Monthly Archives: October 2009

PhoboQuotable – Matt Barber

“Through these childish and dishonest attempts to discourage people from reading ‘The Right Hook,’ liberal activists and bloggers obtusely prove one of the book’s main points: that socialists, atheists, militant ‘gay’ activists and other secular leftists can’t win the debate on the merits. They desperately resort to Orwellian propagandist tactics in an effort to keep the truth from getting out. …

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Soupy Sales Dead At 83

Legendary 60’s comic and children’s show host Soupy Sales has died at the age of 83. As the star of “The Soupy Sales Show,” he performed live on television for 13 years in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York before the program went into syndication in the United States and abroad. Ostensibly for children, the show had broad appeal among …

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CNN On Hate Crimes Passage

Dan Savage and NYC activist Corey Johnson joined Anderson Cooper last night to discuss the passage of the Matthew Shepard Act. Savage calls the bill’s passage significant but a “largely symbolic” move that will give the Obama administration “cover” for future inaction. Corey Johnson agrees, pointing out that the hate crimes bill has had broad support in Congress for “many, …

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Matthew Shepard Act PASSES, On Way To President’s Desk

After years and years and years of work, tonight the Matthew Shepard Act passed its final congressional hurdle and at long last is on its way to President Obama’s desk for final approval. The Matthew Shepard Foundation rejoices: Today, the United States Senate took an historic step toward ensuring justice for the victims of hate crimes targeted for violence due …

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NOM Sues Maine To Cloak Fundraising

Rather than comply with Maine’s financial disclosure requirements, NOM is suing the state to overturn the law entirely. The biggest contributor to the group trying to overturn Maine’s gay marriage law is suing the state over its campaign reporting requirements. The state ethics commission voted Oct. 1 to take a closer look at contributions by the National Organization for Marriage …

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Talking Points From Maine’s Yes On 1

Nate Silver provides the below list of insanity from Yes On 1’s email to folks planning to call in to Maine’s talk radio stations.Nate Silver: So, paraphrasing somewhat, the arguments that the Yes on 1 campaign seems to be making are as follows: 1. The new law won’t make gay marriage equal to straight marriage. Instead, it will create a …

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Dominionist Lou Engle Coming To Maine

Good As You notes that evangelical freak show Lou Engle, who rabidly rallied his vacant-eyed troops over Prop 8, is coming to Maine. From Engle’s site: In 2007, in California, thousands of believers fasted for a 40-day period and prayed that God would restrain the spiritual powers that are behind the homosexual agenda and the drive to redefine marriage. Three …

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The Windows 7 Whopper

Burger King is promoting Microsoft’s latest OS in Japan with the Windows 7 Whopper. Confirming our belief that Japan is at once among the coolest and craziest places on this planet we all call home is Burger King’s exclusive Windows 7 Whopper. Seven stacked beef patties extend your usual Whopper to over five inches in height and the whole thing …

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80’s Flashback

Interboro Rhythm Team, Watch The Closing Doors, 1983. IRT’s novelty rap/dance hit today provides an amusing look at the state of Manhattan in the early 80’s as the vocalist counts off every stop on the 1 train from South Ferry to 137th Street. When Christopher Street/Sheridan Square comes up, he affects a fey accent: “Where all the boys go.” Moments …

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Survey: Young People Hold Traditional Relationship Values (Gays Too!)

A survey conducted by the University of Minnesota reveals that young people continue to hold “traditional” values regarding love, monogamy, and commitment – regardless of their sexual orientation. “Given increases in cohabitation, divorce and debates about same sex marriage, it is easy to think that traditional relationship values have gone out the window,” said Ann Meier, U of M sociology …

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Sunday: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand To Appear At NYC LGBT Center

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will appear at NYC’s LGBT Center at 3:30PM this Sunday, where she will speak about the repeal of DADT and DOMA. As a New York progressive, Senator Gillibrand strongly believes in equal rights for all. Since her time in the House of Representatives, she has spoken out in support of full marriage equality, becoming one of the …

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Senate: Hate Crimes Act Achieves Cloture

Breaking news from HRC Backstory: The U.S. Senate today achieved cloture (the procedural step to limit debate and proceed toward a vote) on the Department of Defense Authorization Conference Report of which the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is a part by a vote of 64 to 35. The Senate will now proceed with debate …

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NY Supreme Court Eases Name Change Rules For Transgenders

The State Supreme Court of New York has dropped the requirement that transgender individuals provide documentation from their doctor before changing their name. The fund had brought the case on behalf of a transgender man, Olin Yuri Winn-Ritzenberg, who had petitioned the New York City Civil Court seeking to legally change his name from Leah Uri Winn-Ritzenberg. In February, a …

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McCain Voters Wilted On Election Night

A study of men who voted for John McCain last November shows they experienced a “sharp drop” in their testosterone levels after the election results were announced. By taking multiple saliva samples from 183 young men and women on election night, researchers found that the testosterone levels of men who voted for John McCain or Robert Barr dropped sharply 40 …

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Key West Bound

Blogging will be relatively light for the next six days as the Key West Business Guild is bringing me down on a press junket to cover Fantasy Fest. I’ll get some posts up tomorrow morning before I leave and probably a couple more during my layover at MIA. After that, it’ll be intermittent poolside vacation blogging as the Guild has …

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HUD Proposes New Rules To Protect Gays

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a series of new rules guaranteeing equal access to their programs regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The initiatives announced today will be a proposed rule that will provide the opportunity for public comment. The proposed rule will: clarify that the term “family” as used to describe eligible beneficiaries …

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Wingnuts Want Obama Kids Vaccinated For Swine Flu On Live Television

To prove that the shot isn’t deadly. Or something.

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Banks And KPMG Named In Madoff Suit

JPMorgan Chase, the Bank of New York, and the accounting firm of KPMG have been named as co-defendants in a lawsuit again super-crook Bernie Madoff. “KPMG never blew the whistle on fraudulent conduct” at Madoff’s British firm, Madoff Securities International Ltd, which the accounting firm audited. KPMG declined comment as did JPMorgan Chase. A representative for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, …

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NJ Gun Nut Busted For Obama Threats

Hours ahead of a presidential visit to New Jersey, a Newark International security guard has been arrested for making death threats against President Obama. Gun-loving John Brek, 55, of Linden, N.J., was taken into custody after his co-workers reported a conversation they had at an airport coffee cart to authorities. He was charged under state law with making terroristic threats …

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Church Of Sweden To Marry Gays

The Lutheran Church of Sweden voted today to allow gays to marry in the church. The decision, which is based on a proposal from the church’s governing board, means that the Church of Sweden will conduct wedding ceremonies for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. The proposal was approved by 176 of 249 voting members. The decision comes just three days …

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