Monday, August 3, 2015

"Christian" Couple Plan To Post 1,000 Anti-Gay Billboards Across The Country

Gay Star News reports on the latest project by the Odgaards, the Iowa couple who refused to host same-sex weddings in their art gallery (straight weddings were welcome).

The "Christian" couple were fined $5,000 for violating the state's public accommodation laws since "open for business" means "open to everyone."

Rather than allow the icky gay weddings, they voluntarily chose to stop hosting weddings at all.

Well, it all that freed up time, the couple established a tax-exempt charity called God’s Original Design Ministry, and has embarked on posting 1,000 billboards denouncing marriage equality. The first billboard went up south of Durant, Oklahoma a week ago.

‘This billboard is funded 100% by the your generous donations. One down and 999 to go for 1,000 points of light. Thank you and God bless!’ the Odgaards wrote in a post on new ministry’s Facebook page.

But the sign has been roundly condemned in the comments underneath.

‘Hate doesn’t look great on either side. Since it costs approximately between 500 and 8,000 to do this, that would help clothe and feed alot of homeless people (but I’m assuming only if they aren’t gay)?!’ wrote one.

‘I love how you forged God’s signature at the bottom!’ said another

The Odgaards recently appeared in a Ted Cruz campaign video in which they claimed they were ‘forced’ to close their wedding business because of their religious beliefs after they turned away a gay couple.

First GOP Presidential Debate: Who's In & Who's Out?

According to the last five national polls, this is how the pecking order looks.

Remember, Fox News decided only the top 10 get to take part in the first GOP debate being held this Thursday.

1. Trump: 19.8%
2. Walker: 13.2%
3. Bush: 13.0%
4. Paul: 6.4%
5. Carson: 6.4%
6. Rubio: 6.2%
7. Huckabee: 5.8%
8. Cruz: 5.8%
9. Christie: 3.2%
10. Kasich: 3.2%
11. Perry: 2.6%
12. Santorum: 1.4%
13. Jindal: 1.4%
14. Fiorina: 0.6%
15. Pataki: 0.6%
16. Graham: 0.4%
17. Gilmore: 0.0%

(via NBC News)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sure To Make You Smile - Dogs Who Love Water

Dogs who love water.

Can you stand it? God, I love dogs. What a gift.

We always knew most dogs love water... but not this much! :)
Posted by HooplaHa on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

News Round-Up: August 2, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo acknowledges canceling LGBT series "Looking" was a painful decision.

• Just for the fun of it - here's the best TV bloopers from local news reports in the past month. Folks are human, don't you know?

• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still backs a Constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage.

• Anti-gay Congressman Steve King says the recent SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage means you can now marry your lawn mower.

• Donald Trump may be riding high amid his GOP competitors, but a new poll shows every Democratic nominee would beat him.

• Did former One Directioner Zayn Malik throw shade at his former bandmates?

• GOP hopeful Dr. Ben Carson doesn't know if the Bible has "authority" over the U.S. Constitution.
(Here's a clue - it doesn't. Separation of Church and State and all that, don't you know...)

• Two current NFL players say they would come out if the media wouldn't make "a big deal out of it."

Donald Trump: Obama Has Done Nothing For Blacks, I Will Win The Minority Vote

Appearing on ABC News' This Week, Donald Trump said President Obama has done "nothing" for African-Americans, and he predicts he will carry the black vote in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

Via Raw Story:

“He has set a very low bar and I think it’s a shame for the African-American people,” Trump told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “And by the way, he has done nothing for African-Americans. You look at what’s going on, at their income levels, you look at what’s gone on with their youth.”

“I thought that the would be a great cheerleader for this country, I thought he would do a fabulous job for the African-American citizens of this country.”

“He has done nothing,” Trump insisted. “They are worse than just about ever, they have problems now in terms of unemployment numbers… Here you have a black president who has done very poorly for the African-Americans in this country.”

The billionaire candidate concluded with a prediction: “I think I will win the black vote, I think I will win the Hispanic vote.”

Caitlyn Jenner's Conservative Views Concern Transgender Friends In Upcoming I AM CAIT

Caitlyn Jenner's conservative views apparently concern her transgender friends in the upcoming episode of I AM CAIT.

UPDATE: Jericho, brother of Cecil The Lion, Confirmed Alive

UPDATE: A statement received by The Hollywood Reporter from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman said: "I would like to sincerely apologize for my last report where I stated that Jericho had been killed. I have now discovered that he is alive and well. The cubs are also doing well."


The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force is reporting that the brother of Cecil the lion, Jericho, has been shot dead by hunters.

According to Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Jericho was gunned down inside the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe by a hunter operating illegally.

TZCF says Jericho had been caring for Cecil's cubs since the alleged illegal hunting death of Cecil exactly one month ago.

UPDATE via Raw Story:

Multiple sources are now saying reports of Jericho’s death was a false alarm. Brent Stapelkamp of the Hwange Lion Research Project told the London Evening Standard that Jericho, who also wears a GPS tag, is moving around.

“He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell,” he told the Standard.


Jerusalem: 16 Year Old Stabbing Victim Dies from Pride Parade Attack

A 16 year old high school student who was one of the stabbing victims at the recent Jerusalem Pride parade has died from her injuries, reports Haaretz:

Police confirmed that the suspected stabber is Yishai Schlissel, a Haredi man from Modiin Ilit who stabbed three participants in the 2005 Gay Pride march. He was recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence.

Banki was a high-school student from Jerusalem, studying at the Hebrew University High School. She took part in Thursday's parade to show solidarity with her LGBT friends. She is survived by her parents and three siblings; her family decided to donate her organs.

In a statement issued Sunday, her family said: "Our magical Shira was murdered because she was a happy 16-year-old – full of life and love – who came to express her support for her friends' rights to live as they choose. For no good reason and because of evil, stupidity and negligence, the life of our beautiful flower was cut short. Bad things happen to good people, and a very bad thing happened to our amazing girl. The family expresses hope for a less hatred and more tolerance." The family requests the public respect their privacy as they grieve.

The Human Rights Campaign Explains Why We Need The Equality Act

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Tom Daley Is Perfection At World Championships

I know the world is a bit obsessed with the way out diver Tom Daley looks, but it's great to be reminded what an incredible athlete he is.

From yesterday's World Championships. Perfection.

Absolute perfection from Tom Daley!The World Championships are LIVE on Eurosport and
Posted by Eurosport on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Iconic UK Recording Artist & TV Personality Cilla Black Passes Away at 72

Legendary UK recording star and TV host Cilla Black passed away in her home in Spain at the age of 72.

With a singing career that launched in 1964, Black's early hits - "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "You're My World" - both reached number one.

She went on to have 11 Top Ten hits in the UK.

After conquering the music industry, Black hosted several long-running TV shows such as Cilla, Surprise Surprise, and Blind Date.

Donald Trump: The Other GOP Candidates Are In Trouble, But I'd Be Great President

In a lengthy soft-ball interview with Fox News' Eric Bolling, Donald Trump takes the opportunity to repeat his details-free campaign speech.

Jeb Bush is terrible; Scott Walker is horrible, Wisconsin is in trouble; Chris Christie has New Jersey in trouble; Marco Rubio is bad on immigration...

All the while throwing out random "I'll be a great president" statements.

Rolling asks Trump specifically HOW he plans to make Mexico pay for a huge wall between the U.S. and Mexico. After swinging wide and far over lots of points, he never answers exactly HOW he will make Mexico pay for "the wall."

Saturday, August 1, 2015

David Pocock Rocks A Speedo At The Beach

It may be raining in Las Vegas right now (putting the crimp on my weekend pool time) but things are definitely sunny at the beach where rugger David Pocock rocked his Speedo.

(h/t Wicked Gay Blog)

USA Today Staff Has Some Time On Their Hands On Saturdays

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted By Grand Jury

NBC-DFW has the details:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on three charges by a grand jury in Collin County, two people close to the case told NBC 5 on Saturday.

The indictments were issued on Tuesday and immediately sealed, the sources said, adding they are set to be unsealed as early as Monday in Collin County.

A Tarrant County judge has been appointed to hear the case, the sources said.

With help from the Texas Rangers, the grand jury and two special prosecutors have been investigating whether Paxton committed a securities crime by acting as a broker without being licensed.

Paxton admitted to the Texas securities board last year that he was not registered when he solicited clients for a friend, investment broker Frederick "Fritz" Mowery, who paid Paxton a fee.

Paxton paid a $1,000 civil fine. He has said he thought that the fine ended the matter.

Paxton's relationship with a McKinney computer company called Servergy, has also come under scrutiny. Servergy, which claims to make an energy-efficient computer server, is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for possible fraud.

Rep. Chris Turner, a Democrat who serves Arlington and Grand Prairie, also was critical.

"Three felony charges, resulting from a Texas Rangers investigation, are an extremely serious matter," he said in a statement. "As the top law enforcement official in Texas, AG Paxton owes the public a full, candid explanation for these charges, as well as an explanation of how he can continue to do his job as he deals with three felony indictments."

Paxton has been a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage in Texas.
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