Friday, May 22, 2015

Tony Perkins: Pastors Will Be Dragged "Kicking And Screaming" If Marriage Equality Becomes Law


Tony Perkins, of the virulently anti-gay Family Research Council, tells the audience at this year's "Watchmen On The Wall" conference that within five years pastors will be dragged from their pulpits "kicking and screaming" if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage.

The fear mongering this man whips up knows no limits.

Note the very dramatic five second pause at the :30 mark.

BBC Three: Trans People To Respond To The Most Annoying Questions They Get Asked


BBC Three's Free Speech gathered some transgender folks to chat on the questions they get asked most frequently, including the ones that irritate them.

The light-hearted video is very educational from a standpoint of "what not to ask a trans person."

TLC Takes "19 Kids And Counting" Off Network Schedule


The Hollywood Reporter writes that TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule in response to star Josh Duggar's admission that he molested several underage girls 12 years ago, including his sisters.

No word on if the network will permanently pull the plug on the reality series.

In related news,  June "Mama June" Shannon of the now defunct Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has expressed her outrage that her show was cancelled when she was merely seen in public with a known child molester, but TLC hasn't made that same decision (yet) about the Duggars show.

From Fox News:

Shannon told TMZ if “19 Kids and Counting” stays on the air, she hopes to sue TLC for shutting down her show abruptly. The man Shannon was snapped with never appeared on her reality show, she noted.

"I read that the Duggar family said this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they're saying it's O.K….?” Shannon told TMZ. “Hell no."

Just Because...

(via Boy Culture)

Having more tooth-ache issues today, so I wanted to distract myself by looking at something pretty.

Ireland Heads To The Polls For Marriage Equality Today


Today history is being made as Ireland becomes the world's first country to hold a nation-wide referendum on same-sex marriage.

The Irish Times is reporting high voter turnout in the urban areas and lower than expected turnout in the rural zones, which bodes well for marriage equality.

Polls close at 10PM local time, which is 5PM on the US east coast.

As Ireland does not have electronic voting, we won't hear any concrete results until some time Saturday.

Forward.

Mike Huckabee Stands By Josh Duggar

Mike Huckabee (L) with 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar

Mike Huckabee, currently seeking the 2016 GOP nomination for president, has issued a statement of support for reality TV celeb Josh Duggar.

From Mike Huckabee's Facebook page:

Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.'

He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities.

No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.

There's more on the Huckster's FB page, but you get the picture.

Interesting that the Huckabees and Duggars of the world feel it's perfectly ok to attack gays and lesbians from a position of moral superiority, but child molesters get to pray and it should all go away?

Entertainment Tonight Covers The Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal


As you would expect, just about every major news outlet is reporting on the Josh Duggar child molestation story.

Last night, ET posted this report.

Michael Sam Is Heading To The Canadian Football League


The Montreal Alouettes announced Friday that they have signed former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam to a two year contract. Sam will join the team for rookie camp next week.

"I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank team Owner Robert Wetenhall, General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Tom Higgins for this opportunity," declared the Alouettes' newest member.

"I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."

While I continued to hope for prospects here in the US for Sam, I'm glad to hear he's at least going to be doing what he loves for a living. And hopefully he'll find his way back to an American team soon.

The average CFL player makes $80,000 a year vs. $1.4 million in the NFL. The minimum CFL salary is $51,000 vs. $400,000 in the NFL.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Documentary: BatKid Begins


I remember the day this happened. It was AMAZING. It was like the entire city of San Francisco turned into a Batman movie for this one brave young man.

In theaters June 26th.

From the film description:

It’s November 15, 2013.Twenty-five thousand people descend on San Francisco. Online, two billion others join in.

This massive crowd erupts with a collective display of public emotion rarely seen.

With a Beatlemania-like intensity, people take to the streets and screens.

They are all united to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from Leukemia. It is his dream to become Batkid and save Gotham City.

BatKid Begins chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is BatKid.

Josh Duggar Cops To Molestation Rumors; Resigns From Family Research Council

Josh Duggar, the eldest son of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, has admitted to "very bad mistakes" involving young girls (including his sisters) as a teenager twelve years ago. In light of those "mistakes," Duggar has resigned from his position with the virulently anti-gay Family Research Council.

In Touch Magazine has apparently obtained a copy of a December 2006 Springdale, Ark., police report that showed Josh had been investigated for several offenses against five female minors, including “forcible fondling,” with some of the offenses investigated as felonies.

Josh Duggar issued this statement to People Magazine:

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.

"I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.

"I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."

People Magazine also has this from Duggar's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle:

"Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives, When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong.

"That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.

"We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving.

"We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."

I'm not one to celebrate someone's moral downfall. Except when those folks actively work against the rights of others under the guise of moral superiority.

The Duggars have publicly campaigned against equal rights for LGBTs based on their "deeply held" moral and religious beliefs.

Josh Duggar, specifically, has worked against the rights of transgender women using ladies public restrooms because he was "worried" that small children might be attacked. Well, now we know why, don't we?

How ironic that these charges come regarding someone who worked for the Family Research Council, which has repeatedly made the accusation that gays are inherent pedophiles. And that same-sex marriage is a "threat" to children?

This proves, once again, that old adage - "Ye who protesteth the loudest, do it the mosteth."

Cosmopolitan Demonstrates What Is "Magic" About MAGIC MIKE XXL


The good news - MAGIC MIKE XXL released a new movie poster today in advance of the upcoming July 1st release date, and it's totally working for me.

And just to show why they've got the "magic," Cosmopolitan did their own photoshoot with average guys recreating the film's posters. The exercise clearly demonstrates that a pose does not "magic" make.

Unfortunately, everyone can't be a "Magic Mike." Take a look at the photo shoot vid below.

Ian Ziering, Joey Lawrence, David Chokachi & Antonio Sabato Jr. In Shirtless Photo Shoot For US Weekly

David Chokachi, Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, Antonio Sabato Jr.

90s TV stars Joey Lawrence (Blossom), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), David Chokachi (Baywatch), and Antonio Sabato Jr. (General Hospital) recently went shirtless for Us Weekly's "Best Bodies" issue. In doing so, the men prove the adage that some thing just get better with age.

Watch the hunky men reflect on their high flying days in the 90s in a "behind the scenes" video here.

I should note that both Lawrence and Ziering have headlined in Las Vegas as celebrity guest hosts for Chippendales at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

And I've heard rumors Sabato Jr. might be considering some time in the trademark cuffs and collar.... :)

Fox News May Limit First GOP Presidential Debate To Ten Candidates


Fox News has announced a plan to limit to ten the number of candidates to take part in the first 2016 GOP debate announced for August 6.

As of today, it looks like there could well be 18 likely Republicans running for the 2016 nomination.

In a statement by the network, officials said that to be allowed on stage, candidates “must place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by Fox News.”

It said that “such polling must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.”

Fox News did not elaborate on which polling organizations would be considered credible.

The debate will be moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, all of Fox News.

Texas House Passes Bill Allowing Pastors To Refuse To Officiate Same-Sex Marriages



By a vote of 141-2, the Texas state House passed Bill 2065 which would reaffirm that pastors and churches can’t be forced to participate in same-sex weddings.

LGBT advocates say the Pastor Protection Act is unnecessary because clergy and churches are already protected from being forced to participate in same-sex weddings under the state and federal constitutions as well as Texas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

No same-sex couple has tried to force an unwilling clergy member to officiate their wedding.

Opponents of the legislation are also concerned that pastors acting in a secular role, such as county clerks and justices of the peace, might use the bill as a basis for denying licenses to same-sex couples or refusing to marry them.

The Pastor Protection Act has already cleared the Senate, and Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will sign it.

(source)

Herndon Monument Climb - Shirtless Navy Cadets Class Of 2018


I love this tradition, and I post the video every year.

U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen from the Class of 2018 conquered the final hurdle of their freshman year during the annual Herndon Monument climb May 18.

Every year, the roughly 1,000 members of the U.S. Naval Academy's plebe class form a human pyramid around the 21-foot tall Herndon Monument to replace a plebe hat, or "dixie cup," that upperclassmen have placed on the top of the obelisk and with the midshipmen cover.

Midshipman 4th Class Javarri Beachum, from Port St. Joe, Fla., reached the top and replaced the cover in 1:38:36, the fastest time since 2013.

I  know no one wants to see shirtless, sweaty, cadets climbing on each other and all that.

But if you did, watch the video below :)








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