Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The local hunter, Theo Brookhorst, who assisted Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer in hunting and killing Cecil the lion has been officially charged in Zimbabwe with "failing to supervise, control and take reasonable steps to prevent an unlawful hunt."
After pleading not guilty and surrendering his passport, Bronkhorst posted $1,000 bail and agreed to return on August 5th for trial.
If found guilty, Bronkhorst faces a fine of $20,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Zimbabwe officials have not yet commented on possible additional charges for Walter Palmer.
Inspired by the recent SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality, pop/rock artist Mikey Wax recorded "Love Always Wins" to celebrate not only the court decision but the euphoria that followed as same-sex marriage became the law of the land.
Packed with uplifting and positive lyrics, the music video utilizes footage captured at the moment of the ruling on the steps of the Supreme Court, plus celebrations across America.
Check this from Mikey:
My best friend is gay. His words of hope and happiness after the Supreme Court ruling inspired this song. I truly believe that despite race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, love always wins.
And the folks at E! Entertainment took note. This song is currently featured in the promo commerciasl for Caitlyn Jenner's new TV series "I Am Cait" on E! Entertainment.
Congrats to Mikey for the uplifting summer tune, and thanks for being an LGBT ally :)
You can find the track on iTunes here, and follow Mikey on Facebook here.
According to Christian Post, last the viral video of Pastor E. Dewey Smith vigorously denouncing those who would judge LGBTs over same-sex marriage was never meant to imply the church nor the pastor supports same-sex marriage.
That clip was posted without our knowledge by someone who was in attendance and gives absolutely no context concerning the overall message.
Since that time enumerable media outlets have posted the clip with captions best suited for their journalistic and editorial priorities.
It's important to know that the descriptions of the posted sermon clip are not the opinions of E. Dewey Smith Jr.
By no means is Smith now, nor has he ever been a proponent of same-sex marriage. Smith has always believed and taught that marriage is only designed for a man and a woman.
This reality was clearly stated during the sermon but not included for some reason by the person who posted the clip. Smith believes that same-sex marriage isn't the Will of God.
Many publications have tried to present the message as affirmation of equal rights for the LGBT community. Regardless of how the clip is 'bent' that was not the content nor intent of the message.
You can view the video of the now-famous rant here.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 10:39 AM
Southern Equality reports that 13 counties in Alabama are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Come on, kids. What's it gonna take to get you to do your duty as an elected official? You can't pick and choose what parts of your job you will or will not do.
Across the 13 impacted counties, projected annual lost revenue totals $132,106.50 due to probate judges closing county offices.
A total of 330,236 people live in the 13 Alabama counties that are not issuing marriage licenses to any couples. Additionally, an estimated 313 same-sex couples live in the impacted counties, with an estimated 18% of them raising children.
More at the Campaign for Southern Equality.
LGBT activist Scott Wooledge launched the petition above at WhiteHouse.gov to urge Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to cooperate in extraditing Walter Palmer - now famous for killing national park lion Cecil in Zimbabwe - to face charges for illegal hunting.
Hit this link to sign. In only 24 hours the petition has almost 50,000 signatures. The White House has pledged to respond to every petition that reaches at least 100,000 signatures.
Scot Haney, co-host of “Better Connecticut”, was left speechless by uber-handsome chef Ryan Durant during an interview about his restaurant Assaggio.
When Haney asked Durant if Durant was married, things got a little hot in the kitchen :)
Jimmy shares his thoughts (and gets a bit choked up) talking about the Minnesota dentist who illegally killed Cecil the lion, a local favorite in a Zimbabwe national park.
“First of all, stop saying you ‘took’ the animal. You take aspirin. You killed the lion. You didn’t take it.
"The big question is, why are you shooting a lion in the first place? I mean, I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that? How is that fun?
"Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you? If that’s the case they have a pill for that, it works great. Just stay home and swallow it and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised Jello pudding on television.”
If you’d like to donate to the wildlife preservation group who had previously been keeping track of the lion, please visit http://www.wildcru.org/
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
More at PETA's Twitter account.
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer is caught in the middle of a social media shit storm as the Telegraph has reported that the American hunter hunted and killed a popular attraction, Cecil the lion, from a national park in Zimbabwe.
Conservation groups in Zimbabwe reacted angrily to the news that the 13-year-old animal had been killed: partly because the lion was known to visitors and seemingly enjoyed human contact, and partly because of the way in which he was killed. He was lured out of the national park and shot.
“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,” a spokesman for Mr Palmer said.
During the hunt – which the organisers later admitted was badly carried out – Cecil was lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait, and then shot with a bow and arrow. The next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed, before being beheaded and skinned.
Animals cannot be killed within the confines of the park. The hunters then removed his collar – further contravening park rules.
In 2008, court records show, he (Palmer) pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal wildlife officials concerning the exact location of the slaying of a black bear during a guided hunt in Wisconsin. He was sentenced to a year probation.
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force's Johnny Rodrigues gave this statement to The Guardian:
The hunt took place around 6 July. “They went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil,” Rodrigues said. “They tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometre from the park.”
The hunter first shot at Cecil with a bow and arrow but failed to kill the lion. “They tracked him down and found him 40 hours later when they shot him with a gun,” Rodrigues said.
The 13-year-old lion was wearing a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University research project that had been running since 1999, making it possible to trace his last movements. Rodrigues said the hunters tried to destroy the collar, but failed.
Emmanuel Fundira, the president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, confirmed at a news conference that Dr. Palmer is wanted for the death of Cecil the lion, but that his whereabouts were unknown.
UPDATE: Walter Palmer issued the following statement today regarding the killing of Cecil:
"In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.
"I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.
"I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.
"Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion."
A petition has been launched demanding justice for Cecil.
Matt Baume explains the new rule change at the Boy Scouts of America allowing gay scout leaders, and whether that means any young scouts are now at more risk.
(Here's a hint: nope)
While 79% of the National Executive Board of The Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its nation-wide ban on gay adult scout leaders, local chapters are still allowed to decide whether they will discriminate against gay scout leaders.
“The Boy Scouts are a private group, and they’re free to decide who can be a member. In fact, individual chapters are still allowed to deny access to LGBT leaders. Non-discrimination laws just don’t apply here, like they do for public facilities and businesses.”
Got that? Private and religious organizations are NOT under attack. Sorry to disappoint you there, Bryan Fischer.
A former scout himself, Baume explains why having openly gay scout leaders will make a difference in the lives of LGBT youth:
“I didn’t know that I was gay when I was a 7 year-old Boy Scout. I just knew that I was different. And nothing would have been more important to me than to know that I wasn’t alone. And when I got a little older to have seen that people like me aren’t a threat and are just as trustworthy, and helpful and loyal as anyone else.”
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 12:42 PM
JUST IN: NFL upholds 4-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/c1H7g3Xv4m— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 28, 2015
Appearing on The Palin Update (yes, there is such a "show"), Donald Trump lauded the former half-term governor of Alaska for being "tough" and "smart."
This is really all you need to know about a fictitious Trump administration, via Right Wing Watch:
Host Kevin Scholla asked the GOP presidential candidate, “If there is a Trump administration, could you see picking up the phone, giving the governor a call and picking her brain on some things, or perhaps having her along in some official capacity.”
“I’d love that,” Trump replied. “Because she really is somebody who knows what’s happening and she’s a special person, she’s really a special person and I think people know that.”
“Everybody loves her,” he added. Trump went on to say that unlike the former half-term Alaska governor, his current Republican rivals are “weak” and “ineffective” leaders “to a degree that’s actually almost hard to believe.”
Voters, Trump explained, “like the Sarah Palin kind of strength, you just don’t see very much of it anymore.”
I will agree Trump hits it on the head when he describes Palin as a "special" person.
Trump has criticized "quitters' in the past, so I'm not sure how her resignation after only two years in office as governor of Alaska sits with the Donald.
Trump on Palin: "She's tough and smart..."
Oh, my sides....
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 11:35 AM
I kid you not. Hasselbeck actually said this in all seriousness. This is not The Onion.
Speaking to former New York Police Department officer John Raffery, Fox News personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested that the police officer caught on dash cam video asked Sandra Bland to exit her car because he was afraid Bland would wield her cigarette as a weapon.
Via Raw Story:
Rafferty said that Trooper Brian Encinia was placed on administrative duty by his department. They acknowledged that the officer stepped over the line in his violent arrest of Bland, who had merely changed lanes without using a signal.
“It appears, looking at this, because she didn’t put out the cigarette next thing he knows, he’s asking the person to step out of the vehicle,” Rafferty said about Encinia. “You can’t take it personal. It’s the job.”
“But, what if, I mean, there are times, I’m sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer,” said Hasselbeck, “maybe chucked it at him, pushed it at him.”
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 10:29 AM