Friday, July 3, 2015

America Ferrera To Donald Trump: "We Will Silence You At The Polls"


Award-winning actress (Ugly Betty) American Ferrera pens an awesome essay in response to Donald Trump's racist remarks about Latinos last week.

Mexico is "sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us," Trump said. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Just a snippet of America's dead-on statement to the Donald:

"You have made your thoughts on the Latino community clear and you continue to stand by them. And in return, we will do more than tweet about our indignation and beat piñatas of your likeness. We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more."

Since his comments, Trump has been dumped by NBCUniversal and Univision. His pageants, Miss USA and Miss Universe, are dropped from the networks' schedules.

And Macys is just the latest to sever business ties with him.

Great job, Donald.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Trailer: "Sharknado 3 - Oh Hell No!"


Clip description: The sharks take bite out of the East Coast when the sharknado hits Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Florida.

Miss Betty Bowers On The "Hysterical Proselytizing Christian Lady"

Poise, Proselytizing and Pronunciation

The video I shared this morning of a hysterical (literally) demonstration of Christianity on cocktails has, in a novel moment of clarity, been removed by the woman who recorded it. Which is why Jesus tapped me on my perfectly tailored shoulder earlier and said, “Grab that crazy while you can.” For your viewing pleasure: My two favorite ladies of poise, proselytizing and pronunciation.

Posted by Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mid-Day Brain Break - Chris Pratt


"Jurassic World" star Chris Pratt dances in a barn.

And, why not?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Runs Out Of Excuses To Block Same-Sex Marriage



Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has dragged his feet using every tiny possible excuse to avoid allowing the rulings of SCOTUS and the Fifth Circuit Court on marriage equality.

The latest excuse last night was that the state would not recognize same-sex marriages until the original ruling by the district court was rescinded.

The Fifth Circuit set a deadline of July 17th to act, BUT the district court moved on it.

From the ruling:
IT IS ORDERED that this Court's Order and Reasons and the accompanying Judgment dated September 3, 2014, are hereby recalled and rescinded; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Article XII, Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution, Article 89 of the Louisiana Civil Code, and laws enacted pursuant thereto, violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and may not be enforced against the Plaintiffs or any other same-sex couple; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Article XII, Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution, Article 3520(B) of the Louisiana Civil Code, and laws enacted pursuant thereto, violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and may not be enforced against the Plaintiffs or any other same-sex couple.
New Orleans Advocate says that as of Noon today all Louisiana Parishes are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

And - DONE.

#LoveWins: A Celebration Of The Freedom To Marry

Michigan couple Scott and Brandon tie the knot after SCOTUS ruling
From Freedom To Marry:

In commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the freedom to marry nationwide, we present this celebration of love. Because in the end, #LoveWins.

Matt Baume Highlights Some Of The Worst Reactions To Marriage Equality


Matt Baume gets to the root of those who are so up in arms about LGBTs recently getting full marriage rights in the US.

(Well, "full" if you ignore what's happening in Louisiana and Texas right now...)

Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended.

But wait - some anti-gay politicians keep warning we're just moments away from the collapse of civilization.

Here are some of the dumbest -- and most dangerous -- things they're saying.

Chris Pratt Gets Down In A Barn


Chris Pratt looks like he's having a private little hoe (or "ho?") down, doesn't it?

Who cares why LOL

Little Girl Faces Down Anti-Gay Street Preacher



A little girl named Zea faces down a fire and brimstone street preacher, at a festival in Columbus, the day after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling.

Bless the young. She's is not backing down to the anti-gay nutjob.

Good on her.

Forward.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Beyonce Celebrates Marriage Equality

Never Too Late #LoveWins ❤️

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

The United States Officially Reestablishes Diplomatic Relations With Cuba



This includes reopening the US embassy in Havana.

For 50 years the embargo and nonexistent relations did not help the people of Cuba.

Here's hoping this progress keeps talks moving forward in a positive direction.

The Bilerico Project Shares It's Last Post

Pioneering LGBT blogger Bil Browning at The Bilerico Project has shared his last post on the group blog:

Projects are meant to be temporary and so was Bilerico Project. After more than a decade, it's time to wrap up our experiment. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement itself. It's time to turn the page and start something fresh in this new environment.

My first post in 2004 was a quote from Margaret Meade. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I think we've done our part to make the world a better place.

This will be my last post on Bilerico Project. The site will be archived at bilericoproject.com so that all 31,000+ posts will still be available for readers. It's been a long strange journey and I've loved every single moment of it, but the time has come to end the project and call it a success.

Bil and other LGBT leading voices inspired me to begin The Randy Report.

A heartfelt thanks to The Bilerico Project for the insight, leadership and passion all these ll years.

Half Of Texas Counties Still Not Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


Click over to the Dallas Morning News which has an interactive map showing which counties are and are not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Of those not issuing licenses yet, only two specifically cite "religious objections (Lipscomb and Kimball). The majority of others say they are waiting for "Official advice or forms" or a "software update."

Get with it Texas. You can drag your feet for a while just to be stubborn, but marriage equality is here.

Forward.

Donald Trump Says NBC Attempting To Suppress His Freedom Of Speech, Files $500 Million Law Suit


In the wake of the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants being dropped by NBC and Univision over Donald Trump's racist remarks about Mexican immigrants, Trump has filed a $500 million law suit against Univision.

In the suit Trump says Univision is seeking to squash his freedom of speech.

(Actually, he's perfectly free to express himself. He just needs to realize actions and opinions have consequences.)

Trump claims Univision is attempting to suppress his freedom of speech. Here's an excerpt from The Trump Organization's statement via NPR:

"Under the contract, Univision is required to broadcast the pageant live on television in Spanish. While Univision claims its decision came solely in response to comments by Mr. Trump during a June 16 campaign speech announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, the decision was, in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump's freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation's presidency."

Last year's host of the Miss Universe pageant, Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, has dropped out of the event, as well has co-host Cheryl Burke.

"In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year's Miss USA Pageant as its co-host," Burke wrote on Facebook. "Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA."

Roberts sent this Tweet on Tuesday: "Best of luck to all #MissUSA2015 contestants this year & THX to the good people behind the scenes @MissUniverse - been a joy working w/you!"

NBC has announced it will not air either pageant even as the Miss USA event is scheduled to go on July 12th.

Satire: "Not Alone"


Spot on satire video on the current crop of folks whining and wailing about their "religious freedoms" being offended by the passage of marriage equality.

"You cannot have a society of hatred, or a society of bigotry, unless, I mean, you know, you're me and my friends"



Here's the original video (from Catholic Vote) as described by AdWeek:

The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here blatantly recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days.

It even plays like a coming-out video for Catholics who are afraid to take the "brave" step of voicing their objection to equality.

That's a pretty audacious tactic—disingenuous and disrespectful, to say the least.

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