Tuesday, August 26, 2014

9 Year-Old Girl Kills Gun Instructor With The Uzi He Was Showing Her How To Use

Via the Associated Press:
A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said. Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name was not released. A woman who answered the phone at the shooting range said it had no comment. She did not provide her name. It is not known if the range had an age limit on shooting or if the girl was going through a safety class.
The shooting range is actually named Burgers & Bullets. The Last Stop is their machine gun-themed restaurant.
Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons. You will choose the guns which you want to shoot from our extensive collection and we provide the eye/ear protection, ammunition, and expert guidance. Our guests have an opportunity to choose from a wide variety of machine guns. Click here to view all of our available guns. Our 50 Cal. selections includes the Barrett Sniper Rifle, the Browning BMG .50 Cal ('the deuce'), and the Desert Eagle. We even have the actual firearms used in several Hollywood hits including The Terminator and Rambo II. To top it off, lunch is included inside the the World Famous Arizona Last Stop restaurant located onsite. You will be treated with the World Famous All American Hamburger, fresh cut french fries, and a drink. The All American Burger is guaranteed to be the best hamburger you have ever eaten.
They do birthday parties. Fun for kids of all ages. Among the available weapons is the "M203 Grenade Launcher."

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Choking Hazard

Jeremy Hooper snarks:
This graphic is like a warning poster from a pediatrician's office. Should baby wake, that hand is going right to that mouth. When hand meets mouth, those rings become food. That "food" becomes lodged. It's a tragedy waiting to happen. All credible organizations know and advise better. Must you flout the advice of all professional associations, NOM? How many lives must you endanger in the name of discrimination? Not to mention—aren't those both men's rings?

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Death Row Jesus

Via the Christian Post:
The man behind the controversial "Tattoo Jesus" movement will launch a new campaign "Death Row Jesus" on Wednesday to spread the message that God was the "worse criminal" while on earth. David L. Miller of the Little Pencil organization is known for his thought-provoking marketing campaigns that promote the Gospel. Last year, he erected 59 billboards throughout Lubbock, Texas, depicting the image of Jesus Christ clad in tattoos. But this time, he is opting for digital video advertisements that will launch in major cities throughout the U.S. "When people think about Jesus, they don't think about him being on death row, but if you think about what he did when he was on earth, that's really the experience he had," Miller told Lubbock's NBC affiliate KBCD 11. He continued, "We communicate very directly that Christ became the worst criminal in history when he took our mistakes on himself. The second message is we are all equally undeserving of God's grace." Part of the video depicts Jesus in an orange prison jumpsuit as He is beaten to the ground. Another part transitions to the scene of the crucifixion where He is dying at the same time that other inmates in prison are being set free.
Last year Miller lost a federal lawsuit after trying to force a Texas public high school to display  Tattoo Jesus on the jumbotron at football games. Alliance Defending Freedom is appealing the ruling.

VIDEO: Here's the graphically violent Death Row Jesus campaign that will begin appearing tomorrow. It's not clear where the clips will appear, but the budget is reportedly in the "hundreds of thousands."

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Breitbart Headline Of The Day

Details.

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Today In Sore Losers

Last night The Amazing Race won its 13th Emmy Award out of 65 total nominations. Number of total nominations for Celebrity Apprentice: ZERO.

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Postmodern Jukebox Covers James Brown - It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World

With a harp!

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United Diverts Flight After Passenger Fight Over Device That Prevents Seat Reclining

United Airlines diverted a flight from Newark to Denver after two passengers got into a fight over the Knee Defender, which prevents the seat in front of you from reclining.
The fight started when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he was on his laptop, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak. A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That's when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver. Both passengers were sitting in United's Economy Plus section, the part of the plane that has four more inches of legroom than the rest of coach.
Both passengers were booted off the plane in Chicago. No charges have yet been filed. United Airlines forbids the use of devices like the Knee Defender and the FAA has said that decision is up to each carrier.

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AP Reports On Seventh Circuit

Via the Associated Press:
Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was dismissive when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to 'tradition' as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage. "It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," Posner said. Prohibition of same sex marriage, he said, is "a tradition of hate ... and savage discrimination."

Posner frequently cut off Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer, just moments into his presentation and chided him to answer his questions. At one point, Posner ran through a list of psychological strains of unmarried same-sex couples, including having to struggle to grasp why their schoolmates' parents were married and theirs weren't. "What horrible stuff," Posner said. What benefits to society in barring gay marriage, he asked, "outweighs that kind of damage to children?" The answer has to do with "procreation," Fisher answered. "All this is a reflection of biology," Fisher said. "Men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not... we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism."

The ACLU and Lambda Legal have essentially reiterated their equal protection arguments in appeals court filings, arguing that the bans deny gay couples state and federal legal protections and benefits that married straight couples enjoy. "The freedom to marry is a core aspect of personal liberty for all Americans," the ACLU said in its briefs. There was some levity during the hearing. As Samuelson struggled to offer a specific reason for how gay marriage bans benefit society, he suddenly noted a yellow courtroom light signaling his allotted time was up. "It won't save you," Williams told him, prompting laughter in court. Samuleson smiled, saying "it was worth a try."

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Seventh Circuit Audio Is Now Online



The judges are just brutal with the Solicitor General of Indiana.

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First Report From Seventh: All Three Judges "Skeptical" Of Marriage Opposition

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Here's What Got Us To The Seventh

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Pat Robertson: Teen Boy Might Be Gay Because He Lives With Single Mom

Brian Tashman writes at Right Wing Watch:
On today’s edition of the “700 Club,” a viewer told Robertson that her 13-year-old step-son, who “lives with his mother most of the time,” has “crushes on boys” and wanted the televangelist’s help. Repeating the myth that homosexuality is the result of a lack of parental bonding, Robertson said “his attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman.”

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TRAILER: Holy Ghost

A Christian movie starring Lenny Kravitz and the former lead guitarist from Korn? Here's today's press release:
Funded by 2,500 investors who surged to support Director Darren Wilson’s Kickstarter campaign, HOLY GHOST raised a record-breaking $360,000 in just 45 days to become the #1 most-funded, faith-based film in Kickstarter history. The film’s producers, who turned to fans to fund HOLY GHOST, are now asking 25,000 of their most deeply dedicated fans to crowd-market and promote it with the launch of a new #HolyGhostExperience social media campaign. “Our fans crowd-funded HOLY GHOST, and now they’re our mass marketing and promotion team around the world. That’s why #HolyGhostExperience has gained instant traction, because tens of thousands are working to bring this project across the finish line,” said Braden Heckman, CEO of Wanderlust Productions. “Every day the HOLY GHOST team is working with supporters to spread the word by setting up events, signing up their friends, and engaging within their spheres of influence to give as many people as possible the opportunity to experience this movie.”
Tagline: "We want to make God famous."

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Burger King Heads North

Burger King has announced that it will move its headquarters to Canada in an $11B merger with the Tim Hortons donut chain.
The new global company will be headquartered in Canada, but each brand will be managed independently, with Burger King retaining its U.S. offices in Miami, the two companies said in a joint statement. The new base in Canada could allow Burger King to reduce its U.S. tax bill -- a recent report by KPMG found that total tax costs in Canada are about 46% lower than in the U.S. These so-called inversions allow companies to transfer money earned outside the U.S. to the parent company without paying additional U.S. taxes. As more companies have used inversions, President Obama and Congress have publicly criticized the moves because it cuts into U.S. tax revenue.
The merger will vault BK over Subway as the world's third-largest fast food conglomerate with $23B in combined sales. There's no word on whether Tim Hortons will ever get that apostrophe.

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Tweet Of The Day

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This Week's GOP "Winning Message"

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VIRGINIA: Disgraced Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Is Now Living With Catholic Priest Busted For Public Gay Sex

Last week former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed during his corruption trial that he has left his wife and is now living with a Catholic priest named Wayne Ball, seen above. Father Ball, as it turns out, was once busted for having gay sex in the parking lot of a park. Here's a story about the 2010 arrest:
The Rev. Wayne L. Ball, a Norfolk priest who pleaded guilty late last year to a misdemeanor sex offense, has been reassigned to St. John's Catholic Church in Highland Springs, according to The Catholic Virginian, a biweekly diocesan newspaper. The move is effective June 2. Ball, 42, has served as pastor of Norfolk's Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 2000. The current pastor at St. John's, the Rev. David V. McGuire, will replace Ball at Holy Trinity. In December, Ball pleaded guilty in Norfolk General District Court to the misdemeanor charge of frequenting a bawdy place. Norfolk police arrested Ball and a 41-year-old Richmond man on the night before Thanksgiving in a parked car in a Norfolk park. The judge continued Ball's case until July 8 and will dismiss the charge if the priest has no further criminal problems and completes 80 hours of community service by June 3. The man in the car with Ball received a similar deal.
McDonnell has testified that his marriage was a "sham" and therefore he could not have colluded with his wife in taking all those bribes. Shortly after he took office, McDonnell stripped LGBT people from a statewide anti-discrimination executive order, declaring that there is no evidence of such discrimination. (Tipped by JMG reader Smith)

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TODAY: Seventh Circuit Court To Hear Marriage Cases From Indiana & Wisconsin

A long line has formed outside the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago this morning for today's hearing of the marriage equality lawsuits for Indiana and Wisconsin. I'll be posting live-tweets from the scene and audio/video as it becomes available. Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson is on the scene.

UPDATE: Today's panel of judges has been announced.

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AUSTRALIA: Anti-Gay Coalition Faces Cancelation Of Its Convention Venues

The World Congress of Families will hold its annual convention in Melbourne, Australia next week - that is, if their venues don't cancel on them.
The letter on the WCF website has been written to respond to what it claims has been “unremitting and grossly misleading attacks” in the lead-up to Saturday’s conference at St Cecilia’s school hall. “Sexual radicals have launched a smear campaign to discredit the Melbourne conference, which misrepresents the international pro-family movement and the positions of the World Congress of Families,” it reads. The letter has been signed by 80 prominent pro-life people including the former US presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Several Australian politicians have been criticised for supporting the WCF’s conference, including Senior Coalition Minister Eric Abetz who defended some of the groups more spurious claims, such as discredited links between abortion and breast cancer.
In addition to Huckabee, WCF's complaint letter is signed by Brian Brown, Matt Barber, Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, former GOP House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Janice Crouse, and a galaxy of hate group leaders from around the world. The WCF's 2015 convention is planned for Salt Lake City. (Tipped by JMG reader Gregory)

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: In March of this year, WCF was forced to cancel their conference at the Kremlin due to the conflict in Crimea. In November 2013, US House Speaker John Boehner provided federal office space to the World Congress of Families after Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) had them booted out of the space they had reserved in the Senate office building. The WCF has colluded with NOM president Brian Brown in furthering Russia's pogrom of hate and violence against LGBT people. In September 2013, the WCF colluded with local neo-Nazis to successfully pressure the Serbian government to ban Belgrade Pride for the third year in a row.  In 2012 WCF leader Austin Ruse, who is also a Breitbart columnist, spoke at CPAC where he denounced the United Nations for a resolution that condemned the "extrajudicial executions" of LGBT people. Ruse is the president of C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. Also in 2012, the WCF protested against the US Embassy in Prague for its support of local gay pride events. Signees of a letter to the government were a virtual who's who of hate.

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Boxers To Open Third Manhattan Location

Gay nightclub mini-chain Boxers, which presently has Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen locations, is opening a new club next week in Times Square - but this one is meant to appeal to a mixed crowd.
The bar chain — known for its shirtless bartenders — plans to make the new location at 215 W. 40th St. a little more restrained than its other locations, the owner said. Shadow Boxers, which opens Sept. 2, will aim to serve not just the gay clientele of the Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen Boxers locations, but also the lunchtime, after-work and post-theater crowds as well. "At noon, when people from J.P. Morgan are here having lunch, [bartenders] won't be shirtless," said co-owner Rob Hynds. "Later at night, when the place sets up like a club, the shirts will likely come off." With two-for-one drink specials and a private underground "man cave" — a 1,500-square-foot private event space with a bar, dart board, television and leather couches and chairs — the goal is to draw in as many New Yorkers as possible, Hynds added.
According to the owner, Shadow Boxers will be a "hybrid bar, a quality bar." The chain is also opening an outlet in Philadelphia.

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Jim Parsons Wins Fourth Emmy

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Arby's Meat Mountain

Via the Washington Post:
Arby’s faced a key problem as it moved to attract customers: People thought the restaurant served mainly roast beef. To change that, the company made this poster showing a tall stack of every meat on the menu, from bacon to brisket. And then something unexpected happened. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” said Christopher Fuller, the company’s vice president of brand and corporate communications. So Arby’s began granting their wish. The “Meat Mountain,” as it’s called, will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for customers who ask. The price is $10.
The sandwich is too big for ordinary Arby's boxes and will come wrapped in paper. Hit the link for the ingredients.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Normal Heart Wins Emmy For Best Movie, Larry Kramer Joins Cast On Stage


Kramer took the stage with the aid of a bright pink cane and wearing an ACT UP hat. Director Ryan Murphy gave the acceptance speech and the audience responded with the first standing ovation of the night.

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Tony Perkins Ice Bucket's For "Ethical" Research, Nominates Todd Starnes

KKK-affiliated hate group leader Tony Perkins posted his ice bucket clip today, but noted that his money will only go to research that doesn't use Jesus-hating embryonic stem cells. He then challenged fellow hate group leader Tim Wildmon and Fox News liar Todd Starnes, whom we'd actually really like to see with a wet comb-over.

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Commemorating?

They followed up with an apology tweet.

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Dublin Marches For Marriage Equality

Via the Irish Times:
Thousands of people marched to the Department of Justice in Dublin this afternoon, in favour of extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian people in Ireland. Those behind the sixth annual March for Marriage including LGBT Noise and Marriage Equality said they hoped this would be the biggest - and last - gathering for marriage rights before a referendum on the issue in 2015. Organisers said 8,000 people took part in the march, many of whom held signs reading “equal”. Some dressed in sashes and tiaras after the news that the newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh had publicly come out as lesbian. Comedian and writer Tara Flynn, introduced speakers at a stage on St. Stephen’s Green. Ms Flynn recently starred in an LGBT Noise ‘Armagayddon’ video, which went viral internationally.

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Open Carry States Map

Via the Wall Street Journal:
Recently, Target, Starbucks and Chipotle have asked their patrons not to bring their guns. After petitions by gun-control groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Kroger said it would uphold local and state laws in the 34 states it operates. Carrying a firearm in a concealed manner is legal in all states, but open carry has more restrictions, especially for handguns. Though federal law doesn’t restrict the open carrying of handguns in public, several states—including California, Florida, Illinois, New York, South Carolina and Texas—ban the practice, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Thirteen states require a special permit or license to open carry. The remaining 31 states don’t require one. The laws are different for long guns, which are commonly associated with hunting.

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Pastor Kevin Swanson: LGBT Rights Laws Will Protect Serial Killers And NAMBLA

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Michael Sam Saves Man From Bankruptcy

(Via The Randy Report)

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Tweet Of The Day - Ben Shapiro

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"Ex-Gay" Awareness Month Is Coming

Last year's big "ex-gay" event was a hilarious disaster in which fewer than ten people showed up after American Family Association radio shrieker Sandy Rios had predicted it would draw "thousands of ex-gays." That failure came after they had canceled "Ex-Gay Pride Month" due to "anti-ex-gay extremism." Several weeks later a massive crowd of tens attended an "Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner" held at a secret bunker deep under Washington DC. Anyway, they're trying again this year and the announced speakers include Matt Barber, Peter Sprigg, Christopher Doyle, and Greg Quinlan, who once told a television audience that Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen had threatened to "inject me with AIDS."

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Irish Beauty Queen Comes Out

The Rose Of Tralee is a competition in which Irish communities around the world send a beauty queen to the finals in Ireland's County Kerry. This year's winner is Philadelphia resident Maria Walsh, who just came out. That may prove to be a problem for New York City's St. Patrick's Day group. Via Irish Central:
Right on cue a host of apoplectically angry commentators reminded us why it’s still news when Ireland’s Rose of Tralee sweetheart announces she’s gay. Across the internet they posted strong biblical condemnations or outright bigoted profanities, carefully calculated to wound. It didn’t matter though. Walsh has already won, so they could only lose. Now Walsh’s brilliant win sets the stage for another major public relations battle. In New York, like every prior Rose, she will be feted and fawned over during the 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day season. The Rose of Tralee competition has already show us that Walsh has courage, heart and class, and so hopefully her example will inspire others to show her the same courtesy now. If New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is still discriminating against – rather than embracing – Irish gay people by 2015 (almost 100 years after the Rising that was fought in the name of freedom for all Irish people) they will look and sound like last century's men.
The world's largest and oldest St. Patrick's Day parade, New York City's group continues to ban the open participation of LGBT groups. It will be very interesting to see how they handle Maria Walsh, particularly if Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue succeeds in his reported bid to lead the organization.

RELATED: Last week Miss Spain 2013 came out, becoming the world's first openly lesbian national beauty queen.

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Bucket Of Water Fails To Melt Sarah Palin

From the clip:
I accept Wasilla Arctic Cat’s #icebucketchallenge to #strikeoutALS and will donate to the Pete Frates #3 Fund. Watch my video to see whom I challenge. Hat tip to actor Patrick Stewart for reminding everyone with his video that the donation is the most important part of the #icebucketchallenge, not the frivolous water-tossing theatrics that those of us who are more thoughtfully serious choose to forgo.
Does the Frates Fund support ALS research that uses embryonic stem cells?

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Quote Of The Day - Gary Stein

"It is past time for Florida to give up the fight. It’s a horrible, embarrassing, demeaning, costly fight. The quicker Florida throws in the towel, the better. Following all the other court rulings that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said the ban is unconstitutional — the first time in Florida that a federal court judge has ruled that way. Still, the state continues the fight. They continue to appeal. They continue to spend taxpayer money. They continue to make same-sex couples wait for equality. How embarrassing. How idiotic. The state of Florida — actually, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott — have lost. They need to admit it and give it up." - Gary Stein, of the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel editorial board.

RELATED: There's a poll next to Stein's column. You know what to do.

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LIVE VIDEO: Michael Brown Funeral

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Migration Map

This map published last week by the New York Times shows the percentage of residents who live in the state in which they were born. Louisiana is highest at 79% and Nevada is lowest at 25%. The state with the highest percentage of residents born outside the United States is California at 28%. Hit the link for an interactive version.

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Star Spangled Sunday

Aided by Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and the Benham brothers, the Family Research Council is glomming onto the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner as one of those times that Jesus saved America.
Did you know that America has seen darker days in the past than those we are facing right now? 200 years ago we were in the midst of the War of 1812. The U.S. Capitol and the White House were burning. Average citizens like us hung their heads in shame. Then God intervened and a series of events occurred that saved America and led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. This year America is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Few citizens have ever heard the story of how God used ordinary Christians to do extraordinary things during the desperate days of 1814. But on September 14th, during Star Spangled Sunday, a live nationwide webcast, we will tell that story as it's never been told before. You and your Christian friends will not want to miss this historic event.
FRC's co-sponsor of the webcast is Vision America, whose leader Pastor Rick Scarborough last year called for Christians to file a class action lawsuit against homosexuality itself.

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Ferguson PSAs Air During VMAs

Via Mediaite:
One of the ads is based on a quote from author James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” The words show on-screen while the now-famous “Hands up, don’t shoot” chants are heard in the background. The other spot — with a concept title of “Look. Listen. Change.” — shows young people getting hit with broken glass while a narrator rattles off racial stereotypes. The Washington Post reports that the commercials were produced with organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Preacher Calls For Sentencing All Gays To Ten Years In Prison At Hard Labor


(Via Good As You)

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Tipster Warns Grindr Users That Their Exact Location Can Be Determined

NDTV Gadgets reports that an unknown person has sent warnings to thousands of Grindr users in countries with anti-gay laws. The tipster warns that the user's exact location or address can be triangulated, putting them at risk of being found by authorities or gay-bashers.
The anonymous spammer, who is presumably acting altruistically, includes links to a Twitter account, YouTube video and Pastebin text dump, which contain more information. He or she claims to have used a secondary flaw to be able to send messages to over 100,000 users in 70 countries with anti-gay laws. The messages and posts express concern that Grindr users might be targeted, persecuted or even murdered. Homosexuality is punishable by death in several countries and violence against LGBT people and those who support them is routine and even encouraged in many places, which makes users extremely vulnerable. According to the Pastebin dump, "officials at Grindr have been informed several times within the past months about these issues, which would seem to imply that the concept of 'social responsibility' is lost upon Grindr" (sic). "Knowing that Grindr-Users in countries such as these are being put unnecessarily at a high risk should be reason enough for Grindr to change its system," the author continues. The location data is allegedly so accurate that someone exploiting the flaw would be able to tell "if you were using Grindr in the bathroom or on the couch". While the app only shows users the distance between them and other users, specific location data can be extrapolated by querying Grindr's servers from three different places and triangulating the information received. This process can also be automated using commonly available tools, and the resulting coordinates can be overlaid on a map.
Grindr has responded to Pink News:
Grindr told PinkNews via email: “We don’t view this as a security flaw. As part of the Grindr service, users rely on sharing location information with other users as core functionality of the application and Grindr users can control how this information is displayed. “For Grindr users concerned about showing their proximity, we make it very easy for them to remove this option and we encourage them to disable ‘show distance’ in their privacy settings. “As always, our user security is our top priority and we do our best to keep our Grindr community secure.” Grindr users do have the option of turning off location information. The app has more than five million active users worldwide.
Commenters at Pink News claim that turning off the "show my location" function does not prevent triangulation. In the clip below, the tipster demonstrates how the triangulation can be used.

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At Provincetown's Carnival Week

From JMG reader Rob, who blogs here.

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British Rapper Suspected To Be Terrorist Who Beheaded Journalist James Foley

Via the Sydney Morning Herald:
British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have identified the man suspected of the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to British media reports. The hooded man with an English accent is believed to be 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known to fellow Islamic State militants as Jihadi John. The former rapper left his family home in an affluent west London suburb last year to fight in the civil war in Syria. In early August he tweeted a photo of himself wearing military camouflage and a black hood, while holding a severed head in his left hand. British SAS forces are hunting Foley's killer, using a range of high-tech equipment to track him down and potentially free other hostages.
Via the New York Daily News:
The British ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, said investigators aren’t ready to name Bary as the killer, but are getting “close” to ID’ing the killer, he said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Bary is one of six children of Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian militant who is facing terrorism charges in connection with Al Qaeda’s twin 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. After spending years in and out of Egyptian prisons, subjected to torture, the elder Bary and his wife, Ragaa, were granted political asylum in Britain in 1993. He was arrested for the bombings in 1998 and was extradited to the United States in 2012 after a protracted legal battle. Ragaa’s story is told in the book, “Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Woman of the War on Terror.” The younger Bary rapped under the name L. Jinny or Lyricist Jinn Matic, and his songs had been featured on the BBC’s Radio 1 Extra, media outlets reported.
Here's one of Bary's rap clips.

(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

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Zwiebacks For Gays

A short new spot out of Germany.

(Tipped by JMG reader Hartmut)

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Ecuador Recognizes LGBT Relationships

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has announced that LGBT citizens will be able to register their relationships with the federal government.
"The LGBT community have the constitutional right to register on their union," Correa said during his weekly report. Previously, the Ecuadoran Civil Registry did not recognize these unions because they had no legal status according to law, however Correa said that from now on this right has to be respected and if denied, the authorities will take action on the matter. However, Correa said that although he supports these unions, he don't support gay marriage, which according to him corresponds to the union between a man and a woman. But he said he is committed to guarantee the rights of all Ecuadorans. Correa, a Catholic leftist, has expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage and adoption of children by gay couples in previous occasions. The Ecuadoran Constitution grants equal rights to "cohabitation partnerships" regardless if they are civil or Catholic marriages, so the LGBT community gains more legal recognition with this legislation.
Same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples or individuals remains banned in the national constitution.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

SPOILER: Doctor Who

Stay out of the comments if you've not yet seen last night's season debut of Doctor Who. Otherwise dive in and dish the new Doctor.

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Michael Sam Sacks Cleveland QB Twice

USA Today reports:
Two of the most scrutinized rookies crossed paths in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns preseason game when Sam, the seventh-round defensive end, sacked the Browns quarterback. Then, the former Missouri star, who is attempting to become the league’s first openly gay player, gave Manziel a dose of his own medicine, flashing Manziel’s signature “Show Me The Money’’ finger rub. Sam sacked Manziel again later in the game. Manziel flashed the money sign after scoring on a 7-yard scramble after replacing sputtering Brian Hoyer in the third quarter. “He’s a talented kid,: Sam said of Manziel. “He isn’t called ‘Johnny Football’ for nothing. It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game.” Sam now has three sacks this preseason after he recorded his first last week against the Green Bay Packers. Manziel said he made sure to give Sam props after the game.


(Tipped by JMG reader Bill)

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SEATTLE: Killer Says He Murdered Gay Men As Revenge Against The United States

The Seattle man who confessed to the June hook-up murders of two gay men now says he killed them and two others as revenge against the United States for military actions taken in the Middle East.
Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a New Jersey college student, was charged Wednesday with the April slaying of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, Wash., according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. According to a criminal complaint filed in King County, Brown took responsibility for each shooting and told investigators he carried out the killings to gain retribution for lives lost during U.S. military action in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. "My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That's it," Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. "My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day." "All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government," Brown continued. "So a life for a life." Brown's bloody rampage began April 27, when he is accused of gunning down Henderson near his home in Skyway. On June 1, he used a dating application for gay men to lure Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said to a Seattle nightclub before shooting them both at close range, documents say. The 29-year-old "essentially executed" both men, according to court filings.
Brown was captured in New Jersey last month after being identified on surveillance video when robbing a convenience store.

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BBC Airs Kate Bush Documentary

The Guardian has a review:
When Kate Bush got her £3,000 record deal from EMI at 16, she used some of it to pay for dance classes with the legendary choreographer Lindsay Kemp. In last night's The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill (BBC 4), a documentary about the singer-songwriter broadcast on the near-eve of her first tour in 35 years, he remembered how he had to coax her forward from the back row – . "She was as timid as hell … but once she started dancing, she was a wild thing" – and a few months later found an LP pushed under his door. Bush herself appeared only in old interview footage – so young, so fragile, so shy, but full of the sureness and certainty that only talent brings – but what emerged was a wonderful, detailed portrait of that talent. Although it gave her precocity its full due (she had written The Man With the Child in His Eyes by the time Gilmour came to listen to her when she was 14), it also gave proper weight to her evolution and her later, less commercial, still astonishing work. Why it chose to close on a stupid jarring joke by Steve Coogan, I do not know. But the rest of it succeeded in making Bush and her work less of a mystery but no less beautiful for that.

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Major Quake Rattles Bay Area

UPDATE: Via the San Francisco Chronicle:
There was widespread damage in downtown Napa, with bricks, concrete chunks and broken glass littering the street and debris landing on parked cars. The Old County Courthouse was among the buildings that sustained damage. Emergency workers usually stationed there were moved to the sheriff's office. There was a report of some buckling on an off-ramp from westbound Highway 37 to Highway 29 at Sonoma Boulevard. As a result, Highway 37 between Fairgrounds Drive and Highway 29 was closed as Caltrans crews assessed the damage. Some buildings in downtown Vallejo also sustained damage. Some power lines were down in western Contra Costa County, but Bay Area bridges appeared to be fine, according to the California Highway Patrol. There were widespread reports of power outages, gas leaks and flooding in the North Bay, with at least 15,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers without power in Vallejo, Napa, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Sonoma. Police reminded motorists to stop at darkened intersections. Scientists said the quake was 6.7 miles deep and may have hit on the West Napa Fault. It was the largest in the Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake killed 62 people on Oct. 17, 1989.

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