Friday, August 1, 2014

Baby deer freaks out when the belly rub ends

Ok. Definitely cute.

I have a few dogs like this, but no deer.

Todd Starnes celebrates Republicans leaving Washington DC

Todd Starnes is one of the intellectually-lacking reporters for Fox News.

Quite the professional, isn't he?

A record-setting 53 straight months of positive job growth

Not only have there been 53 straight months of positive job growth (a record!), but each of the past six months have seen 200,000+ jobs added to the economy.

Oh, and the stock market has doubled during his time as President...

Remind me again what a terrible job President Obama is doing?

Hunky Chris Pratt totally goes naked for his "Parks & Recreation" co-stars

He got in trouble, but Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones' reactions were so worth it.

Chris Pratt's new movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens across the country today. Industry insiders are predicting a gigantic $90M first domestic weekend.

Colton Haynes hits the great outdoors

Hottie Colton Haynes, getting a little R&R after the craziness of ComicCon, headed out to the great outdoors with his brother Joshua, Joshua's husband Scott and niece Wren.

Posted to his Instagram account: "Much needed fam time with my bro @joshuahaynes, his hubby @scottculley, and my lil niece Wren who needs a nap :)"

Attend Amsterdam Pride via internet

So the funds weren't there and you're not flush to fly out to Amsterdam for Pride and the Canal Parade?

How about attending the parade via internet?

So while it's not EXACTLY the same as actually attending the parade in person, Zoomin.TV is live-streaming the parade with English commentators tomorrow, Saturday, August 2.

The multi-camera parade coverage begins 7:45 p.m. EST and will run about four hours.

So grab a cocktail and watch the fun from home. Who knows? Maybe you'll be moved to get up and out to next year's pride fest in Amsterdam.

You can watch the live-stream here.

(h/t Out)

MTV turns 33 today

MTV launched 33 years ago today.

Do you remember the very first music video to air on the legendary network?

Had it not been for this choice, music artist Buggles might never have been remembered...

You know you're a fan of Debbie Harry when...

Via kenneth in the (212)

Oh dear...

Congressman Don Young apologizes after twisting arm of young congressional aide

Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska made news yesterday after grabbing and twisting the arm of a young congressional staffer who blocked his entrance to a closed-door meeting.

Via Mediaite:

Young had briefly left an off-the-record GOP meeting about the border crisis and attempted to re-enter through a side door, and according to House rules, members are not allowed to re-enter through that door while a meeting is in progress.

The aide was stationed outside the door to prevent people from using it — a fact that Young was seemingly unaware of, as a Vine captured by NBC producer Frank Thorp depicts:

In the aftermath of the video and photos being released, Young issued this apology:

“While returning to the GOP conference meeting to discuss the ongoing situation on our southern border, I was caught off guard by an unidentified individual who was physically blocking me from reentering the room,” Young said in a statement. “Regardless, my reaction was wrong, and I should have never placed my hands on the young man.”

Music: Colbie Caillat "Try"

Colbie Caillat looks to empower women with her latest music video that makes a simple comment on what women do to be liked.

Women of differing ages and races, including Colbie, begin the video completely glam.  But as the song goes on, the women remove the make-up and lashes and hair extensions that create a facade for the rest of the world, so we end up seeing the women as they truly are.  And in their nakedness, their joy shines.

Btw, I don't think that the concept of changing our exterior to be popular applies to just women.

Put your make-up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim so they like you, do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don't be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong, so they like you
Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try
Yooou don't have to try

Get your shopping on, at the mall, max your credit cards
You don't have to choose, buy it all, so they like you
Do they like you?

Wait a second,
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you're all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try
You don't have to try

Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
Cause I like you

Another time Bryan Fischer was caught lying

Speaking on July 18th about the downed Malaysian Airlines flight, President Obama mentioned the many HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia who were on the plane.

At the time, Obama said "the United States of America is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have the right to live as they choose."

Hate group leader Bryan Fischer decided he didn't like that. Fischer said that Obama's statement was meant to "politicize" their deaths in order to legitimize gay relationships.

Fischer added, "We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men."

Well, we all know that's not true. But let's let the folks at PolitiFact break it all down for us, shall we?

About 70 percent of all people infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, about 24 million people. This region is also home to the most children living with HIV whose infections originated during pregnancy, childbirth of consuming breast milk, according to

Globally, the dominant form of transmission is heterosexual sex, said Sophie Barton Knott, UNAIDS spokeswoman. Nearly half of people with HIV are female, and most were infected through heterosexual sex. Most of the 50.9 percent of men with HIV got it through heterosexual sex, too, she said.

The highest rates of AIDS among 15- to 24-year-olds is among women in many parts of the world, said Seth Faison, spokesman for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. And in Eastern Europe, the highest transmission rates of AIDS are among people who inject drugs.

"Men who have sex with men are a high-risk group, but not the only one," he said.

The bottom line?

Preventing men from having sex with men will not end AIDS.

Faison said the criminalization of same-sex activity actually can increase transmission rates. Being gay is a crime in at least 76 countries, and in those places, gay men are less likely to receive treatment, testing and prevention.

The CDC also says stigma and homophobia are likely one factor behind the rise in HIV infections among young gay men in the United States.

"In effect, efforts to ‘persuade men not to have sex with men’ is counterproductive," Faison said. "It will not stop AIDS."

PolitiFact gives the statement it's worst rating of "Pants On Fire."

(h/t JMG)

One year ago today: Rhode Island & Minnesota

Uganda's Constitutional Court annuls anti-homosexuality law

Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled the recent anti-gay legislation signed into law in February over what amounts to a technicality:

It (the Constitutional Court) ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality" and banned the "promotion of homosexuality".

Earlier drafts of the anti-homosexuality act made it a crime not to report gay people - which would have made it impossible to live as openly gay - but this clause was removed.

The law, which was signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February, toughened up existing laws.

Lesbians were covered for the first time and those found living in a same-sex marriage could have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Rep. Eric Cantor resigns from Congress effective August 18

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has not only announced resigned his GOP leadership position. Today he announced his resignation from Congress - effective August 18th - and he's getting the hell outta Dodge:

Cantor said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the general election on Nov. 4.

By having a special election in November, the winner would take office immediately, rather than in January with the next Congress. “That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents (because) he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session,” Cantor said.

Cantor’s resignation marks the end of a successful 14-year congressional run that included his role as House majority leader for more than three years and the prospect of becoming the next speaker of the House.

Cantor had not faced a close challenge since he was first elected in 2000. But Dave Brat, an economics professor from Henrico County, toppled the incumbent in a Republican primary on June 10.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tom Hardy to play twin gangsters in upcoming "Legend"

Tom Hardy

Hunky Tom Hardy is set to play twin gangsters in the upcoming film Legend.

The Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, apparently made quite the noise back in London organizing The Firm, a gang that ran East London's underworldduring the 50s and 60s.

But it wasn't just organized crime the two became known for.

The Backlot reports:

But perhaps more interesting than the Kray Twins’ penchant for criminality was their love lives. The Daily Mail (always a reliable source…) has gone on to claim that “Ronnie and Reggie Kray were both gay and Ronnie never consummated his marriage [...] although Ronnie admitted his homosexuality in his mid-teens, his brother Reggie was also gay and his marriage to Frances Shea was a sham.”

Hardy, commenting on the confirmed role, had this to say: “I’ve got to work out how to play both twins, which will be fun. It’s another experiment and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Ronnie (L) and Reggie Kray (R)
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