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NEWS: Vladimir Putin, Jonah Mowry, Penn Jillette, Nigeria, Singapore, And God

Road It was a bad day for Putin:

United Russia, the governing party of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, suffered surprisingly steep losses in parliamentary elections on Sunday and was barely clinging to a 50 percent majority, with nearly three-quarters of the votes counted.

The three minority parties that now hold seats in Parliament — the Communist Party, the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and Just Russia, a social democratic party — all made strong gains, meaning that United Russia would have little choice but to forge a working relationship with at least some segment of the newly empowered opposition.

Road This weekend, Jonah Mowry's video about being bullied in middle school went seriously, uberly viral, and he wants everyone to know that he's okay. He posted a video to that effect, but it's since been taken down.

Road Bishop Eddie Long, accused sexual harasser of young male congregants, will cease preaching.

Road The boys of Hanson introduce their IPA. It's called "MMMHop."

Road Students sue to get the Ten Commandments out of their school, and school board chairman Eric Gentry calls them "cowards."

Road This video game doesn't try to entertain, doesn't try to delight. Mostly it wants to bore you, and choke you with angst and ennui. Interested?

Road The NC marriage amendment continues to lose political support:

North Carolina state Sen. Jim Davis (R) has joined the chorus of Republicans walking back their support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban all recognition of same-sex relationships. At a town hall this week, he reiterated his opposition to same-sex couples marrying, but admitted the amendment restricts freedoms “beyond his comfort zone”:

DAVIS: I have a lot of libertarian in me. I believe firmly, passionately that a marriage should be defined as being between one man and one woman. But I also believe with all my heart that in a free America people who choose to live a different lifestyle should have a legal right to do so. Just don’t call it marriage. [This amendment will] restrict their freedoms a little beyond my comfort zone.

Road Michael Beitz's vaguely disturbing folding house.

Road Read about the Singapore SlutWalk.

Road There is apparently a show called The Virgin Diaries, and on it they show you things like this. Gak!

Road What destroyed the Cain candidacy?

Road Nigeria's anti-gay legislation could risk AIDS funding:

A newly added portion of the bill, leveling 10 years in prison for those found guilty of organizing, operating or supporting gay clubs, organizations and meetings, worries advocates in Nigeria. They fear the law could be used against groups providing aid for HIV and AIDS outreach programs that traditionally consider gay men as an at-risk group.

"We work with them trying to reduce their risk factors, trying to make them more healthy and have safer sex practices," said Meyiwa Ede of the donor-funded public health organization Society for Family Health. "If we can't work with them anymore, then they are vulnerable."

But lawmakers playing to the deeply religious nation's dislike of gays and lesbians have said donor nations who threaten to cut aid over the bill can keep their assistance, putting at risk the lives of people reliant on anti-retroviral drugs.

Jillette Road Alan Moore vs. Frank Miller.

Road Penn Jillette provides an atheist's guide to the 2012 election. He doesn't say who to vote for, but he says a lot of other things. I mean, a lot of other things. Goodness! Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. "Nigeria's anti-gay legislation could risk AIDS funding..." Could Risk? You better damn well believe it WILL RISK because the world-wide gay community will insist upon it. In Africa, Nigeria, there are more heterosexuals with AIDS then their are gay people. THOSE are the people who have to fear such religious persecution - gay people have ALWAYS had to fear AIDS. America MUST open their doors to ALL gay people who seek asylum from religious and homophobic retribution and until the religious right of Nigeria throw religion OUT of their country they will see the death of their own people and receive no financial assistance from Europe and America. Its that simple!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 5, 2011 12:30:00 AM

  2. I get so many sample stuff for free its awesome. Actually it is not difficult to find them just search online for "Get Official Samples" It is the best way!

    Posted by: bradlywright | Dec 5, 2011 2:37:15 AM

  3. That was an amazing classic from Jillette.

    Posted by: Patrick Wellington III | Dec 5, 2011 5:38:53 AM

  4. I sat through the Penn Jillet monologue and actually found it quite thought provoking. Good essay; great material to ponder.

    Posted by: 99% | Dec 5, 2011 8:44:45 AM

  5. Penn Jillette is awesome

    Posted by: say what | Dec 5, 2011 10:11:18 AM

  6. That Penn is as awesome as Christopher Hitchens.

    Posted by: Drew | Dec 7, 2011 1:54:19 AM

  7. I <3 Penn Jillette and I am SO GLAD that he is a voice for compassionate atheism. There are way to many free thinkers that come across as so angry and spiteful toward religious people

    Posted by: C | Dec 7, 2011 4:00:01 AM

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