Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Viral Video: New Zealand Students Perform Haka Dance At Teacher's Funeral

Ok, this is awesome. Imminently watchable. The passion these students have is undeniable.

Mashable has the details:

At least 1,700 boys at Palmerston North Boys' High School on New Zealand's North Island participated in the epic performance for their physical education and maths teacher, Dawson Tamatea.

Tamatea, 55, died in his sleep on July 20, according to TVNZ. He had been a teacher at the school for almost 30 years.

"This was a very emotional and powerful performance," the school wrote on its YouTube channel. "We are extremely proud of our boys' performance and we know that Mr Tamatea would be too."

The haka has become renowned internationally due to its prominence in rugby union football, where it is performed as a war cry before matches played by New Zealand's teams.

Mike Huckabee's Holocaust Comments Leave Jon Stewart Speechless

GOP: The Mad (Not A) Scientists

Monday, July 27, 2015

Donald Trump's "Special Counsel" Threatens Reporter

Donald Trump's special counsel Michael Cohen out loud to a reporter

The Daily Beast reported today on Donald Trump's use of the word "rape" in recent weeks referring to Mexican immigrants. It turns out the Donald has something of a history with the word.

The Daily Beast went back to Trump's 1990 divorce from his ex-wife Ivana, where she alleged in court documents that he violently assaulted her on one occasion and forced her to have sex invoking the word "rape."

Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, defended his boss, saying, “You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse."

“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?”

“You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word rape, and I’m going to mess your life up… for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet… you’re going to have judgements against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” he added.

Interesting that a lawyer in New York state would be ignorant of the law regarding spousal rape.  At one time, there was a so-called “marital rape exemption” to the law, but it was struck down in 1984.

In addition, there were other times when the Donald weighed in on cases of alleged rape over the years. Read the story over at The Daily Beast.

In any case, it's fascinating that this is who a man running for "president" would dispatch to speak for him.

Is Michael Cohen going to threaten heads of state who may not agree with a (never gonna happen) Trump administration?

Bryan Fischer: Obama Was "Rude" To Bring Up LGBT Rights In Kenya

Bryan Fischer, of the anti-gay American Family Association, says President Obama was "rude" to stand up for LGBT rights during his visit to Kenya over the weekend.

Via Right Wing Watch:
"These political leaders know what homosexual behavior does," he said, and they "want something better for the African people than what homosexual conduct give them."

These leaders do not need someone like Obama lecturing them, Fischer continued, because they "are more enlightened" than the United State on this issue.

"We are smart enough, we are bright enough, we are intelligent enough, we are sane enough to make this kind of behavior contrary to public policy," Fischer said, as he approvingly laid out what he believe the correct African position on this issue to be. "We're not going to embrace it, we're not going to promote it, we're not even going to make it legal."

Nevertheless, President Obama went to Kenya and criticized laws criminalizing homosexuality which, Fischer said, "in my mind just makes him rude."

Interestingly, Fischer says that most African nations outlaw homosexuality, in part, because the continent has been ravaged by AIDS.

What Fischer leaves out is that the vast majority of HIV/AIDS patients in Africa are heterosexual.

Hunky Service Members Show Their Support With 22KM Shirtless March

This past Saturday, 50 active duty service members and veterans walked 22 kilometers (14 miles) from south Mission Beach to La Jolla, California, wearing nothing but their green silkies and combat boots, to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention.

The muscle hunks who organized the walk call themselves the Irreverent Warriors and the number of kilometers (22) they’ll walk and the weight that they’ll carry represents the 22 service members who die from suicide each day.

From the group's website:
We are combat veterans who choose to tell our stories in the same manner that we’d tell them in a living room with our best bros. We choose to express our dark humor and let our terrible jokes fly like eagles, all in an effort to get combat vets to laugh, get together, and stop fucking killing themselves.

(via Gaily Grind)

Boy Scouts Of America Set To End Gay Scout Leader Ban - Almost

A vote scheduled today for the 80 member board of the Boy Scouts of America could officially end the organization's longtime ban on openly gay scout leaders.

Kinda sorta.

In an effort to assuage some conservative religious groups, the new policy allows church-led scout groups to choose adult leaders “whose beliefs are consistent with their own.”

The Boy Scouts’ executive committee unanimously voted earlier this month to approve a resolution that would effectively end the ban on gay adult leaders. Today's vote makes that resolution official.

First Teaser For Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour

First sneak peek at Madonna's upcoming REBEL HEART TOUR.

Complete with pole-dancing nuns!

The tour opens in Montreal on September 8th. More info at Madonna.com.

(h/t Boy Culture)

Todd Starnes: Americans Want Leaders With "Big Man-Parts"

Fox News' Todd Starnes via Twitter:

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote to defund Planned Parenthood's Killing Fields. That sort of emasculated, chicken-hearted leadership is why Donald Trump is surging in the polls. Americans want leaders with man-parts big enough to do the right thing."

I'm sorry, but I'm just a little embarrassed for even a semi-straight guy like Starnes to write the words "man-parts." If you're going to go for the big dick metaphor, go for it.

And I'm guessing Starnes has some "insider" knowledge about the size of Trump's penis?

(h/t JMG)

The Science Of Dogs

My favorite "three minute science guys" over at AsapSCIENCE share this short video exploring the world of dogs.

Hit the video below to learn why dogs often respond to human emotions, how they interpret language, whether they’re really colorblind, which breed is the most popular, how amazing their sense of smell is, and much more.

President Obama Slaps Back At Mike Huckabee Over Iran/Israel Comments

Speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia, President Obama slapped back at current GOP presidential hopefuls who have taken to making "ridiculous" claims about his policies, and "outrageous attacks" that were unbecoming to presidential politics.

The president was asked about Mike Huckabee's assertion yesterday that the nuclear deal currently under consideration with Iran would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

via Mike Huckabee Twitter

Addressing the question, Obama tied Huckabee's comments to other Republican 2016 nominees:
“The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad. We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party.”
Obama later said the comments by Huckabee might be an attempt at getting some attention for his languishing presidential campaign: “Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines."

The president summed up the current political environment like this:
“The Republican Party is shocked, and yet that arises out of a culture where those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace and get circulated nonstop through the Internet and talk radio and news outlets. And I recognize that when outrageous statements are made about me, a lot of the same people who were outraged when it’s made about Mr. McCain were pretty quiet.”

“The American people deserve better. Certainly presidential debates deserve better. In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys. I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who’s serious about the serious problems the country faces and the world faces.”


Rush Limbaugh: Boys Are Having Less Sex Because Being Gay Portrayed As "Fun, Hip, Natural"

Last week, Rush Limbaugh told his diminishing radio audience that teenage boys today are having less sex because being gay is being portrayed in the media as "fun, hip, natural... you name it."

Via Towleroad:
On his radio show, Limbaugh says that although 30 years ago a fall in the number of teens having sex would have been seen as a good thing, in 2015 it’s a problem because we “have turned boys into…bullies…predators…or pajama boys.”

He goes on to argue that while heterosexual porn is portrayed as violent and aggressive towards women, gay sex is seen as “loving, sensitive, fun, hip, natural normal [and] cool.”

He concludes that confused teens will therefore choose to become gay because the “lifestyle” is constantly pushed at them.
I've personally never met a man (or teenager) who was truly straight say, "Hey, that gay stuff looks cool. Let me try some of that."


Sunday, July 26, 2015

RIP Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Houston with grandmother Cissy and mother Whitney

Bobbi Kristna Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, passes away at 22.

From CNN:

Brown, the daughter of late superstar Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the age of 22, a representative of the Houston family said in a statement.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family," the statement said. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

Goodbye little one. It wasn't your fault.

From ETOnline:

"She is finally at peace in the arms of God," the Houston family said in statement to ET. "We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and was then taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She was later placed in a medically induced coma at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.

Music Video: Priory "Put 'Em Up"

Portland, OR-based group Priory drops the new video for their song 'Put Em Up' from the band's latest album Need To Know.

Pop culture website NYLON calls the video "humanizing, vulnerable, and completely impactful."

Singer Brandon Rush of Priory shared this about the video:

"I wrote 'Put Em Up' a couple of years ago. It's a personal story about watching my brother struggle with being gay in a conservative and religious family. It didn't get any better for him when he joined the military.

"I'm happy that in the past couple of weeks our country has made a lot of progress in granting the LBGTQ community equality, but we all know we still have a long way to go.

"When we made the video, we wanted to show regular people doing regular things in an anonymous fashion until they came together in a place of mutual acceptance where everyone had a chance to be free to be whatever they were on the inside or outside."

Priory has earned wide-spread praise from mainstream outlets like Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Equire, and more; in addition, the band makes the grade on several high-profile lists like:

USA Today 'On the Verge' artist
SPIN 'Artist You Must See'
TIME 'Artist You Need To Hear'
MTV 'Artist To Watch'
Delta 'Artist of the Month'

Find more info at the official website here.

Trailer: "Freeheld" Starring Julianne Moore & Ellen Page

Based on the true story of a New Jersey lesbian couple who fought for same-sex couples rights

Clip description:
Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice.

A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie.

However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.

Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
In theaters October 2.

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