Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trailer: Avengers "Age Of Ultron"

I hear this is leaked early.

Lucky us!

Cam't wait for May 1, 2015

RIP Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo of Canada

Kansas: Straight Couple Joins Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Because the Gays Are Stealing Their "Marriage"

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Kansas couple Phillip W. Unruh and Sandra L. Unruh have filed a motion to intervene in the ACLU's marriage equality case in Kansas.

If I understand this correctly, the Unruhs say that should same-sex marriage be legalized in Kansas, they would "experience a taking of their property rights in marriage without due process of law."

Apparently, "marriage" is "property" that belongs to the Unruhs by virtue of the Fifth Amendment.

Seriously, folks, you can't make this up.

I can't do better justice than Joe Jervis at JoeMyGod:

"Apparently, once them gays steal a chunk of their marriage, well, it's all downhill for the Uhruhs from there. Next thing you know they'll be cooking meth with hobos under a Kansas overpass. The rest of their brief is similarly cracktastic, complete with quotes from Genesis and the usual "they can't even make a baby" crapola."

If you really want to entertain yourself, hit this link and read the full brief.

I'm assuming having the nerve to file this must resemble what it's like to be on drugs...

Anderson Cooper Takes Down Pat Robertson Over "You Can Get AIDS From Towels" Comments

I recently wrote about the incredibly stupid warning Pat Robertson made about traveling "overseas" because you might get AIDS from towels.

Pause for a moment because - like ice cream "brain freeze" - the stupid just plain hurts.)

Well, I wasn't the only one to think Pat's idiocy stood out.

Well, Anderson Cooper took Robertson to task for the comments as he included the sad episode on last night's "Ridiculist."

Backstage With Barbra Streisand & Liza Minnelli

Two legendary artists in one pic. This is pretty rare.

From Barbra's Instagram account today:

With #LizaMinnelli honoring our dear friend #MarvinHamlisch. #2012

A photo posted by Barbra Streisand (@barbrastreisand) on

Just Another Day In The Alternate Universe Of Tony Perkins

Anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins wrote a rambling essay today which - as usual - gets the facts wrong about the Hitching Post wedding venue and a fictional stay on Idaho marriages that is NOT in effect:

"The only place where there seems to be an overwhelming consensus on redefining marriage is in the chambers of 25 unelected judges, who have been arrogant enough to substitute their agendas for the will of 13 states.

"For now, the states are continuing to put up a fight, right down to the local officials forced to carry out the courts’ bidding.

"In Idaho, site of the first ministers ordered to perform gay 'weddings' or be imprisoned, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is giving the state a brief reprieve by putting a hold on the ceremonies for now.

"While the two sides appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling that struck down Idaho’s law, the Knapps -- and other ordained ministers -- will hold their breaths, hoping the same country that gave them conscience rights won’t jail the couple for exercising them."

Seriously. This man drums up support and dollars for anti-gay animus and he can't get facts straight.

There is no stay on same-sex marriage in Idaho; and more importantly, no ministers have been "ordered" to perform same-sex weddings.

Hyperbole and hysteria! The sky is falling!

Except - it's not.

The Good Old Days - 1956 Republican Platform

Via Occupy Democrats

Doesn't even sound like the same Republican Party of today, does it?

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Is Tired Of Hearing About The Minimum Wage

Ellen Predicts The World Series With Shirtless Male Strippers

Shirtless male strippers collect money on ELLEN to predict the World Series

Ellen comes up with a "super-scientific" way to predict the winner of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

And I like it.

Whichever guys collects the most money in their shorts before the music ends will be the team to win the World Series.

Guess which team is predicted to win via Ellen's "super-scientific" method?

Of course, as Ellen notes, we are all winners for watching.

p.s. all money raised during the bit goes towards breast cancer research. Go Ellen!

Pat Robertson Calls Gay Advocates Are 'Terrorists, Radicals And Extremists'

Transcript from today's anti-gay rant by Pat Robertson:

It’s one thing to want to persuade somebody to believe like you do, that’s what Christianity is about, to bring the Gospel message and say this is good news and we’d like you to accept it. It’s something else to take the arm of the government to force somebody to do something that is against, contrary to their religion, and that’s what these homosexuals are trying to do. They are trying to force people who are Christians to marry them or else face jail, to make cakes honoring them or else go to jail and give their sermons over and divulge their innermost thoughts or go to jail, that’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with.

These people are terrorists, they’re radicals and they’re extremists. No Christian in his right mind would ever try to enforce somebody against their belief or else suffer jail. They did that during the Inquisition, it was horrible, it was a black mark on our history, but it isn’t being done now. There’s no Christian group I know of anywhere in the world that would force somebody to do something contrary to their deep-held religious beliefs or else face criminal penalties, but that’s what the homosexuals are trying to do here in America and I think it’s time pastors stand up and fight this monstrous thing.

If the gays want to go out and do their gay sex, that’s one thing, but if they want you to force you to accept it and solemnify it by marriage then that’s a different matter and it’s an infringement on people’s religious belief. What’s being done in Houston is a gay—the woman they elected is a homosexual, she’s a lesbian, and she’s trying to force pastors to conform to her beliefs. It’s wrong.

Part of the rant seems to reference the current news story about the wedding venue The Hitching Post in Idaho. It goes without saying that if you've read the news lately, NO ONE in Idaho is forcing anyone to marry same-sex couples at this point in time. No one has been threatened with jail time over forcing "ministers" to marry same-sex couples.

This is just more hyperbole by the extreme right wing to convince folks "the sky is falling."

And it's not.

Mississippi Gets Same-Sex Marriage Hearing Date of November 12th

Buzzfeed's legal eagle Chris Geidner tweets the news that Mississippi has gotten court dates for the recently filed same-sex marriage suit challenging the state's ban.

Note the tight timeline.

Three Minute Science: Your Brain On MDMA or "Molly"

The genius' at AsapSCIENCE share in three minutes what exactly happens when folks take the party drug MDMA ("Molly").

I'll admit here I've never taken "Molly" or "Ecstasy" or any party drug, not that I judge those who do. A couple of cocktails is about all this party animal can handle :)

Hit the video to find out why you feel so good during the drug's effects and why you don't feel so great after.

Federal Judge Upholds Puerto Rico's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez ruled that Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage should stand based on a 42 year old ruling by the Supreme Court (Baker V Nelson) saying the lawsuit "fails to present a substantial federal question."

The judge based his decision on the absence of any guarantee of same-sex marriage present in the US Constitution, defaulting to the 42 year old ruling which said there is no inherent right to marriage without regard to gender.

Acknowledging the long list of federal court rulings since Windsor striking down state same-sex marriage bans, Judge Perez-Gimenez simply disagreed, attributing those rulings to the “ingenuity and imagination” of the judges involved.

From the ruling:

Baker, which necessarily decided that a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and woman does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment, remains good law. Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions. Instead, Puerto Rico, acting through its legislature, remains free to shape its own marriage policy. In a system of limited constitutional self-government such as ours, this is the prudent outcome. The people and their elected representatives should debate the wisdom of redefining marriage. Judges should not.

Lambda Legal issued this statement via press release:

"The court's ruling directly conflicts with the wave of recent decisions finding these marriage bans unconstitutional and perpetuates the discrimination and harm done to same-sex Puerto Rican couples and their families," said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal.

"It defies the unmistakable import of the Windsor decision and flies in the face of the blizzard of rulings of the last year, the reasoned rulings of the Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits, and the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand the rulings striking down five bans similar to Puerto Rico's.

"One struggles to understand how this judge came to a different conclusion. We will, of course, appeal this ruling to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals," Gonzalez-Pagan said. "All families in Puerto Rico need the protections of marriage."

An appeal of the ruling sends the case to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals where every state has adopted marriage equality as the law of the land.

Interestingly, the court is located in Massachusetts - the first state to adopt the freedom to marry.

Let's Check The Facts About Anti-Gay Idaho Wedding Venue "The Hitching Post"

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The extreme right-wing, anti-gay folks like Bryan Fischer are using Idaho's "The Hitching Post" their poster child as a "victim" of pro-gay policies with the arrival of same-sex marriage to the state.

Coeur D'Alene is one of the few cities in Idaho which include sexual orientation in it's nondiscrimination laws regarding public accommodation. In other words, if you are a public business, you can't refuse service to gays and lesbians based on their sexual orientation.

Churches and religious organizations operating as 501(C)3s are exempt from the law. The Hitching Post is not one of those organizations.

The story the haters would like you to buy is that the wedding venue has been "threatened" with jail time and fines for refusing to perform same-sex marriages.

The FACTS are:

• No one has asked the venue to perform a same-sex marriage
• No one has filed a complaint against the venue
• The Hitching Post is not a church; it is a FOR-PROFIT wedding business
• The "ministers" of the venue are ordained for the purpose of performing weddings; they do have "minister" to any congregation or flock
• No one has ordered anyone at the venue to do anything

Coeur D'Alene City Spokesman Keith Erickson has publicly stated, "We have never threatened to jail them, or take legal action of any kind."

But if you listen to the Bryan Fischers and Tony Perkins of the world, the two "ministers" of The Hitching Post are about to be drawn and quartered. Take a look at this recent tweet from Bryan Fischer:

(via JMG)


A few minutes of bulldog cuteness to get your Hump Day started.

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