Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Summer Camp - Losing My Mind

Saint Etienne meets Phil Oakey. Love it.

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Windows 8 Is In Previews

Select your advance opinion:

a) They're totally copying Apple!
b) They're so behind Apple!
c) Why isn't everyone using Apple?

Preview here.

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AFA's Poll Of The Day

Can you guess the result?

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Romney Slams Dems For Santorum

Just posted by the Romney campaign.

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The New Number One

But why have things changed?
"We make more than 500 changes to our algorithms in a typical year," a spokesman for Google told Yahoo News. "With each of those changes, sites will shuffle to different positions in our search results. We have not manually taken action to change the ranking of the site." As Search Engine Land notes, the shift may be related to Google's announcement Tuesday that it has refined its algorithm to highlight "official pages." "We've made an adjustment to how we detect official pages to make more accurate identifications," Amit Singhal, Google search SVP, wrote in a blog post. "The result is that many pages that were previously misidentified as official will no longer be."

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Predictable Porno Pete

Right on cue, Porno Pete is repeating yesterday's lie from World Net Daily. What Alberta is actually doing is considering accrediting a new home school curriculum that contains no condemnation of people based on their sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, etc. No law against teaching hate is being proposed, despite Porno's spittle-flecked tweets. If home schooling parents in Alberta want their kids to advance to higher education, they need to use an approved curriculum, just like public schools must do. Anything else they want to do or say in their own homes, including indoctrinating their children in anti-gay hatred, will be as legal as it has always been.

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Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dies At 66


Davy Jones died of a heart attack in his Florida home today. And another part of my childhood slips away.....

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Activists Protest Globally Outside Russian Consulates Over St. Petersburg Ban

LGBT rights activists gathered around the globe outside of Russian consulates yesterday in protest of the ban on homosexual "promotion" in St. Petersburg, which was signed into law today. Head to AllOut's Facebook page for photos from Paris, Berlin, Rio, New York and elsewhere.

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Quote Of The Day - George Clooney

"I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!' That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit." - George Clooney, speaking to the Advocate.

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Ron Paul Hates Everybody

"Only ONE man stands apart, ready to bring REAL change. Guided by FAITH and principle, Ron Paul. The ONE who will restore America."

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Sgt. Brandon Morgan On MSNBC

I'm so tickled to have had a tiny part in this.

(Via - Igor Volsky)

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Twitter KNOWS.....

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Archie Comics Responds To AFA

"We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/One Million Moms feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people." - Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics. (Tipped by JMG reader Chris)

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NOM's Traitor Wrote A Book

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GOProud Backer Peter Thiel Is The Main Money Man For Ron Paul Super PAC

Billionaire PayPal founder and GOProud backer Peter Thiel has been revealed to be the chief money man funding the Ron Paul Super PAC.
Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012. But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy. Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.
GOProud is thrilled and proud to share Thiel with Ron Paul.
But the Bay Area billionaire is not just a free-enterprise fan. He's also a proud gay Christian who has supported a wide range of causes including gay rights, freedom of the press, antiaging research and artificial intelligence. He's funded a "seasteading" foundation that wants to create artificial, self-governing islands some 200 miles off the California coast to serve as experiments in innovative political, social and legal systems. "He has great insight," said Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, a group of gay conservatives that has received fundraising help from Thiel and conservative commentator Ann Coulter. "He also is inquisitive, and most of the conversations I've had with him have been him asking questions. He gathers a lot of information."
Thiel has authored an anti-diversity book which claims that America's downfall began when women got the vote. His "seasteading" project intends to create floating city-states that are exempt from international law, taxes, banking regulations, and employment protections.

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Savage U Launches April 3rd

Dan Savage's MTV series, Savage U, will launch at 11pm on Tuesday, April 3rd.
"Savage U" will air twelve episodes, each focused on a particular campus and its culture. The schools include the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, East Carolina University, Auburn University, the University of Illinois Chicago, Cornell University, the University of Oregon, the University of Central Florida, Rhodes College, the University of California Irvine, Texas Tech University and Tulane University. The April 3 premiere episode takes place at the University of Maryland. Savage will be joined on his visits to college campuses by producer Lauren Hurchinson, who will offer a female perspective on sex and relationships and, according to MTV, "rein Dan in and keep him in check."

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CALIFORNIA: Closeted GOP Rep. David Dreier Will Not Seek Reelection

Rep. David "Closet Case" Dreier (R-CA) will not seek reelection to the U.S. House this fall.
Veteran Rep. David Dreier, one of California's most influential Republicans in Congress, announced Wednesday that he won't be running for reelection, perhaps the biggest casualty of the state's first-ever citizens-drawn political map, which cast him into a politically inhospitable district. Dreier is the sixth California House member to announce his retirement when his term expires, further shaking up a delegation that has built up clout on Capitol Hill because of its stability over the years. Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, made the announcement on the House floor, citing Congress' "abysmally low approval rating." "The American people are asking for change in Congress," he said.
Dreier was outed by LA Weekly in 2004 when the newspaper revealed that he had a "romantic relationship" with his own chief of staff. Dreier voted for DOMA, against gay adoption, and against the Hate Crimes Act. He has a 20% rating from the HRC, mostly due to his last minute vote for the repeal of DADT. Dreier has never responded publicly to questions about his sexual orientation. He is a pig. Bye bye piggie.

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Ohio Town Rejects LGBT Rights


(Via - Think Progress)

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VA Repeals One-Per-Month Gun Law

Virginia used to restrict residents to buying one handgun per month. But not anymore, because a busy family needs a different gun every day of the week.
Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill Tuesday to overturn Virginia's landmark one-handgun-a-month law, a restriction put on the books in the early 1990s when gun trafficking was seen as a problem along the East Coast. The governor's action came days after he spoke by phone with some family members of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, who on Tuesday expressed disappointment with the governor's decision. "Governor McDonnell saw the wisdom of this law as a legislator. In our conversation with him on Saturday, he didn't offer a single rational explanation for getting rid of it," said Lori Haas, mother of Emily Haas, who was injured in the April 16, 2007, massacre, when student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and teachers. "When gun dealers can sell more guns without limits, they get the cold, hard cash and we get more dead bodies."

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Eurovision 2012: Germany's Roman Lob

Cute boy, but lacking our beloved Eurovision cheese.

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RUSSIA: St. Petersburg Bans Gay Pride, "Promotion" Of Homosexuality

The government of St. Petersburg, Russia today enacted a broad ban on any action that could be seen as "promoting" homosexuality. The new law also specifically links pedophilia to homosexuality.
The law, passed in the third and final reading, imposes fines of up to $16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on legal entities for the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors. Twenty-nine of 50 legislators voted for the law with five against and one abstention. It follows similar bans in the southern Astrakhan and central Ryazan and Kostroma regions in Russia. The new legislation effectively outlaws any Gay Pride events.

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The Horse Has Thrown The Rider

"In the old days, the Republican ego had control of the party’s id. The id, sometimes described as a galloping horse or crying baby, 'the dark, inaccessible part of our personality ... chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations,' as Freud called it, was whipped up obliquely by candidates. Nixon had his Southern strategy of using race as a wedge, Bush Senior and Lee Atwater used the Willie Horton attack, and W. and Karl Rove conjured the gay marriage bogyman. Once elected, those presidents curbed the id with the ego, common sense and reason. But now the G.O.P.’s id is unbridled. The horse has thrown the rider; the dark forces are bubbling. Moderates, women, gays, Hispanics and blacks — even the president — are being hunted in this most dangerous game." - Maureen Dowd, writing for the New York Times.

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British TV Host Slams Archbishop Of Canterbury Over Marriage Rights


(Tipped by JMG reader James)

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CALIFORNIA: Support For Same-Sex Marriage Soars In Latest Poll

The Sacramento Bee reports:
The new Field survey shows support has leapt markedly in the three and a half years since California voters approved Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent. The poll showed increases in support virtually across the board – among voters under 64, non-white voters, Catholics, Republicans and nonpartisans. Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said the move to a 25-point gap goes beyond the gradual increase in support that has been expected as young voters age and "replace" older voters in the electorate. "This is now showing that opinions are changing irrespective of generational replacement," DiCamillo said. "This is real change."
I wonder if Equality California is kicking themselves right now.

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Infighting Is Funny, Part 96

"Ann Coulter has lied about and vilified conservatives who threaten the candidacy of Mitt Romney, whom she calls the “most conservative” candidate. Just this week, she again falsely claimed Romney to be the most conservative, falsely asserted that Sarah Palin is an establishment Republican, and falsely contended that Romney really won in Iowa. Coulter has also dismissed the Tea Party as conspiracy nuts to promote Romney. Coulter gushes over Romney and even defended Romney Care, now known as Coulter Care! Wanting so desperately to be a king-maker, Coulter is resolved to foist her choice upon the rest of the nation, using treachery and deceit to achieve her goals. If she will lie about conservatives (even though she is considered a conservative leader and icon), why wouldn’t she lie about liberals (whom she claims to hate)?" - Daniel Borchers, founder of Coulter Watch.

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Mayors For Freedom To Marry

Via press release from Freedom To Marry:
Today Freedom to Marry announced that in under six weeks its Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign has more than doubled, from 80 to 175 participating mayors. In addition, Freedom to Marry released a video of 13 mayors talking about why they’ve joined the campaign to talk about why marriage matters, and announced a partnership with Change.org that will assist constituents in urging their own mayor to sign on and speak out.

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Delegate Count

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Happy Leap Day

It's magical day where anything can happen and nothing has consequences. Real life is for March!

MONDAY: Solidarity Rally In Boston

Details.

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Haters To Sow Confusion In WA

As I mentioned here earlier, there may be two anti-gay voter measures on Washington state's November ballot. But attorney general candidate Stephen Pidgeon claims there is no intent to confuse voters.
The initiative language clearly states that a successful modification of the law would ban homosexual marriage. But while Referendum 74 needs "no" votes and Initiative 1192 needs voters to say "yes," the attorney does not believe having the two items on the ballot at the same time will cause confusion among voters. "We expect the argument to be explosive, frankly, in the state of Washington," he predicts. "It could be as much as a $2- million campaign if you add both sides up in terms of the kind of money that's going to be spent because this is a battle over the soul of the nation, and so we don't think that confusion is going to be much of an issue."

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The Attack Of The Lesbian

"Judge White is out of order. He is unconstitutional by ruling DOMA unconstitutional. This is a judicial act of tyranny and it must be appealed, and I'm glad that it is being appealed. Barack Obama won't even defend marriage rights between a man and a woman, so House Republicans are defending against this lesbian attack on the exclusiveness of marriage." - Randy Thomasson, head of Save California, regarding last week's federal court ruling overturning Section 3 of DOMA on behalf of plaintiff Karen Golinski.

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Two Minutes Of Minnesota Hate, Vol. 9

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Romney Wins Michigan & Arizona

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Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) To Retire

Moderate GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe will retire at the end of her current term.
"Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term," she said in a statement explaining her decision to retire. Snowe said her ability to win re-election was not at issue—she was heavily favored to win re-election. Her exit gives Democrats a new opportunity to be pick up a GOP-held seat in a year where they are fighting to hold on to control of the Senate. Democrats currently control the chamber with a 53-47 split, with 2 independent senators caucusing with Democrats.
Snowe has a 78% rating from the HRC on LGBT issues. She supported the Hate Crimes Act, the repeal of DADT, and voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. In 2009 she was the Senate cosponsor of the fully-inclusive ENDA.

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MONDAY: Broadway Backwards 7

The seventh annual edition of Broadway Backwards plays this Monday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. This gay gay gay show features major stars performing numbers written for the opposite sex. Think one dozen hot nearly naked chorus boys singing I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair. Or Cheyenne Jackson singing You're The Top to Sandra Bernhard.

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This Saturday In Manhattan

NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid intend to occupy Manhattan's LGBT Center this weekend. Last February the LGBT Center refused meeting space to the group after a threatened donor boycott by porn producer Michael Lucas, who is an ardent Zionist and what some consider to be an anti-Palestinian racist. That refusal resulted in an anti-Center petition campaign from the opposing camp, which included high-profile activists Cleve Jones and Judith Butler. Saturday's action will include a denouncement of pinkwashing.

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BAM! 2008 Obama Is BACK!

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The Ten Hottest Chorus Boys Of 2012

Time Out New York today posts their ten hottest chorus boys cast in Broadway shows set to open this spring. Now THAT is how you promote the new season. (And naturally, my example is the furriest one of the bunch.)

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SUBTITLE: "How To Use Popular Culture To Scam Even More Money"

These guys are pastors, unsurprisingly.

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Press Release Of The Day

"In proving that every verse of the Biblical story of creation is in exact sync with the teachings of modern science, Huriash provides the details that explain the dinosaurs place in the scheme of creation."

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Caption This

Source.

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WARNING: Manhattan Drone Strike Zone

The sign is a fake one put up by a peace activist street artist, but it's there because the NYPD actually is looking at using lethal military drone vehicles like those used to kill Taliban leaders.
According to an email uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act, the New York Police Department has consulted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the use of drones as a law enforcement tool. With controversy brewing around many NYPD policies—from racial and religious profiling to mobile street scanners—New Yorkers have much to fear with drones in the hands of their local enforcement. Earlier this month, Congress expanded the use of drones in the US by passing legislation that requires the FAA to make room for unmanned drones in US skies. Police departments in Miami and Houston have already experimented with the use of drones.
How many sci-fi movies have featured ominous hovering kill-bots? They're here.

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TripleDouble - Red State Girls

A clever Pet Shop Boys parody at the expense of the remaining GOP candidates.

Ricky I know you're down for action
C'mon let me see if you're SuperPACking
Glitter bombs. Glitter bombs.
Explode in the air when you fall in my arms
Let's throw a Grand Ole Party
My tongue Karl Rove all over your body

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Sheriff Paul Babeu Hates Immigrants (Except Ones He Can Have Sex With)

I just caught the latest "immigrants iz takin' all our jerbs!" ad on CNN, but when I went to the Federation For American Immigration Reform's YouTube channel, I also noticed their below clip of Sheriff Paul Babeu, which was recorded in October when he spoke before their annual convention. FAIR wants to end illegal and most legal immigration and wants to end automatic citizenship for children born in the United States. FAIR also wants to end the practice of granting asylum.

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One Million Moms Against Archie Comics

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Homecoming Kissers Speak Out



UPDATE: The pair were also interviewed by Miami Herald columnist Steve Rothaus.
"I honestly knew I was in love with him from the first moment I met him," Morgan says, adding that before he came out he had made "a lot of mistakes," including marrying a woman. During Morgan's six months in Afghanistan, "there was nonstop letter writing every day." Wells, an oil painter in Oahu, says that when Morgan first asked him out, he said no. "I didn’t know he much he loved me and how much I was in love with him," Wells says. The men say they plan to work with the gay military group Outserve.

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Today In Anti-Gay Scare Tactics

It's actually a proposed bill, in one province, in a foreign country. But don't let little details like that stop World Net Daily from screaming about those scaaaaary gays.
Homeschooling families will soon be forbidden from teaching that homosexual sex is sinful as part of their schooling program, according to the government of Alberta, Canada. Under the province’s Education Act, homeschoolers and religious schools will be banned from “disrespecting” people’s differences, Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk’s office told LifeSiteNews just last week. “Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction.”
So in other words, Alberta is considering not accrediting school materials that villainize homosexuals. Good for them.

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#1 Thirty-Five Years Ago Today

It won Babs an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Song Of The Year. And I vaguely recall that it may have been the theme song for my senior prom.

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Lesbian Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova
Cast For Dancing With The Stars

Lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been cast for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. So has Urkel.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova will compete in "Dancing With the Stars" this spring. Actor Jaleel White, who portrayed Steve Urkel in "Family Matters," and singer Gladys Knight will also be among the 12 celebrity contestants on the next season of the ABC dancing competition. Other famous faces participating in the 14th edition include operatic singer Katherine Jenkins, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, "The Bold and the Beautiful" actor Jack Wagner, telenovela star William Levy and "Extra" co-host Maria Menounos.

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Ann Coulter: Kill Abortion Doctors?

"I'm going to discuss the issue of the abortion clinic doctors being shot in my speech. The current score is, what, about fifty million to seven in terms of the number of people their side has killed and the number of people our side has killed. But I'll give you a brief preview, which is when you take democracy away from people, violence will break out. That is not, itself, an endorsement, but it is a suggesting that we go back to living under the Constitution." - GOProud board member Ann Coulter, on her love for anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who endorses the murder of abortion doctors.

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Santorum Is Robo-Calling Democrats

I've mentioned recently that progressive activists are encouraging Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in open primaries in order to further fracture the GOP nomination process. Santorum is actually capitalizing on that plan and has robocalled Michigan voters asking for the same thing.

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Romney's Top Ten Verbal Gaffes

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On The Origins Of HIV

The Washington Post has published a fascinating history of the origins of HIV, based on the fairly widely-accepted theory that the virus sprang from chimp to human during the tumultuous colonial days of western Africa, possibly beginning in the 1880s.
Most of this colonial world didn’t have enough potential victims for such a fragile virus to start a major epidemic. HIV is harder to transmit than many other infections. People can have sex hundreds of times without passing the virus on. To spread widely, HIV requires a population large enough to sustain an outbreak and a sexual culture in which people often have more than one partner, creating networks of interaction that propel the virus onward. To fulfill its grim destiny, HIV needed a kind of place never before seen in Central Africa but one that now was rising in the heart of the region: a big, thriving, hectic place jammed with people and energy, where old rules were cast aside amid the tumult of new commerce. It needed Kinshasa. It was here, hundreds of miles downriver from Cameroon, that HIV began to grow beyond a mere outbreak. It was here that AIDS grew into an epidemic.
Read the full article. (Tipped by JMG reader Greg)

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Los Angeles Times Announces Paywall

Paid daily physical circulation is down 200,000 in the last five years. The New York Times made a similar move last year.

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Earworm Hell

The below jingle for Carmel Car Service runs on NYC television about every ten minutes. Maddeningly annoying and catchy, as the vanishing art of jingles are meant to be. This one is only slightly less painful than its cringe-worthy "Oooh, gurl" predecessor.

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BRITAIN: Government To Offer Free HIV Treatment And Meds For Foreigners

The British government will grant free HIV treatment to non-citizens.
Lisa Power, Policy Director for Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We strongly support this move by the Government to bring HIV in line with all the other sexually transmitted infections which are free from charge on public health grounds. “It makes no sense to deny people medication that dramatically reduces the risk of them passing on their infection to others. “Leaving people without treatment also means the NHS pays far more further down the line when someone’s health fails and they need emergency care. These changes will protect more people from HIV infection in the UK and will save the NHS money in the longer term.”
An estimated 100,000 Brits are HIV positive. For comparison to the United States, there are more than that many in New York City alone.

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INDIA: Gov't Accepts Gay Sex Ruling

As India's Supreme Court reconsiders a 2009 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, today the government told the Court that it accepts and will not challenge that earlier ruling.
A lawyer told the Supreme Court that the government would not challenge a 2009 order by the Delhi High Court striking down a colonial-era law that made gay sex a crime. The 2009 high court order had said that treating consensual gay sex between adults as a crime was a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. Sex between people of the same gender had been illegal in India since the 1860s, when a British colonial law classified it as "against the order of nature." The order was appealed by conservative groups and the Supreme Court is now hearing opinions from those groups as well as gay rights activists.

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NOM's Blogger Wants Your Vote

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BROOKLYN: NOM Places Anti-Gay Ad In Orthodox Jewish Publication

Politicker reports:
The National Organization for Marriage has taken its anti-gay marriage efforts down to a local level, purchasing advertisements in the special election to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger. A reader found one of these ads in the Orthodox Jewish publication Country Yossi Magazine. “We Need A Senator Who Supports Torah Values,” the ad’s headline reads, before going after the Democratic candidate. “Lew Fidler voted to support same-gender ‘marriage,’ a forbidden act under the Torah.”
NOM is working with Jews For Morality, the outfit headed by the vile Rabbi Yehuda Levin, the douchebag who claims that God murders children in anger over gay marriage. Yehuda has issued a religious edict against voting for any supporters of LGBT rights, saying that such an act is a "willful violation of Torah law."

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Planned Parenthood Loves The Cock II!

The American Life League sez:
Planned Parenthood exposes children to sexual material in order to seed a generation of sex addicts, who will become future customers for the abortion giant. This report exposes Planned Parenthood's sex-education programs, using images from Planned Parenthood's own websites, social networks, and events.

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76% Of FRC Members Want Frothy

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Troll Alert

My "USMC Homecoming" post has been linked pretty much everywhere, bringing busloads of anti-gay assholes in from Yahoo News, Free Republic, New York Daily News, etc. I've deleted some of the nastiest comments, including a few death threats made in the name of Jesus. But as they continue to roll in, please do not engage. An ignored troll is an unhappy troll. Make them unhappy.

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Frothy Taliban Mix

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Sheriff Paul Babeu Was Headmaster At
MA Boarding School Accused Of Abuses

Reportedly Babeu claimed that one of the school's 17 year-old students was his boyfriend.

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One Million Moms Against Liquid Plumr

You knew this was coming right? Here's the internet version of the clip again. A heavily edited and less funny 30-second version is seen on television.

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Ten Seconds With Sgt. Brandon Morgan

Recorded in December for a DOD holiday program.

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NYC's U.S. House Members: It Gets Better

Clip description:
Members of New York City's Congressional Delegation -- Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Ed Towns, Eliot Engel, Carolyn Maloney, Joe Crowley and Jose Serrano -- released a video to combat the scourge of suicide among LGBT American youths. They join thousands of others across the country working to help those who are at risk. The It Gets Better Project was created in 2010 to address the alarming increase of reported suicide among LGBT youths.
NYC House members except the Republicans.

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SPOILER: The Walking Dead

Stay out of the comments if you missed last night's Walking Dead due to the Oscars. Otherwise, dive in and dish.

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Babeu Speaks To Washington Blade

Beleaguered Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu has told the Washington Blade that his bid for Congress is definitely still on, despite the deportation scandal still percolating locally. A rabid libertarian, Babeu says that he supports the repeal of DOMA because marriage should be a state and not a federal issue. Chris Johnson reports:
Babeu said he would “certainly vote to repeal” the Defense of Marriage Act and said he thinks the anti-gay law exceeds the authority of the government under the U.S. Constitution. “I’m a strict constitutionalist as well,” Babeu said. “As a strict constitutionalist, this has no business at the federal level. This should go to the states.” The sheriff said his opposition to DOMA is in line with his belief that the government shouldn’t tell religions which individuals they can or can’t marry. “The issue of marriage is a deeply religious ceremony, and this is where the government shouldn’t tell certain faiths, say like Catholics, that they have to marry two men or two women, in the same way that they shouldn’t tell other faiths or religions that they can’t,” Babeu said. “This isn’t a role for the government to enter into. This is an issue of religious freedom.”
Saying he was unfamiliar with the bill, Babeu declined to comment on the Uniting American Families Act, which would ban the deportation of the foreign spouses of gay U.S. citizens. Babeu added that he believes Mitt Romney would be a friend to the gay community if elected president. He also said that he find it "outrageous" that some are wondering about his personal friendship with state Rep. Matt Heinz, one of two Democrats who granted $1.7M to Babeu's office. Both GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans have reached out to Babeu.

Read the full Washington Blade article.

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SCOTUS Refuses NOM Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that NOM must disclose its donors in their successful battle to repeal same-sex marriage in Maine.

Via SCOTUS Blog:
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a constitutional challenge to a Maine law that requires those seeking to raise and spend money in state election campaigns to organize as a political action committee for that activity, and make significant disclosures about their financial operations. That was challenged in a petition, National Organization for Marriage v. McKee (11-599), after the state law was upheld by the First Circuit Court. The NOM is an organizations set up to promote the traditional view of marriage as being reserved solely for opposite-sex couples. It argued in challenging the PAC requirement that states do not have the constitutional authority to impose such obligations unless an organization has election campaign activity as its “major purpose.”
Is this finally the end of the road for NOM's flouting of Maine's campaign finance law? Will they now comply? Will we at last see the bejeweled Catholic hands pulling the strings at NOM? Experts? (Tipped by JMG reader Glenn)

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Porn Actor Dror Barak Dead At 38

Gay porn actor Dror Barak, 38, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan home earlier this week. A former member of the Israeli military and once an employee at the United Nations, Barak, who performed under the name Roman Ragazzi, was outed as a porn performer by a New York City tabloid in 2007. I wrote at the time:
In a seemingly pointless move, the New York Post's Page Six gossip column has outed an employee of the Israeli consulate at the United Nations as a gay porn actor, after tricking administrative worker Dror Barak into revealing his sideline career as a "model" and budding porn actor. Although Barak specified that he did not escort, he did solicit a plane ticket from Page Six's source. Page Six then called Barak at the U.N., asking to speak to "Roman Ragazzi", Barak's porn handle. Barak immediately resigned his position with the Israeli consulate. Page Six published the exchange today, including revealing Barak's BigMuscle.com profile name.

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Madonna - Girl Gone Wild

Sounds like an outtake from Confessions.

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Porno Pete Hates Homo Arrogance

"This hairdresser is going around telling other gay people operating businesses to not do business with the governor simply because she agrees with the historic definition of marriage between a man and a woman. This is all about homosexual arrogance and homosexual activist power and using the media to harass people of faith who simply stand for traditional marriage." - Porno Pete LaBarbera.

NOTE: While Porno is all acquiver with rage over this New Mexico hairdresser's refusal to cut the governor's hair, he has also railed many times against the poor poor New Mexico photographer who was fined for refusing to work a gay commitment ceremony. As always, when Christians boycott, that's a holy and righteous employment of their God-given rights. When gays boycott, that's homofascist intimidation and arrogance.

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Santorum: Obama Was Wrong To Apologize For Troops Burning The Koran

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Cardinal George: We'll Close Every Catholic Hospital Rather Than Provide Birth Control

"What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A Catholic institution, so far as I can see right now, will have one of four choices: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the church will not be permitted to have an institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for insurance policies that cover abortifacient drugs, artificial contraception and sterilization. This is not economically sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a non-Catholic group or to a local government. 4) Close down." - Cardinal Francis George, in a lengthy diatribe posted on the Archdiocese of Chicago website.

RELATED: Cardinal George was last in the news when he compared gay activists to Nazis. He later offered a limp apology.

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