Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gore Vidal Dead At 86

Legendary and pioneering gay author, actor, atheist, playwright, screenwriter, failed Senate candidate, Tony nominee, and all-around badass Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86. Vidal was preceded in death by Howard Austen, his partner of 53 years, and will be buried next to him in Washington DC's Rock Creek Cemetery.
Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers. Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels, including historical works such as “Lincoln” and “Burr” and satires such as “Myra Breckinridge” and “Duluth.” He was also a prolific essayist whose pieces on politics, sexuality, religion and literature -- once described as “elegantly sustained demolition derbies” -- both delighted and inflamed and in 1993 earned him a National Book Award for his massive “United States Essays, 1952-1992.”

Threaded throughout his pieces are anecdotes about his famous friends and foes, who included Anais Nin, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Frank Sinatra, Jack Kerouac, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Eleanor Roosevelt and a variety of Kennedys. He counted Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Al Gore among his relatives. He also wrote Broadway hits, screenplays, television dramas and a trio of mysteries under a pseudonym that remain in print after 50 years.
With his famously unrepentant pomposity and his ever-present sneering smugness, it was sometimes quite hard to like Gore Vidal. But the man was never ever boring and he was open and unapologetic about his sexuality at a time when few others dared to do the same. That's a pretty great epitaph. Below I've cited a few of Vidal's most famous stage, screen, and television moments from the earlier times in his more than six decades in the spotlight.

Vidal Vs Buckley
In 1968 douchebag columnist William F. Buckley called Vidal a "queer" and threatened to "sock you in your goddamn face" on national television. The next year Buckley and Vidal traded libel suits after exchanging a flurry of insults and accusations in the national press. Vidal's suit was dismissed, but Buckley won a large (for its time) settlement for his legal fees and a retraction from Esquire, who had published Vidal's claim that a youthful Buckley had burned a church in retaliation for its pastor selling a house to a Jewish family. Buckley successfully sued again in 2003 when Vidal republished the same essay in an anthology. Below is the clip from the above-mentioned talk show incident, which remains one of the most famous incidents in live television history.


Myra Beckenridge
Of Gore Vidal's two dozen novels, none were as controversial as 1968's Myra Breckinridge, which was widely denounced as pornographic for its graphic S&M scenes, orgies, and its transsexual title character who rapes a man with a strap-on dildo. Later the character loses her breast implants in a car accident and unable to get female hormones, she returns to living as a man. Today Myra Breckinridge is considered to be an American satirical classic and is often referenced in queer studies courses. The 1970 X-rated movie version starring Raquel Welch was a colossal flop and usually lands near of top of Worst Films Ever Made lists. However it has become something of a camp classic among older gay men. Below is the movie's rape scene. The inserted bits of older films drew howls of outrage from Hollywood and from the Nixon White House, who unsuccessfully demanded that then U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple be edited from the film before its general release.


The Best Man
In 1960 Vidal was nominated for a Tony Award for his enduring smash The Best Man, which is a look at a presidential nomination battle during which one candidate threatens to falsely claim that his opponent had a gay affair, a theme which that era's Broadway audience found both shocking and irresistible. In 1964 The Best Man was made into a hit movie starring Henry Fonda. Just a few weeks ago the current Broadway revival of the stage version won the 2012 Tony and since there appear to be no available clips of the original, here are some scenes from this year's iteration of Gore Vidal's most lasting play.

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Team Gold For USA Gymnasts

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AFER On Today's Prop 8 News

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Hotmail To Go Bye-Bye

Microsoft is doing away with Hotmail and replacing it something a jillion times better, swear!
On Tuesday, Microsoft took the wraps off its new webmail service, which eventually will replace the highly popular Hotmail. The updated service is a big redesign that allows Outlook.com accounts to be synchronized across a range of devices, and includes integration with social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. "While many people, particularly younger people, rely more on social messaging than email, email is still the preferred method for long-form communication," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "Microsoft wants desperately to run away from Hotmail.... Hotmail got very stale with its feature set and needed to be replaced for this decade's use of richer media, like photos and video, social connected accounts, video communications and chat."
According to the linked report, Hotmail still has more users than Gmail. My inbox says otherwise. A lot otherwise.

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House GOP Demands And Gets DOMA Response Delay From Supreme Court

The GOP's House Bipartisan (snort) Legal Advisory Group has requested and received a delayed deadline for when they must respond to two pending DOMA suits before the Supreme Court. As always, super-reporter Chris Geidner gets to what the request was really all about.
The deadline extension, which lawyers familiar with the cases say could cause up to a one-week delay in when in the fall the Supreme Court justices would consider when to take the cases, won't likely have any long-term effect on how and when the cases might be considered by the justices. The new deadline, however, means that House Speaker John Boehner's lawyers could take the chance to take aim at the Obama administration, which stopped defending DOMA in early 2011, following the conclusion of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30 and before the start of the Democratic National Convention the next week.

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Sen. Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me Mitt Romney Paid No Tax For Ten Years

If this is true, the Huffington Post may have the biggest scoop of the election.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has what he says is an informed explanation for why Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns. According a Bain investor, Reid charged, Romney didn't pay any taxes for 10 years. In a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post from his office on Capitol Hill, Reid saved some of his toughest words for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Romney couldn't make it through a Senate confirmation process as a mere Cabinet nominee, the majority leader insisted, owing to the opaqueness of his personal finances.

"His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son," Reid said, in reference to George Romney's standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s. Saying he had "no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy," Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office. "Harry, he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years," Reid recounted the person as saying. "He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain," said Reid. "But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?"
Let's see how the Romney camp spins this one. Even if Reid is talking out of his ass, the already incessant calls for Romney to release his returns is going to become deafening.

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Wingnut Site Daily Caller Offers Free Gun To Anybody That Finds Their Hacker

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Pat Robertson: Marriage Equality Will Mean The End Of The Democratic Party

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The Winningest Olympian In History

Michael Phelps just broke the all-time record held by Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina since 1966. Fifteen gold, 19 total medals. Sorry about the spoiler, but screw you NBC.

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Protect Marriage: We'll Win At SCOTUS

By the way, those courageous defenders of freedom at Protect Marriage have a locked Twitter account so they don't have to defend what they say to their evil little inner circle of goons. Locked accounts are useless, of course, if you use one of the many Twitter APIs like Tweetdeck.

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Headline Of The Day

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All Out Celebrates Global Activism

Watch this! Inspiring!

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Yet Another Court Strikes Down DOMA

Via press release from GLAD:
Today, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a violation of equal protection guarantees. Her ruling comes with respect to claims brought by six married same-sex couples and one widower from the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont who were denied federal tax, social security, pension and family medical leave protections only because they are (or were) married to someone of the same sex. Under the ruling, the plaintiffs’ marriages must be accorded the same federal protections and responsibilities as those of other married couples. The ruling by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant, an appointee of President George W. Bush, stems from the lawsuit Pedersen et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al, filed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in November 2010 in the Federal District Court in Connecticut.

“Section 3 of DOMA obligates the federal government to single out a certain category of marriages as excluded from federal recognition,” Judge Bryant wrote, “thereby resulting in an inconsistent distribution of federal marriage benefits as all marriages authorized by certain states will receive recognition and marital benefits, whereas only a portion of marriages authorized by other states will receive federal recognition and benefits.”
“Judge Bryant’s ruling is very clear: married people are married and should be treated as such by the federal government. There is no legitimate basis for DOMA’s broad disrespect of the marriages of same-sex couples,” said Mary L. Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director. “We are very pleased that the Court recognized that DOMA’s creation of second-class marriages harms our clients who simply seek the same opportunities to care and provide for each other and for their children that other families enjoy.”

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Tomorrow: Chick-Fil-A Depreciation Day

Tomorrow is the big day for all the hate groups' Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. In response, some activists suggest ordering a chicken item from McDonald's and posting its photo on the Facebook page of your closest Chick-Fil-A franchise. If you're one of them there "Mickey D's is death food" folks, the above item is quite lo-cal.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

This week's topics:
The Chick-Fil-A saga continues, with a day of protest coming this Wednesday. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos gives two point five million dollars for a marriage equality vote in Washington state. The Democratic National Committee takes a big step towards endorsing the freedom to marry. Pressure builds on the Supreme Court, and there's international progress from Scotland to Vietnam.

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Chyron Placement Of The Day

Many more examples from Matt Stopera.

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Zombie Experiment NYC

AMC wants New Yorkers to know that the Dish Network has dropped them and therefore no Walking Dead for you, Manhattan. Lots of screaming, but just as much "Get out of my way, corpse-face."

(Via Towleroad)

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SCOTUS Gets Prop 8 Overturn Appeal

In addition to the DOMA-related cases that landed on the desks of the Supreme Court this month, today they received an appeal on the overturn of Prop 8. Chris Geidner reports:
Supporters of California's constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying, Proposition 8, have asked the Supreme Court to hear the ongoing challenge to the law in order to reverse an appeals court decision from earlier this year that struck down the amendment as unconstitutional.

Specifically, they ask the court in a filing today to decide "Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman."

Arguing that "[u]nique recognition of a unique relationship in no way disapproves or dishonors other relationships that the State has chosen to recognize differently," the Proposition 8 proponents ask the court to take the case to correct the "manifest errors" of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and "to return to the People themselves this important and sensitive issue."
Geidner notes that AFER has 30 days to respond to the filing. The Supreme Court is on summer recess and will not announce which cases it will review until this fall.

UPDATE: AFER says it plans to oppose the appeal but that they're ready to go before the Supreme Court if they have to.
"This case is about the equal rights guaranteed to all Americans by our Constitution," said Plaintiffs' counsel Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. "Because two federal courts have already concluded that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, gay and lesbian Californians should not have to wait any longer to marry the person they love. We therefore will oppose the petition for a writ of certiorari. However, we recognize that this case presents constitutional issues of national significance, and are ready to defend our victories before the Supreme Court."

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One Million Moms To Boycott Amazon

Nothing but Dress Barn and dollar stores from now on!

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Romney Aide In Poland: "Kiss My Ass! This Is Supposed To Be A Holy Site!"

And the Romney World Gaffe Tour rolls on!

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Death To Homo-Lover Kermit The Frog

"A Christian perspective ultimately brought the death penalty upon homosexuality between roughly 350 AD and roughly 1850 or so, for about 1,500 years that form of life had pretty much been eliminated except here and there, it was in the closet, but it was almost unheard of for over 1,000 years, until recently. Of course, now you have a massive, massive increase in this kind of thing. And Kermit the Frog is not eating Chick-fil-A either. Maybe Dan Cathy should consider doing a frog filet for one of the sandwiches." - Christian radio host Kevin Swanson, who also calls for "Miss Piggy on a bun" and suggests that the Muppets support NAMBLA. Also: Female Olympians are dressed like whores.

NOTE: Yesterday I listened to Swanson's entire 30-minute show via Right Wing Watch. The things I do for #YouPeople! Hit the link if you can bear it, the Christian Love has to be heard to be believed.

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Google Launches Subway Alert App

Launched yesterday by Google Maps:
Have you ever arrived at a subway platform only to find that the train you intended to take is skipping stops, rerouted on another line, or isn't running at all due to scheduled maintenance? Now when you click on any of the 468 New York City subway stations labeled on Google Maps, you’ll see whether any planned service changes are expected to affect that station at the time. In addition, the relevant alerts will be included in the step-by-step transit directions pointing you wherever you’re going.

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Eat Mor (Gay-Friendly) Chikin

Opportunism? Corporate pandering? Just good business? From their Facebook page:
Help us support Marriage Equality. Throughout the month of August, we will donate $1.00 from every purchase of a Schnipper’s Chicken Filet Sandwich to Marriage Equality USA (a non-profit whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all). A truly good Chicken Filet Sandwich would always be in favor of Marriage Equality. Ours is the best you’ll ever have since its made from fresh chicken breasts and hand dipped to order in our seasoned corn flour blend and buttermilk. It’s super crispy and it’s gluten free! The sandwich is tasty – Marriage Equality is timely.
Schnipper's locations are in Hell's Kitchen and Madison Square. (Tipped by JMG reader Ian)

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Bob Mould News Round-Up

There's a lot of news about gay rocker Bob Mould to report. First off, on September 4th his new album Silver Age will be released. Reviewers are calling it "punishingly loud, melodically sparkling pop/rock" much like his critically-raved 90s band Sugar. And speaking of Sugar, their catalog has just been remastered, reissued, and is now available on Spotify, finally lending some completeness to my Best Of Bob Mould playlist. This fall Mould will be touring the U.S. to support Silver Age and the Sugar reissues, starting with a free concert in Brooklyn's waterfront Williamsburg Park on September 7th when he'll play Sugar's legendary Copper Blue in its entirety. (I love the fairly recent trend of artists playing albums in full.) Below is a recent clip of Mould playing Copper Blue's hit single Hoover Dam. Has it really been 20 years since that came out?

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Parenting Tip

Evil genius. My sister's gonna love this. Source.

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THURSDAY: Dallas Marriage Sit-In

The FB event page says the sit-in continues until Sept. 13th.

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Philly Councilman To Twitter's Wingnuts

That should prove interesting come re-election time.

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Billboard Of The Day

The dating website exclusively for "beautiful people" has a launched a series of billboards devoted to same-sex marriage. The company is claiming that the above billboard featuring Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann look-a-likes has been banned in Tampa, the host city for the Republican convention.
"This is a national campaign championing equal rights for the LGBT community and pledging support in a colorful way," says Greg Hodge, BeautifulPeople's Managing Director. "Through a humorous campaign we wanted to showcase how many of our political heavyweights are living in the last century." Determined to play an active role in the national effort to legislate equal rights for the LGBT community, BeautifulPeople.com is giving 15% from every same-sex membership to a non-profit organization championing marriage equality.
By the way, you have to be considered beautiful by existing members to post a profile. Wanna bet the A:List cast is already on there?

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Berenstain Bears To Drop Chick-Fil-A?

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Dems Introduce Cure For AIDS Act

Two House Democrats have introduced a bill that would direct $100M in federal funds specifically to the search for an AIDS cure.
Representatives Jim Himes (CT-4) and Barbara Lee (CA-9) announced today that they have introduced the Cure for AIDS Act (H.R. 6187), a bill that would fund research and development of a cure for HIV/AIDS. Currently, the majority of federally funded AIDS research is directed toward vaccines and treatment.

“After slow but important progress in the face of a deadly and terrible disease, a cure is finally within reach,” said Himes. “This bill provides the medical research community with the resources it needs to find that cure so that we can finally put an end to this worldwide epidemic.”

The bill establishes a $100 million research program within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program managed by the Department of Defense that will fund research targeted directly toward discovering a cure for HIV/AIDS. The Department would work closely with academic researchers and nonprofit organizations to create a consortium of scientists and advocates to review cure proposals.
That $100M would be parceled out over the next five years. The above-linked press release notes that in 2012 the federal government will spend over $27B on HIV/AIDS, almost all of which is directed towards prevention and treatment.

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Olympics Medal Tally

What did you think of last night's gymnastics drama? I'd post video, but well, you know.

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Hello Kitty + KISS = Toilet Paper

It's just simple math, people. Source.

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Ladyhawke - Blue Eyes

I'm really digging this.

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SATURDAY: Vancouver Foreskin Pride

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Rant Of The Day

The topic of the below rant is certainly one of most well-worn discussions in our world, but we haven't talked about it here in quite a long time. From the work-unfriendly Tumblr titled Dear Chill Masc Bro:
Dear patrons and staff of the DC Eagle

Y’all faggots need to get with the goddamn program. Your cult of masculinity being so threatened by the presence of women and femininity is ridiculously tired. Sharing the bathroom with someone with long hair should not be something you need to externally process. Especially not with the person who you made feel uncomfortable in the first place – talking about how she has a lot of ‘balls’ to be around your boring, tired man baby scene. Honey – you ain’t tough, hardcore or interesting. Then, I hear you wouldn’t let the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in because drag queens don’t fit in with your ‘image’.

Gay men: wake up. You have some deep running sexist bullshit in your community. In the past week I’ve had to tell off multiple men who talked about how vaginas were ‘gross’ or ‘have teeth or something’. If you are a (queer/gay/bi) man and you witness someone talking derogatively about (cis and trans) women or bathroom policing and don’t call that shit out – you are aiding the reproduction of a violent society. That means rape, unequal employment and housing access, domestic violence, transphobic, sexist and whorephobic murders, sexual harrasment and a whole world of horrifying shit that women are constantly targets of.

You are profiting off that system, but in the end it will drag you down as well – because no matter how much you try to assimilate into the system by stepping on the backs of your sisters – queerness will always be associated with femininity. Despite whatever Heroic Homo Sex BS you try to pull, the effects of sexism will always reach out and grab a hold of you. And until you step up, I hope they do.
(Via JMG reader Eddie)

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The Third Eagle Of The Apocalypse Introduces His Painter Brother

Today's mural depicts the seven modern deadly sins: homosexuality, pornography, Satanism, pedophilia, feminism, paganism, and abortion. I guess since he's the Third Eagle's brother, that makes him the Fourth Eagle of the Apocalypse and the Co-Co-Prophet of the End Times.

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Quote Of The Day - Robert Jeffress

"Amazingly, some gay activists don’t even try to hide the link between homosexuality and pedophilia. There are some who are right now are actively involved in trying to legalize sex between adults and children by lowering the age of consent or removing it altogether. In all fairness, it would be wrong to suggest that all homosexuals to pedophiles, it would be wrong to even suggest that a majority of homosexuals are pedophiles, but the truth nevertheless is there. There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that, and the reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind and if a person will sink that low and there are no restraints from God’s law, then there is no telling to whatever sins he will commit as well." - Pastor Robert Jeffress, speaking on his national radio show.

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Olympians With iPhones

Didn't things like this used to be a scandal? Boy Culture has more (possibly work-unfriendly) shots of gymnast Dannell Leyva.

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Super PAC: Romney Saved The Olympics

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FRC: Chick-Fil-A Has Emboldened Others

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Monday, July 30, 2012

New Jersey Bed & Breakfast Owner Tells Lesbian Mom: God Invented AIDS So That We Don't Have To Serve Queers

After noticing the above sign outside of a New Jersey bed and breakfast, one lesbian mom took to their Facebook page to express disappointment that her family was clearly unwelcome there. Camp Whitebriar responded:
Isn't it wonderful Joanne Fraschilla, that you and your son can enjoy the animals here because I have a traditional marriage with a husband who works with me 90 hours a week to take care of these animals, and the summer camp....we're 66-68 years old....there were no gays or queers in our time.....if two old ladies chose to live together..so be it, let them deal with God when they get there...but to have the "face sucking" thrown in my face of two gay lesbians who are totally destroying the "normal balance in a child's life" as you claim your son...where is the role model that your son needs to know how to act like a man? or will he only see the "one sided selfishness" of a "single parent"...and end up an out cast in society by being "gay" himself because he didn't have a father as a role model. I'll pray for you....remember what the bible says: "Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas".....guess that's why God invented aids.... THIS LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN ONE GOD MAKES MARRIAGE....AND PROUD TO DO SO....YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Below is a screenshot of the exchange. Joianna has created a Change.org petition asking for an apology.
UPDATE: JMG reader Scott tips us that Camp Whitebriar's owner (and presumably the person who wrote their Facebook response) was a candidate for the New Jersey Senate last year. She lost in the GOP primary with only 416 votes.UPDATE II: Delving deeper in the above Senate campaign bio, we learn that Lokan-Moore is a member of the NRA, a member of the Daughters Of The Confederacy (shocker), and is the president of the South Jersey B&B Association, which appears to have no web presence.

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Today's Ben Cohen Beefcake Shot

Too many of these? I ain't mad at him. Source.

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Ancestry.com Claim: President Obama Has Slave Ancestry On His White Mother's Side

The Mormon Church-affiliated genealogy site Ancestry.com today made the claim that they have traced President Obama's ancestry back to the very first documented slave in what would become the United States. That's fascinating on its face, but the more interesting wrinkle here is that the connection is made through Obama's white mother.
Research derived by Ancestry.com from early Virginia records and DNA analysis shows Obama is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, an indentured servant in Colonial Virginia who became enslaved for life after trying to escape in 1640, according to the website. [snip] Ancestry.com genealogists researched Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and discovered her land-owner ancestors descended from Punch. According to the site, Punch had children with a white woman who passed her free status to her children, who went on to become successful land owners in Colonial Virginia.

"Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related," said Ancestry.com genealogist Joseph Shumway in a statement. "John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream."
The website has posted an illustrated family tree (PDF).

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Email Of The Day - Eugene Delgaudio

"Dear Joe, In the past, the radical homosexuals have attempted to kill me, even threatening and stalking my family. However, all that did was make me more determined than ever to fight them. And with your help, I did. Together, you and I have really rocked the Homosexual Lobby. We've held off so much of their agenda for so many years. You see your support is really the most important part of my efforts. But now they want to take you out of the fight. I've received letters from three different government agencies ordering me to stop sending mail to members like you.

"One letter from a Post Office bureaucrat actually declared my correspondence with Public Advocate members to be obscene! You see, in their sick world radical homosexuals can desecrate churches, spread their filth across the internet, and run naked through the very halls of Congress. But when I try to tell people about it, my letters and emails are labeled obscene by those who serve the homosexuals' purposes. And if they can find a judge who agrees with them, the legal consequences could be severe. Even if we win, the legal fees could destroy your Public Advocate. That's why I'm desperate for you to send a contribution of $50 or even $75 today. I need your help right away, so I ask you to send whatever you can afford today." - Eugene Delgaudio, in his weekly beg for more money.

RELATED: Earlier this year Box Turtle Bulletin blogger Rob Tisinai delved in Delgaudio's 2009 financial declaration, noting he claimed to take in $1.5M that year alone. Other than a few cheesy YouTube videos and the occasional nasty mailers, there's no real evidence that Delgaudio actually does anything besides sending out weekly demands for more money. We've never seen him speak at any of the major conservative events and even the most vile of wingnuts appear to keep their distance from freaky old Eugene. And yet God's Gentle People continue to back up dump trucks full of money to his house.

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Caption This

(Tipped by JMG reader David)

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NOM: Extremists Have Captured The DNC

"The Democratic party has been captured by extremists from both coasts like Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi who are determined to redefine marriage in our nation. It's ironic that they hope to kill off the institution of marriage at their convention in Charlotte, because North Carolina like 31 other states, just voted overwhelmingly in favor of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The marriage amendment passed with 61% of the vote in North Carolina and enjoyed a plurality of support among Democrats and an overwhelming support of African Americans. We will rally supporters of traditional marriage to make sure they realize that the outcome of the presidential election may determine the future of marriage in our country." - Brian Brown, responding to today's news that marriage equality is a plank in the draft version of the Democrat's national platform.

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The End Of Spin Magazine?

It appears that the next issue of Spin Magazine may be its last.
The next issue, dated September/October and featuring the rapper Azealia Banks on the cover, will come out in late August. But according to a statement on Sunday by Spin’s new owner, Buzzmedia, there will be no November/December issue while the company figures out what form a printed Spin might take given the magazine’s expansion online. “Buzzmedia and Spin are committed to moving forward with print, but we are still determining exactly how print fits in with Spin’s multiple distribution points and growth initiatives,” the statement said.
I devoured every issue of Spin beginning with its launch in the mid-80s, but have not picked one up in at least ten years. Blame aging and the internet.

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HomoQuotable - R. Clark Cooper

"Turning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile -- everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome. Remember, employers don't want drama queens on the payroll, military service is serious business, and marriage is not a right society grants to spoiled children. While in a perfect world our equality should not depend on our good behavior, in a world where our rights too often hinge on political reality, the way our movement conducts itself matters.

"The 'movable middle' moves both ways, and they don't like seeing people attacked relentlessly for their religion. Whatever the nuances, these voters see a man standing up for his beliefs against a politically powerful mob dead-set on driving him out of business. It's un-American, and when fellow conservatives are finally standing up and speaking out for marriage equality as consistent with the sober values of responsibility and commitment, splashing a popular American company with metaphorical chicken blood in protest is nothing less than friendly fire." - Log Cabin Republicans head R. Clark Cooper, via press release.

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HBO's Newsroom Rips Homocon

Last night HBO's Newsroom, which is set sometime around late 2010, featured a blistering takedown of Rick Santorum's gay former chief of staff Robert Traynham by fictional news anchor Will McAvoy, who is played brilliantly by Jeff Daniels. Watch the below clip beginning at about 2:00 mark and stay with it until McAvoy expresses regret for "bullying" Santorum's flack on the air.

(Tipped by JMG reader Rick)

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Concerned Women Are Concernstipated About Your Unnatural Attractions

"We pray for healing and restoration of true manhood and womanhood in America. We ask for Your wisdom and protection against attempts to re-define our very identity as men and women. We pray for Your design for abundant and fulfilled manhood, womanhood and marriage to gain preeminence in America. We pray for a full restoration of the image and definition of manhood and womanhood in America. We petition You, God for Your healing for those who struggle with same-sex attraction. May they come to know Your power, Your mercy and Your love as You replace unnatural affections with ones You Yourself designed." - CWA president Penny Nance, who has signed on to the above prayer with a coalition of female hate group leaders. (Via Right Wing Watch)

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Photo Of The Day - Polish Paulites

Ron Paul's followers are everywhere, including at Mitt Romney's stop in Gdansk, Poland. Tomorrow they will protest his appearance in Warsaw. Source.

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Cheney Vs Cheney

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Southworth: Why I Outed Jonathan Merritt

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Vietnam Moves Closer To Marriage

As I reported three weeks ago, Vietnam is seeing the early rumblings of a government-backed move towards same sex marriage. That first report noted that change "would not likely be coming soon." Or maybe it will after all.
Vietnam's Communist government is now considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register and receive rights — positioning the country to be the first in Asia to do so. "Our love for each other is real and nothing changes regardless of whether the law is passed or not," said Loan, 31. "But when it is passed, we will definitely go get registered. I can't wait!" Even longtime gay-rights activists are stunned by the Justice Ministry's proposal to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country's marriage law. No one knows what form it will take or whether it will survive long enough to be debated before the National Assembly next year, but supporters say the fact that it's even being considered is a victory in a region where simply being gay can result in jail sentences or whippings with a rattan cane. "I think everyone is surprised," said Vien Tanjung, an Indonesian gay-rights activist. "Even if it's not successful, it's already making history. For me personally, I think it's going to go through."
The Christian Post is worried about Vietnam and today posted this concerning statistic:
92 percent of Vietnam's population is Buddhist, and another 6.7 percent is Catholic and less than 0.5 percent is Protestant. The Roman Catholic Church, which teaches that homosexuals are called to celibacy, staunchly supports the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, but due to the minority it holds in Vietnam, is unlikely to be able to play a big part in the same-sex marriage debate in the country.

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Chick-Fil-A Nosedives In Popularity Poll

GLAAD reports:
YouGov BrandIndex measurement scores range from 100 to -100 and are compiled by subtracting negative feedback from positive. A zero score means equal positive and negative feedback. On July 16th, the day the Baptist Press published its Dan Cathy interview, Chick-Fil-A's Index score was 65, a very substantial 19 points above the Top National QSR Sector average score that day of 46. Four days later, Chick-Fil-A had fallen to 47 score, three points below the Top National QSR Sector average score of 50. This past Wednesday, Chick-Fil-A had a 39 score compared to the Top National QSR Sector average score of 43.
(Via Zack Ford at Think Progress)

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