Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Marriage Ban, Ruling Stayed

Via the Associated Press:
A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban. More than 500 same-sex couples married before the ruling was stayed. The justices have not indicated when they will rule.
Read the ruling.

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Bill Donohue On Terry Bean

"He likes to hide his camera in the smoke-alarm over his bed, videoing kinky sex with his boyfriends. He is one of the biggest porn kings in American history, making a fortune off of 'barebacking' videos - the kind of unprotected sex that led directly to AIDS. And when he is not bundling hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Obama, he is riding with him on Air Force One. He was arrested last week in his Portland, Oregon home for rape. Charged with a felony, he is accused of sodomizing a teenage boy in 2013. Meet Terrence Patrick Bean. If a Catholic bishop does not call 911 at the drop of a hat regarding dirty pictures possessed by a priest, he is upbraided by the media and gay leaders. But when a gay superstar is arrested for raping a minor, the same critics say nothing. They never did care about the kid - just the identity of the abuser." - Bill Donohue, writing for the Catholic League.

FACT CHECK:  When Falcon Studios porn mogul Chuck Holmes died fourteen years ago, Bean agreed to be the executor of his estate, which was liquidated soon after. Per Holmes' wishes, the proceeds from the sale of his catalog of 70s porn titles were used to establish a foundation which provides grants to HIV/AIDS and LGBT causes. According to the most recent filing of the Charles M. Holmes Foundation, among the donations made in 2012 were grants to the ACLU, Equity Fights AIDS, Oregon's Equity Foundation, the Pacific Northwest Hospice Foundation, and an LGBT scholarship program at the University of Oregon.

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SYRIA: ISIS Claims To Have Executed Two Gay Men By Stoning Them To Death

Via MSNBC:
The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation's first executions for alleged homosexuality. "The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the victim was around 20 years old. He was killed in Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq. The Britain-based Observatory said IS claimed it found videos on his mobile phone showing him "practising indecent acts with males". In a separate incident on Tuesday, an 18-year-old was also stoned to death in Deir Ezzor city after the group said he was gay, the Observatory said. Activists on social media said that the dead men were opponents of IS and that the group had used the allegation as a pretext to kill them.
(Tipped by JMG reader Chris)

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A Christmas Gift Idea From Linda Harvey


Just listen. Heh.

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MISSOURI: Federal Court Denies Motion To Lift Stay On Same-Sex Marriage

The stay expires on December 9th and no appeal has yet been filed. However Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster declared on the day of the ruling that he will appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court. Marriage licenses continue to be issued in St. Louis only and they are valid statewide. (Via Equality Case Files)

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TRAILER: Jurassic World

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NOM Exploits Duggars For Money Beg

"As you may have already heard, the Duggar family - stars of the hit TV Show 19 Kids and Counting - have come under attack from bullying activists and radicals simply because of the Duggars' strong pro-family witness both on and off their show. I ask you to take a moment today to join me in showing your support for the Duggars. We need to send a message to let them know that we, the advocates of traditional marriage and family, appreciate their strong moral voice in the public square. They are an example of how strong marriages and families lie at the foundation of a healthy society. We need more celebrities like them, not fewer! Our country needs a healthier public square where people are heard respectfully, and not merely shouted down by those who disagree. This moment that the Duggars are facing is a test case for what kind of society we want: one where the values of tolerance and respect are truly practiced, or one where only those on the politically-correct side of the conversation get to be heard." - Hate group leader Brian Brown, in a NOM post that links to their own email-harvesting petition rather than the existing petition which now has nearly 200,000 signatures.

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Gaga & Bennett - It Don't Mean A Thing

Out today is the latest single from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's album of American songbook standards, which was a surprise hit and made 88 year-old Bennett the oldest living artist to achieve a #1 pop album.

RELATED: In other "gay icon remakes oldies" news, Bette Midler tied Babs for a chart record last week.
Bette Midler celebrates a fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as It’s the Girls debuts at No. 3. She's only the second woman, following Barbra Streisand, to notch Top 10 albums in each of the last five decades (1970s through 2010s). The new album's arrival gives Midler her highest debut ever, her second-highest charting album, and sixth top 10 overall. The three-time Grammy Award winner's first Top 10 came with her debut, The Divine Miss M, which arrived almost 42-years ago on the chart dated Dec. 9, 1972. It peaked at No. 9 the following March. She later visited the top 10 with a self-titled album (No. 6 in 1974), the Beaches soundtrack (No. 2 in 1989), Some People's Lives (No. 6 in 1991) and Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook (No. 10 in 2005).

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Air Travel Survey

I don't think moving to an unsold seat is necessarily rude. Source.

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This Is A "Fractured Eye Socket"

Back in August, demented St. Louis-based teabagger Jim Hoft published repeated claims that "inside sources" had informed him that Darren Wilson had suffered a grievous "fractured orbital socket" during a "severe beating" by Michael Brown. Holf's claims rocketed around Teabagistan even though some of his own readers quickly figured out that the X-ray Hoft had posted was actually lifted out of a University of Iowa medical textbook. Today Hoft updated one of his several "fractured orbital socket" posts from August with the above photo, which was released yesterday, and a new headline: "Officer Darren Wilson Suffered Severe Facial Contusions After Severe Beating During Mike Brown Attack."

RELATED: Check out the result when you Google "stupidest man on the internet."

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Mock-Up Vs Final New York Daily News

Via Mediaite:
Last night, New York Daily News Brooklyn court reporter Oren Yaniv tweeted out what appeared to the Tweetdeck passerby to be the next day’s cover of the paper, which announced “Killer Cop Goes Free." Many were displeased by such an incendiary headline, including trusty Brit Hume. Yaniv later revealed the cover was just a mock-up. It did not actually get used. This morning’s printed cover hedged its bets, telegraphing a sense of anxiety over protests rather than outrage at the decision.

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YouTube Comment Reconstruction #10

I love these.

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Evangelical Launches Campaign To Elect 1000 Christian Pastors To Public Office

Via the loony tunes Washington Times:
A prominent evangelical Christian leader has launched an effort to recruit 1,000 pastors willing to run for political office, hoping to inject religious issues and candidates into the 2016 election. David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, said he hopes he can persuade pastors to run for offices as varied as school board and city council to the state legislature and Congress. He’s scheduled an organizing meeting in January in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Government is not going to save America. Wall Street is not going to save America. The Republican party is not going to save America. If America is going to be saved it will be done by Christian men and women restoring a Judeo-Christian culture to the country,” Mr. Lane said in an interview with The Washington Times.
The campaign formally kicks off in January at an event called Pastors & Pews, which will be attended by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Predicted Martydom Commences

Red State douchebag Erick Erickson is calling on his readers to order Kelvin Cochran's book and send it to Atlanta's mayor. (Tipped by JMG reader Kyle)

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NEW YORK CITY: Protesters Chain Food Bin To Walmart Family Condo

Via Gothamist:
Walmart employs 1.4 million Americans, and pays roughly 800,000 of them less than $25,000/year. Because this is barely enough money to live, Walmart workers turn to public assistance, which costs taxpayers $6.2 billion annually. These part-time workers—many of whom are black or Latino and female—cannot feed themselves or their families, so employees hold food drives for their colleagues. To call attention to this cruel reality, a labor group chained a giant food bin to the awning of Alice Walton's $25 million Park Avenue condo. The company earned $16 billion in profit last year, much of it going to the Waltons, America's richest family (Alice is worth $38 billion herself). It is a terrific time to be a giant corporation. Walmart's workers are planning to strike on Black Friday in 1,600 different locations, demanding full-time, steady employment, and a living wage of $15.
Walmart responded to the stunt by telling the press that they pay a "competitive wage."

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Thanksgiving Shake-And-Bake

Today we get yet another Taylor Swift parody, this time with a Thanksgiving theme. Featuring Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese with a cameo from Russell Tovey of HBO's Looking.

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NEW YORK CITY: Protesters Swarm Times Square, Shut Down Bridges

Following last night's decision in Ferguson, thousands of protesters marched from Union Square to Times Square and shut down the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Triborough bridges. The protests were largely nonviolent, however NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton was splashed with red paint as he observed the protest in Times Square. Police declined to report on the number of arrests, but it doesn't appear that there were very many. Local media reported that the police did not attempt to impede the marches.

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PETA Vs Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

PETA will protest Sea World's participation in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a naked demonstration outside the flagship store.
Demonstrators wearing nothing but black and white body paint to resemble orcas will squeeze into a bathtub outside the midtown Manhattan store on Thursday to mimic orcas held in captivity and to repeat last year's demand - which was denied - that the float be excluded, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said. "It is unacceptable to confine orcas to barren tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub," said Delcianna Winders, PETA's deputy general counsel. The naked protest in temperatures predicted to hover just above freezing rides a wave of controversy surrounding SeaWorld after the 2013 documentary film "Blackfish" alleged the park mishandled the huge sea mammals. The marine theme park uses orcas in its aquatic shows.
This year's is the 88th edition of the parade, which will be attended by a projected 3.5 million spectators.

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Today On Breitbart

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HRC Announces Leave Of Absence For Accused Board Member Terry Bean

The Human Rights Campaign yesterday issued a brief statement noting that co-founder and board of directors member Terry Bean has taken a leave of absence. Last week Bean was arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of a 15 year-old boy that he and his then-partner met on Grindr in 2013.

From HRC vice president Fred Sainz: "Terry Bean has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the HRC board until his issues are resolved. Bean is just one of 80 board members, none of whom have daily oversight or responsibility for any of our programs."

Also yesterday Bean reacted publicly to his arrest for the first time and posted a message on his Facebook page: "To all my friends, please be assured that I am innocent of all these charges. My lawyers have insisted that the facts come out in the courtroom and not in the press, but I am eager to share the truth, and I am grateful for all of your support you have shown me during this time. Thanks, Terry."

Bean's next court appearance will be on December 5th. In addition to co-founding the HRC, he co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and was the top Oregon fundraiser for Obama's 2008 campaign. His arrest has sparked taunting headlines on anti-gay and right wing sites, many of which are now concluding any LGBT-related story with a mention of the scandal.

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ATLANTA: Fire Chief Suspended After Distributing His Anti-Gay Book

Atlanta Fire Department Chief Kevin Cochran was suspended yesterday after complaints that he had distributed his self-published anti-gay book to some of his subordinates.
In the book based on Christian values, Cochran identifies himself as Atlanta's fire chief and says his first priority as chief is to run the department "to cultivate its culture to the glory of God." He also has critical views on homosexuality, at one point equating it to bestiality. City officials say Cochran violated city policy by publishing a book without permission. "One of the most alarming things is that we did not know about the book when it was published," city spokeswoman Anne Torres said. City officials want to know how often Cochran distributed the book at work to colleagues. "We understand that he was distributing the book to other employees. We are still not sure what the circumstances surrounding them are," Torres said. Investigators are also trying to determine if the views in the book affected his leadership and management decisions.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued a statement denouncing the book and expressing his "profound disappointment" with Cochran. The book is titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? An excerpt:
Sexual acts pursued for purposes other than procreation and marital pleasure in holy matrimony is the sex life of a naked man. When men are unrestrained in their quest for sex outside of God’s purpose they will never be fulfilled. Naked me refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, same sex and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which define their body-temple and dishonor God. This is the kind of sex that leaves a man continually empty–the ex life of a naked man. Who told you that you were naked?”
Cochran's suspension will last one month, during which he is to attend sensitivity training. In other words, a new martyr has been born.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ferguson Decision: 9PM ET
UPDATE: No Indictment

VIDEO: Live-streaming from the streets of Ferguson.

UPDATE: Apparently Twitter shot Michael Brown.
UPDATE II: The NCLR reacts.
We vacillate between heartbreak and outrage at the decision from the grand jury. Injustice is too tame a word for what today’s decision represents. The fact that an unarmed black youth can be fatally shot by a police officer with no accountability or consequence is a chilling commentary on the worth afforded to young, black lives and the sorry state of racial justice in this country. We stand with our colleagues in the broader civil rights community in condemning the grand jury decision, and send our strength and support to the family and friends of Michael Brown and the entire Ferguson community as they continue to grieve their tragic loss. We also urge the Department of Justice to take action to address the longstanding history of racialized intimidation and discrimination by the Ferguson police.
UPDATE III: Lambda Legal reacts.
While there will be debate and disagreement about the facts that led to the grand jury decision announced today in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, there is no debate about the facts that a terrible tragedy took place and that another unarmed young black man lost his life at the hands of a police officer. Around the country, we continue to witness similar tragedies and loss of life that have resulted from the deadly combination of racism, police profiling, excessive use of lethal force and a general disregard for the lives of black and brown people.

We mourn Michael Brown and every victim of police violence by continuing to work for justice -- for better policing and fairer laws. As an organization fighting for the rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV, we know that bias and prejudice can lead to injustice. We believe that these issues must be addressed in a systemic way and that regardless of one decision, all of us must be active participants in holding law enforcement agencies accountable for ending the unchecked assault on the lives of all of our communities that are marginalized and criminalized -- whether on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or economic status. We support U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice in the continued investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown and the policing practices in Ferguson.
UPDATE IV: HRC reacts.
Michael Brown’s family and the American people deserve to have this case fully adjudicated in a public trial. Today’s deeply disappointing decision by the grand jury denies them that opportunity. Until we as a nation make a meaningful commitment to ending police profiling—and to fully prosecuting individual cases of brutality—the kind of violence that ended Michael Brown’s life will only continue. As advocates for equality, it’s our job to show solidarity with a growing national movement to break this cycle of police violence. While we cannot begin to imagine the pain that the Brown family is facing at this moment, we send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to them during this heartbreaking and difficult time. We also stand in solidarity with the family's encouragement of peaceful protests and reflection following this decision.

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OREGON: Ninth Circuit Court Denies NOM's Appeal For En Banc Rehearing

BOOM.

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WND: Gays Have Short Miserable Lives And Have Up To 20,000 Sexual Partners

"Official survey after official survey had shown that homosexuals had an average of 500-1,000 partners in their sexually active lifetime, and that some had as many as 20,000. One wonders how they found time for anything else. The wages of promiscuity is deadly disease. It is now at last admitted, even in official circles, that HIV is chiefly a disease of homosexuals and drug-abusers – and that a far greater percentage of homosexuals than heterosexuals do drugs. AIDS, then, is at root a 'gay' disease, and officialdom’s terrified refusal to admit that fact has killed 36 million worldwide. Councillor Crestani was so shocked by the official mortality figures for homosexuals that she proposes to circulate a memorandum to all councillors and staff giving them detailed statistics for promiscuity, prevalence of HIV and many other sexually transmitted diseases, and for the consequently short, miserable lives and high death rate of homosexuals." - World Net Daily columnist Lord Christopher Monckton, writing in support of an Australian politician who has introduced a bill that would ban the government from mentioning LGBT-related issues.

RELATED: In 2011 Britain's House Of Lords sent Monckton a cease-and-desist letter demanding that he stop claiming to be a member of that chamber. In addition to writing for WND, Monckton has represented himself as a member of the House Of Lords in letters to the US Senate. He was an advisor to the Thatcher administration.

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4000 Orthodox Rabbis By Drone

Via Gothamist:
Thousands of Orthodox Jewish rabbis gathered in Brooklyn this weekend for the 31st International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. According to a press release, over 4,200 rabbis from over 80 countries all convened in Crown Heights for an annual event aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. It all culminated with the Rabbis coming together outside the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters on Eastern Parkway for an epic group shot—which included videos of the scene taken by drone.

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MISSOURI: Ferguson Grand Jury Expected To Announce Decision In Brown Case

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TEXAS: Plaintiffs Demand Immediate Marriage Rights During Appeals Process

The plaintiffs in the Texas marriage equality suit today filed a demand for an immediate commencement of marriages while the appeals process in the Fifth Circuit Court continues. From today's filing:
The Court should immediately lift the stay because the Supreme Court’s actions following entry of the stay no longer support its continuance. The Supreme Court denied certiorari in appeals from the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits’ decisions finding that state laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. The denial of certiorari dissolved the stays in place over those cases. Since then, the Supreme Court denied requests for stays (or actually lifted stays) in other cases. While these cert denials concededly do not have legal significance, the constitutional environment in which the Court initially entered the stay have now changed radically and permanently. Fully two-thirds of citizens of the United States now have an enforceable federal constitutional right to marry the person of their choice, irrespective of gender. More importantly, the unconstitutional state laws that restrict same-sex marriage continue to cause direct and immediate harm to Plaintiffs during the pendency of this Court’s stay. First, Plaintiff Dimetman is pregnant with her and Plaintiff De Leon’s second child. If Dimetman does not survive childbirth, De Leon will have no legal right to have access to their unborn child. And, assuming all goes well at the baby’s birth, Section 32’s continued enforcement will force De Leon and Dimetman to incur the uncertainty and cost required for De Leon to adopt their child.
Read the full brief at Equality Case Files.

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HomoQuotable - Michael Sam

"If I had it my way, I never would have done it [come out] the way I did, never would have told it the way I did. I would have done the same thing I did at Mizzou. Which was to tell my team and my coaches and leave it at that. But since I did tell my team, word got out.  People think the word didn't get out. It did. Or it did and it didn't. They kept it confined within our family. But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and it got out. If I didn't have the year I did, nobody would have cared. But I did have that year. And a lot of people knew. Someone was gonna ask me, 'I heard you told your team a secret.…' Well, I was comfortable with who I was, and I wouldn't have denied it. And then I wouldn't have been able to control the story. But I have no regrets. Some people can argue that I had the potential to go higher in the draft. But I think everything happens for a reason. It looks good to see me in the position I'm in now, because I can show the world how good I am and rise up the ranks. I'm at the bottom now. I can rise up, show I'm a football player. Not anything else. Just a football player." - Michael Sam, speaking to GQ Magazine.

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Geraldo Rivera Vs Facebook Trolls

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Tony Perkins Has The Vatican Gladz

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The Legal Golden Ratio On Marriage

Via the New York Times:
The Constitution is not a math problem, but numbers can play a role in the Supreme Court’s calculations. When the court struck down bans on interracial marriage in 1967, such unions were still illegal in 16 states. When the court struck down laws making gay sex a crime in 2003, 13 states still had anti-sodomy measures. Should the court take up the question of same-sex marriage this term or next, as it seems likely to, the unions will be against the law in no more than 15 states. “The coincidence is hard to miss,” said Susan Sommer, a lawyer with Lambda Legal who has been litigating same-sex marriage cases for more than a decade. In a brief urging the Supreme Court to hear a same-sex marriage case from Ohio, lawyers for several couples recited the history and pushed the comparison. “The current landscape for marriage recognition for same-sex couples,” the brief said, “looks much the same as it did in 1967 for interracial couples and in 2003 for same-sex intimate partners.”
The above-linked article notes that it was largely state legislatures, not courts, that had whittled down the number of bans on interracial marriage by the time the Supreme Court acted.

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Kidnapping Advocate Backs Duggars

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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama Announces Resignation Of Defense Secretary Hagel

The announcement is due at 11AM.

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New HRC Ad For Mississippi

Mississippi's marriage ruling is due any day.

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Headline Of The Day

Details.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

The "pushed or jumped?" chatter is lighting up Twitter.

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The Boys Of Boston - Shake It Off


(Tipped by JMG reader Tristam)

RELATED: Swift set another chart record this week.
Taylor Swift this week becomes the first female solo artist to replace herself at #1 on the Hot 100. Her new hit, “Blank Space,” leaps from #13 to #1, displacing “Shake It Off,” which held the top spot for four non-consecutive weeks. Swift is the first act to replace itself at #1 since the Black Eyed Peas, which did the trick in July 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.” Swift is the 11th artist to replace itself at #1 since 1955 (which predates the inception of the Hot 100 in 1958). She’s the seventh solo artist to achieve the feat, but just the second solo artist to do it with two records that were entirely solo (no collaborations). The first to do this entirely on his own was Elvis Presley, who scored in October 1956 with the double-listed “Hound Dog”/”Don’t Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender.”
Donna Summer almost did it 1979 when the #1 runs of Hot Stuff and Bad Girls were separated by Anita Ward's Ring My Bell.

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UGANDA: Lawmakers To Pass Anti-Gay Bill As "Christmas Gift" To Nation

Via Reuters:
Drafters of a revised anti-gay law want parliament to pass it in time to be a "Christmas gift" for Ugandans, a lawmaker said on Friday, after a controversial earlier version was quashed because of legal technicalities. Legislation passed by parliament almost a year ago, which would have punished gay sex with long prison terms, provoked a storm of international protest and led some donor countries to withhold aid. A constitutional court overturned the law in August. Abdu Latif Ssebagala, a member of a parliamentary committee formed in September to draft a new version, said it had finished the bill and was ready to present it to parliament for debate. In August, President Yoweri Museveni said he wanted the law amended to remove penalties for consenting adults. Ssebagala said however the new version still punished gay sex among consenting adults. In October the president wrote in a newspaper that re-introducing the law risked triggering a trade boycott by the West. Analysts say Museveni - expected to run for re-election in 2016 - is walking a tightrope, trying to appease his conservative domestic constituency while wary of alienating donors who finance about 20 percent of Uganda's budget.
In addition to punishing consensual sex, the new bill makes it illegal to rent homes to LGBT Ugandans.
The new bill includes language which potentially criminalises any landlord or owner or renter of a property where an “unnatural act [gay sex]” takes place. It criminalises anyone who “leases or subleases, uses or allows to be used any premises for the purpose of engaging in unnatural sexual practices.” Jonathan Cooper, director of the Human Dignity Trust, said: “Under this Bill, if a landlord rents accommodation to a gay man or lesbian knowing that they may engage in intimacy in their home, that landlord will face the prospect of a seven year prison sentence. Why would that landlord take the risk? Gay men and lesbians already renting accommodation risk being evicted. If this Bill becomes law, the tyranny against the LGBTI community in Uganda continues. This wanton persecution must stop.”

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The Anti-Christ Runs The Post Office

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NYC Firefighter: I've Done Gay Porn

Yesterday the New York Daily News published a breathless "exclusive" report that a recently hired city firefighter has revealed his history in gay porn.
Jonathan Jesensky, 33, starred in at least 10 gay porn films before joining the ranks of New York’s Bravest as a rookie firefighter on Tuesday. Jesensky, who also served in the Marines, ditched his porn career, where he’s known by his X-rated alias, Jonathan West, before he was hired as an FDNY EMT in 2012. On Sunday, an FDNY official said Jesensky came clean about his adult film past before he was hired by the city — and there’s no plan to end his budding civil service career. “The legal department is aware of his work history,” said FDNY spokesman Jim Long. The city’s uniformed forces do not hire people with a serious criminal past for law-enforcement jobs. But the city's strict civil service law — which includes age and fitness requirements — does not bar candidates who have posed nude or starred in X-rated films.
According to the above-linked story, Jesensky claims to be straight and says his porn career was "just a job."

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Nashville To Host 2016 Bingham Cup

Via Facebook: "We are proud to announce that Nashville will host the 2016 Bingham Cup! Thanks to all of the players and supporters who participated in the vote and to Chicago and Boston for a spirited bid process. With you, brothers!" The 2014 event was held in Sydney.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap:
We picked up three states with marriage this week. But in one of those states, some clerks are refusing to issue licenses. Alabama's attorneys are using a discredited anti-gay researcher to build a case for banning marriage. And we have more bad news for what's left of the National Organization for Marriage.

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