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  • The Racist and Homophobic Yard Sale Posting You Won’t Believe

    07/18/2011 9:08:18 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 79 replies
    GAWKER ^ | July 18, 2011 | Brian Moylan
    Imagine a bargain hunter's shock and dismay when responding to an ad on Craigslist listing a bunch of possessions for sale and then receiving an email announcing that gay people, Muslims, and illegal immigrants aren't allowed to purchase the wares. Read it for yourself. Our tipster, who lives in the D.C. area, responded to an ad on Craigslist, which has been taken down, expressing interest in one of the items for sale. He received this mass email response peppered with casual racism and homophobia. I've highlighted the worst parts, but the whole thing is really amazingly awful. "i have been...
  • I'm her mom, not the nanny! (LOL)

    07/18/2011 3:15:39 PM PDT · by Baladas · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | July 18, 2011 | Rose Arce
    New York (CNN) -- We were at a Manhattan water park when it happened. I was with my then 3-year-old daughter, Luna, playing in a sandpit on a foul, chilly morning beneath clouds that looked like ripped paper. It was no day to be outside, but living in a city of small apartments, it was no day to be inside with a child either. A little girl approached the two of us, clearly interested in playing. But when she arrived, she addressed only Luna. Pointing a finger at me, she asked her, "Is that your baby sitter?" I've been mistaken...
  • Dear Sarah Palin… Love, God [New attack: If Trig had been homosexual instead of Downs Syndrome]

    07/05/2011 3:20:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Care2 ^ | July 4, 2011 | Christy Diane Farr
    Finally, Sarah Palin and I agree. We both want people to accept and celebrate every child, even those who appear different… and we want them to act right with regard to those children. When she was told by doctors during her pregnancy that her unborn child had Down syndrome, she wrote a letter to her family and friends from God’s perspective. She seems to have seen quite clearly that her son was not broken, he was made this way intentionally, and she clearly expresses the expectation that he will be celebrated for being exactly who he is. I think this...
  • UK terrorists told: Pretend to be gay so you don't get caught

    07/03/2011 5:37:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7/3/11 | Nick Owens
    al-Qaeda fanatics in Britain are being taught to avoid detection – by pretending to be gay. A new terror training manual tells Islamic extremists to lie about their sexuality if a woman approaches them in case she is a “honeytrap” spy sent by security services. The handbook, which was uncovered by a Sunday Mirror ­investigation, says: “Many hotels – especially in busy UK cities – have women hanging around the lobby areas in order to attract men. “A young beautiful woman may come and talk to you. The first thing you do to protect yourself from such a ­situation is...
  • The wrong John Wayne (Rollins appears to be Bachman's Idiot)

    06/27/2011 11:54:18 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 357 replies
    washington times ^ | 6/27 | Dinan
    Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo's own John Wayne. The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo's John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer. Mrs. Bachmann grew up in Waterloo, and used the town as the backdrop for her campaign announcement, where she told Fox News: "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit...
  • Was Vandalism Of Pride Parade Floats A Hate Crime?

    06/27/2011 11:59:39 AM PDT · by triumphant values · 72 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | Jun. 27, 2011 | Steve Miller
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Was the vandalism of 51 floats for the Gay Pride Parade this past weekend a hate crime? Police say they are not investigating it as such. But the parade organizer and the owner of the floats both said they believe it was. The Pride Parade went on as always in the Boystown neighborhood, with appearances by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn, among other dignitaries. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered along Halsted Street, Broadway and Diversey Parkway, high-fiving and embracing strangers and wishing them, “Happy pride!” But the tire-slashing put a damper on the event...
  • Let's Stop Blaming the Bible for Our Homophobia (pls consider source)

    06/25/2011 5:16:50 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 23 June | McWhorter
    After all, the Good Book was once used to justify slavery. I stopped even peeking at "comments" sections a long time ago, like many writers. However, in the wake of a piece I did on the controversy over homophobia among black comedians, rappers and others, I have been pointed to some comments sections by other people writing on the subject, and have made an exception and taken a look. What I have been struck by is how often perfectly sensible commenters approach this rich and delicate subject by simply stating that the Bible forbids homosexuality. It's clear that a lot...
  • WaPo Reporter: Bachmann is 'Barbie with Fangs'

    06/25/2011 4:47:25 PM PDT · by freespirited · 73 replies
    FOX News ^ | 06/25/11
    Colby King of the Washington Post comments on the GOP field.
  • What's That Ticking Sound? The Male Biological Clock

    06/25/2011 3:01:06 PM PDT · by LucyT · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal Life and Culture ^ | June 25, 2011 | JENNIFER VANDERBES
    Older fathers made headlines several years ago when researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine reported that a man over 40 is almost six times as likely as a man under 30 to father an autistic child. Since then, research has shown that a man's chances of fathering offspring with schizophrenia double when he hits 40 and triple at age 50. The incidence of bipolarity, epilepsy, prostate cancer and breast cancer also increases in children born to men approaching 40. Both dwarfism and Marfan syndrome (a disorder of the connective tissue) have been linked to older fathers, and according...
  • Active-Duty Military Members To March In Pride Parade

    06/24/2011 12:06:06 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies · 2+ views
    10 News ^ | 23 Jun 2011
    SAN DIEGO -- History will be made at this year's San Diego Pride Parade when active-duty military members will march openly through the heart of Hillcrest. "To my knowledge [it is] the first time in the history of Pride in the United States, ever, that we have said, 'Active duty, you are welcome,'" organizer Sean Sala said. "We want you to be there without fear of repercussions, because we love you." Sala, an active-duty sailor, said he was bothered to see that police and firefighters were represented in the Pride parade, but not the people who serve this country. "I...
  • FReep a Poll: <snip>Do you think governments should provide domestic partnership benefits?

    06/21/2011 11:20:37 AM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 33 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jume 21, 2011 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele recently announced his support for extending county benefits to domestic partners of county employees. Do you think governments should provide domestic partnership benefits? Yes or No
  • Pooches to take part London's first gay dog show

    06/20/2011 10:01:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    yourlocalguardian.co.uk ^ | 19 June 2011 | James Trueman
    Dogs, straight and gay, will strut their funky stuff at London’s first gay dog show later this month. Battersea Cats and Dogs home has joined forces with Pride London to find the hottest talent in the canine kingdom to compete to be London’s Pride Pooch 2011. Celebrity judge Julian Barnes from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and BBC Three’s Help! My Dog’s as Fat as Me will be presiding over the finalists and picking the winners at Vauxhall's Fire nightclub on June 30. Victorious dogs will then take centre stage on July 2 at the head of this year’s...
  • Andrew Sullivan Formally Joins the Arabist Crowd

    06/15/2011 1:05:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 14, 2011 | Ron Radosh
    Last week, Eli Lake of the Washington Times reported that “[t]he White House is pressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly adopt President Obama’s view that Israel’s pre-1967 borders should be the basis for future peace talks.” As Lake explained, “Mr. Obama’s position would effectively reopen border negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that had been mostly settled in the last round of peace talks that ended in 2008.” While the Obama administration has given Israel an ultimatum — negotiate with the Palestinians on the basis of the 1967 borders as a starting point - Andrew Sullivan cites...
  • Syria Gay Girl in Damascus blog a hoax by US man

    06/12/2011 9:50:25 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 12 2011 | BBC Mobile
    A blog purportedly written by a gay woman in Syria, which described life in Damascas amid the current political unrest, has been revealed to be a hoax. A Girl Gay in Damascus gained a worldwide readership and was closely followed by news organisations. But the true author has now come forward - Tom MacMaster, an American man studying in Scotland. Many Syrian activists have reacted angrily, accusing him of trivialising or even harming their cause. "One day if I'm kidnapped by my government, many readers won't care because I could turn out to be another Amina," wrote one Lebanese blogger....
  • ‘Paula Brooks,’ editor of ‘Lez Get Real,’ also a man

    06/15/2011 12:25:01 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/13/2011 | by Elizabeth Flock and Melissa Bell
    ...“Paula Brooks,” editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, who said he is a retired Ohio military man and construction worker that had adopted his wife’s identity online... Brooks’s identity came under suspicion after news broke that a woman called Amina Arraf on the blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus” might not really be a Syrian lesbian. Over the weekend, as journalists, bloggers and fans of Amina hunted for clues to the identity behind the blog, Brooks came under review as a possible suspect. Liz Henry, a Web producer at BlogHer.com, questioned...
  • Oy vay! Foreskin Man sparks cutting-edge scandal

    06/07/2011 8:14:23 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 69 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | June 6, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    An organizer behind a growing campaign to outlaw circumcision for infant boys now has created a comic book specifically targeting that Jewish practice, and critics say he's gone too far by using Nazi images and stereotypes. "This comic is modern anti-Semitism at its best. It is one story to fight against circumcision, and another to portray Jews in a false anti-Semitic stereotype. The Jewish depictions look like they came right out of Nazi Germany propaganda in the 1930s and 1940s," wrote Hailey Dilman in a commentary at Digital Journal.
  • No opt-out for opponents of gays in military: Gates

    06/05/2011 10:07:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 100 replies
    reuters ^ | June 5, 2011 | David Alexander
    (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly told Marines on Sunday that they won't be able to opt out of their enlistment just because they disagree with a government decision to end a ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gates, who is on a tour of Afghanistan to bid farewell to the troops before stepping down at the end of the month, was quizzed by a Marine sergeant about the controversial policy during a question and answer session at a base in southwestern Helmand Province.
  • Gay softball league limit on straight players OK'd

    06/03/2011 4:57:05 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 2, 2011 | GENE JOHNSON
    A gay softball organization can keep its rule limiting the number of heterosexual players on each team, but allegations by three players who say they were disqualified from a tournament because they weren't gay enough can proceed to trial, a federal judge said. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance oversees gay softball leagues in dozens of U.S. cities and runs an annual tournament called the Gay Softball World Series. Three men claim in a lawsuit filed last year that their team's second-place finish in the 2008 tournament in Washington state was nullified because they are bisexual, not gay, and...
  • Robin Pagoria, Florida sheriff's deputy, busted for spanking girls and making porn films: cops

    05/30/2011 11:14:27 AM PDT · by Tom87 · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 27, 2011 | Rich Shapiro
    A female Florida sheriff's deputy handcuffed naked girls to a desk, spanked them with a leather paddle and sent the seamy homemade videos to a boyfriend she met on a fetish web site, authorities said. Robin Leigh Pagoria, 45, subjected her two victims - described as girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - to multiple torture sessions, authorities said. "There aren't words to describe my anger with her," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel, adding that the arrest "came out of nowhere." Pagoria, a divorced Marine veteran, shackled the girls' wrists and ankles to a...
  • U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian

    05/27/2011 12:37:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 130 replies
    Gallup ^ | 5/27/11
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. More specifically, over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, including 35% who estimate that more than one in four are. Thirty percent put the figure at less than 15%. Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian? 2002 and 2011 Trend The findings, from a Gallup poll conducted May 5-8, 2011, mark the second time Gallup has asked Americans to estimate the gay population. In 2002,...