Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert In Show Of Solidarity For Transgender “Freedom Fighters”

WHOA. Bruce Springsteen tweeted out this statement this afternoon: As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms ...

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Bernie Sanders: As President I’d Work To Overturn Anti-LGBT Laws in Mississippi & North Carolina [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that if elected president, he would overturn laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that critics say discriminate against the gay community. “As president of the United States, I would do everything I can do to overturn those outrageous decisions by Mississippi and North Carolina,” he said on ABC’s “The View.” “We have ...

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JAPAN: Government Tests Fingerprints As “Currency”

From The Japan News: Starting this summer, the government will test a system in which foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using only their fingerprints. The government hopes to increase the number of foreign tourists by using the system to prevent crime and relieve users from the necessity of carrying cash or ...

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Glenn Beck: George Soros Wants To Kill Me [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: On his television show last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he decided to make himself the number one public enemy of billionaire philanthropist George Soros so that if anything ever “happened” to him, everyone would know that Soros was responsible. As Beck explained, back when he was still broadcasting at ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Hospitality Group To Offer “Everyone’s Welcome Here” Signs To Eateries, Hotels, And Shops

A Mississippi hospitality group with 1400 hotels, restaurants, and shops among its members has a plan to mitigate damage to the state’s reputation. From Jackson’s ABC affiliate: Mike Cashion, executive director of the MHRA, said “when HB 1523 was signed, Mississippi was thrust into the national spotlight. Regardless of its intent, this legislation has created a level of controversy and ...

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Pope Invites Bernie Sanders To The Vatican [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation from the Pope to the Vatican. Mr Sanders, who is Jewish, accepted an invitation to Rome for a conference at the end of next week. The Vatican visit is four days before the primary contest in New York, a competitive battle between him and front-runner Hillary Clinton. Mr ...

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What Donald Trump Learned From Roy Cohn

Politico today published a fascinating look at Donald Trump’s close association with Roy Cohn, who arguably remains the most infamous homocon in American history. An excerpt: It was the fall of 1984, Trump Tower was new, and this was unusual territory for the 38-year-old real estate developer. He was three years away from his first semi-serious dalliance with presidential politics, ...

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DELAWARE: Gov. Jack Markell Denounces States That Have Singled-Out Trans Citizens For Exclusion [VIDEO]

In a video posted today to the YouTube channel of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell denounces states that have “chosen to single-out their LGBT residents and transgender people, in particular, for exclusion.” More from the clip recap: Delaware Gov. Jack Markell stands up for transgender equality and combats the misinformation and scare tactics being utilized ...

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Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend [AUDIO]

The new single from Canada’s best identical twin lesbian pop duo was released last night and it’s pretty great. Billboard reviews: The track’s a stadium-shaking hand-clapper from the twin duo’s forthcoming album, Love You to Death. Sara Quin spoke to DJ Matt Wilkinson about the song, explaining the story behind the song: Quin was stuck in a love triangle with ...

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Is This Paul Ryan’s First 2016 Campaign Ad? [VIDEO]

A lot of journalists certainly think so. Via Breitbart: A new video released by House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan has reporters chattering about whether or not it serves as a subtle campaign ad, as his supporters continue to whisper his name as a potential Republican presidential nominee in a brokered convention. The video features footage from Paul Ryan’s speech calling ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Gov. Nikki Haley Hints That She May Veto “Unnecessary” Anti-Transgender Bill

The State reports: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that a proposed law to limit the bathrooms that transgender people can use is not needed. Haley said her office has not received any complaints about the issue, adding South Carolinians are respectful to people of different backgrounds. “I don’t believe it’s necessary,” the Lexington Republican told reporters. “There’s not one ...

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TRAILER: Nothing Left Unsaid

HBO’s documentary about Anderson Cooper and his famed mother Gloria Vanderbilt played at Sundance earlier this year and debuts on HBO tomorrow night. Here’s an excerpt from today’s Vanity Fair review: The early part of Vanderbilt’s life, when she was the famous “poor little rich girl” at the center of a bitter custody dispute that was then known as “the ...

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FRANCE: Paris Court Rules It’s OK To Call Hairdressers “Faggots” Because Many Hairdressers Are Gay

From the BBC: A Paris tribunal has ruled that calling a male hairdresser a “faggot” is not homophobic – “because hair salons regularly employ gay people”. The case relates to an employee at a salon who was fired after failing to turn up for work while sick. His boss accidentally sent him a text using the slur, so the hairdresser ...

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Pope Francis Issues Edict: Treat Gays Better But Continue To Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice, while not changing any official doctrines. He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in ...

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Senate Intelligence Committee Readies Encryption Bill Mandating Assistance From Technology Companies

The Hill reports: A long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee encryption bill would force companies to provide “technical assistance” to government investigators seeking locked data, according to a discussion draft obtained by The Hill. The measure — from Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — is a response to concerns that criminals are increasingly using encrypted devices ...

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President Obama Opens American Idol Finale With Praise For Show And Call For Voter Registration [VIDEO]

American Idol ended its 15-season run last night and the finale began with a message from the president. Via Deadline: Acknowledging “not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson,” Obama told viewers of the very last episode of the Fox series “all of our voices matter.” Opening up the jam packed 2-hour end to Idol’s fifteen season run, the ...

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Family Research Council Prayer Of The Day: Ask God To Have Every State Legislature Pass Hate Laws

“May pastors teach their flocks about the realities of the war being waged upon them. May they enlist Christian citizens to do their part to protect their children and grandchildren from becoming victims of SOGI laws. May every state legislature and Congress pass effective laws, replacing ineffective laws with ones that truly protect the religious liberty for all Americans. May ...

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Reading Fake Books On The Subway [VIDEO]

Clip recap: “Subways are a great place to catch up on your reading. But how do people react to book covers that are a little embarrassing, and also pretty hilarious? Watch how people react to comedian Scott Rogowsky reading some ridiculous books in public.”

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INDIANA: State Trooper Sued (Again) For Grilling Motorist About Her Love For Jesus During Traffic Stop UPDATE: The Trooper Has Now Been Fired

And this is not the first he’s been sued for proselytizing during traffic stops. Via the Washington Post: Indiana State Police trooper Brian Hamilton pulled over Wendy Pyle in January, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week. He told Pyle that she had been speeding, went back to his patrol car and returned with a warning ticket. Then, the ...

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PUERTO RICO: First Circuit Court Boots Crackpot Judge Who Ruled Obergefell Doesn’t Apply In US Territories

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Thursday stated unambiguously that Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, throwing a federal judge off a case after the judge had ruled in March that the ban was still in effect. “The district court’s ruling errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where ...

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