Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Yet another eventful year has come and gone for this here website thingy. In 2012 we saw about 23 million pageviews on just over 11,000 posts on which you crazy kids left over a million comments.  As I mentioned in this post last year, blogging is like a homework assignment that is never done, but is always due. Nevertheless, you all make it a lot easier with your emails, your story tips, and your encouragement.

I traveled a bit more than usual in 2012, covering various LGBT and progressive events around the nation. But as you can tell by the photo above,  the highlight of the year was attending the Democratic National Convention where I got to meet and share the messages of so many of the heroes of our movement, not the least of whom were the hundreds of openly LGBT state caucus members, folks who are truly doing the unsung heavy lifting for us in their home communities. Another very memorable 2012 day was sharing the stage with Dan Savage for some lovely recognition from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.  And hey, I also got sainted!

I'm grateful to all of you for continuing readership, for your unflagging commitment to equality, and for your, ahem, vociferous participation here in the JMG community. Tonight, I'll be raising my glass to each and every one of you. I'll be raising it a lot! The last year was surely one of the best in the history of our movement. I look forward to working with all of you to make 2013 even bigger and better!  Thank you, everybody!

SPECIAL THANKS: Extra gratitude goes out to JMG's behind-the-scenes copy editor Betty (AKA Birdie) who corrects my inelegant syntax, careless typos, and brain-freeze misspellings. Mwah!

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NOM's Final Money Beg For 2012

"We have a plan. Several states are being targeted by our opponents for advancing same-sex marriage legislation and NOM will be making sure that the voters in those states know what their legislators are doing, and that those legislators know how their constituents feel. But we need funds to counter the other side's onslaught of deception and lies. In November, we were outspent by almost $23 million in the four states where marriage was on the ballot. We CANNOT allow ourselves to be overwhelmed again by such a drastic financial disparity. Your immediate contribution will help us mobilize defenders of marriage at the grassroots level to send a message to legislators around the country: your constituents are watching, and they will remember how you vote on same-sex marriage come election time!" - Hate group leader Brian Brown, pretending that almost all of NOM's funding doesn't come from money stained with the tears of Vatican altar boys.

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The Creation Of NPH

From artist Bronwyn Lundberg comes The Creation Of Neil, which also features Anderson Cooper, RuPaul, George Takei, and John Waters. Prints are for sale at the link.

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LIVE VIDEO: Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Click over to CSPAN and watch it live, if you can bear it.

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Sydney Celebrates 2013

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Maryland Marriages Begin At Midnight

Maryland's first same-sex marriages will take place tonight shortly after the first stroke of the new year. The mayor of Baltimore has ordered the opening of City Hall for the ceremonies.
"New Years Day will have a new meaning for the hundreds - if not thousands - of couples who will finally have the right to marry the person they love,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “It is a remarkable achievement for Maryland, and we are excited to open City Hall to host some of the first wedding ceremonies in our great state. Newly married couples will stand before their friends and family to profess their love and commitment to each other. This is what we worked for, and I am looking forward to take part in this historic and jubilant day.” Brennan says Rawlings-Blake will act as an official witness, but will not preside over any ceremonies.
The first couple to marry will be the mayor's aide and his partner of 35 years.

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2012 In Four Minutes

This might cause you to have a seizure.

(Via Andrew Belonsky)

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Quote Of The Day - Pam Geller

"The Denver Post reported last week that 'Colorado Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders stood together in Denver’s main mosque Monday and launched a Love Thy Neighbor campaign – starting with ads on RTD buses. They said the ad they unveiled – at a time on the calendar devoted to love and understanding – is meant to respond to recent national tragedies and to replace anti-Muslim ads placed on buses last month.' The ads they’re referring to by the manipulative and pejorative term 'anti-Muslim' are, of course, my pro-freedom anti-jihad ads.

Love Thy Neighbor.  Gotta love it. There is no golden rule in Islam, clowns. This moral equivocation completely ignores the facts on the ground. Jews and Christians are simply not murdering people and justifying the murders by quoting their Scriptures. The violence in the Bible is descriptive, while the Quran’s violence is prescriptive. The fantasy these quislings are advancing is at odds with reality and the rivers of bloodshed in the cause of Islam." - Crackpot blogger Pam Geller, writing for World Net Daily.

The violence in the Bible isn't prescriptive? Uh, let's just go to Deuteronomy, which clearly commands Christians to murder non-believers.
"2 If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant, 3 and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky, 4 and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, 5 take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death. 6 On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. 7 The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death, and then the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you."

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Star Trek: TNG - The Blooper Reel

Unlike the "ex-gays," this does make them more lovable. Ten minutes of pure silliness and just released on the latest Blu-Ray compilation.

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Tap Tap Tap

Who's working today? What's the plan for tonight?

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

BREAKING: Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Hospitalized With Blood Clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized in New York City tonight after developing a blood clot following her concussion earlier this month. CNN reports that Clinton is being treated at New York Presbyterian on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where anti-coagulants are being administered.  Little else about her condition has been released at this writing.  Conflicting news reports say that the blood clot is either in Clinton's brain or in her leg, the latter of which is more common for people who spends long hours on planes.


UPDATE: Commenters on wingnut sites are already claiming that Clinton's blood clot is faked.

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It's Bigger On The Inside


(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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There's No Such Thing As A Gay Marriage Because It Cannot Be Consummated

"Marriage comes to us from nature. That's based on the complementarity of the two sexes in such a way that the love of a man and a woman joined in a marital union is open to life, and that's how families are created and society goes along. It's not in our doctrine. It's not a matter of faith. It's a matter of reason and understanding the way nature operates. You want to be sure that everybody has a chance at happiness. That's a very persuasive argument. But we all want that, and nobody should be disdained or persecuted because of their sexual orientation. But when we get behind the church and behind the state, you've got a natural reality that two men or two women cannot consummate a marriage. It's a physical impossibility." - Cardinal Francis George, speaking to the Chicago Tribune.

RELATED: One year ago George compared Chicago's gay pride organization to the KKK after the group announced a new parade route that would pass a local Catholic church.  George later apologized.

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"Ex-Gay" Blooper Reel

Is this supposed to make them lovable?

(Via Good As You)

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Headline Of The Day

Glenn Greenwald writes for the Guardian:
First, full-page ads in the NYT are notoriously expensive, particularly for a small, poorly-funded group like LCR; published rates indicate that such an ad can cost well in excess of $100,000, though some discounts are possible with flexible dates (five years ago, the published rate for a black-and-white full-page political ad was $142,000). Second, LCR - which touts itself as "the only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of LGBT Americans and their allies"- has virtually no demonstrated prior interest in Israel; the only mention of that country on its entire website is as part of a laundry list of nations which allow gay and lesbians to serve in the armed forces, while its only substantive position on Iran policy is a tepid 2010 statement advocating a single 2010 bill for increased sanctions, something which Obama supported and signed (the group did lend its name to a coalition against Iranian nuclear proliferation). Third, since when does LCR - which endorsed McCain/Palin in 2008 and Mitt Romney with his abundant anti-gay advocacy in 2012 - oppose GOP officials on the ground that they have some anti-gay aspects to their record? All of those facts made me deeply curious about what prompted LCR to place this ad and, especially, who funded it.
Read the full article.

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Bearnanarama - Move In My Direction

Starring Seattle's Mike Reis and Andy Hahn. Mike is the co-owner of Seattle's bear bar, Diesel.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

NYC Subway Pusher Caught, Tells Cops:
I Want To Kill Muslims And Hindus

New York City police today apprehended the woman who pushed an Indian immigrant to his death under the 7 train in Queens on Thursday. Reportedly, the victim was chosen because his killer believed him to be Muslim.
In a statement released by the district attorney’s office, Mr. Brown quoted Ms. Menendez, “in sum and substance,” as having told the police: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Ms. Menendez conflated the Muslim and Hindu faiths in her comments to the police and in her target for attack, officials said. The victim, Sunando Sen, was born in India and, according to a roommate, was raised Hindu.  Mr. Sen “was allegedly shoved from behind and had no chance to defend himself,” Mr. Brown said. “Beyond that, the hateful remarks allegedly made by the defendant and which precipitated the defendant’s actions should never be tolerated by a civilized society.” Mr. Brown said he had no information on the defendant’s criminal or mental history. “It will be up to the court to determine if she is fit to stand trial,” he said.
Menendez will likely be charged with murder as a hate crime.

RELATED: After two such pushing deaths in the space of several weeks, the MTA says they are reconsidering a plan to install sliding barricades on some subway platforms.  Such barriers are in place on major subway systems around the world.  The MTA had previously estimated that it would cost at least a billion dollars to retrofit most of its 468 stations. About one person per week has died on the subway tracks this year due to suicide, falls, and more recently, murder.

UPDATE: The New York Post reports that a relative claims that the killer has a history of mental problems.
Menendez could have a criminal background -- and possibly a history of mental health issues, the sources said. She has recently been living in homeless shelters. The suspect was taken to the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills. "All I know is that she's bipolar and as far as seeing the footage, I'm pretty sure it was her," said a cousin of the suspect who declined to give his name. "I don't know much about her whereabouts or what she's been up to these past few months."
UPDATE II: Pam Geller says she has no responsibility in the murder because her latest round of anti-Islam subway ads have not yet been posted.
First off, my ads are not up yet in the subways. They are not scheduled to go up until January 7, 2013. And even if they were, how does that make me responsible? This murderess states most emphatically what her motive was: September 11. Why aren't the Islamic supremacists blaming jihad? Al Qaeda? Because they share AQ's ideology and goals and they are going to try to use this senseless murder to silence critics of genocide, ethnic cleansing and anti-humanism. Jihadists can kill thousands in the cause of Islam and the media, the left and political elites are OK with that, but some nut does something nuts and I am responsible? That's the war that we are in.
Below is Geller's subway ad which ran earlier this year.

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Obama Backs Illinois Marriage

Through his spokesman, President Obama has issued a statement in support of same-sex marriage in his home state of Illinois.
"While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

"As he has said, his personal view is that it's wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally," Inouye said.

The lead sponsors of the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), intend to put the measure up for a vote during the upcoming January lame-duck session. The toughest challenge for gay marriage backers will be winning passage in the Illinois House. Prospects for approval in the Illinois Senate--where Obama once served--are brighter.
As noted above, the current bill will be presented during the lame duck session which ends in just a few weeks.  When the new legislature is seated, Democrats will hold a super-majority in both chambers.

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#LastPrintIssue

Newsweek ends its print run with an appropriate hashtag headline.

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Tweet Of The Day: Cory Booker

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #109

Steve Hayes writes:
On New Year's Eve, the world turns upside down for the star studded cast of Irwin Allen's classic disaster film "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). Gene Hackman leads an all-star cast in this adventure film based on a novel by Paul Gallico and directed by Ronald Neame. Oscar winners Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Jack Albertson and Shelly Winters in an Oscar nominated performance bring to life all the anxiety, terror and suspense involved when a handful of passengers fight against time and the elements to try and survive and incredible disaster. Forget about going out for the festivities and come aboard the S.S. Poseidon for the most riveting New Year's entertainment imaginable. Happy New Year!

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YouTube Strips Billions Of Fake Views From Music Industry Channels

YouTube has stripped billions of fake views from the channels of several of the world's largest music industry companies.  The views were reportedly purchased from companies that use automated programs to artificially inflate the counts.
Google slashed the cumulative view counts on YouTube channels belonging to Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG, and RCA Records by more than 2 billion views Tuesday, a drastic winter cleanup that may be aimed at shutting down black hat view count-building techniques employed by a community of rogue view count manipulators on the video-sharing site.  Universal's channel is the one that took the biggest hit. According to figures compiled by the YouTube statistics analysts at SocialBlade, the record company's YouTube channel lost more than 1 billion views from its preexisting tally of 7 billion views Tuesday. Sony/BMG was the second largest sufferer, dropping more than 850 million views in one day, bringing its total number of views to a mere 2.3 million. RCA, which got off scot free by comparison, dipped 159 million views. Its tally now sits more modestly at 120 million views.
RELATED: Last week the video for Gangnam Style broke YouTube's all-time record with over one billion views.  The view count for that clip does not appear to have been affected by YouTube's action.

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Maine Marriages Begin

The Portland Press Herald reports:
Michael Snell and Steven Bridges emerged from City Hall early Saturday morning to ecstatic cheers from close to 300 people who gathered to celebrate Maine’s first same-sex weddings. With 15 couples waiting for marriage licenses, Snell and Bridges became the first to exchange vows in the city clerk's office, shortly after midnight. When asked right after the ceremony whether they felt more married, Snell, who has been with Bridges for nine years, responded, “No, it’s just official.”
Listen to the crowd roar when Michael and Steven come outside! Lots more photos are at the link.

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USPS - Sweater

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Friday, December 28, 2012

New Log Cabin Head Gregory Angelo Backed Newt Gingrich For President

Today the Log Cabin Republicans announced that executive director R. Clarke Cooper will be stepping down next week, apparently as planned. Taking Cooper's place as interim head will be Gregory T. Angelo, who announced his support for Newt Gingrich's presidential bid just weeks after Gingrich signed NOM's hate pledge to destroy LGBT rights on the federal level.

From the LCR's press release:
"I am both humbled and thrilled to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors and to follow in the footsteps of the inimitable Clarke Cooper," Mr. Angelo stated. "There has never been a more exciting and historic time to be a gay Republican-with the wind at our backs following four referendum victories for the freedom to marry last November and the United States Supreme Court soon to rule on marriage equality, 2013 could mark a turning point in the fight for equal rights for all. It has never been more critical to advocate for equality to Republicans, as Republicans. As the Interim Executive Director of this esteemed organization, I will do everything I can to work for Republican victories that return the party to its roots of freedom, fairness, and liberty for all." Mr. Angelo is the current Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of New York State, a position he has held since 2009. As New York State Chairman, Mr. Angelo led Log Cabin Republicans as part of New Yorkers United for Marriage, a coalition that collaborated to make marriage equality legal through legislative vote for the first time in a Republican-controlled legislature.
Judging by this 2011 interview, Angelo appears to be the typical homocon who proclaims his Christianity and denounces gay pride parades.  Because, you know, he's butch. Or something.
Most of the other gay Republicans Greg knows, he says, are not fans of the pride parade. They’re not wearing their sexuality on their sleeve, he says. Many are partnered. A lot are business owners. “The bottom line is many just want to live their lives in quiet dignity. Their rights are important to them and achieving equal rights is important to them but the way to do it isn’t really to go out and bang a drum and make a lot of noise. It’s more so to make a difference within the party and to sit down with fellow Republicans and sit down with their partners, sit down with the foster children they’re taking care of, sit down and explain that they’re a business owner who is also not happy with the MTA payroll tax in New York and make the case that we are normal,” he says. Greg has met with people who think all gay men are hairdressers or fashion designers.
(Top image via JMG reader Tee Jay)

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Porno Pete Vs Dan Savage

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Email Of The Day - Eugene Delgaudio

"Dear Joe, Deviant homosexual operatives are about to know exactly how much I raised this year, and how much cash I have on hand to oppose their radical agenda. The Homosexual Lobby utterly despises Public Advocate and ridicules all the work you and I do to defend morality in America. The Human Rights Campaign, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Gay Task Force, GLAAD, The North American Man/Boy Love Association, and every other radical homosexual organization will be scouring our finance report to exploit every chink in my armor.

"The consequences could prove dire for the American family. Right now homosexual activists are plotting to tempt Republicans into passing their perverse agenda. They will tell them passing the Gay Bill of Special Rights will 'expand the tent' and 'keep you in the majority' -- that the pro-family movement is too weak. And I have almost nothing left financially. I have the troops and volunteers. I have their commitment to fight on. I have the organization to take this battle to the front lines!" - Hate group leader Eugene Delgaudio, who says he desperately needs "$56,197 with all checks postmarked before December 31st" if he is to meet his budget forecast.

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Another Subway Pushing Death In NYC

For the second time this month, a New York City subway passenger has died after being pushed onto the tracks. The victim, who was reportedly pushed from behind by a mumbling woman, has not yet been identified because his body was too mangled.  The attacker fled down the stairs of the elevated station in Queens and police are distributing grainy surveillance images captured by street-level cameras.

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From Katie To Queens To Teblows

Musto calls it "the best headline in history." But which one is he referring to?

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Maine Marriages Start Tomorrow

Same-sex marriages commence in Maine tomorrow and Portland City Hall is bracing for a rush after midnight tonight.
"We're prepared for pretty much any kind of crowd we could get," said Chris Farwell, a city event coordinator who is responsible for logistics on Saturday. Portland is one of a handful of communities in Maine that plan special office hours Saturday, the first day that same-sex couples can be married under a new state law. Falmouth will also open just after midnight, while communities including Augusta and Brunswick will open their offices at 9 a.m. For groups and families who plan to be at Portland City Hall on Friday night and early Saturday morning, city officials are arranging varying levels of access. Only couples, their immediate families and a limited number of guests will be allowed inside the building, and only the couples themselves will be allowed to wait in line for marriage certificates. Families will be directed to adjacent lobbies and rooms, Farwell said.
One minister will park his RV outside of city hall to accommodate the overflow. Anybody inside city hall by 3AM tonight will be allowed to marry before the building closes.

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NOM: Stop Illinois & Minnesota Marriage

In two nearly identical notices, NOM has posted emergency warnings that same-sex marriage is about to be legalized in Illinois and Minnesota.  From the Minnesota post:
In November, Minnesotans voted to maintain the status quo on marriage, as Minnesota statutes already recognize marriage as the union of a husband and wife. Now gay marriage activists are trying to force a whole new battle on the state. But the people of Minnesota know as well as you and I do what negative consequences would follow in the wake of same-sex marriage becoming law. Activists know the American people—even those who support same-sex marriage—don't want to force religious groups to go against their beliefs. And yet everywhere same-sex marriage becomes law, it is people of faith who become the law's first targets.

Across the country, Catholic Charities is being forced to drop their adoption and foster care services wherever same-sex marriage is enacted. Reception halls, inns, and bed and breakfasts are being sued if they decline to host same-sex wedding ceremonies or receptions. And schools across the country are facing increasing pressures to teach elementary students about "Prince & Prince," or "Heather's Two Mommies." Send your lawmakers a message: Don't Mess with Marriage!
Note how NOM characterizes their loss in November. Heh.

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Fontella Bass Dies At 72

Motown-era pop star Fontella Bass died of heart disease on Wednesday at the age of 72.
After some early recordings with Little Milton’s Bobbin label in St. Louis, she joined Chess and released her first records on its Checker subsidiary in early 1965. The first two, “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” and “You’ll Miss Me (When I’m Gone),” duets with Bobby McClure, had modest success on the rhythm-and-blues charts. But her career was made by “Rescue Me,” released later that year. Driven by a bubbly bass line, it featured Ms. Bass’s high-spirited voice in wholesomely amorous lyrics like “Come on and take my hand/Come on, baby, and be my man,” as well as some call-and-response moans that Ms. Bass later said resulted from a studio accident. “When we were recording that, I forgot some of the words,” she told The New York Times in 1989. “Back then, you didn’t stop while the tape was running, and I remembered from the church what to do if you forget the words. I sang, ‘Ummm, ummm, ummm,’ and it worked out just fine.”
In 1990 Bass successfully sued for publishing royalties after she heard Rescue Me being used in an American Express commercial.

TRIVIA: The background vocals on Rescue Me were sung by Minnie Riperton.

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Dutch Catholics "Debaptize" Themselves Over Pope's Anti-Gay Comments

Years ago I posted about the "debaptism" movement in which Catholics request that their names formally be stricken from the memberships rolls of their local diocese. This month that (mostly) symbolic move has gained steam in the Netherlands due to Pope Ratzinger's incessant attacks on same-sex marriage.
Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl – "de-baptise.nl" – had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict's latest denunciation of gay marriage this month. "Of course it's not possible to be 'de-baptized' because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe or de-register themselves as Catholics," Roes told Reuters. He said he did not know how many visitors to the site actually go ahead and leave the church. About 28 percent of the population in the Netherlands is Catholic and 18 percent is Protestant, while a much larger proportion – roughly 44 percent – is not religious, according to official statistics. The country is famous for its liberal attitudes, for example to drugs and prostitution, and in April 2001 it was the first nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriages.
RELATED: Early this year a French man successfully sued to have his name removed from the baptismal records of his diocese. He was the first in his nation to be officially debaptized.  In Germany, about 200,000 Catholics have filed the paperwork declaring that they will no longer pay the religion tax which is allocated to the Catholic Church.

NOTE: The above certificate is from Britain's Secular Society.

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The Devil Loves Anal Sex

A self-described "ex-gay porn star" says that anal sex "releases demonic entities." He says he made his last movie in 1999. Does anybody recognize him?

Source.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies At 78

Retired four-star Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf has died at the age of 78.
A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.  The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn't authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin' Norman” for a notoriously explosive temper.
RELATED: During her 1991 Oscars performance of Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man), Madonna name-checked Schwarzkopf, who had just led the international coalition to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

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Iowa Hate Group: We Had A Great Year

Translation: "Yeah, we pretty must lost every single battle, but hey, shit happens. Send us more money!"

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Log Cabin Republicans Denounce Chuck Hagel In Full-Page New York Times Ad

See the full ad.

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The Anti-Christ Is A Homosexual

It's all right there in the video for Gangnam Style, people!

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You Hurt Linda Harvey's Feelings

Hate group leader Linda Harvey is super-upset about the mean things "gay" people are saying about her on "blogs."
If you have come here from a "gay" blog, and you consider yourself a fair person, please take every accusation with a great deal of skepticism. Linda Harvey does not believe that homosexuals "don't exist" or are "not human beings." Sadly, intentional deception and a smear campaign are in play. (Sigh!)....Somewhere along the line, a twisted version of what we really say, that homosexual desires and behavior are not inborn, is being attributed to our ministry. Before you make that vulgar call,or send that vicious email, please do your homework and double check your source. That has never been the plain meaning of anything we've written or said on the radio. And uninformed speculations about Linda Harvey's personal life are uncalled for and frankly, fall into the category of ad hominem attacks born out of desperation. She is doing just fine, thank you very much. But none of us has time to debate with people who just don't care to read first and get the facts. Propaganda is an enemy to us all, and the truly intelligent person will read something other than shallow, vicious "gay" blogs.
As for the first sentence of Miss Linda's complaint, let's just go to the verbatim tape:
"Why should the equal protection argument be made in favor of homosexual behavior, which is changeable? People are not naturally homosexual, so the definition of 'person' in the Fourteenth Amendment is being twisted to make this assumption. 'Person' should be understood based on historic, beneficial, or at least neutral and fact-based traits; it should not be twisted to incorporate behavior that most religions and most cultures have said a firm 'no' to."
Stop being so shallow and vicious, you "gay" "people"!

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Wingnuts Vs Justice John Roberts

According to World Net Daily, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts is a traitor for voting that Obamacare is constitutional. And judging by the drawing of Benedict Arnold used to illustrate their story, Roberts is also a nelly homo.

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Matt Baume: 2012 Marriage News Recap

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Headline Of The Day

Whoa.

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Billboard Posts Pop Music Obit Slideshow

Click over to Billboard for their photo essay on this year's passings in the pop music world.  Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Adam Yauch, Don Cornelius, Davy Jones, Robin Gibb, Etta James, Dick Clark...and on and on. I can't remember the last time so many huge names died in the same year.

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Ruben Diaz Has 10 Wishes For 2013

Crackpot anti-gay New York Sen. Ruben Diaz has ten wishes for the new year.
1. For Senator John Sampson, to find better and more faithful friends.

2. For reporters Bob Kappstatter, from the Bronx Times and Jim Odato from the Times Union, to learn how to be impartial and objective journalists.

3. For Senator Jeff Klein and his Gang of Four, to find a parachute to allow them to make their landing easy and soft when Senator Dean Skelos and the Republicans - fearing the Conservative Party - reject their support for a progressive agenda, leaving the Gang of Four out in the cold.

4. For Senator Malcolm Smith, to find another minority to join him in order for him not to be the only Uncle Tom in the house.

5. For Assemblyman-Elect Luis Sepulveda, to take it a little bit easier with a little more patience and wait for his time, because it will come.

6. For my three friends, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, and Hiram Monserrate, to try to get together in 2013 while they are away [JMG: "away" means "IN PRISON"] and write a book instructing Jeff Klein and the Gang of Four how to deal with Dean Skelos and what to expect from him.

7. To Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to buy a back-stabbing proof vest.

8. For Senator Adriano Espaillat, to get a big handkerchief to wipe away his saliva because Charlie Rangel will be there for many years more - and aside from that, Adam Clayton Powell is warming up in the bullpen.

9. For Governor Andrew Cuomo, to be honest enough to admit that he has been the creator of the mess in the New York State Senate.

10. As for myself, should these nine other wishes come true, that I will be able to take a break and keep my mouth shut.
Diaz closes, as always, with his preferred official title: "This is Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz and this is what you should know."

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George H.W. Bush Moved To ICU

The elder Bush has been in a Houston hospital for more than a month. Yesterday he was moved to the intensive care unit.

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Open Thread Thursday

What did Santa bring you? Worst and best.

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Holiday Lights Winner

Source.

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HAWAII: Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Tapped To Succeed The Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has named his second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, to replace Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died last week after almost 50 years in office.
“I asked how best could we ensure that Hawaii remain strong in the long run,” Abercrombie said, adding that rebuilding the state’s seniority in Congress was a priority. “I made this decision with the full confidence that Brian’s appointment is in the best interest of the party, the state of Hawaii and the nation.” For 22 years Hawaii had been represented in the Senate by the same tandem — Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka. Because of his appointment, Schatz will become the state’s new senior senator in January, after Sen.-elect Mazie Hirono succeeds the retiring Akaka.
Schatz is 40 years old.

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World's Longest High-Speed Rail Line

Launched in China, of course.
It used to take the best part of 24 hours to travel by train from Beijing to the southern boomtown of Guangzhou. But as of Wednesday, when the world's longest high-speed rail line opened for business, the 1,428-mile journey has been cut to a mere eight hours. The trains travel at an average speed of 186mph, passing through five provinces as they tear through the countryside.
The new train travels the equivalent of New York City to Key West in eight hours.  It took me nine hours to drive from Key West to Orlando earlier this week.

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BRITAIN: Marriage Support Surges

Public support for same-sex marriage has surged across Britain in just the last few months. The Guardian reports:
The ICM poll conducted just before Christmas found 62% of voters now support the proposals, with half this number – 31% – opposed. Most previous polls have found opinion leaning the same way, although the two-to-one margin revealed on Wednesday is particularly emphatic. An ICM online survey for the Sunday Telegraph in March asked the identical question – which expressly reminds people that the option of civil partnerships already exists for gay couples – and established a 45%-36% lead for the reformers. That significant hardening of opinion during the year will encourage Cameron, whose embrace of gay marriage has proved controversial, not only with religious leaders but also with the Tory backbench. And the new poll reveals a particularly significant swing towards the reform among the Tory base.

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Lambda Legal Rated Top LGBT Org

Guidestar, the watchdog site for non-profits, has ranked Lambda Legal as having the best practices among the LGBT rights and progressive organizations it monitors. Lambda Legal reacts via press release:
"I am very proud of the amazing talent and leadership of the Lambda Legal staff, board and volunteers that has resulted in this top ranking from our colleagues and peers," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal. "We have been fighting for equality for LGBT people and people with HIV for forty years, and we have many victories and achievements about which we are proud because they have changed people's lives - and our society - for the better. This is a transformational time in our movement for LGBT equality. Lambda Legal will continue to lead the way with all our energy and all our hearts. We are grateful to all our supporters and colleagues around the country, and thank those who have honored us with this top ranking for 2012."
Rounding out Guidestar's top five:
2.  ACLU
3.  GLSEN
4.  NCLR
5.  NGLTF 

See the rest of the list.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Michael Musto As Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie's bare leg was a hot internet meme for a second or two in 2012. Inside the year-end issue of Village Voice, you'll also find Musto as the Tan Mom. Read his 2012-in-review essay at the link.

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Uruguay Postpones Marriage Vote

Uruguay's Senate was widely expected to pass its marriage equality bill today.  No such luck. Via On Top Magazine:
The “Marriage Equality Law” seeks to modify some 20 articles of the Civil Code, including whose surname goes first when children are named. Opponents asked for the bill's vote to be postponed until the Senate's first meeting in April to allow more time to study the proposal. The request received unanimous approval. The bill has already received an initial nod in the Senate and it cleared the nation's lower house earlier this month. President Jose Mujica has said he'll sign the bill into law. Uruguay currently recognizes gay couples with civil unions. After a couple has lived in a “stable relationship” for 5 years, they may petition the government for the recognition.
Another report notes that senators opposed to the bill claimed that the ruling party was trying to rush the bill through without "the normal procedures."

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Fox News Site Labels Westboro Baptist Church As A "Left-Wing Cult"

John Aravosis writes: "This is how Fox News operates. You can argue that MSNBC has a bias, and the network does – now, and in response to Fox. But while MSNBC has a liberal bias, Fox just lies."

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Today In Christian Love

Above is how Ugandan Pastor Martin "Eat Da Poo Poo" Ssempa, one of his nation's leading gay death penalty advocates, responds to a local teen on Twitter.

RELATED: Ssempa's next Twitter message was retweeted by Liberty Counsel spokesbigot Matt Barber. We'll take that as Barber's endorsement of the gay death penalty.

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Mexico Lifts Gay Blood Ban?

Andres Duque has the news at Blabbeando:
A little noticed Mexican health norm first approved in August and then published in the country's regulatory Official Federation Diary on October 26th has gone into effect today essentially doing away with a two-decade ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The old norm (NOM 003-SSA2) explicitly banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood based on their "practices" and their "increased probability of acquiring HIV or hepatitis infection". The new norm (NOM 253) eliminates specific bans on gay and bisexual men and instead bans blood donations from people with HIV or hepatitis and their partners and people who engage in "risky sexual practices" regardless of their sexual identity.
Duque concludes: "If this report is correct, Mexico might be the first country in the American continent to lift such a ban." Read more.

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Glenn Beck: Obama's Going To Prison

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Pew Poll Religions Breakdown

Source.

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The Hottest Movie Actors Ever

As he did a few weeks ago for television actors, Boy Culture blogger Matt Rettenmund has begun counting down the hottest men of the big screen. Click over and make the case for your own favorites.

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Atheists Are Taking Over The World

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Tweet Of The Week

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Feliz Navidad De El Bloombito

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