Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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 full ruling below.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 3:51 PM
Atmospheric, melodic and moody, Matthew Connor's newest - "Midnight Blue" - sounds and looks like it would be right at home in an episode of American Horror Story.
No "freak show" here, just haunting visuals and gorgeous vocals reminiscent of Elvis or Ray Orbison.
Quite the change up for Matthew, who spent time as the front-man for electronic dance-pop band Provocateur before heading out as a solo artist in 2011.
His latest album, Farewell Motel, follows two earlier EPs, Ghost Town and Denouement.
Check out his official website here.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 3:43 PM
MSNBC is reporting that ISIS has apparently stoned to death two men alleged to be gay:
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.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 2:04 PM
In an exclusive one on one interview, Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9th, tells ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he never shot towards Brown’s back.
In addition, Wilson says that he feared for his life because the teen reached into his car, and grabbed for his gun.
Wilson said that he was sorry that Brown had died, but “he would not do anything differently that day,” according to Stephanopoulos. “He did what he was trained to do. He was simply doing his job.”
When asked if the incident “would have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white,” Wilson reportedly replied "Absolutely not," adding that he has a "clean conscience."
Watch the preview below, and for more tune in to ABC World News Tonight
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 1:44 PM
|Hunky Chris Pratt stars in the upcoming "Jurassic World"|
Here's the first theatrical trailer for Jurassic World, the upcoming 4th “Jurassic Park” starring Chris Pratt.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 12:26 PM
U.S. economy grew at a 3.9% annual pace, much faster than initially thought in the third quarter: http://t.co/lQwjIhMKGl— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 25, 2014
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 11:46 AM
Via Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight Twitter feed.
Moving to an unsold seat is considered rude?
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 10:40 AM
When folks talk about how President Obama has "made everything worse," forward this to them.
Everything on this list is a fact - not an opinion.
Don't forget the fact that he made the call that got bin Laden; he supports marriage equality; he helped end DADT; and he helped end two wars bringing our men and women in uniform home.
AND, just out today - Gross domestic product rose at a 3.9 annualized rate during the third quarter of the year, marking the strongest six-month stretch for the U.S. economy in a decade.
GDP also showed the largest back-to-back quarterly growth since 2003.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 10:30 AM
Labels: President Obama
Just in time for Thanksgiving, check out this parody of Taylor Swift's hit "Shake It Off" by Adrian Anchondo and Daniel Franzese - "Shake And Bake."
Bonus points for catching HBO's Looking star Russell Tovey as a hunky Pilgrim.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 9:04 AM
Last night as President Obama addressed the nation in an effort to stem anger and violence over the lack of indictment in the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, conservative blogging site Breitbart chose to ridicule the president by juxtaposing his comments with graphics of the violence happening in Ferguson.
The president was trying to offer leadership and express that while America has made progress in race relations, there's clearly more work to do.
And this is what he gets.
He's damned if he does; damned if he doesn't.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 8:43 AM
Monday, November 24, 2014
The family of Michael Brown issued a statement in reaction to the news that no charges would be brought against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of the teenager:
"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference.
Michael Brown's parents will hold a press conference Tuesday at Noon.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 6:46 PM
"Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law."
Prosecutor McCullouch rambled on and on for several minutes at the beginning of his announcement blaming "social media" for making the case difficult to resolve.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 6:37 PM
Having written the lyrics and music for the struggling Broadway show The Last Ship, Sting is now set to join the cast of his flailing $15 million Broadway musical.
But can his star power save the show? His last Broadway appearance was in the 1989 The Three Penny Opera.
The veteran rock star is set to star in the show from Dec. 9 until Jan. 10, replacing actor Jimmy Nail, who says he is stepping aside "happily" for the good of the production.
Since its premiere the show has been losing $75,000 a week.
Click here for ticket info.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 3:07 PM
|Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni|
Calling the law a "Christmas gift" for the country, Ugandan legislators are set to pass a new version of the country's recently struck down anti-gay law:
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.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 2:55 PM