The Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Senator Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee, the Associated Press reports.
The news is somewhat surprising, considering Craig was ordered last month to pay the U.S. treasury almost $250,000 for improper use of campaign funds defending his infamous 2007 Minneapolis airport restroom cruising.
No word yet on whether the job offer was communicated to Craig via a game of bathroom footsie.
Check out the The Washington Post's recreation of the stall incident, filmed at the actual scene of the "crime", AFTER THE JUMP...
Last year we showed you Irish artist Hozier's music video called "Take Me To Church", which took a very stark, brutal look at the violence and bigotry enacted upon LGBT citizens, in Russia in particular. Artist Mister Chase was clearly touched by the piece, and in a statement to Towleroad Mister Chase told us the impact that his church had on him growing up, and how meaningful Hozier's song was to him:
I grew up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal church, where proselytizing men and women were sitting in every pew. Some of these are the same people that, amidst the barrage of advertising images and rush hour mayhem on the subway, they hand you a pamphlet on God or sin and how you will burn in hell. I’m sure many of you can relate. I was born into this God corporation. [...] When I started to come out as gay I was taken to a room directly behind the altar where the board of the church - seven adults - doused me with holy water praying at me as if I were a demon. Scary shit. I was 13. [...] So, when I heard Hozier’s song “Take Me To Church”, it touched me on a deeper level and I wanted to share it. Children should not be made to feel ashamed of themselves on any level, and LGBT kids in particular are easy targets.
Mister Chase made a studio cover of the song to share its message, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...
And in related news, Hozier himself is helping bring marriage equality to Ireland - tweeting the below photo to his fans encouraging them to register to vote ahead of next year's referendum on same-sex marriage.
AFER's Matt Baume reports on new additions to the marriage equality map, Alabama using discredited anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus' study to defend its gay marriage ban, NOM's financial troubles, and more.
One Direction took home the top prize at last night's American Music Awards - beating out Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, John Legend, and Luke Bryan for the Artist of the Year award.
The British boy band also won favorite band and favorite album in the pop/rock category.
Watch 1D's "Night Changes" performance and their big win, AFTER THE JUMP...
Fellow Brit Sam Smith also managed to nab an award last night in the favorite pop/rock male artist category.
And if your mind (and ears) are still swarming with all things Interstellar, be sure and check out this behind the scenes video for the sound of the film.
On Thursday and Friday, Silicon Valley's Singularity University was in Amsterdam for Summit Europe. The two day event centered around the concepts and consequences of exponential technologies. Check out SingularityHub's coverage of the event, including the summit's discussions on robots, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars.
The second phase of Expedition 42 blasted off to the ISS today, carrying commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, flight engineer Terry Virts of NASA, and Italian flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. They will be joining their other three crew members already on the ISS. The crew has also put together a humorous poster mimicking The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Check out the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the iconic role of a T-800 robot for next year's Terminator: Genisys.
Speaking of Terminator, Space X CEO Elon Musk recently said that he's legitimately worried dangerous artificial intelligence (a la Skynet) is only five years away.
A video on the future of sex, courtesy of The Verge.
North Carolina Teen Google Maps His House and Finds Anti-Gay Slur on Home Address: VIDEO
A 17-year-old teen found a nasty surprised when he Google mapped his Canton, North Carolina home reports The Advocate. Dakota Bonham, son of Jennifer Mann and Jodie Mcdaniel, switched to street view and found their home address renamed to "Fagits live here." The couple expressed shock and surprise and say that they've never encountered any hostilities from neighbors in the four years they've lived on Hilltop Farm Road. The couple contacted Google to remove the heinous, albeit misspelled slur from the site.
"My son was on Google Maps at school when he (searched) 'street view' for our address and it said, 'Fagits live here.'"
"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me?' I tried to contact Google, but I was put on hold forever and ever and ever. This day and time, with people and hate, you just can't live your life."
Google finally took action when The Asheville-Citizen Times asked Google to remove the slur on behalf of Mann and McDaniel. The description stayed on the site for at least a month before it was finally removed on Wednesday.
McDaniel previously had a window sticker of two pink deer face to face, and that decal was visible from the street when the Google street mapping car came by last summer reports Asheville-Citizen Times. It's unclear who authorized the change; it's possible that the change was created and authorized through Google Map Maker by fellow peers as Google only moderates "high-profile," features however, Map Maker's guidelines do state that obscene and profane content is not allowed.
Bonham, who has two other siblings ages 23 and 15, expressed disgust over the discovery.
"I was just like, 'What the hell?' It's just kind of messed up. They should kind of grow up a little bit."
Watch Mann and McDaniel's interview with WLOS-TV News, AFTER THE JUMP...