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ROADICON Do some Egyptians really want to legalize postmortem intercourse? Now it's unclear:

Alleged proposals to allow Egyptian husbands to legally have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours after their death have been branded a 'complete nonsense'.

The controversial new 'farewell intercourse' law was claimed, in Arab media, to be part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

... The initial report, published on reputable English language website alarabiya.net, claimed Egypt's National Council for Women was reportedly campaigning against the changes.

It said the group said that 'marginalising and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country's human development'.

Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker Dr Saad al-Katatni addressing her concerns.

Egyptian journalist Amro Abdul Samea reported in the al-Ahram newspaper that Talawi complained about the legislations which are being introduced under 'alleged religious interpretations'.

The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.

He also said that women have the right to have sex with her dead husband.

ROADICON Clerics join forces to fight marriage equality in Scotland

ROADICON The Times reiterates: homophobes are gay.

ROADICON Priest in porn probe departs parish:

An Irish priest at the center of a gay porn controversy has asked to leave his parish and take sabbatical leave from the priesthood, he said Sunday.

Father Martin McVeigh has admitted he destroyed a memory stick containing "inappropriate imagery" ahead of a church investigation into reports he accidentally showed pictures of naked men to parents of children preparing for their First Holy Communion.

The incident happened at the start of a PowerPoint presentation at a grade school in Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in March, said the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady.

Parents said in a statement they were "horrified" by what they saw and called for action to be taken against the priest.

The church reported the incident to police, who said no crime had been committed.

ROADICON The Williams Institute investigates "racial" diversity among same-sex couples:

Newly released Census 2010 data, analyzed by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, highlight unique aspects of racial and ethnic diversity within same-sex couples. They are more likely than their different-sex counterparts to be interracial or interethnic, and couples that include a racial or ethnic minority are more likely to be raising children. Fully a third of same-sex couples that include an Hispanic partner are raising children.

“This is our first 2010 glimpse of the racial and ethnic compositions of U.S. households headed by couples, including same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute. “The new Census data help provide a fuller picture of the diversity within the LGBT community,” said Gates

The US Census Bureau recently released the research brief Households and Families: 2010, which includes data on the racial and ethnic compositions of households headed by couples in the United States, including same-sex couples.

ROADICON The new, improved Tea Party:

... it isn't the kind of activity that makes the press," Fabretti continued. "I mean, when you put 5,000 people at an event, you know, everybody shows up with their cameras. You have 10 meetings with different legislators on [Capitol] Hill -- nobody knows about it."

ROADICON The overwhelming whiteness of TV, and what it does to your brain

ROADICON Some plants possess memory, the ability to communicate, and the ability to respond to communication. The Times wonders if it's still okay to eat them.

ROADICON Not only did Barack Obama kill Andrew Breitbart -- he murdered murdered his coroner with arsenic! (HT: JoeMyGod.)

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  1. Re Tea Party: "You have 10 meetings with different legislators on [Capitol] Hill -- nobody knows about it."

    That's how I do it. ;)

    Re TV "whiteness": Just turn it off. It's all garbage anyway.

    Re same-sex couple diversity: Remember that next time some loud-mouthed, fact-impaired whiny liberal gets on here and rants about inherently racist, "privileged" gay white males.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 29, 2012 11:35:16 PM


  2. Who didn't see the Tea Party fall coming from a mile away? After what happened in 2011, the Tea Party pretty much damned itself, and Republicans, because what is the Tea Party, but a bunch of far-right lunatics bent on destroying our nation all because of taxes.
    As a matter of strategy, however, I'm just glad it happened in 2010; I don't think we could have survived 6 years of a Tea Party Senate. But then again, as a matter of strategy, it really put the Democrats in a MUCH better chance of retaking and keeping the House come 2012.

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 29, 2012 11:35:58 PM


  3. The interesting thing I noted about the homophobia study was that 20% of "highly straight" people subciously identified as having same sex attraction. I've seen reports ranging from 3 to 10% of the population being gay or bi. But I've never seen a number as high as 20%.

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Apr 30, 2012 2:55:23 AM


  4. Well, GeoffreyPS, maybe they gave the guys a few beers beforehand. Makes all the difference. Though I've long since learned my lesson on that front.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 30, 2012 7:48:34 AM


  5. The census report answers my personal question about who is likely to take advantage of marriage equality. I suspected it would be skewed toward white, middle class couples. Perhsaps things will be much more diverse if interracial same sex couple actually go for the marriage option, and that's good.

    Re: postmortem coitus...I've heard a large number of women complain that their husbands perform so poorly that the women might as well be dead so far as THEIR enjoyment goes. I don't see the likelihood of many wives opting to have a last fling with dead spouses. There's something sweet about that bit of equity, though.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Apr 30, 2012 9:48:10 AM


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