Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tweet of the Day: Straighten That Squirrel On Your Head

CBS Christmas Special To Feature Gay Couple For First Time

CBS' annual Christmas special - Home For The Holidays - will feature a gay couple and their family for the first time:

Home for the Holidays aims to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for more than 400,000 children in foster care. This year’s telecast, set for Dec. 19, will highlight the story of Rich Valenza, who adopted a 5-year-old and 4-year-old brother and sister shortly before he met his now-partner Jared Gee.

The special produced in association with the Children’s Action Network features adoptions stories mixed with musical performances. This year’s lineup includes Jennifer Hudson, Train, Earth Wind & Fire, Rixton and Katharine McPhee.

This year marks the 16th edition of the popular holiday special.

Truth of the Day: If Homosexuality Can Affect Your Marriage

Via God-Des and She

Talking about a WHOLE lotta people here...

Newest #Benghazi Investigation By GOP-led House Shows No Wrongdoing By Obama Administration

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is acting like a child who was just told there is no Santa Claus over the new GOP-led House Benghazi report which cleared the Obama administration of any wrongdoing in its response to the Benghazi attack.

"I think the report is full of crap," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Even though this is the sixth government report on Benghazi which essentially clears members of the administration, Graham holds fast to the idea that officials in the White House altered the Benghazi talking points after the attack.

During his Sunday appearance on CNN, host Gloria Borger told Graham that the House report concludes that the administration received bad information at first and did not lie.

"That's a bunch of garbage," Graham shot back. "That's a complete bunch of garbage."

While Republicans desperately want to use the Benghazi tragedy against Hillary Clinton in the upcoming 2016 presidential campaign, the latest investigation by the GOP-led House again shows there's no "there" there:

Similar to five other government reports, the one released by the House Intelligence Committee on Friday said that the administration had not intentionally misled the public about what occurred during the attacks in talking points it created for officials to use in television appearances that turned out to be inaccurate.

It also said that no order was given by the military to “stand down” in responding to try to save the four Americans killed in the attacks, a claim that Republicans have made based on the account of a member of the security team in Benghazi that day.


“The effort to turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal never had a factual basis,” said David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, a group that defends Mrs. Clinton in the news media, and author of the e-book “The Benghazi Hoax.”

“The Republican committee report should close the case,” he added. “If the scandal persists into 2016, it will only be for partisan reasons.”

You can watch Miss Graham's hissy fit below:

Religious Concerns

If you think fertilized eggs are people, but refugee kids aren't, you're going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

America's Best Christian Explains #DefendTheDuggars

Undocumented Immigrants and Welfare

Via Occupy Democrats

I know, I know, the folks at FOX News would love for you to think otherwise, but there you go...

News Round-up: November 22, 2014

"Sexiest Teacher Alive" Nicholas Ferroni

People Magazine announces the "Sexiest Teacher Alive" - and he supports teaching LGBT history in schools. Check videos below:

This ferret TOTALLY thinks he can make this jump

Newly elected incoming Republican Speaker of the Nevada Assembly is under fire for almost 20 years of anti-gay, racist and sexist op-eds

Insult to injury - Walmart doesn't pay it's employees enough, so the company asks fellow employees to donate food to co-workers

And doesn't this photoshoot by photographer Steven Busken of DALLAS star Jesse Metcalfe deserve one more look...?

Thomas Roberts Counts Down This Week's Top 5 LGBT Stories

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts counts down the 5 biggest LGBT stories of the week, including

• Marriage equality comes to South Carolina and Montana

• Country music singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman come out as gay 

• A new Indiana University survey finds heterosexual support for gays is up, but straight folks are still not comfortable seeing public displays of affection among gays

• Out NBA-er Jason Collins retires from basketball

Lubbock Mayor Calls HRC Report "Totally Bogus" After Receving A Zero On LGBT Rights

In the recent Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Municipal Equality Index, five cities in the country (out of 353 rated) received scores of zero. Of those, four are in Texas and one is Lubbock.

(I should point out from the get-go here I was born and raised in Texas...)

The Index scores cities specifically on six broad categories: non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and overall relationship with the LGBT community. Cities begin with a score of zero and are awarded points for meeting certain criteria.

Mayor Glen Robertson, a white heterosexual man, says there are no problems for gays in Lubbock and the survey is unfair.

Via LubbockOnline:

“This survey is not, in my opinion, designed to get facts. This survey is designed to create problems that aren’t there,” he said.

The report from HRC says the city has passed no ordinances to protect LGBT folks in the workplace. The mayor says all that is covered by federal and state laws.

This, sadly, is not true. There is currently no federal legal protections in place for LGBT employees in the workplace. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act was passed in the US Senate last year, but the GOP-led House has refused to take up the legislation.

Texas is not among the 18 states that have passed such protections. Nor is Lubbock one of the six Texas cities to pass local protections. So, Mr. Mayor - you're dead wrong on that one. I sit here shaking my head that you could serve as mayor for two years and not know that.

Tony Thornton, president of the Lubbock chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, says the city has come a long way but probably deserves a zero for its efforts to include the gay community.

“I think the city needs lots of work from the perspective of policy and administration in these areas,” he said. “And I want to work with the city. I want to work with the mayor and the City Council and the HR directors to fix this.”

But don't count on any action from the mayor anytime soon. Mayor Robertson says he's never seen LGBT discrimination as a problem - a typically conservative, white, heterosexual male position to take, in my opinion.

Mayor Robertson says, “I haven’t seen it. I haven’t seen any problem. That doesn’t mean we don’t have it, but if we do, nobody’s being vocal about it. Typically, if somebody’s being treated differently because of their gender or sexual orientation, they speak up, and I have heard nothing.”


SuperMegaFest: "Bionic Reunion" In Framingham, Massachusetts

Lindsay Wagner, of The Bionic Woman fame in the 1970s, and Lee Majors,  of The Six Million Dollar Man television series, will be in Framingham this weekend, as part of Super Megafest at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham.

The bionic television stars are among dozens of celebrities expected at the weekend event, including Sharknado and Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, and more.

Fans can not only meet the Bionic Duo but will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session for fans of the popular bionic television shows today, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m.

There will be photo sessions with Wagner & Majors on Saturday at 1:15 and Sunday at 12:15 p.m.


Michele Bachmann Calls For A Rally In Washington DC At "High Noon"

Can you believe she's STILL not gone?


Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to hold a rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 3 at "high noon" on the west steps of the Capitol.

"We need to have a rally, and we need to go visit our senators and visit our congressmen, because nothing frightens a congressman like the whites of his constituents' eyes."

Bachmann wants Congress to defund Obama's executive action on immigration reform.

New Music Video: Beyoncé "7/11"

Beyoncé dropped her latest music video, "7/11," yesterday. Over three million views in less than a day.

The video is much less about "production" than her usual fare. Some folks on the inter webs aren't so thrilled. I still think it'll be a huge hit.

Kids will emulate her having a good time in the "post Christmas" party setting. Guys will love the girls in pajamas, girls will love the moves and fun.  She's giving the kids "living in the moment."

That sells.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Talk: Will Country Music Ever Be Ready For A Gay Artist?

In the wake of country star Ty Herndon's coming out, the ladies of The Talk discuss whether the country music industry will EVER welcome an openly gay artist...?

Gambian President Signs "Life In Prison For Gays" Into Law

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has signed into law legislation which makes being gay punishable by life in prison:

The law targets those with a previous conviction for homosexuality, those living with HIV, and same-sex partners of people with disabilities - all of whom could be imprisoned for life.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Thursday the law violates fundamental human rights - among them the right to privacy, to freedom from discrimination and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention.

"I call on The Gambia to fulfil its international obligations to promote and protect the human rights of all persons without discrimination, to repeal all provisions of the Criminal Code that criminalise relations between consenting adults and to put in place an immediate moratorium on arrests on the basis of such laws," he said in a statement.

Our good friend Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association cheered the passage of the bill via Twitter when it was passed in September.

But remember - Mr. Fischer says he has no animus towards the gays at all...


(h/t JMG)
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