Monday, April 20, 2015

CNN/ORC Poll: Jeb Bush With Early Lead For 2016 GOP Nomination

Results of the latest CNN/ORC poll gives Jeb Bush a slight lead among possible Republicans running for the 2016 presidential nod notching 17% support followed in the number two spot by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12% and Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio in 3rd and 4th respectively with 115.

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Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton continues to have a double digit lead over her closest competition, Vice-President Joe Biden. At 69% Hillary has seen a 7 point jump since she announced her run for the Dem nomination:

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In a hypothetical matchup, Sen. Marco Rubio fares best against Clinton losing to the former Secretary of State by 14 points, 55% to 41%.

Bush trails Clinton by 17 points, 56% to 39%.

Christie and Paul fall 19 points behind Clinton, each putting up 39% to Clinton's 58%.

Giorgio Armani: Gay Men Should Stop Working Out And Dressing "Homosexual"

This past weekend, 80 year-old fashion designer Giorgio Armani got all stupid on his fellow gays for not fitting into heteronormative standards and dressing "homosexual:"

"A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual. When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme - to say, 'Ah, you know I'm homosexual,' - that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man...

"I don't like muscle boy. Not too much gym. I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn't use his muscles too much."

California: Anti-LGBT Group Files Initiative To Stop Transgender Folks From Using Appropriate Bathrooms

Opponents of LGBT rights in California have begun yet another attack on transgender folks as the group "Privacy For All" has announced that it has submitted the so-called "Privacy Protection Act" to state election officials and will attempt to gather 365,880 signatures to place the measure on the ballot in 2016.

While the initiative doesn't use the word "transgender" specifically, it's clear the intent:

If approved by California voters, the Personal Privacy Protection Act requires that individuals "use facilities in accordance with their biological sex in all government buildings". The proposed initiative does not require private businesses to maintain sex separated facilities, but protects these businesses from legal action if they do require employees and patrons to "use facilities in accordance with their biological sex."

"We have great compassion for any person that is uncomfortable in traditional, sex separated facilities.

But we also want to protect the privacy that most of us expect when we are in public bathrooms, showers and dressing areas" said Gina Gleason, a proponent of the initiative.

California's legislature took an unprecedented step in 2013 by passing AB 1266 that allowed students in California public schools to choose the bathroom, shower and locker room that corresponds to the gender they identify with even if that is different from their biological sex. But that law was put on hold as opponents gathered almost 620,000 voter signatures for a referendum to allow voters to vote on the controversial new law. The matter is currently in court following voter officials rejecting more than one in five signatures to keep the measure off of the November 2014 ballot.

"California voters may have two chances to vote against co-ed bathrooms in 2016" said Karen England, a Privacy For All spokesperson. "We hope to wrap up the court battle over the AB 1266 referendum and place that on the ballot, but we also expect to have this new initiative before the voters at the same time."

If the voters vote to overturn AB 1266, the new initiative would still be needed to assure privacy in California bathrooms. AB 1266 applied only to facilities at public schools, where the new initiative applies to all government buildings including schools.

This issue has begun to play out across the United States as hate groups turn their attention from their lost position on marriage equality and look for new areas with which to attack LGBT Americans.

The constant shriek of a threat is that without this law, straight men will "dress up" in women's clothes in order to gain access to women's bathrooms to peek at young girls peeing or some such thing. There's no record of this happening anywhere.

Plus, take a look at some transgender folks who will unwillingly cause confusion when they are forced to use "biological sex" bathrooms.

Aydian Ethan Dowling was assigned the sex of female at birth.
Aydian would be forced to use the ladies room.

Jazz Jennings was assigned the sex of male at birth.
She would be forced to use the men's room.

Michael C. Hughes was assigned "female" at birth.
He would be forced to use the ladies' room.

Tim Tebow Signs One Year Contract With Philadelphia Eagles

Former NFL quarterback gets a second (third?) chance at the big time with the announcement that he has signed a one year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The sports world is pretty much shaking it's head over this one. Tebow's career completion rate is 47.9%.

And yet, out footballer Michael Sam is told over and over again HE'S not playing in the NFL because he's simply not good enough?

In the 2014 NFL preseason Sam was top-five in the NFL in sacks and was second on the St. Louis Rams team in tackles.

I'm not the only one scratching my head.

Scott Eastwood: "I Support Gay Marriage"

Scott Eastwood, son of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, tells the Dallas Voice that he supports LGBT right, including marriage equality:

"I support gay marriage and the whole bit. I think everybody should be able to be with who they want to be with."

Currently on a press tour to support his new movie The Longest Ride, Eastwood says he acquired his attitude of tolerance via both his parents. Although his famous dad is Republican, Scott explains he grew up with a live-and-let-live outlook on life.

"My dad is the same way. He’s a total Libertarian—everyone leave everyone alone. Everyone live their own private life. And why does everyone gotta be all up in arms about it?"

Check out the young Eastwood as he covers this months Men's Fitness Magazine.

Trailer: Jurassic World

Hits movie theaters June 12th.

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Science: How Good Is Your Eye Sight?

From the guys at AsapSCIENCE.

Very cool eye text/illusion. I actually got up from my chair and walked feet away to see the difference.

Science rocks.

Matt Bomer's MAGIC MIKE XXL Poster

Matt Bomer shirtless for his personal poster for Magic Mike XXL
(via Magic Mike Movie website)

New Teaser For Upcoming Bruce Jenner Interview With Diane Sawyer

New teaser for the upcoming Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner this Friday at 9PM.

Jenner is widely expected to discuss upcoming plans to transition to female.

Madonna Banned From Backstage After Texting During off-Broadway Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the currently the hottest musical theater ticket in NYC - HAMILTON - took to Twitter this past Saturday night to share the news that had requested that a celeb be banned from coming backstage after a performance at the Public Theater.

The celeb? Madonna.

The reason? Her lack of theatre etiquette. Apparently, the Queen of Pop annoyed the cast and audience by constantly texting throughout the second act of the musical.

Tweeted Miranda: "Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou"

The tweet was later deleted, but audience member Casey Erin Clark expressed her frustration after the show on Twitter:

Madge is well-known for her inability to keep off her phone. In 2013, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theatre chain banned Madonna from its theatres after reports that she was texting during a New York Film Festival screening of "12 Years a Slave."

HAMILTON is currently closing out it's off-Bway run before heading to Broadway this summer at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with previews beginning on July 13th.

Marriage News Watch: April 20, 2015

Matt Baume has rounded up the weirdest Supreme Court briefs that argue in favor of preventing gays and lesbians from marrying.

Some are full of mistakes, others have baffling arguments.

And at least one is incredibly sexist, and signed by a member of Congress.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


So, in one week we get the new "Batman vs Superman" trailer AND the new Fantastic Four trailer?

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways.

Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.


Opens August 7, 2015.

Majority Of Americans: It's Not Practical For SCOTUS To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Susan Page writes for USA Today:

In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed say by 51%-35% that it's no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them.

One reason for a transformation in public views on the issue: Close to half say they have a gay or lesbian family member or close friend who is married to someone of the same sex.

In the survey, a majority, 51%-35%, favor allowing gay men and lesbians to marry, and those who support the idea feel more strongly about it than those who oppose it: 28% "strongly favor" same-sex marriage, 18% "strongly oppose" it. Fourteen percent are undecided.

Michigan Auto Repair Shop Owner: My Business And My Home Will Be Protected From "Evil"

Brian Klawiter, the Michigan auto repair shop owner who said he would turn away gays who brought their cars to him, has doubled down with even more heated rhetoric.

This time he says he won't serve gays because he's defending his environment against "evil:"

"The environments that I have control over (where I am responsible for what occurs) including my business and my home will be protected from evil to the best of my ability."

(via Facebook)

Apparenlty, Klawiter thinks the gays biggest problem is fighting for the right to be naked at a gay pride parade?

(h/t New Civil Rights Movement)

Marco Rubio: Being Gay Is Not A Choice

Newly minted 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio said that even though he didn't think being gay was a choice, he didn't believe courts should be deciding the issue of same-sex marriage.

"I also don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people," he said. "In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with."

Last week, Rubio also said that he would attend a gay wedding of a loved one, even if he disagreed with the "choice" that loved one had made.

“I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be,” Rubio said. “Ultimately, if someone that you care for and is part of your family has decided to move in one direction or another or feels that way because of who they love, you respect that because you love them.”

In the past, Rubio has distinguished between opposing same-sex marriage and being anti-gay.

"Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage," Rubio said last year.

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