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  • Bush role in end-of-life dispute as governor now 2016 issue

    02/15/2015 7:25:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 9:08 AM ET | Michael J. Mischak
    Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald. The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.” The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael. Bush’s effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife’s feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush’s time in office. Bush, a devout Catholic, sided with Terri Schiavo’s parents in the end-of-life dispute and reached for unprecedented authority to intervene. Michael Schiavo said his...
  • Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

    01/22/2015 3:15:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 3:30 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements? A baker in suburban Denver who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is fighting a legal order requiring him to serve gay couples even though he argued that would violate his religious beliefs. But now a separate case puts a twist in the debate over discrimination in public businesses, and it underscores the tensions...
  • 2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Wal-Mart [media bias]

    12/30/2014 5:15:02 PM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday. The 29-year-old woman was shopping with her son and three other children, Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Stu Miller told The Associated Press. Her family had come to the area to visit relatives, he said. The woman, whose identity was not released, had a concealed weapons permit. Miller said the young boy was left in a shopping cart, reached into the victim's purse and grabbed a small-caliber handgun, which...
  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    12/22/2014 9:31:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 60 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | dec. 22, 2014 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants. Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among...
  • Evangelicals with gay children challenging church (AP vs. Christianity)

    11/27/2014 12:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 27, 2014 2:00 PM EST | Rachel Zoll
    Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose. “Now we realize we were so wrongly taught,” said Rob Robertson, a firefighter for more than 30 years who...
  • Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

    11/22/2014 10:22:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 2:26 AM EST
    Officials in a Polish town (Tuszyn) have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. […] Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a “hermaphrodite.” …
  • Another top Ohio Republican speaks on gay marriage

    11/14/2014 8:17:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 5:24 PM EST | Julie Carr Smyth
    A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state’s protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate. The comments by Justice Paul Pfeifer come as the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could settle the issue across the nation once and for all. He said his daughter, Lisa, has a partner and two children, ages 9 and 5, whom he and his wife consider grandchildren. But under Ohio law, his...
  • Germany tops USA as world’s favorite country (per GfK)

    11/12/2014 4:01:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Nov 2014 11:17 GMT+01:00
    Market researchers GfK found that Germany has knocked the USA off the top spot for global image for the first time since 2009. The pollsters asked 20,000 people in 20 countries their opinion of 50 leading nations across six categories: exports, government, culture, people, tourism, and immigration and investment. Germany’s biggest gain over 2013 was in the “Top sporting performance” category, as people had become familiar with the grinning faces of the World Cup-winning football team over the summer. But GfK found other key factors helped put Germany on top, including its leading role in European politics, strong economic performance...
  • Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has died

    09/08/2014 2:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2014 4:40 AM EDT
    S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family’s conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin told The Associated Press that Cathy died at home surrounded by members of his family. Funeral plans had not yet been finalized, he said. …
  • No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

    09/01/2014 1:10:59 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 21 replies
    msn.com ^ | 9/1/2014 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: "Darren Wilson is a Murderer." There was no overlap in the facts as seen by Jones and Stephens at the demonstrations staged...
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    08/25/2014 2:30:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:59 AM EDT | Rick Callahan
    When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler,...
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    08/23/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub. […] In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide. In the last decade, bathhouses,...
  • Obama opens Gay Games with surprise video message

    08/10/2014 8:20:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2014 10:38 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies. […] The president said the United States has come a long way in its commitment to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He also noted that some athletes come from places where publicly acknowledging their sexual orientation can put them at risk. …
  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

    07/28/2014 10:40:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 8:59 PM EDT | Leanne Italie
    As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female. […] A gender binary exists in fashion, and that’s a challenge for those who don’t conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys’ departments or bad fits, while people...
  • Republican governors’ words shift on gay marriage

    07/12/2014 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 12:18 PM EDT | Steve Peoples and Erik Schelzig
    Deep in the nation’s Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America’s families and politics for years. While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition- in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is a dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by...
  • Texas GOP advances ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

    06/06/2014 2:49:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 6, 2014 2:51 AM EDT | Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert
    The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” on minors. A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention where, across the street, tea party star U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired up attendees at a rally to defend marriage as between a man and a woman. Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP will “recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of...
  • As hate mail pours in to Hailey, Idaho, hometown cancels celebration for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    06/05/2014 12:40:17 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 50 replies
    AP, MassLive ^ | June 4,2014
    HAILEY, Idaho — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds — both for and against the soldier. The town of 8,000 has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls over Bergdahl, whose release after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has touched off a debate over whether the 28-year-old should be given a hero's welcome or punished as a deserter.
  • Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

    05/26/2014 1:53:32 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/25/14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel's controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts "unacceptable." -snip- Palestinian officials hailed Francis' decision to refer to the "state of Palestine." In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the "state of Palestine," and his Bethlehem office as the "presidential palace." He pointedly called Abbas a "man of peace." -snip-
  • Nintendo life-simulation game doesn’t allow same-sex couples

    05/07/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05-07-2014 | The Associated Press
    The publisher of such gaming franchises as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Mario Bros." said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life." This follows a social media campaign launched by fans last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters, which are modeled after real people. "Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" Nintendo of America Inc. said in a statement. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world...
  • AP Impact: Deadly side effect to fracking boom (really tenuous)

    05/05/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 5, 2014 12:09 PM EDT | Kevin Begos and Jonathan Fahey
    Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment. An Associated Press analysis of traffic deaths and U.S. census data in six drilling states shows that in some places, fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004—a period when most American roads have become much safer even as the population has grown. “We are just so swamped,” said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva of Karnes County, Texas, where authorities have been...
  • AP SOURCES: HEALTH LAW SIGN-UPS ON TRACK TO HIT 7M

    04/01/2014 8:02:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    AP ^ | 04/01/2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JOSH LEDERMAN
    Beating expectations, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches that slowed sign-ups on the HealthCare.gov website. Two government officials confirmed the milestone, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of an official announcement. Seven million was the original target...
  • The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word (Homosexual)

    03/23/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 100 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual. But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative. “ ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture. Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in...
  • Phelps’ hate seen by some as aiding gay rights

    03/21/2014 10:42:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2014 10:17 AM EDT | John Hanna and David Crary
    Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring—often at military funerals—that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality. But in targeting grieving families of troops killed overseas, taunting people entering other churches and carrying signs with anti-gay slurs and vulgar language or symbols, Phelps and his Westboro Baptist congregation created public circuses that may have helped the gay-rights movement. Following Phelps’ death Wednesday at age 84, some gay-rights advocates suggested that he and his church...
  • AP, Dallas News, WashPo, etc., Lie About Ted Cruz’ Abortion Statement

    03/13/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 13, 2014 | 14:13 | Katie Yoder
    You’d think conservatives Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are outspoken enough without liberal media sources having to lie about their words. But you’d be underestimating the unscrupulous partisanship of political “journalists." Case in point: the dishonest reporting of the comments from both GOP senators at the Susan B. Anthony Campaign for Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 12. An AP report appearing on The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report and several other organizations cherry-picked and twisted statements from Sen. Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Lee (R-UT) from the pro-life event.  Here’s what Sen. Cruz actually said: (More after video.)...
  • GOP candidate: Some groups contemplate infanticide

    03/12/2014 6:08:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 2:43 PM EDT
    A Republican Senate candidate in North Carolina is defending his remarks that some abortion rights groups contemplate infanticide. Greg Brannon, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, told a group in November that killing babies who survived abortions could happen in America, according to a report Wednesday in Mother Jones magazine. …
  • Anti-abortion voters look for one of their own

    03/12/2014 6:25:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 6:39 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    Calling their opponents Satan worshipers and savages, anti-abortion lawmakers on Wednesday insisted that Republican contenders keep an intense focus on social issues in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race. Like many abortion opponents, the Susan B. Anthony List is in search of a White House contender who won’t shy from social issues after back-to-back presidential nominees in 2008 and 2012 who focused their campaigns on the economy and came up short. Several potential 2016 candidates were making their pitches in blunt terms, urging the group members to stick to their principles and fight those who would stand...
  • AP Smears Trail Life Boys with Misleading 'Nazi' Photo

    03/06/2014 12:13:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>“I was horrified,” said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a new, rapidly-growing scouting organization that doesn’t allow openly gay members.</p> <p>Stemberger was referring to an Associated Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP’s original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization’s “creed” during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas.</p>
  • Effort to build gay marriage support heads south

    02/24/2014 11:11:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST | Christina A. Cassidy
    Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region. The $1 million effort will be focused on field organizing and sharing the stories of gay couples through local community and business events as well as social media in 14 Southern states. The key, supporters say, will be to share stories like those of Linda Ellis and her partner, Lesley Brogan, who appeared at Monday’s event....
  • AP serves George Zimmerman with a cease-and-desist order....

    01/24/2014 7:30:49 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 90 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 24, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    after he 'stole' their photographer's image for his latest paintingGeorge Zimmerman's recent foray into the art world hasn't exactly earned him much critical praise. But it's definitely garnered him some attention - so much so that it could potentially get him sued by one of the largest news-wire services on earth. For his latest painting, the man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin has painted a portrait of Florida State Attorney General Angela Corey, who is the woman who decided to charge Zimmerman with murder in Martin's death. The problem for Zimmerman, however,...
  • ESTABLISHMENT GOPERS ASSAIL TEA PARTY ON SHUTDOWN

    10/11/2013 4:21:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2013 | Thomas Beaumont
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
  • NPR Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown

    10/09/2013 5:56:42 AM PDT · by HawkHogan · 113 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/9/2013
    Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it.
  • For Fort Hood shooter, is execution punishment?

    08/24/2013 8:21:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 11:15 AM EDT | Ramit Plushnick-Masti
    Maj. Nidal Hasan and many of his victims in the Fort Hood shooting seem to want the same thing—his death. But while survivors and relatives of the dead view lethal injection as justice, the Army psychiatrist appears to see it as something else—martyrdom. …
  • Extremists attack Montenegro’s first gay pride

    07/24/2013 6:23:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 9:08 AM EDT | Predrag Milic
    Several hundred extremists shouting “Kill the gays” attacked gay activists and clashed with police on Wednesday in a bid to disrupt the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro, which is seeking to improve its human rights record as it bids to join the European Union. Angry assailants threw rocks, bottles, glasses and various other objects—including chairs from local cafés—at several dozen flag-waving gay activists who shouted back “Kiss the gays.” A shower of stones and bottles also landed on special police securing the gathering in the coastal town of Budva. Police then intervened to push the attackers away...
  • Confirmed: (Racist) Left Wing Plant at Houston Pro-Zimmerman Rally is Far Left Activist

    07/23/2013 6:58:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 127 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Kristinn Taylor
    LEFTIST PLANT INFILTRATES HOUSTON PRO-ZIMMERMAN RALLY– Liberal Media runs with it A photo from the Houston pro-Zimmerman counter-rally of the NBPP anti-Zimmerman rally picked up by the AP shows a woman holding a sign that read, “Racist & Proud.” That looked incongruent with the other reports from the pro-Zimmerman side. The Houston Chronicle identified her as Renee Vaughan: One woman in the Zimmerman group held a sign that said, “We’re racist & proud.” Austin resident Renee Vaughan echoed the sign’s ugly sentiments by yelling, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better because we’re white,” at the Martin group as they passed,...
  • AP REPORTER ON ZIMMERMAN VERDICT: 'SO WE CAN ALL KILL TEENAGERS NOW?'

    07/13/2013 8:22:03 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 103 replies
    Breibart ^ | 13 Jul 2013 | TONY LEE
    After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges on Saturday evening, an Associated Press reporter, Cristina Silva, tweeted this out from her verified twitter account: "So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking."
  • Obama's Berlin speech: History raises the stakes

    06/18/2013 11:51:27 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2013 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Five years and 50 years. As President Barack Obama revisits Berlin, he can't escape those anniversaries and the inevitable comparisons to history and personal achievement. His 26-hour whirlwind visit to the German capital caps three days of international summitry for the president and marks his return to a place where he once summoned a throng of 200,000 to share his ambitious vision for American leadership. That was 2008, when Obama was running for president and those who supported him at home and abroad saw the young mixed-race American as a unifying and transformational figure who signified hope and change. Five...
  • Gay pride parade march for NBA's Jason Collins (Boston)

    06/08/2013 5:51:15 PM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 06/08/2013 | Associated Press
    NBA veteran center Jason Collins, the first active athlete in one of the four U.S. major professional sports leagues to come out as being gay, marched Saturday for nearly three miles in Boston's gay pride parade with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University. The parade also featured former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank — the first sitting member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage — who also represented Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District before Kennedy. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate seeking the seat once held by John Kerry, who stepped down...
  • ‘Boy or Girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools

    05/28/2013 12:21:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 119 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2013 12:41 PM EDT | Martha Irvine
    From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It’s a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born—a boy or a girl. From early on, we divide toys and activities by very distinct gender lines, with superheroes and trucks and muck on one side and princesses and dolls and all things frilly on the other. Many children land, enthusiastically, on the expected side. Others dabble in both “girl” and “boy” things. But what if your kid, even from an early age, mostly showed interest...
  • 'Bogus' AP tweet about explosion at the White House wipes billions off US markets

    04/23/2013 12:14:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | April 23, 2013 | Peter Foster
    The US stock market went into a temporary tailspin after hackers broke into the Twitter account of the Associated Press and announced that two bombs had exploded at the White House, injuring Barack Obama. “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” said the fake “alert” from one of America’s most trusted news sources, briefly fooling some news outlets and sending the Dow Jones plunging 145 points in the space of two minutes — or 1 per cent. The benchmark S&P 500 index also fell nearly 1 percent in the space of three minutes as the...
  • CAIR Claims Victory Over AP Stylebook’s Restrictions on Word 'Islamist'

    04/06/2013 9:26:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    CAIR Claims Victory Over AP Stylebook’s Restrictions on Word 'Islamist' April 5, 2013 By Elizabeth Harrington (CNSNews.com) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) praised the Associated Press (AP) for revising its stylebook to forbid the use of the word “Islamist,” if it is used to describe Islamic militants or extremists. In a press release on Friday, CAIR said revising the term is a "step in the right direction,” and that they helped influence the AP’s decision. “Late last year, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) approached AP about modifying the reference, which had been added to its influential...
  • AP Pussyfoots Around Extremism, Revises Use of the Word ‘Islamist'

    04/05/2013 3:01:35 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 11 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 04/05/2013
    Rather than focusing on the real issues here, the AP is doing everything in its power to avoid pointing out the relationship between radical Islamists and terrorism. Similar to the Benghazi terror attack, in which the media found every possible angle to focus on other than the link between Islamic extremists and the attacks. They pointed to Mitt Romney for his statements, they pointed to Newsweek’s ‘Muslim Rage’ cover, at the author, Ayaan Ali Hirsi, and they pointed it at an obscure film that was at that time unknown to the general public. The relationship between radical Islam and terrorism...
  • Associated Press Drops 'Illegal Immigrant' From Stylebook

    04/02/2013 3:45:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 2,2013 | CRISTINA COSTANTIN
    The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant." The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company's on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels."The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," Carroll wrote. The company's...
  • US postpones award for Egyptian woman after anti-Semitic tweets surface

    03/07/2013 3:39:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/7/13 | Staff
    The Obama administration is postponing an award for an Egyptian activist who was subjected to a "virginity test" after protesting in Cairo´s Tahrir Square. The State Department had said Samira Ibrahim would be among recipients of an International Women of Courage award presented by Secretary of State John Kerry and first lady Michelle Obama on Friday. Now the State Department says she won´t be honored Friday because of anti-American and anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday officials will first study the tweets, which include support for attacks against U.S. diplomatic
  • National Journal’s Ron Fournier Asks Why Obama Doesn’t Just Murder John Boehner

    03/04/2013 10:19:01 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    It appears as though the days of civility and integrity in journalism are long gone. On March 1, National Journal’s Ron Fournier, formerly the Washington bureau chief at the Associated Press, took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with government sequestration, suggesting that President Obama: Can handle Bin laden, not Boehner? He may be POTUS, but Obama incapable of “a Jedi mind meld.” Fournier continued his violent rhetoric in a follow-up tweet, suggesting that, “Bin Laden didn’t compromise. Handled him pretty well.”
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...
  • Do black people support Obama because he's black?

    10/13/2012 2:35:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    AP ^ | 10/13/12 | Jesse Washington
    ...Are black people supporting Obama mainly because he's black? If race is just one factor in blacks' support of Obama, does that make them racist? Can blacks' support for Obama be compared with white voters who may favor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because he's white? ...Stacey Dash, who also has Mexican heritage, is best known for the 1995 film "Clueless" and the recent cable-TV drama "Single Ladies." On Twitter, she was called "jigaboo," "traitor," "house nigger" and worse after posting, "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future." ...Twitter users are by no means representative of America, and...
  • Poll: Four in 10 believe in Obama healthcare law ‘death panels’

    09/26/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/2012 | Elise Viebeck
    About four in 10 U.S. adults believe that President Obama's healthcare reform law will create "death panels" to decide patients' fitness for care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK survey. Support for the widely challenged claim has remained steady since 2010, when 39 percent believed "death panels" would result from the healthcare law. Today, 41 percent say the same is true. Overall, most people believe the law will go into effect in spite of Republican pledges to repeal it. About seven in 10 adults said the law will be implemented with some changes, while 11 percent believe it will be...
  • FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts

    08/28/2012 9:04:54 AM PDT · by Buck-I-Guy · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 8-28-12 | By BETH FOUHY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — ‘‘2016: Obama’s America,’’ a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama’s political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what D'Souza calls the ‘‘anti-colonial’’ beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president’s life.
  • Obama: Akin "somehow missed science class"

    08/22/2012 9:06:14 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 72 replies
    CBS?AP ^ | 8/22/12 | CBS/AP
    (CBS/AP) -- President Obama weighed in on Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments about "legitimate rape" Wednesday, mocking Akin by saying he "somehow missed science class." "The interesting thing here is that this is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class," Mr. Obama said at a fundraiser in New York City Wednesday night. "But it's representative of a desire to go backwards instead of forwards. And fights that we thought were settled twenty, thirty years ago."
  • FACT CHECK: Questionable claims in veep debut (AP at it already)

    08/11/2012 12:58:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    AP/pioneer press ^ | 8-11-12 | CALVIN WOODWARD and HENRY C. JACKSON
    WASHINGTON—In his debut as Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan promised "America's comeback team" won't duck tough budget issues, although the man standing next to him has kept his head low so far. Romney vowed the duo would "preserve" Medicare, an eye-popping claim considering Ryan wants to transform the program from the ground up. Not all the rhetoric fit neatly with reality or with the record when Romney introduced his Republican vice presidential choice to the nation Saturday. A look at some of the claims by the Wisconsin congressman and Romney, and how they compare with the facts. ROMNEY: "Unlike...