succeed." - Fellow Catholic Maggie Gallagher, cheering Rick Santorum during a break in her Opus Dei meeting.
Wingnuts Pray For A "Not-Romney"
"There are some conservatives that have committed their support to Newt Gingrich; there are some that continue to stand with Rick Perry because he's got a good record and he's a likable guy -- he just hasn't done well. But increasingly, more and more are looking at Rick Santorum as the most viable candidate." - Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, in an AP story about the desperation the religious right feels about Mitt Romney.
RELATED: Observing the tweets exchanged between the leaders of the anti-gay hate industry has been quite delightful this week. They are rilly rilly losing their shit over the prospect of Romney as GOP nominee.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Buddy Comes Out
Kristy McNichol, the Emmy-winning teen star of the 70s drama Family, has come out at the age of 49. McNichol's butch character Buddy was the subject of much speculation and not a few fantasies among young lesbians of the day.
McNichol, 49, who has lived with her partner Martie Allen, also 49, for the past two decades, decided to make a statement about her sexuality and share this photo because she is "approaching 50" and wants to "be open about who I am." She "is very sad about kids being bullied," her publicist Jeff Ballard tells PEOPLE. "She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different."McNichol retired from acting twenty years ago after her very public battle with bipolar disorder had been splayed across the world's tabloids. (Via - Boy Culture)
Satan Runs Wall Street
The Seven Mountains dominionists, who believe that God has ordered Christians to control the "seven mountains of American culture," say that Satan has a firm grip on Wall Street and is "sending his kings" to run to the other six mountains. I think that's what this loon is saying. I get so distracted with that holy magic marker-ing.
RELATED: Explaining the Seven Mountains.
NYC: Bjork To Do Ten Days Of Weirdness
Via OMG Blog comes word of Bjork's ten-date stand in NYC:
Björk is set to bring her live Biophilia show to New York City for a special 10-night residency. Six performances will take place at the New York Hall of Science, New York City’s only hands-on science and technology museum. There will also be four performances at Roseland Ballroom located at 239 West 52nd Street. The New York Hall of Science shows have been set to Björk’s original Biophilia specifications, as audio-visual shows in an intimate setting with no audience member more than a few yards from the stage. All shows are performed in the round.The ten dates are scattered across February.
WA Gov. Chris Gregoire Explains Her Decision To Pursue Gay Marriage
Employment Picture Slightly Brighter
National Geographic Photo Winner
NOM Is A Vatican Front Group, Part 10
Afternoon View - First Avenue
Over the last eight years I've eaten hundreds of times at the half-dozen joints in the lower left of this shot. And I must report with sadness that my beloved Spanish Food closed abruptly last week. Demolition of the interior commenced within 24 hours. Sob.
TRAILER: Brokeback Romney
"Frothy, Have You Googled Yourself?"
HomoQuotable - Jimmy LaSalvia
"Ann Coulter, the honorary chair of GOProud’s Advisory Council, is rarely wrong — and when it comes to the 2012 Republican nomination, she is spot on: If conservatives want to defeat Barack Obama, then it is time to rally around former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. [snip] Not only do I believe Mitt Romney should be the nominee, in the wake of the results of the Iowa caucuses it is clear he will be, which is why now is the time to rally around Romney and turn our attention to defeating the billion-dollar campaign machine of Obama and his radical left-wing special interests. I understand the liberal media’s desire for a long, drawn-out, bloody Republican primary. The longer the GOP primary lasts and the nastier it gets, the more likely it is that Obama can win re-election. Conservatives should not play into the hands of Obama and his friends in the media." - GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia, writing for the website of proud gay-basher Tucker Carlson.
I Gots The Red Hat, Bitches!
"It’s as if Pope Benedict is putting the red hat on top of the Empire State Building, or the Statue of Liberty, or on home plate at Yankee Stadium; or on the spires of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral or any of our other parish churches; this is the successor of Saint Peter saying to the clergy, sisters, brothers, lay faithful of this archdiocese, and to all of our friends and neighbors of New York: Thank you! Keep up the good work! You are a leader, an inspiration, to the Church and to the world." - Evil anti-gay Archbishop Timothy Dolan, thanking New Yorkers for his elevation to cardinal, which was announced today by the Vatican.
Blah Or Black?
Concerned Women Are Concernstipated That Romney Will Be The GOP Nominee
"Many of my Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee members respect Mitt’s savvy business skills, but they are having a hard time wrapping their minds around him as a whole package. They can’t ignore that it was the former Massachusetts governor who championed health care reform that cost the state $4.3 billion and 18,000 jobs. Nor can they ignore his past support for so-called 'domestic partnerships' or the fact that after the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s paper tiger ruling on 'gay marriage,' he ordered Justices of the Peace in the state to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples or be fired.
"With evangelical Christians being one of the largest voting blocs in America, 'the Mormon thing' may be an issue, but I am not convinced this is what has held him back. However, some of my CWALAC ladies would love to understand the whole 'eternal pregnancy in heaven thing, which, admittedly, to me sounds more like damnation than heaven." - Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women For America, writing for Fox News.
Leftist Gays Are Poisoning His Cocktails!
"I’ve become a pariah in Boystown not just for my support of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party and my opposition to Barack Obama and the Left, but mainly for my insistence that it’s childish and flat-out wrong for the 'gay community' to direct hatred at Christians for refusing to allow the word 'marriage' to be redefined as something this sacrament is not. [snip] I was genuinely afraid of being 'accidentally' tripped or pushed down the many stairs in the bar or otherwise harmed physically by Sidetrack staff or patrons at Dan’s encouragement.
"That’s above and beyond these people doing petty things like putting something in drinks that I’d order to punish me. I reasonably became convinced that if I kept going to Sidetrack that Dan would escalate things with customers and his fellow staff to the point where I’d be physically assaulted on the premises because of my religion and my outspoken personal beliefs which did not jive with what Art Johnston and other 'gay community leaders' mandated for gay guys living in Boystown." - Hillbuzz blogger Kevin DuJan, claiming that Chicago's leftist gays are secretly conspiring to deny him dates with hot twinks and are poisoning his cocktails at his favorite bar.
UNREAL: Frothy Mix's Black Gay Former Chief Of Staff Defends Him On Hardball
As my Twitter and Facebook followers know, I almost hurled my motherfucking dinner last night while I watched this asshat.
BACKSTORY: In 2005 outing kingpin Mike Rogers exposed Santorum's then chief of staff Robert Traynham and gave him that year's Roy Cohn Award.
Troubled By Witchcraft? Mermaid Spirits? Financial Impotence? Jesus Can Cure You!
Nigeria's "witch hunter" and Holy Appointee of Jesus is coming to Houston for a "12 day marathon of deliverance" where she'll cure you of mermaids, voodoo, spells, and ALL those chronic and incurable diseases. Praise! Glory! Donate!
Abortion Restrictions By Year
The Guttmacher Institute has compiled a list of the many, many roadblocks to legal abortion that have been installed recently by Tea Party-dominated state legislatures.
By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011. In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010. By year’s end, 135 of these provisions had been enacted in 36 states, an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009. Fully 68% of these new provisions—92 in 24 states—-restrict access to abortion services, a striking increase from last year, when 26% of new provisions restricted abortion. The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.(Via - Igor Volsky)
Dan Savage On Santorum's Rise
Last night Dan Savage spoke to Keith Olbermann about his Santorum site and its effect on Rick Santorum's campaign. Savage says that despite an angry press release issued yesterday by Porno Pete, the site will remain up. (Scroll over for play button.)
NEW YORK: Anti-Gay Archbishop Timothy Dolan To Be Promoted To Cardinal
Apparently satisfied with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's campaign against gay civil rights, the Vatican will be promoting him to cardinal.
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan will be among those elevated to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church in a Vatican ceremony next month, the Archdiocese of New York announced in a news release on Friday. He was among 22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday. Eighteen of them, including Archbishop Dolan, are under the age of 80, Reuters reported, and are therefore eligible to enter the secret conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict dies. There are 120 cardinals who serve as papal elector. Vatican Radio carried the official announcement and the names of all those who will be elevated in a ceremony on Feb. 18.Last month Dolan claimed that Catholic churches in New York were being threatened with lawsuits unless they hosted same-sex weddings, a ridiculous lie because such suits are specifically barred by state statute.
Bradlee Dean On Gay Marriage
SURVEY: Half Of Gay Men Would Give Up One Year Of Life For The Perfect Body
According to a British survey, almost half of gay men say they would sacrifice one year of their life in return for having the perfect body.
The research also said 10% of gay men would agree to die more than 11 years earlier if they could have their ideal body now. Nine in ten gay men admit they enforce “unrealistic” images of lean and muscular men in conversation. In comparison, only a third of straight men said they would give a year or more for an ideal body shape, and 77% admitted buying into the body image ideal. The research was part of a study commissioned by Central YMCA, the Succeed Foundation and the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol into how men talk about their bodies.More about the YMCA's Body Confidence campaign.
MINNESOTA: Archbishop Tells Priests To Shut Up If They Oppose Anti-Gay Bill
"It is my expectation that all the priests and deacons in this Archdiocese will support this venture and cooperate with us in the important efforts that lie ahead. The gravity of this struggle, and the radical consequences of inaction propels me to place a solemn charge upon you all — on your ordination day, you made a promise to promote and defend all that the Church teaches. I call upon that promise in this effort to defend marriage. There ought not be open dissension on this issue. If any have personal reservations, I do not wish that they be shared publicly. If anyone believes in conscience that he cannot cooperate, I want him to contact me directly and I will plan to respond personally." - Archbishop John Nienstedt, in a message to his priests.
RELATED: In 2010 Nienstedt's archdiocese sent out 400,000 DVDs to Minnesota voters urging that they support anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Frothy Mix Gets Snippy With Student, Compares Gay Marriage To Polygamy
Cindy Jacobs: God Is Going To Send A Blizzard To Wipe Out Gay Rights
Ken Hutcherson: I'm Being Oppressed!
"As long as the Bible says it's wrong, I'm going to fight against it like it's the last thing I can do. It's no different than any other sin. If someone walked around and said 'We want to be a minority because we are divorcees,' I would fight that just as much. It's going to infringe upon my freedom of religion. Every place this has become the law of the land, you are muzzled about what you can say about the issue of homosexuality." - Anti-gay asshat Pastor Ken Hutcherson, on the coming same-sex marriage bill in Washington state.
RELATED: Hutcherson led the failed Referendum 71 attempt to repeal Washington's "everything but the name" domestic partners law, which was upheld by a slim majority. You may also recall that Hutcherson has led walkouts at public schools in protest of the Day Of Silence and that he issued a bizarre threat should DOMA ever be overturned. In 2010 Hutcherson officiated at Rush Limbaugh's fourth marriage.
Israel Seeks Gay Envoys
Israel has posted a request for volunteer gay envoys to promote the nation's diversity.
The Israeli government is launching a program to recruit homosexuals to be unofficial envoys. In a bid to boost its international image, the country's ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has established a cadre of diverse volunteers who speak about Israel around the world. In a recent post on its website, the ministry encouraged minorities and members of the homosexual community to step forward. Ministry spokesman Gal Ilan said Thursday that the goal was to highlight Israel's diversity. He said when people think about Israel, the homosexual community is often overlooked.Some have charged Israel with pinkwashing in order to promote gay tourism. From the New York Times:
The growing global gay movement against the Israeli occupation has named these tactics “pinkwashing”: a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life. Aeyal Gross, a professor of law at Tel Aviv University, argues that “gay rights have essentially become a public-relations tool,” even though “conservative and especially religious politicians remain fiercely homophobic.” Pinkwashing not only manipulates the hard-won gains of Israel’s gay community, but it also ignores the existence of Palestinian gay-rights organizations.
Quote Of The Day - Pat Robertson
"I didn’t know we were electing a dictator, I thought we were electing a president who had constitutional powers, and we have shared governmental responsibility between the Senate and the House and the courts and the president, and that division has worked very well in our history. So suddenly you’ve got somebody who is power-hungry and he wants to take it all. There’s no question there’s got to be a challenge to this." - Pat Robertson, speaking on The 700 Club.
NYC Chain Store Snapshot
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The 307 national retailers tracked in the survey expanded to a total of 6,994 city stores this year, from 6,883 in 2010. About one-third of the chains had fewer city locations over the past 12 months, including American Apparel (seven stores in 2011 vs. 20 in 2010), Borders (which closed all nine of its stores), and Blockbuster (10 stores in 2011 vs. 30 in 2010). Manhattan was the only borough which had a net drop in chain stores, with a loss of at least 10 stores in each of the Upper East Side, Midtown West and Greenwich Village/SoHo areas.After Metro PCS, the second-fastest growing chain was T-Mobile, which added almost 50 stores in NYC last year to a total of 161.
Headline Of The Day
DNC To McCain: Which Mitt?
REPORT: Most-Effective Diets
1. DASH Diet
2. TLC Diet
3. Weight Watchers
3. Mayo Clinic Diet
3. Mediterranean Diet
6. Volumetrics Diet
7. Jenny Craig Diet
8. Biggest Loser Diet
8. Ornish Diet
10. Vegetarian Diet
Right on time for your resolution considerations, US News & World Report has ranked the 25 most-popular diets in terms of their effectiveness, health risk/benefits, and ease of compliance. The top-ranked DASH plan is the federally approved diet to fight hypertension. Coming in at the bottom of the list is the Paleo Diet, which is in vogue with Manhattan's A-gays, but is notoriously tough to adhere to.
NOM Is A Vatican Front Group, Part 9
At NOM Exposed, Jeremy Hooper digs up proof that NOM insiders cohosted a $10,000 per table fundraiser last June at the Manhattan home of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Hooper notes that the email address for donations is the same one used by the company that runs all of NOM's social media efforts. It doesn't get any more obvious than that.
New Year's Resolution
The JMG unread email pile continues to overflow and once again I've resolved to try and whittle that down in the new year. But the real purpose of this post is so I don't look so assholish when I don't respond to your very thoughtful and always brilliant messages. Please keep the tips coming, even if you don't hear back from me and if I seem to always credit someone else. Those "tipped by" nods just go to the person whose mail I happened to read first. I'm not ignoring you, swear to FSM.
Screenshot Of The Day
TENNESSEE: Christianists Push Bill To Legalize Bullying Based On Religion
Here we go again, just like we saw in Michigan. Tennessee's WSMV reports on a new bill that is a "top priority" of the Family Action Council.
A proposal by some state lawmakers is already under fire, even before the legislative session begins. They're considering making a change in the law to allow students to speak out against homosexuality, if that's what their religious beliefs call for. Supporters have said this is about protecting the free-speech rights of students who want to express their views on homosexuality. But gay rights groups are calling the idea a "license to bully." Kelly Fussman is the founder of the No Hate Club at Hendersonville High School.[Cartoon Credit: Mike Ritter/Georgia Voice]
She says she sees examples of bullying every single day. "I've had a lot of friends bullied for just being who they are, whether it's for their sexuality, their gender identity, their religion," she said. Fussman says she is worried about the bill in the legislature that she believes could make the verbal abuse worse. The proposal would alter the state's anti-bullying laws to allow students to speak their religious and political views against homosexuality without punishment as long as the student isn't threatening harm or damaging property.
Santorum & Catholic Sex
An interesting analysis from Linda Hirshman:
Santorum’s sexual policy clock, however, does not stop turning back in 2003 when the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws or 1973 when the Supreme Court protected abortion. Santorum would turn it all the way back to 1964, when birth control was criminal in many states. Actually, Santorum’s sexual policy prescriptions start in the fourth century, when the Catholic theologian Augustine of Hippo confronted his unruly dick. After years of Gingriching around with every female in sight, Augustine came to Jesus. Despite his newfound commitment to disciplined, godly behavior, he just couldn’t keep the good man down. But he decided that at least he could justify, if not control, his irrepressible sexual desires by confining them to the otherwise consecrated ends of monogamous marriage and the reproduction and rearing of children. The only acceptable sex is marital reproductive sex. All the rest of the Catholic teaching on sex is commentary.Read the full Slate article.
Frothy: I Hardly Talk About The Gays
Although he's known in the foreign press primarily by the "homohater" label, Rick Santorum says that he's hardly been speaking about the gays. Igor Volsky has the quote at Think Progress:
If you’ve been following me out on the trail, I haven’t been talking a lot about this. Although I strongly believe in it. What I’ve been talking about as I did last night on my acceptance speech where didn’t talk about this issue, I talked about the importance of getting this economy going and talked about my grandfather and coming here for freedom. And this is the fundamental issue in this campaign is whether government is going to be big and obtrusive and telling people how to manage their — their lives or — and are they going to support the basic values of faith and family that allow government to be limited and allow our economy to be strong. Those are the things I talked about and did across Iowa.The boldest of the lying no longer takes our breath away in the slightest.
Gingrich: Mittens Totally Sucks
Kodak May Declare Bankruptcy
The stock market reacted strongly yesterday to a report that Kodak may be about to declare bankruptcy.
The ailing photography pioneer's shares fell to a new all-time low after the Wall Street Journal reported that Kodak is preparing for a bankruptcy filing "in the coming weeks" should it fail to sell a trove of 1,100 digital-imaging patents. Analysts have said the patents could fetch $2 billion to $3 billion, but no takers have emerged since Kodak started shopping them around in July. In November, the 131-year-old company said it could run out of cash in a year if it didn't sell the patents. Even as it looked to a future rooted in its emerging printer business, the company was reporting a third-quarter loss of $222 million — its ninth quarterly loss in three years — and it said its cash reserves had fallen 10 percent in three months. Now, Kodak finds itself in a state of suspended animation.Kodak shares closed yesterday at 47 cents.
JAMAICA: Pro-Gay Candidate Portia Miller Simpson To Become Prime Minister
Phil Reese reports at Washington Blade:
Portia Simpson Miller’s People’s National Party won a landslide victory in Parliament over the ruling Labor Party in Jamaica yesterday, giving her a second run at her previous role as first female Prime Minister of that Caribbean nation. [snip] In a nationally televised December debate between Holness and Simpson Miller, the People’s National Party leader came out against the “buggery” law in Jamaica that criminalizes homosexual behavior — though she refused to vow to push for its repeal. “Our administration believes in protecting the human rights of all Jamaicans,” Simpson Miller responded. “No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Government should provide the protection.
January 20th: Occupy The Courts
Via press release:
Inspired by our friends at Occupy Wall Street, and Dr. Cornel West, Move To Amend is planning bold action to mark the second anniversary of the infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision! Occupy the Courts will be a one day occupation of Federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday January 20, 2012. Move to Amend volunteers across the USA will lead the charge on the judiciary which created — and continues to expand — corporate personhood rights. Americans across the country are on the march, and they are marching OUR way. They carry signs that say, “Corporations are NOT people! Money is NOT Speech!” And they are chanting those truths at the top of their lungs! The time has come to make these truths evident to the courts.Learn more here.
Promising Hep C Vaccine Trial
Researchers at Oxford report that their Hepatitis C vaccine trial has yielded promising results.
The aim of the Phase I trial was to determine whether the treatment was safe and to help plan future trials. Forty-one healthy patients were given the vaccine. Scientists said it produced a "very strong" immune response which lasted for at least a year and had no major side-effects. Prof Klenerman said: "The immune responses we've seen are exciting and we are beginning the next stage of trials. While we are hopeful, it could be a long road to any vaccine that protects people against hepatitis C." The next step will be to give the vaccine to people at-risk of hepatitis C infection to see whether it protects against the virus.An estimated 170M people may be infected with Hepatitis C worldwide.
HIV/AIDS Plummets In British Columbia
AIDS deaths and new HIV infections are plummeting in British Columbia. Experts say the decline is due to an aggressive policy of placing the newly infected immediately on a drug regimen and thus reducing their infectiousness.
“We’re particularly pleased to see that our treatment-as-prevention strategy has taken off big-time,” said Dr. Julio S. G. Montaner, director of the British Columbia Center for Excellence in H.I.V./AIDS. His center was a pioneer in the strategy, which involves searching aggressively for people at risk of H.I.V. infection, talking them into being tested and putting those who are infected on antiretroviral drugs immediately, which lowers by 96 percent the chances that they will infect others.Credit is also being given to Vancouver's "safe-injection" center where IV drug users can get and use clean needles on the premises.
San Francisco and New York City have also adopted "treatment as prevention" policies, but some HIV activists have denounced the idea due to questions about the long-term side effects of taking the medications for decades. Reknowned HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub:
This is, in essence, a chemical quarantine. People should be given the option to take drugs to reduce their chance of transmitting to others, but to recommend treatment for people in the absence of conclusive science that it will, on average, provide a greater net benefit than harm, is unethical. Why haven't the NYC DOH--and the other promoters of "treat everyone with HIV, no matter their medical need"--been out advocating for the clinical trials to definitively answer the question as to when is the optimal time for a person with HIV to commence treatment? We know that some people with high CD4 counts can go years and years, some even decades, without going on treatment and suffering the cumulative toxicities of treatment. But now NYC DOH, as well as San Francisco's DOH, are advocating putting those people on treatment. This is not healthcare, it is a chemical quarantine.
Open Thread Thursday
Labels: Open Thread Thursday
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Harry Jackson & Cindy Jacobs Speak In Tongues Against Gay Perversion
Do Ladybirds And Eagles Flock Together?
DNC Head Wasserman-Shultz: Santorum's Plan To Undo Gay Marriage Is UnAmerican
Today In Catholic Scandals
Catholic Church to gays: "No kids and definitely no fucking for you. As for ourselves, well that's a different story...."
An assistant bishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles has resigned because he has a secret family, including two teenage children. The Vatican said on Wednesday that Pope Benedict had accepted the resignation of Gabino Zavala, an auxiliary bishop of the diocese which has been plagued by sexual scandals. A brief Vatican announcement did not give the reason for Zavala's resignation, saying only that the pope had accepted it under the norm in canon (Church law) that says a bishop who is ill or otherwise unfit to carry out his duties should resign.
WA Gov. Chris Gregoire: I Will Introduce Bill To Make Gay Marriage Happen
"It is now time for our gay and lesbian citizens to be treated equally and that means marriage." - Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire. Story developing, update here in minutes.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times has more.
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday said she'll put forward legislation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The proposal will be introduced during the legislative session that starts Monday. If it's approved, Washington would become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. "It's time, it's the right thing to do, and I will introduce a bill to do it," Gregoire said in a statement. "Our gay and lesbian families face the same hurdles as heterosexual families -- making ends meet, choosing what school to send their kids to, finding someone to grow old with, standing in front of friends and family and making a lifetime commitment," Gregoire said. "For all couples, a state marriage license is very important. It gives them the right to enter into a marriage contract in which their legal interests, and those of their children if any, are protected by well-established civil law."Washington state currently has an "everything but the name" domestic partners law that was upheld in the bitterly contested Referendum 71 battle.
Ron Paul: Tweet? What Tweet?
Quote Of The Day - Kate Kendell
"In the repellent race to the bottom (no pun intended) it should be no surprise that Santorum did so well in the Iowa caucuses. Mitt Romney is in a major stall, and in a field of class clowns Rick Santorum stands out as particularly cartoonish. [snip] Santorum's win is not a referendum on who he is as a man (inhumane and ignorant), or who he is as a candidate (pandering and mean). It is simply the gasping statement of a thankfully dying breed of Americans -- those who fear, loathe or hate anyone different from themselves, who mistrust or reject the idea that government can and should be a force for good, and who detest even the slightest exposure to information or ideas that challenge their world view." - Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center For Lesbian Rights, via press release.