Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UTAH: Federal Judge Re-Strikes Down Portion Of State's Ban On Polygamy

Last December the same judge first ruled in favor of the cast of the TLC reality show Sister Wives, who sued the state over the portion of the law that criminalizes polygamy-style "religious cohabitation." He later rescinded that ruling only to reinstate it today. Today's decision is here.

RELATED: Last year anti-gay groups went ballistic on their told-you-so slippery slope crazy train, fueled in no small part by the citing of Lawrence v Texas by the attorney for the plaintiffs.

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ALASKA: GOP Senate Candidate Shoots Out TV Because Washington Outsiders

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FLORIDA: Appeals Court Kicks Marriage Case Upstairs To State Supreme Court

Apparently ignoring the directions of Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Florida state appeals court today asked the state Supreme Court to issue a ruling on marriage equality. Via Equality Florida:
“This is what we’ve been asking for all along. We’re thrilled that the 2nd DCA agrees that marriage equality is an issue of such urgency and importance that it should be elevated directly to the Florida Supreme Court. We hope that the 3rd DCA in Miami will follow suit and request that the marriage cases pending before them also be moved directly to the Florida Supreme Court. We need a final resolution, not another appeal, because every day this discriminatory ban remains in place causes significant and irreparable harm to our families.”
Today's case comes out the Tampa Bay area's Hillsborough County, where a couple married in Massachusetts is seeking to divorce. Bondi's office is not involved in that case. Other pro-marriage rulings were handed down last month in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. Last week a federal judge overturned the ban statewide, but stayed his ruling pending appeal. Bondi was removed from that case by the judge, who ruled that she and Gov. Rick Scott are "duplicative defendants."

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Star of Guns-Themed Show Busted For Repeated Rape Of 11 Year-Old Daughter

Will Hayden (above center), star of the Discovery Channel's Sons Of Guns reality show, has been arrested for repeatedly raping his 11 year-old daughter.
The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series. “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of 'Sons of Guns' and cancel the series," the network said in a statement. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter. During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents. According to police documents, the alleged victim claims that Hayden told her “don’t tell them nothing because I’m all you got.” Hayden was booked on Wednesday and his bail is set at $250,000. There was a warrant out for Hayden’s arrest, and The Times-Picayune reports he was apprehended in Livingston as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge.
Fox news has closed comments on their above-linked article.  Hayden was first arrested on similar charges two weeks ago. He has been a guest on the NRA's radio show. In the clip below, he pals around with Ted Nugent.

(Tipped by JMG reader Tom)

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Headline Of The Day

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AFER To SCOTUS: Hear Our Virginia Case

The American Foundation for Equal Rights today filed a SCOTUS brief which demands that the Court hear their Virginia marriage equality suit.
“Forty-seven years ago, Mildred and Richard Loving passionately argued that the Supreme Court must end the unjust laws that dare to tell us who we can and cannot love,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  “Today, almost half a century later, it is time thousands of gay and lesbian couples across America are extended that same promise of equality and freedom that the Supreme Court granted to the Lovings. Our plaintiffs have already fought for, in two separate courts, a constitutional promise they have been denied. Now, the Supreme Court must take up the Bostic case, answer once and for all the surpassingly important constitutional question of marriage equality, and rule decisively in favor of the fundamental right to marry for every same-sex couple.” Bostic was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in July 2013 on behalf of two loving Virginia couples—Tim Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk, and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond—to challenge the constitutionality of Virginia’s marriage laws on the grounds that they violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The same demand has already been filed by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and by the Alliance Defending Freedom, acting on behalf of the Norfolk County Clerk.

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HomoQuotable - Josh Barro

"I fly a lot. When I fly, I recline. I don’t feel guilty about it. And I’m going to keep doing it, unless you pay me to stop. [snip] Complaints about knee-room are not spread equally across our society. They are voiced mostly by the tall, a privileged group that already enjoys many advantages. I don’t just mean they can see well at concerts and reach high shelves. Tall people earn more money than short people, an average of $789 per inch per year, according to a 2004 paper in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The economists Anne Case and Christina Paxson advanced the theory that tall people earn more because they have higher I.Q.s. Taller men on the dating website OkCupid receive more messages from women and have more sex partners than their short counterparts. Instead of counting their blessings, or buying extra-legroom seats with some of their extra income, the tall have the gall to demand that the rules of flying be reconfigured to their advantage, just as everything else in life already has been." - Josh Barro, writing for the New York Times.

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New Strategy On Blocking HIV

From the National Institutes Of Health:
A laboratory study led by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), lends further weight to the potential effectiveness of passive immunotherapy to suppress HIV in the absence of drug treatment. Passive immunotherapy for HIV is an experimental strategy that involves periodically administering broadly neutralizing HIV-specific antibodies (bNAbs) to control the virus. It would be advantageous to control HIV without antiretroviral drugs because of their cost, the potential for cumulative toxicities from lifelong therapy, and the difficulties some patients have adhering to drug regimens and tolerating certain drugs.

Although bNAbs have proven effective at blocking infection by various strains of HIV in the laboratory, their effect on HIV in humans, and particularly on the virus particles that hide in immune cells (called latent viral reservoirs), has been unknown. In this study, NIH scientists obtained HIV from the latent reservoirs of 29 infected people in whom antiretroviral therapy fully inhibited viral replication. In the laboratory, the researchers found that several bNAbs—particularly PGT121, VRC01 and VRC03—effectively blocked HIV from entering the CD4+ T cells obtained from uninfected healthy donors. In addition, the scientists demonstrated in the laboratory that these antibodies could completely block HIV replication in CD4+ T cells obtained from infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy.
Clinical trials are already underway.

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Liberty Counsel Has The Florida Sadz

"You can't put the laws of gravity on trial. Such laws are what they are. Marriage is what it is. It is part of the natural creation, male and female, moms and dads. They form the first foundation of government and provide the best environment in which to raise boys and girls to be men and women. When judges begin to cross the line - and I think they certainly do when they have the audacity to say that you cannot affirm the natural, created order of marriage as between a man and a woman - that ultimately undermines confidence of the people in the judiciary. When that happens, judges and courts all across the country will lose their power. And, frankly, the time for that to happen has been looming for a long time." - Mat Staver, head of the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, getting all foot-stompy for OneNewsNow.

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Kirk Cameron Will Totally Murder Santa Claus To Put The Christ Back In Christmas

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Joe Gauthreaux - Bye Felicia!

An old school bitch track that rises to the #5 slot this week on Billboard Magazine's dance chart.

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Editorial Of The Day

From the Gainesville Sun:
[Attorney General Pam] Bondi has dug in her heels, telling reporters last week she is "just getting started" in defending Florida's ban. Doing so defies common sense and wastes taxpayers dollars as the issue awaits a decisive U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But the good news is that Hinkle's ruling, which was largely stayed pending appeal, takes Bondi out of the equation. The ruling found that Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott are duplicative defendants, allowing the case to instead move forward against the Washington County clerk of courts and two Scott appointees: the surgeon general and secretary of management services. Scott has said he supports "traditional marriage" before more recently dodging questions about the subject. It's time for Scott, Bondi and other state officials to stop spending public money defending a position that both the courts and most of the public no longer supports.
This editorial makes an excellent point that was largely missed during last week's ruling hoopla.

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American Family Association: The United States Should Be 100% White Protestant

"Diversity, as the first syllable in the word implies, divides. It does not unify. It fractures, debilitates, and diffuses. Energy that could be harnessed through unity of purpose and values is frittered away. America became the greatest nation the world has ever known - freer, stronger, more prosperous, more stable - for one reason: an unshakable commitment to common core values and standards. That’s not diversity, that’s unity. At the time of the founding, 99.8% of the population of our fledgling nation was Christian. And 98.4% of the population was Protestant. It is no exaggeration to say that the Protestant faith, particularly its moral values and its work ethic, made America what it became. It was this common faith in Christianity and its Savior and our common adherence to a transcendent moral code that made America what it became. Our strength was not found in our diversity but in our unity." - Bryan Fischer, writing for the American Family Association, which uses Disqus.

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Dot-HIV Internet Domain Launches

The top level domain .HIV has launched as the first-ever cause-related web suffix. Via press release:
dotHIV, the new initiative that combines digital innovation and the concept and spirit of the Red Ribbon begins today. The Berlin based organization will provide web addresses with the ending .hiv to companies and non-profits in an effort to raise awareness and funds for projects around the world working to prevent the transmission of HIV and end AIDS. “Imagine simply using .HIV as you use .COM. Each time you visit website.HIV, buy a ticket on movies.HIV, or shop at store.HIV, a small donation would reach HIV and AIDS projects,” said Carolin Silbernagl, co-founder of dotHIV and CEO of the TLD dotHIV Registry. The unique, inbuilt micro-donation capability is the main innovation of .hiv domain names. Every time a user clicks on a .hiv website, dotHIV donates 0.1¢ and thus releases funds to help support HIV projects across the globe. These micro-donations do not come at further expense to the user or the website owner. For brands, the easiest way to use a .hiv domain name is to simply redirect visitors from website.hiv to their standard .com homepage. No need to run an extra website, the content remains the same, only now it has a social benefit. This "Digital Red Ribbon" not only helps generate web traffic but shows social responsibility as well as commitment to digital innovation. And it involves the website visitors: Every click on a .hiv domain is doing good.
More info here. Microsoft, Twitter, and Amazon have already signed on.

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Homer Simpson Does The Ice Bucket

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Fashion Faux Pas

Spain's Zara clothing chain, which has 5500 stores worldwide, has yanked a children's "sheriff" shirt after criticism that it resembles the uniforms worn in Nazi concentration camps. Via the Times Of Israel:
For only NIS 80, your little tyke can have that fashion forward fresh from the concentration camp look now on sale at international chain Zara. The children’s 65% cotton, 35% polyester white shirt with dark horizontal stripes sports a fetching yellow Star of David badge on its left breast. It’s called the “sheriff,” and a closer look reveals that the word is indeed lightly etched upon the badge. Jewish organizations took note of the “campy” look. From the Depths, a nonprofit that works to preserve unmarked graves and repurposed gravestones of Jews killed in Poland, posted a condemnation of the chain on Twitter and sent the company a strongly worded letter and subsequently spoke to the management by phone. In the phone conversation, From the Depths head Jonny Daniels was promised that sale of the shirt would end immediately.
While the shirt has been pulled, the company's clumsy apology hasn't exactly helped. Here's a translation of what was posted in Hebrew on its site in Israel:
The item in question, part of the Cowboy Collection for babies, was inspired by the character of the sheriff in Wild West movies. The word ‘Sheriff’ is visible on the star at the front of the item. Nevertheless, we can understand the sensitive context and connotation that was created. The item does not exist in Israel and as soon as the issue became clear, it was decided the product will be removed from shelves across the world and exterminated. We sincerely apologize if, as a result, we have offended the feelings of our customers.
The above-linked article notes that the Hebrew word for "exterminated" can also mean "destroyed." But that Hebrew word is also "the exact word used to describe the Nazi genocidal practices."

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The Richest People In Europe

Readable version here. According to Reddit, there are 110 billionaires in Russia. Germany is second with 58, followed by Turkey with 43.

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FLORIDA: Charlie Crist Glides To Easy Nomination In Gubernatorial Primary

Former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist strolled to an easy win in yesterday's Democratic gubernatorial primary, taking 73% of the vote against former state Rep. Nan Rich.
Mr. Crist's Florida primary victory didn't come as a surprise. The former governor has largely ignored his Democratic opponent, who ran as the "real Democrat" in the race. Mr. Crist has been criticized for shifting his views since he joined the Democratic Party in 2012. He has also heartily embraced Mr. Obama, who won the state in 2008 and 2012 but has seen his approval ratings slide into negative territory among Florida voters, according to poll averages compiled by Real Clear Politics. Mr. Crist's campaign is stocked with former Obama advisers and staffers. The Democrat has raised $8.8 million, according to filings with the Florida Board of Elections, shy of Mr. Scott's $10.3 million. The question Tuesday night was whether Democrats would turn out in force for Mr. Crist, who will need a strong showing from the party's base if he hopes to unseat Mr. Scott in November.
Crist's support for same-sex marriage has been "pinned" to the top of his Twitter feed for several weeks. Crist supported Florida's Amendment 2 when governor.

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Vatican Yanks Diplomatic Immunity For Archbishop Accused Of Child Molestation

The Vatican has yanked the diplomatic immunity for an ambassador it secretly recalled from the Dominican Republic before child molestation charges could be filed.
The former ambassador, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, has already been defrocked by the Vatican, the harshest penalty under the church’s canon law short of excommunication. Beyond that, the Vatican has also said that it intends to try Mr. Wesolowski on criminal charges — the first time it will hold a criminal trial for sexual abuse. But the Vatican has also caused an uproar in the Dominican Republic because it abruptly recalled Mr. Wesolowski last year before he could face a criminal inquiry and possible prosecution there. Acting against its own guidelines for handling abuse cases, the church failed to inform the local authorities of the evidence against him, secretly recalled him to Rome, and then invoked diplomatic immunity. The Vatican has said in the past that because Mr. Wesolowski was a member of its diplomatic corps and a citizen of the Holy See, the case would be handled in Rome.
Wesolowski is a Polish citizen and authorities there are also seeking extradition.

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Burger King: We're Not Moving

"We hear you. We’re not moving, we’re just growing and finding ways to serve you better. As part of the announcement made today, both Burger King Corp. and Tim Hortons will continue to operate as independent brands. We’ll just be under common ownership. Our headquarters will remain in Miami where we were founded more than 60 years ago and business will continue as usual at our restaurants around the world. The decision to create a new global QSR leader with Tim Hortons is not tax-driven – it’s about global growth for both brands. BKC will continue to pay all of our federal, state and local U.S. taxes. We’re proud of the heritage of Burger King and will maintain our long-standing commitment to our employees, franchisees and the local communities we serve. The WHOPPER isn’t going anywhere." - Posted yesterday to Burger King's Facebook page. Most commenters aren't buying it.

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Michael Sam Survives First Cut

Michael Sam is still a Ram. Via ESPN:
Michael Sam remains on the St. Louis Rams' roster after the team made the necessary moves to get to the league maximum of 75 players. To reach that number, the Rams made four moves Tuesday afternoon, including placing quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve. St. Louis also released safety Matt Daniels and defensive end Sammy Brown. That Sam made it through the first round of cuts is of little surprise after he posted two sacks against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night. Through three preseason games, Sam -- the first openly gay active player in NFL history -- has five tackles and three sacks. Rams coaches' film review also credits the rookie defensive end with two quarterback pressures and a quarterback hit.
ESPN drew widespread criticism yesterday after it reported on Sam's showering habits after games and practices. Via Yahoo Sports:
Before Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, ever set foot on an NFL football field, doubters had claimed that he would be a distraction to his team and shunned by his teammates. However, in the first media flare-up regarding Sam's orientation, he has received the definitive support of one of the strongest voices in his locker room. The precipitating incident was an ESPN report on how Sam, no sure thing to make the Rams' roster, was adjusting to life with his new teammates. And after some initial cliches, the report took a sharp turn, focusing for almost a full minute on Sam's showering habits. The report drew immediate criticism on social media, both for its selectiveness (how many other rookies' shower habits are a story?) and its gaze too deep into the locker room. But there's a larger issue here. For years, people who claim to know NFL culture have said that the locker room wouldn't accept a gay man. But within hours after the report aired, Rams teammate Chris Long shattered that myth with one eight-word tweet.
Here's the criticized shower report.


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AUSTRALIA: Homeless World Congress Of Families Convention Is In "Chaos"

Things have gotten worse for the World Congress of Families, an international coalition of anti-gay groups.
The controversial World Congress of Families conservative Christian conference is in chaos only days before its scheduled start, after four Melbourne venues backed out of hosting the event. “It’s a mess,” Margaret Butts, one of the organisers told Guardian Australia. “We have no venue at the moment – the police are telling us it’s a safety risk because of planned protests and demonstrations. “We are frantic at the moment trying to organise something else, we’ve had four venue cancellations. I can’t talk to you because we are just too busy right now.” Guardian Australia understands that despite the prominent speakers and hundreds of people expected to attend on Saturday, organisers had not planned event security or liability insurance. The event was initially to be held at St Patrick’s parish hall in Mentone, about 20km south-east of the city. It was then moved to St Cecilia’s Catholic church in Glen Iris, but that venue also withdrew.
The leaders of major American anti-gay groups have signed a letter denouncing the cancellations.

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BERLIN: Gay Mayor To Retire

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit is retiring after 13 years.
For years, Wowereit had enjoyed popularity far beyond the capital's borders, not least thanks to a deft turn of phrase and considerable fearlessness in the face of the tabloid media. "I'm gay and that's OK," he casually remarked in the runup to his election in 2001, becoming the first high-profile German politician to declare his homosexuality. Another snappy phrase, his 2003 description of Berlin as "poor but sexy", summed up his achievement in reinventing the formerly divided city as Europe's capital of cool, helping to attract tourists and investors from across the globe. On Tuesday, Wowereit said at the press conference called to announce his departure that he was leaving in response to increased speculation about his future from within his own Social Democratic party ranks. He said he had originally wanted to announce his intention in June, "but then we won the World Cup". He is to leave office on 11 December.

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Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett:
I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Last week we got the lyric video. Today comes the production clip. The duets album, Cheek To Cheek, comes out September 23rd.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

9 Year-Old Girl Kills Gun Instructor With The Uzi He Was Showing Her How To Use

Via the Associated Press:
A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said. Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name was not released. A woman who answered the phone at the shooting range said it had no comment. She did not provide her name. It is not known if the range had an age limit on shooting or if the girl was going through a safety class.
The shooting range is actually named Burgers & Bullets. The Last Stop is their machine gun-themed restaurant.
Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons. You will choose the guns which you want to shoot from our extensive collection and we provide the eye/ear protection, ammunition, and expert guidance. Our guests have an opportunity to choose from a wide variety of machine guns. Click here to view all of our available guns. Our 50 Cal. selections includes the Barrett Sniper Rifle, the Browning BMG .50 Cal ('the deuce'), and the Desert Eagle. We even have the actual firearms used in several Hollywood hits including The Terminator and Rambo II. To top it off, lunch is included inside the the World Famous Arizona Last Stop restaurant located onsite. You will be treated with the World Famous All American Hamburger, fresh cut french fries, and a drink. The All American Burger is guaranteed to be the best hamburger you have ever eaten.
They do birthday parties. Fun for kids of all ages. Among the available weapons is the "M203 Grenade Launcher."

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Choking Hazard

Jeremy Hooper snarks:
This graphic is like a warning poster from a pediatrician's office. Should baby wake, that hand is going right to that mouth. When hand meets mouth, those rings become food. That "food" becomes lodged. It's a tragedy waiting to happen. All credible organizations know and advise better. Must you flout the advice of all professional associations, NOM? How many lives must you endanger in the name of discrimination? Not to mention—aren't those both men's rings?

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Death Row Jesus

Via the Christian Post:
The man behind the controversial "Tattoo Jesus" movement will launch a new campaign "Death Row Jesus" on Wednesday to spread the message that God was the "worse criminal" while on earth. David L. Miller of the Little Pencil organization is known for his thought-provoking marketing campaigns that promote the Gospel. Last year, he erected 59 billboards throughout Lubbock, Texas, depicting the image of Jesus Christ clad in tattoos. But this time, he is opting for digital video advertisements that will launch in major cities throughout the U.S. "When people think about Jesus, they don't think about him being on death row, but if you think about what he did when he was on earth, that's really the experience he had," Miller told Lubbock's NBC affiliate KBCD 11. He continued, "We communicate very directly that Christ became the worst criminal in history when he took our mistakes on himself. The second message is we are all equally undeserving of God's grace." Part of the video depicts Jesus in an orange prison jumpsuit as He is beaten to the ground. Another part transitions to the scene of the crucifixion where He is dying at the same time that other inmates in prison are being set free.
Last year Miller lost a federal lawsuit after trying to force a Texas public high school to display  Tattoo Jesus on the jumbotron at football games. Alliance Defending Freedom is appealing the ruling.

VIDEO: Here's the graphically violent Death Row Jesus campaign that will begin appearing tomorrow. It's not clear where the clips will appear, but the budget is reportedly in the "hundreds of thousands."

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Breitbart Headline Of The Day

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Today In Sore Losers

Last night The Amazing Race won its 13th Emmy Award out of 65 total nominations. Number of total nominations for Celebrity Apprentice: ZERO.

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Postmodern Jukebox Covers James Brown - It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World

With a harp!

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United Diverts Flight After Passenger Fight Over Device That Prevents Seat Reclining

United Airlines diverted a flight from Newark to Denver after two passengers got into a fight over the Knee Defender, which prevents the seat in front of you from reclining.
The fight started when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he was on his laptop, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak. A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That's when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver. Both passengers were sitting in United's Economy Plus section, the part of the plane that has four more inches of legroom than the rest of coach.
Both passengers were booted off the plane in Chicago. No charges have yet been filed. United Airlines forbids the use of devices like the Knee Defender and the FAA has said that decision is up to each carrier.

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AP Reports On Seventh Circuit

Via the Associated Press:
Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was dismissive when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to 'tradition' as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage. "It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," Posner said. Prohibition of same sex marriage, he said, is "a tradition of hate ... and savage discrimination."

Posner frequently cut off Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer, just moments into his presentation and chided him to answer his questions. At one point, Posner ran through a list of psychological strains of unmarried same-sex couples, including having to struggle to grasp why their schoolmates' parents were married and theirs weren't. "What horrible stuff," Posner said. What benefits to society in barring gay marriage, he asked, "outweighs that kind of damage to children?" The answer has to do with "procreation," Fisher answered. "All this is a reflection of biology," Fisher said. "Men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not... we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism."

The ACLU and Lambda Legal have essentially reiterated their equal protection arguments in appeals court filings, arguing that the bans deny gay couples state and federal legal protections and benefits that married straight couples enjoy. "The freedom to marry is a core aspect of personal liberty for all Americans," the ACLU said in its briefs. There was some levity during the hearing. As Samuelson struggled to offer a specific reason for how gay marriage bans benefit society, he suddenly noted a yellow courtroom light signaling his allotted time was up. "It won't save you," Williams told him, prompting laughter in court. Samuleson smiled, saying "it was worth a try."

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Seventh Circuit Audio Is Now Online



The judges are just brutal with the Solicitor General of Indiana.

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First Report From Seventh: All Three Judges "Skeptical" Of Marriage Opposition

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Here's What Got Us To The Seventh

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Pat Robertson: Teen Boy Might Be Gay Because He Lives With Single Mom

Brian Tashman writes at Right Wing Watch:
On today’s edition of the “700 Club,” a viewer told Robertson that her 13-year-old step-son, who “lives with his mother most of the time,” has “crushes on boys” and wanted the televangelist’s help. Repeating the myth that homosexuality is the result of a lack of parental bonding, Robertson said “his attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman.”

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TRAILER: Holy Ghost

A Christian movie starring Lenny Kravitz and the former lead guitarist from Korn? Here's today's press release:
Funded by 2,500 investors who surged to support Director Darren Wilson’s Kickstarter campaign, HOLY GHOST raised a record-breaking $360,000 in just 45 days to become the #1 most-funded, faith-based film in Kickstarter history. The film’s producers, who turned to fans to fund HOLY GHOST, are now asking 25,000 of their most deeply dedicated fans to crowd-market and promote it with the launch of a new #HolyGhostExperience social media campaign. “Our fans crowd-funded HOLY GHOST, and now they’re our mass marketing and promotion team around the world. That’s why #HolyGhostExperience has gained instant traction, because tens of thousands are working to bring this project across the finish line,” said Braden Heckman, CEO of Wanderlust Productions. “Every day the HOLY GHOST team is working with supporters to spread the word by setting up events, signing up their friends, and engaging within their spheres of influence to give as many people as possible the opportunity to experience this movie.”
Tagline: "We want to make God famous."

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Burger King Heads North

Burger King has announced that it will move its headquarters to Canada in an $11B merger with the Tim Hortons donut chain.
The new global company will be headquartered in Canada, but each brand will be managed independently, with Burger King retaining its U.S. offices in Miami, the two companies said in a joint statement. The new base in Canada could allow Burger King to reduce its U.S. tax bill -- a recent report by KPMG found that total tax costs in Canada are about 46% lower than in the U.S. These so-called inversions allow companies to transfer money earned outside the U.S. to the parent company without paying additional U.S. taxes. As more companies have used inversions, President Obama and Congress have publicly criticized the moves because it cuts into U.S. tax revenue.
The merger will vault BK over Subway as the world's third-largest fast food conglomerate with $23B in combined sales. There's no word on whether Tim Hortons will ever get that apostrophe.

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Tweet Of The Day

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This Week's GOP "Winning Message"

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VIRGINIA: Disgraced Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Is Now Living With Catholic Priest Busted For Public Gay Sex

Last week former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed during his corruption trial that he has left his wife and is now living with a Catholic priest named Wayne Ball, seen above. Father Ball, as it turns out, was once busted for having gay sex in the parking lot of a park. Here's a story about the 2010 arrest:
The Rev. Wayne L. Ball, a Norfolk priest who pleaded guilty late last year to a misdemeanor sex offense, has been reassigned to St. John's Catholic Church in Highland Springs, according to The Catholic Virginian, a biweekly diocesan newspaper. The move is effective June 2. Ball, 42, has served as pastor of Norfolk's Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 2000. The current pastor at St. John's, the Rev. David V. McGuire, will replace Ball at Holy Trinity. In December, Ball pleaded guilty in Norfolk General District Court to the misdemeanor charge of frequenting a bawdy place. Norfolk police arrested Ball and a 41-year-old Richmond man on the night before Thanksgiving in a parked car in a Norfolk park. The judge continued Ball's case until July 8 and will dismiss the charge if the priest has no further criminal problems and completes 80 hours of community service by June 3. The man in the car with Ball received a similar deal.
McDonnell has testified that his marriage was a "sham" and therefore he could not have colluded with his wife in taking all those bribes. Shortly after he took office, McDonnell stripped LGBT people from a statewide anti-discrimination executive order, declaring that there is no evidence of such discrimination. (Tipped by JMG reader Smith)

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TODAY: Seventh Circuit Court To Hear Marriage Cases From Indiana & Wisconsin

A long line has formed outside the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago this morning for today's hearing of the marriage equality lawsuits for Indiana and Wisconsin. I'll be posting live-tweets from the scene and audio/video as it becomes available. Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson is on the scene.

UPDATE: Today's panel of judges has been announced.

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AUSTRALIA: Anti-Gay Coalition Faces Cancelation Of Its Convention Venues

The World Congress of Families will hold its annual convention in Melbourne, Australia next week - that is, if their venues don't cancel on them.
The letter on the WCF website has been written to respond to what it claims has been “unremitting and grossly misleading attacks” in the lead-up to Saturday’s conference at St Cecilia’s school hall. “Sexual radicals have launched a smear campaign to discredit the Melbourne conference, which misrepresents the international pro-family movement and the positions of the World Congress of Families,” it reads. The letter has been signed by 80 prominent pro-life people including the former US presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Several Australian politicians have been criticised for supporting the WCF’s conference, including Senior Coalition Minister Eric Abetz who defended some of the groups more spurious claims, such as discredited links between abortion and breast cancer.
In addition to Huckabee, WCF's complaint letter is signed by Brian Brown, Matt Barber, Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, former GOP House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Janice Crouse, and a galaxy of hate group leaders from around the world. The WCF's 2015 convention is planned for Salt Lake City. (Tipped by JMG reader Gregory)

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: In March of this year, WCF was forced to cancel their conference at the Kremlin due to the conflict in Crimea. In November 2013, US House Speaker John Boehner provided federal office space to the World Congress of Families after Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) had them booted out of the space they had reserved in the Senate office building. The WCF has colluded with NOM president Brian Brown in furthering Russia's pogrom of hate and violence against LGBT people. In September 2013, the WCF colluded with local neo-Nazis to successfully pressure the Serbian government to ban Belgrade Pride for the third year in a row.  In 2012 WCF leader Austin Ruse, who is also a Breitbart columnist, spoke at CPAC where he denounced the United Nations for a resolution that condemned the "extrajudicial executions" of LGBT people. Ruse is the president of C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. Also in 2012, the WCF protested against the US Embassy in Prague for its support of local gay pride events. Signees of a letter to the government were a virtual who's who of hate.

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Boxers To Open Third Manhattan Location

Gay nightclub mini-chain Boxers, which presently has Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen locations, is opening a new club next week in Times Square - but this one is meant to appeal to a mixed crowd.
The bar chain — known for its shirtless bartenders — plans to make the new location at 215 W. 40th St. a little more restrained than its other locations, the owner said. Shadow Boxers, which opens Sept. 2, will aim to serve not just the gay clientele of the Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen Boxers locations, but also the lunchtime, after-work and post-theater crowds as well. "At noon, when people from J.P. Morgan are here having lunch, [bartenders] won't be shirtless," said co-owner Rob Hynds. "Later at night, when the place sets up like a club, the shirts will likely come off." With two-for-one drink specials and a private underground "man cave" — a 1,500-square-foot private event space with a bar, dart board, television and leather couches and chairs — the goal is to draw in as many New Yorkers as possible, Hynds added.
According to the owner, Shadow Boxers will be a "hybrid bar, a quality bar." The chain is also opening an outlet in Philadelphia.

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Jim Parsons Wins Fourth Emmy

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Arby's Meat Mountain

Via the Washington Post:
Arby’s faced a key problem as it moved to attract customers: People thought the restaurant served mainly roast beef. To change that, the company made this poster showing a tall stack of every meat on the menu, from bacon to brisket. And then something unexpected happened. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” said Christopher Fuller, the company’s vice president of brand and corporate communications. So Arby’s began granting their wish. The “Meat Mountain,” as it’s called, will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for customers who ask. The price is $10.
The sandwich is too big for ordinary Arby's boxes and will come wrapped in paper. Hit the link for the ingredients.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Normal Heart Wins Emmy For Best Movie, Larry Kramer Joins Cast On Stage


Kramer took the stage with the aid of a bright pink cane and wearing an ACT UP hat. Director Ryan Murphy gave the acceptance speech and the audience responded with the first standing ovation of the night.

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Tony Perkins Ice Bucket's For "Ethical" Research, Nominates Todd Starnes

KKK-affiliated hate group leader Tony Perkins posted his ice bucket clip today, but noted that his money will only go to research that doesn't use Jesus-hating embryonic stem cells. He then challenged fellow hate group leader Tim Wildmon and Fox News liar Todd Starnes, whom we'd actually really like to see with a wet comb-over.

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Commemorating?

They followed up with an apology tweet.

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Dublin Marches For Marriage Equality

Via the Irish Times:
Thousands of people marched to the Department of Justice in Dublin this afternoon, in favour of extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian people in Ireland. Those behind the sixth annual March for Marriage including LGBT Noise and Marriage Equality said they hoped this would be the biggest - and last - gathering for marriage rights before a referendum on the issue in 2015. Organisers said 8,000 people took part in the march, many of whom held signs reading “equal”. Some dressed in sashes and tiaras after the news that the newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh had publicly come out as lesbian. Comedian and writer Tara Flynn, introduced speakers at a stage on St. Stephen’s Green. Ms Flynn recently starred in an LGBT Noise ‘Armagayddon’ video, which went viral internationally.

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Open Carry States Map

Via the Wall Street Journal:
Recently, Target, Starbucks and Chipotle have asked their patrons not to bring their guns. After petitions by gun-control groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Kroger said it would uphold local and state laws in the 34 states it operates. Carrying a firearm in a concealed manner is legal in all states, but open carry has more restrictions, especially for handguns. Though federal law doesn’t restrict the open carrying of handguns in public, several states—including California, Florida, Illinois, New York, South Carolina and Texas—ban the practice, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Thirteen states require a special permit or license to open carry. The remaining 31 states don’t require one. The laws are different for long guns, which are commonly associated with hunting.

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