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road.jpg Pam Spaulding covers the unsavory details and unpleasant memories emerging from the DNC anti-gay discrimination trial filed by former LGBT outreach director Donald Hitchcock: "We all know the party has had to figure out how to placate the LGBT constituency and keep the gay press at bay while trying to tap the religious vote; you'd think they'd want to put more effort into getting non-voters to show up at the polls. Way too much energy is being spent on the wrong things -- revisionist history, posterior-covering maneuvers, bickering -- there's so much to be done in 2008 and folks need to keep their eyes on the ball."

Oliverroad.jpg UK 'naked chef' Jamie Oliver to slice up obese human corpse on TV in order to prove point about overeating? Oliver: "This all stems from shoving s*** in your mouth. This man ate himself to death."

road.jpg Too good for Newsweek: Clay Aiken's above-it-all interview reveals nothing about his fight on a plane, Kelly Ripa and homophobia, Ford commercials, or high school football.

road.jpg 2007 Darwin Awards announced: "the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it."

road.jpg Spanish national election set for March 9 seen as showdown over values: "Antonio Poveda, president of the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays and Transsexuals (FELGT), a group essential in organizing massive gay pride demonstrations in favor of same-sex marriage, said his group wasn't planning any street protests. But they would be engaging in public information campaigns ahead of the election, he said. Poveda said Spain has become one of Europe's most progressive countries in same-sex issues, with same-sex marriage continuing to have 60 percent approval. He thinks the recent attacks on gay marriage by conservative Catholics will backfire because 'people are sick of having that type of doctrine imposed on them.'"

Swordfishroad.jpg Florida man catches swordfish with bare hands: "It has not been determined if the fish was sick, or had been recently caught. After a few photos, and some cuts and bruises on the man who caught the fish, the fish was released."

road.jpg Madonna denies that 'Raising Malawi' charity is actually a front to funnel money into Kabbalah. REP: "The reality is - and it's never been a secret - that the Raising Malawi organization was co-founded by Madonna and Michael Berg, who is one of the spearheading executives of the Kabbalah organization. The Raising Malawi organization is completely separate from the Kabbalah, and they are run as two separate organizations. Accountability will be very clear and very specific, and all funds will be accounted for."

Mrgayroad.jpg Who's the gayest of them all: waxed muscledudes battle for the gay sash in L.A.!

road.jpg Maryland Insurance Administration's definition of "domestic partnership" inspires outrage from "pro-family" groups: "To qualify for coverage under the new regulation, domestic partners must be at least 18, can be straight or gay, and must have lived together for at least six consecutive months. The definition incensed Republican lawmakers, the Maryland Catholic Conference and a group promoting traditional values, which said it sanctifies cohabitation by straight couples. 'Now you can just say, 'I break with thee,' and you're gone, you can enter into a new relationship,' said Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Cecil), noting that Maryland law requires married couples to separate for a year before seeking a divorce. Added Doug Stiegler of the Maryland Family Protection Lobby: 'This legalizes cohabitation. It's a huge cultural change.' Although they did not attack same-sex couples directly, opponents said the state insurance agency should not be in the business of telling insurance companies who qualifies for medical coverage."

road.jpg Critically-acclaimed queer hip-hop opera Bash'd headed back to Toronto and then to off-Broadway in June.

Puppyroad.jpg PETA killed 97% of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006: "During that year, the well-known animal rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of Americans who believe it's perfectly ethical to use animals for food, clothing, and critical medical research. Not counting animals PETA held only temporarily in its spay-neuter program, the organization took in 3,061 'companion animals' in 2006, of which it killed 2,981. According to Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the average euthanasia rate for humane societies in the state was just 34.7 percent in 2006. PETA killed 97.4 percent of the animals it took in. The organization filed its 2006 report this month, nine months after the VDACS deadline of March 31, 2007. 'Pet lovers should be outraged,' said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. 'There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans' support. PETA is not one of them.' In courtroom testimony last year, a PETA manager acknowledged that her organization maintains a large walk-in freezer for storing dead animals, and that PETA contracts with a Virginia cremation service to dispose of the bodies. In that trial, two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead animals in a rural North Carolina trash dumpster."

road.jpg UGLY: Dad sodomizes 18-year-old stepson with metal object and beats him with a baseball bat to avenge rape of 8-year-old daughter.

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  1. PETA's response:

    PETA makes no secret of having to euthanize most of the animals we take in. Although we do not run an adoption facility (we refer most adoptable animals to well-known shelters with a high rate of public traffic), we have managed to place animals in excellent, lifelong homes. For many of the animals we do accept-such as those who are injured, elderly, aggressive, or otherwise unadoptable-we are a "shelter of last resort," offering a humane death to those who would otherwise suffer a slow and painful end.

    Unlike "no-kill" shelters, PETA does not refuse animals simply because euthanasia is the only humane option for them. Many of the animals we take in are brought to us because they have been rejected by other facilities. PETA receives calls every week from people who request that we euthanize their animals because they cannot afford to have them euthanized by a vet or because the animals would suffer excessive stress and pain if transported. PETA will not turn its back on these animals simply because they might make our "numbers" look bad.

    The best way to save the lives of homeless animals is through spaying and neutering. PETA's mobile spay-and-neuter clinic focuses much of its work in disadvantaged neighborhoods, where we offer free and low-cost surgeries. To date, our clinic has sterilized tens of thousands of animals. With $45, a person could either care for a dog in a "no-kill" shelter for about three days or sterilize one animal, preventing the births of at least eight animals from that animal and her offspring in just one year as well as preventing the births of as many as 67,000 dogs in six years and 420,000 cats in seven years.

    The scope of the companion animal overpopulation crisis is truly staggering: Every year, 3 to 4 million of the 6 to 8 million unwanted animals abandoned at animal shelters in the U.S. must be put to death because there are no suitable homes for them. People who are outraged by this deadly epidemic-and we all should be-can easily help by spaying or neutering their animal companions.

    Posted by: Rick Roberts | Jan 14, 2008 12:41:54 PM


  2. rape my 8 year old daughter and you'll be lucky to get off getting ass raped by a metal object.

    Posted by: dan b | Jan 14, 2008 1:13:28 PM


  3. I have very little sympathy for PETA - their demonizing of scientific research relies on data and practices that are 30+ years old, and is furthermore completely hypocritical. If PETA truly opposes experimentation on animals, they should advocate the rejection of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, HIV drugs, vaccines, antibiotics, and the remaining majority of medical procedures and drugs that were all developed and tested using animals as models.

    Posted by: scientitian | Jan 14, 2008 1:20:59 PM


  4. The "Center for Consumer Freedom" is an astroturf org, a front for groups representing tobacco, restaurant and alcohol industries.

    Google them and check out the SourceWatch link.

    Posted by: Avenging Angel | Jan 14, 2008 1:25:25 PM


  5. For years I've decried PETA and its hypocritical aesthete (especially those who pretend to be pro-animal rights yet wear leather and eat hamburgers). This is just more fuel for my ire.

    Posted by: jeffreychrist | Jan 14, 2008 2:08:46 PM


  6. @Avenging Angel

    So? They were just reporting on publicly available information. In addition PETA did not deny the report. PETA is run by some very disturbed people who's priorities are completely wacked.

    Posted by: yoshi | Jan 14, 2008 2:10:41 PM


  7. @ Dan B

    PETA's stance, as I understand it, is that discovery of those "medical procedures and drugs" could be made more efficient and safe by rejecting animal testing. They don't propose ignoring these historical advancements; simply that we discontinue these horrible practices and continue with more humane methods. It's an interesting quandary: Animals are similar enough to humans to provide useful experimental data. Yet, they are different enough to justify torturing them.

    @ Yoshi

    Really? Next are you going to tell me that "FOX News" is just "reporting on publicly available information"?

    Posted by: Amadeus Rexor | Jan 14, 2008 3:08:50 PM


  8. More tiresome body fascism from Jamie Oliver. Doesn't he ever get tired of being on his high horse? And how, exactly, is he qualifed to dissect a human corpse? If that man gave consent to have his body dissected for medical science, then it should go to medical science-- not to smug, self satisfied twats like Jamie Oliver.

    Posted by: Brendan | Jan 14, 2008 3:09:03 PM


  9. Not to be unfeeling, Brendan, but anyone who has butchered and cleaned, say, a pig, can do it to a person. Same basic idea. It's gross and unnecessary, but it doesn't really demand qualification. Good point about what the body's to be used for, though. I don't have any truck with sanctity of dead bodies, but I still wouldn't want mine used for a publicity stunt.

    Posted by: Adam | Jan 14, 2008 3:38:49 PM


  10. Am I supposed to be outraged that the step-father beat and sodomized the 18-year-old step son after he (the step-son) raped a 8-year-old girl? The dad should have chopped his balls off.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jan 14, 2008 4:18:17 PM


  11. Not to justify what Jamie Oliver's plans or motivation may be, but the UK Mirror link says he's doing the autopsy with Gunther von Hagens. He's the man responsible for all the Body World exhibits. He's seen a corpse or two in his time.

    Also, report about PETA made me really sad. It reads like they don't even try to save any of the animals. I guess I should be glad they don't deal with any homeless people.

    Posted by: basis4insanity | Jan 14, 2008 4:44:52 PM


  12. Amadeus, I wasn't talking about PETA!!

    Posted by: Dan B | Jan 14, 2008 4:45:17 PM


  13. That puppy is SO cute!

    Hasn't anyone seen the post about Madonna? Does it even matter if she's channelling money into Kabbalah? Wouldn't that be a good thing? Kabbalah is suppose to be a good thing. I have no idea where 'Malawi' is, or even if it really exists, but Kabbalah must work...I ordered "The Wisdom Box" to get the red string, and since I've been wearing it I can tell it really works.

    Kabbalah is really hard to understand (like most things are for me), but some of the stuff my friends have tried to explain to me and it seems to make sense.

    And duh, don't give money to PETA then...give it to a place like North Shore Animal League (like my mom does) or dozens of other charitys.

    Posted by: Jordan | Jan 14, 2008 4:52:43 PM


  14. Too true, Dan. I had meant to address my comments to Scientitian. However, *your* post is deplorable for very different reasons.

    Posted by: Amadeus Rexor | Jan 14, 2008 5:08:26 PM


  15. The Center for Consumer Freedom is a bull sh*t organization run by lobbyist. The CCF are just a mouth piece for the restaurant industry under the guise of a NPO.

    The CCF has repeatedly misrepresented information and skewed facts for their own interests in the past.

    Of course they would trash PETA (they also have a petition to remove PETA’s tax exempt status); The CCF’s benefactors are those that PETA often stands against… such as KFC & McDonalds.

    Never forget that everyone has an agenda, and never believe everything you read without researching it.

    Posted by: RP | Jan 14, 2008 5:10:54 PM


  16. "PETA's stance, as I understand it, is that discovery of those "medical procedures and drugs" could be made more efficient and safe by rejecting animal testing."

    I don't understand how that's possible. It's because of animal testing that we have these medical procedures and drugs. Without animal testing people who benefit from these previous "inhumane" treatments would be shit out of luck. We are to this day still discovering new treatments from the testing of animals, to stop would be inhumane.

    "continue with more humane methods"

    That would be logical, if the animals tested on were humans, but they're not.

    "Animals are similar enough to humans to provide useful experimental data. Yet, they are different enough to justify torturing them."

    Last time I checked humans were animals also. If the lives and happiness of cats, dogs, cows, monkeys, etc. have to be sacrificed in order for the betterment of humankind, then so be it.

    Posted by: Seann | Jan 14, 2008 7:18:05 PM


  17. Anyone really surprised by this? Really? Afterall, it has been my experience that people, and organizations, are usually the exact oposite of what they say they are! Ethical treatment, get real! The organization should cease to exhist.

    Posted by: RB | Jan 15, 2008 12:27:25 AM


  18. On the sodomy case......it's Texas.......enough said.

    Posted by: Mattelboy | Jan 15, 2008 8:14:50 AM


  19. There is no practical alternative to animal testing in medical research. NONE. The claims about using "computer models" are totally bunk - if a computer model could accurately predict all the outcomes of using a certain drug or treatment, then we would already know everything about human biochemistry and could design any drug or treatment we needed.
    Call it torture if you must, but there are very strict laws in place that put a low cap on the level of pain inflicted on a test animal. It is by no means an "anything goes" ethic - an experimental proposal must be approved on several levels and all alternatives eliminated before any animal testing can go forward.
    Know what isn't humane? Having a human test subject be the first living thing to try out a new drug.

    Posted by: scientitian | Jan 15, 2008 9:30:38 AM


  20. Animal testing has given us Rezulin, which was recalled for liver toxicity; Thalidomide, which caused severe birth defects; Vioxx, which caused heart attacks and strokes; and Eraldin, Opren, Clioquinol, Isoprenaline, etc. -- all public health disasters. To give animal testing the credit for "breakthroughs" is a fallacy, since the FDA requires all pharmaceutical drugs to be tested on animals. Despite the trillions of dollars spent on AIDS research over the past quarter century, there's no cure in sight. Animal testing is not working, but barebacking AIDS victims want to blame everyone from PETA to the Catholic Church for what is really the result of their own irresponsible behavior. Smokers want a cure for lung cancer. Fast food addicts want a magic pill to cure their "genetic" obesity. No one wants to change their destructive behavior.

    PETA has never claimed to be against euthanasia. There's a massive pet overpopulation problem, and animals in North Carolina were being gassed and shot in county animal shelters. PETA stepped in to give humane injections. What's really hypocritical is a restaurant industry front group that defends veal, fur, hunting, foie gras and factory farming suddenly claiming to be against cat and dog euthanasia!

    Visit drhadwentrust.org.uk for information on animal testing.

    Posted by: Pietro | Jan 22, 2008 9:24:35 PM


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