Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wedding Video of the Day: Michael and Marty

Meet Michael and Marty, married September 27th in Omaha.

What a wonderful wedding.  Beautiful video.

Michael and Marty - Highlights from Dundee Digital Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Meet The Hurricane Sandy Victim NJ Gov. Christie Told to "Sit Down And Shut Up"

Meet Jim Keady, the man New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told to "sit down and shut up."

Ready stood up at a two year anniversary event where Gov. Christie was talking about all the progress made since Hurricane Sandy.  Ready, however, wanted to know why the bulk of funds allocated to help NJ folks was still sitting in an account.

In an interview, Keady, a small business owner and former Asbury Park councilman, told Bloomberg:

“I’m a 6-foot-4, 215-pound former pro-athlete. I’m not going to be bullied by him. And when he goes into his bullying routine, it lays bare the fact that he does not want to talk about the political realities that are being presented to him."

During their back and forth, Christie told Keady that “somebody like you doesn’t know a damn thing about what you’re talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here. I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t here buddy, and done the work." Christie went on to tell Keady that “I’m glad you had your day to show off” and now, “turn around, get your 15 minutes of fame, and then maybe take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves and do something for the people of this state.”

But Keady is no stranger to what New Jersey has been through. He grew up in Belmar, now lives in neighboring Spring Lake, and after the storm, he said, he took a month off of work and volunteered “every day” in Belmar. “They trusted me with one of their borrowed dump trucks and I was running clean up crews all over town," Keady said. "I wanna know how many crawl spaces the governor was in, cleaning up. But he got his photo-op in Belmar.”

Keady talked about how only 20 percent of a $1.1 billion a program to get people back in their homes has actually gone out. “His administration is sitting on $800 million of taxpayer money that was supposed to go to our fellow New Jerseyans,” Keady said.

“If I’d just stood up, sat down, and been polite, you and I wouldn’t be talking right now,” Keady added. “It’s necessary at times to do small and large acts of civil disobedience so people’s voices can be heard. And if Governor Christie doesn’t like that, he’s in the wrong business.”

Florida: Edie Windsor Asks Gov. Rick Scott To Stop Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Marriage equality icon (and SCOTUS victor) Edie Windsor has recorded a "Letter To Gov. Rick Scott" for Equality Florida asking him to drop opposition to marriage equality in the Sunshine State:

"I am Edith S. Windsor, the plaintiff in Windsor v. United States, the case that won federal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples. The two extremely positive decisions in favor of marriage equality were Justice Jacobs' decision in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Kennedy's decision in the Supreme Court, both self-described conservatives. Five judges in Florida have also ruled that it's wrong to exclude same-sex couples from marriage, and the majority of Floridians agree.

"My dear Governor Scott, I implore you to use the power of your office to allow loving couples to marry now in your state. Very respectfully yours, Edie Windsor."

This Is A Real Thing

JoeMyGod points up this very "personal" gym for "personal" fitness.

The Complete Training Program starts with four weeks of Basic Training, which guides the user through a series of pelvic muscle exercises specifically designed to create initial pelvic muscle strength.

Once Basic Training is complete, the program incorporates an additional four weeks of resistance training and the Private Gym's patented, FDA registered weighted penis ring and magnetic weight. The weighted ring is placed comfortably around the erect penis and lifted up and down, thereby placing just the right amount of resistance to maximize pelvic muscle growth and strength.

The press materials say "Private Gym promises to boost a man’s sexual performance as well as help prevent the onset of erectile dysfunction. The rationale behind Private Gym is simple and well established: work out a muscle and it gets stronger. These are the same well-known exercises performed by millions of women to increase pelvic tone, particularly after childbirth."

According to Dr. Grace Dorey - "As good as Viagra, without the costs and side effects."

For purchase on Amazon for $99.99.

Trailer: "Banksy Does New York"

Back in 2013, infamous UK street artist Banksy set up a one month residency in NYC creating whimsical art installations throughout the city's five boroughs. I wrote about one of the artists episodes at the time here.

A sneak peek at the documentary Banksy Does New York before its on-air premiere, beginning Oct. 31 on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.

The film will debut on HBO on November 17th.

Via press release:

Over the course of a month-long residency in New York, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art.

Constructed under the dark of night, each new piece was then announced daily on his #BANKSYNY Instagram account and chronicled on his pop-up website creating a community wide scavenger hunt.

Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision, with some of the more controversial statements sending waves of reaction throughout the city.

From a Central Park stand where priceless original works were anonymously sold for $60 to a mural on the entrance to the Hustler strip club, to a junkyard in Willets Point, Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.

The film, directed by NY-er Chris Moukarbel, constructed the doc from all publicly content. "I crowd-sourced footage that New Yorkers posted online each day of the month. It was about a city holding a mirror back up to the artist."

Ricky Martin Tweets Support For Adoption By Same-Sex Couples In Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin turned his Twitter account towards the legislative bodies of Puerto Rico asking that the laws be changed to allow same-sex couples to adopt in the country.

Martin’s tweet says 'Please @SenadoPR and @TuCamaraPR approve #PS437 so that same-sex couples can adopt. @eduardobhatia @jrperello @agarciapadilla'

This comes after a ruling last week by a judge in PR that upheld the same-sex marriage ban there. Although, LGBT advocates aren't very worried by that development as Puerto Rico is under the jurisdiction of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, where every other state has marriage equality.

But since we're on the subject of Ricky, let's take another look at his new music video "Adios" :)

Sen. Ted Cruz: I Love My iPhone Even If CEO Tim Cook "Chooses" To Be Gay

Sen. Ted Cruz didn't miss his chance to say that he "loves his iPhone" even though Apple CEO Tim Cook has "chosen" to live a gay lifestyle.

Via Advocate:

During an interview with CNBC, Cruz was asked about the Bloomberg Businessweek story in which Cook addressed his sexual orientation publicly for the first time.

"Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said according to The Hill. He added, "Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions."

It's worth noting that Sen. Cruz is the coauthor of the State Marriage Defense Act, which would stop the federal government from invalidating state laws on marriage.

Bryan Fischer - Victim Of Judicial Rape

From asshat homophobe Bryan Fischer today.

I still want him to explain how same-sex marriage is "imposed" on him or anyone.

If you don't want a same-sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex.

Is this hard???

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Comes Out In Essay For Business Week

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out in an essay he penned for Business Week:

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day.

"It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life.

"It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry.

"It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."

"I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

In coming out, Tim Cook becomes the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commercial: Starbucks "Coffee Frenemies"

Starbucks first LGBT ad - "Coffee Frenemies" featuring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano, fan favorites from the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Because even top RuPaul queens need caffeine.

Watch The Effect Of 18 Months Of Braces In Less Than A Minute

I had braces as a child. I sure wish it went as fast as this video does.

The young teen sure looks happy at the end, though, doesn't she?

(h/t kenneth-in-the-212)

Bible-Carrying "Christian" Screams Wild Rant At In-N-Out Burger

According to Raw Story, the man in the video above had been hanging around an In-N-Out Burger in Redding, California, most of the day holding the door open for customers with one hand and his Bible in the other.

At some point, said man became enraged that he had not been properly thanked by the restaurant employees for holding the door.

So he went berserk ripping plastic plants out of their planters while screaming:

“Am I gonna get busted? No!” the man shouts at the beginning of the video as customers leave their tables to get away from the commotion.

He goes on the vent loudly about the restaurant “bitching about someone holding a f*cking door for people,” which he claims to be doing because he’s a “f*cking Christian” who’s got to “stand up for other f*cking Christians.”

I don't think sounds very "Christ-like" but hey, I'm not an expert...

(via Raw Story)

Montana Newspaper To Attorney General On Same-Sex Marriage: "Accept The Inevitable"

Montana's Great Falls Tribune posted an op-ed today in support of marriage equality in the state and urging Attorney General Tim Fox to "accept the inevitable" and stop defending the discriminatory law:

One after another, federal appeals courts, including the 9th Circuit that covers Montana, have thrown out gay marriage bans in other states, and Montana’s position will be overturned. Why? Because that stance discriminates against gays, lesbians and others. It is unfair to these folks, regardless of some Americans who disapprove of their sexual orientation.

The issue of homosexuality and marriage was easier to deal with when some researchers and, frankly, charlatans tried to prove that people could be cured of their gay nature. In recent decades, science indicates that sexual orientation is more likely to be based in a person’s genetic makeup.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will hear arguments Nov. 20 on a motion for summary judgment in a case filed this spring by four gay couples. We’d like to see [AG Tim] Fox at that hearing accept the inevitable and agree with the motion.

It’s time for the state of Montana to quit wasting taxpayers’ money and to accept gay marriage in Montana, even if churches can go their own way on this matter. Some people still want to make political points with this issue, but we say, it’s too late for that. It’s all over. Montana law should allow people committed to each other, whether straight or gay, to make their relationship legal and lasting.

(h/t JMG)

New Trailer: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"

In a new trailer released for the upcoming Avengers sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," we get a glimpse of Marvel humor as the team socializes and attempts to lift Thor's hammer.

The film is due for release on May 1, 2015.

Kansas: Anti-Gay Wackadoos Phillip and Sandra Unruhs File Amicus Brief In State Marriage Case

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Last week, Kansas wackjobs Phillip and Sandra Unruhs were quickly swatted away after their attempt to intervene in the Kansas marriage equality case where they tried to say giving equal rights to gay and lesbian couples was tantamount to STEALING it from straight couples like themselves.

The judge quickly dismissed that weak assertion.

However, the Unruhs were allowed to file an amicus brief in support of denying gays the right to marry, and so today, we have their masterpiece of a brief.

Included in the 8 page filing are statements to the effect that:

• Since the Plaintiffs are lesbians, any ruling should not affect male same-sex couples
• Giving marriage rights to same-sex couples would discriminate against opposite-sex couples based on sex
• Marriage equality would result in the taking of property rights of heterosexual couples in violation of the 5th and 14th Amendments

It's not a long read, but pretty fascinating in it's illogic.

See the brief below:

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