Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Republican Party's biggest problem in one photo

Gee, what's missing from this photo? Let me think...

Could it be the absolute lack of minority faces?

This was posted by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) after speaking to the National Teen Age Republicans, or "#futuregop."

If that's the "future of the GOP," Republicans could seriously be in big trouble as the diversity of the US continues to grow.

Arizona: Lawyers argue banning same-sex marriage doesn't come from malice

The state of Arizona has engaged the services of lawyers from the antigay organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom, to defend the marriage ban in two lawsuits.

The organization has led unsuccessful defenses in other marriage cases in Oklahoma and Virginia, so why not hire the team that loses?

And what is their fabulous argument against gays and lesbians having equal right? That never winning hand - "it's all about procreation."

From the Arizona Republic:

The ADF lawyers say the marriage bans reinforce the strength of marriages for straight couples, and their children. The lawyers' arguments claim the state "regulates marriage for the primary purpose of protecting relationships that would produce children, and let those children grow up with a biological mother and father," The Republic reports.

"That's been the understood definition of marriage," Caleb Dalton of the ADF said to The Repubilc. "The recent laws that the plaintiffs have challenged didn't change anything. They merely reaffirmed that definition."

This is the exact approach that has failed in over 20 legal arguments.  But hey, if at first you don't succeed.  Keep using the same broken argument.

You'll note that the legal team does't also argue against seniors who marry or infertile couples who can't bear children.

Just the gays.

But, no animus intended. None at all.


From Miss Betty Bowers: "Soused Sarah Ssshpeaks to Conssshervativesssssh"

Miss Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, shares her latest video - "Soused Sarah Ssshpeaks to Conssshervativesssssh"

From Miss Betty: "Sarah Palin recently gave a speech after taking a fistful of prescription goodness. The only surprise? It actually did have a discernible effect on her word salad! I couldn’t resist having a little Fair Use fun with video (but only out of Christian concern)."

Six Years Later...

Via Americans Against the Tea Party

Zwölftonwerbung - Twelve tone commercial

For true music lovers (?)

I love the juxtaposition of the video and music.  That's how I would react to "twelve-tone" music I reckon.

"And who can forget that great, melodic hit..."

Today's statement of love from God's gentle people

Pastor James David Manning of the Atlah World Missionary Church in Harlem posted this message spreading God's love today.

I'm not an expert, but this doesn't come across very "Christ-like."

GOP silent on executive order banning workplace discrimination for federal LGBT employees

Huffington Post makes note of the fact that while LGBT advocates and Democratic officials hailed President Obama's signing an executive order banning workplace discrimination for federal employees and federal contractors, and the anti-gay folks sent out their blasts decrying the policy, elected Republicans have been very quiet about the move:

Perhaps nobody better illustrated this point than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). HuffPost asked him Thursday if he had any reaction to Obama's LGBT executive order.

"Nope," Boehner said at his weekly briefing. "The president signs a lot of executive orders."

Asked if he supports the principle of workplace protections being extended to LGBT employees, he punted again. "Listen, the president is going to make his decisions. He can," Boehner said.

On the other side, Human Rights Campaign spokesman Fred Sainz said he considers Republicans' silence golden. "While I would far prefer they speak on behalf of the equality their constituents support, it's definitely evidence of our progress when some say nothing," Sainz said.

One factor may be that Republicans simply aren't keeping up with the flurry of LGBT rights advancements. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), one of the eight House GOP co-sponsors of ENDA, said Thursday that he didn't know about Obama's executive order. But he emphasized that if it has the same goal as ENDA -- which it does, except that ENDA has far broader implications -- he supports it.

The only elected Republican HuffPost could find who issued a statement on the executive order was Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who has stated he supports the policy behind the executive order because "employees shouldn’t face unjust discrimination in the workplace simply because of their sexual orientation."

Big Brother's Cody Calafiore and Caleb Reynolds looking good in the buff

Shirtless cowboy Caleb Reynolds of Big Brother 16

The Gaily Grind has done their homework and assembled galleries of photos featuring Big Brother 16 hotties Cody Calafiore and Caleb Reynolds.

Both have done a good bit of modeling, it seem, and both seem to know "their good sides."

Cody modeled for underwear giant C-IN2, and Caleb worked the camera for Tripp Wall Photography. See the results below, then check out more over at Gaily Grind.

A shirtless Caleb Calafiore of Big Brother 16 goes to take just a bit more off

Caleb Calafiore of Big Brother 16 models Grip Athletics for C-IN2 underwear

Caleb Reynolds shirtless for Tripp Wall Photography

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Music: Jeb Havens Closet Sessions "The Happiest (Please Say Yes)"

Ok, I'm officially "in crush" with Jeb Haven's talent.

I love that he does these "Closet Sessions" so he can record.  Lots more great stuff on his YouTube channel.

If you like (and why wouldn't you?) find him on iTunes here and go download something.

I'm always a big fan of supporting independent artists.  And here's a great one.  I'm very drawn to the edge on his voice and the authentic emotion in everything he does.

Take a listen.

Florida: Tow truck operator arrested for targeting Gay Days attendees

A tow truck operator has been busted on multiple counts of grand theft for towing the vehicles of Gay Days attendees in Orlando.

Jason P. Combs, 44, owner of ASAP Towing, faces 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and other charges.

Deputies allege he towed more than 100 vehicles June 5 to 9 from a parking lot at Westwood Town Center off International Drive, which is across the street from the event's host hotel, Doubletree by Hilton.

Combs didn't have an up-to-date contract to tow vehicles or have proper signage notifying motorists the lot was a tow-away zone, deputies said.

According to reports, Combs would hire "spotters" to look for people who left the parking lot headed to the Center, so their vehicles so they could be towed. These "spotters" would give him a signal and within minutes the vehicles would be towed.

Another problem in Mr. Combs business plan seems to be the cars were towed further than 10 miles away - this violates Florida state law.  What a surprise.

What an asshole.

Alabama: Man checks into hospital for circumcision, wakes up with penis amputated is reporting a man who checked into Princeton Baptist Medical Center for circumcision woke up in recovery to find his penis had been amputated.  Amputated.

I'm assuming the circumcision was necessary for some serious medical reason.  And I'll go farther and assume (hope) the amputation was due to further complications while in surgery?

Every man's nightmare. Wow.

"When the plaintiff ... awoke from his aforesaid surgical procedure, his penis was amputated," according to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs "never gave consent for the complete or partial amputation of (his) penis."

Efforts Tuesday evening to reach the man's attorney, John P. Graves, were unsuccessful.

Kate DeWitt Darden, vice president of marketing and communications at Baptist Health System, said they do not comment on who might or might not have been a patient and generally do not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit claims that the man was never provided with an explanation as to the medical necessity of an amputation nor was never warned the circumcision procedure could result in an amputation.

The man has suffered additional/extended pain and suffering during his recovery, has spent additional time in the hospital recovering, and has been caused to spend more money. The man's wife also claims loss of consortium.

Just imagine.

Or, actually, don't.

Rumer Willis gets her sunscreen on in sexy PSA parody of Ariana Grande's "Problem"

Rumer Willis, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, stars in a “SPF” PSA/music video parody (written and directed by  Jake Wilson) of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea‘s hit song “Problem.”

In the video, the 25-year-old actress rubs sunscreen all over a group of her hot shirtless friends, including singer Constantine Rousouli.

It's all about sunscreen protection, kids...

Director Zack Synder shares first look at new Wonder Woman at ComicCon

At this year's ComicCon, going on right now down in San Diego, director Zack Snyder shared this first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Thoughts? Yay? Nay?

I think it's pretty hot. And she looks appropriately fierce.

(Does anyone still say "fierce" anymore...)

Music: Nick Jonas "Chains"

Nick Jonas shares new music and his huge biceps with the world. He may not be naked here, but we'll live with this.

The youngest (and arguably hunkiest) JoBro is going solo, and he dropped the first single to his upcoming full-length album this week - "Chains."

I'm not a huge aficionado of the Jonas Brothers (I know a couple of their tunes) but this is clearly a departure.  Nick is clearly trying to move his music needle to a more Adult/R&B aesthetic.

This represents his first new music release since his collaboration in 2010 with his backing band The Administration. That endeavor didn't go so great - sold just 179K units to date.

By the way, there's a perfectly good, logical reason to post the pic above of Nick and his famous biceps (even though it has nothing to do with his new music).  There are CHAINS in the picture above!  See?  Makes perfect sense.  Right?

Take a listen below:

Game of Thrones - Season 4 Blooper reel

Dramatic pauses that are really forgotten lines, accents that come and go, prop malfunctions and a Christmas line dance.

All behind the scenes while shooting the 4th season of "Game of Thrones."

Debuted at ComicCon yesterday - almost 2 million views in a day.

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