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News: Chris Hughes' Other Investment, Higgs Boson, Scientology, Renewal

MittSki 1NewsIcon Look, it's Mitt Romney on a jet ski, with wife Ann in the driver's seat.

1NewsIcon Latest Gallup headline: "Obama Now Leads Romney, 48% to 43%."

1NewsIcon Megan Rapinoe, a member of the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team who is a lesbian, discusses homophobia in sports: "I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out. I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want -- they need -- to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A."

1NewsIcon In addition to donating $100,000 to fight for marriage equality in Maine, newly married Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes last year gave $500,000 to the company NationBuilder, which gives political groups the tools to launch online campaigns. Many progressive groups have worked with NationBuilder. So too has Steve Pidgeon, the Washington State attorney general candidate who fights against marriage equality. This some wonder: should Hughes ask for a NationBuilder refund?

1NewsIcon Chick-fil-A donated almost $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010: "Though Chick-fil-A continues to deny supporting an anti-gay agenda, the company has donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. And in 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for which public records are available."

1NewsIcon In honor of the film version of Anna Karenina, Banana Republic is creating a clothing line based on the legendary novel.

TeamAussie1NewsIcon Is it unpatriotic to prefer Australia's Olympic swim hunks to America's?

1NewsIcon HBO has officially renewed True Blood for a sixth season and new drama The Newsroom for a second.

1NewsIcon What will happen within evangelical churches as younger Christians, more inclined to support gay rights, take congregations' reins? Will they leave the church, change the church or fall into ideological line?

1NewsIcon Scientists at CERN are again teasing that they've discovered the Higgs boson, also known as the God Particle: "We've discovered something which is consistent with being a Higgs."

1NewsIcon California's anti-bullying law "Seth's Law," named for Seth Walsh, a 13-year old who killed himself after being relentlessly taunted, is officially in effect statewide.

SpeakSpell1NewsIcon How many of you owned a Speak and Spell?

1NewsIcon Another burning question: what is Beyonce thinking in this picture with Kim Kardashian?

1NewsIcon Naomi Watts as Princess Diana.

1NewsIcon Katie Holmes reportedly fears Tom Cruise's Scientology buddies are following her.

1NewsIcon On a related note, even Rupert Murdoch has misgivings about Scientology.

1NewsIcon Katy Perry on her gay marriage evolution: "I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed… My viewpoint on all these things [have changed] -- equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want."

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  1. Mine even had a name? Mom.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Jul 2, 2012 4:15:00 PM


  2. RE: Chik-Fil-A, I actually LIKE their chicken sandwiches but haven't eaten one in over a decade due to their anti-gay, Christian-Right ways. Recently an internet "chef" came out with a copycat recipe for the exact same reason (she calls it the Chik-Fil-Gay), that she didn't want to support a company that's prejudiced against gay people.

    I made sandwiches using her recipe yesterday and they were very good, similar if not the same as CFA. http://hilahcooking.com/chick-fil-a-copycat/

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 2, 2012 4:20:51 PM


  3. Rasmussen has Romney up by 2 over Obama.

    Posted by: Name | Jul 2, 2012 4:27:41 PM


  4. Wait, Katie Perry's opinion on equality for women had to evolve? What was her opinion before?

    Posted by: endo | Jul 2, 2012 4:38:33 PM


  5. Nice looking Speedos. (You know what I mean.)

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 2, 2012 4:45:30 PM


  6. ENDO,

    Both of Katy Perry's parents are preachers.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jul 2, 2012 5:19:33 PM


  7. Rasmussen Polls have a history of bias toward the Republican candidate...still...at this point it's very much up in the air and I wouldn't see any poll as good news until it shows a huge tilt toward Obama. We are really lucky...Obama has been unfairly expected to work miracles with the broken economy he inherited from King Bush II, but the Republicans are running such a vile, unlikable candidate he still has a good chance of surviving for a second term. My arch Republican parents say they can't stand Romney but have no choice but to vote for him...I think that sums up most of his likely voters!

    Romney would quickly move to pack SCOTUS with young ultra-right judges, including undoubtedly some Mormons. With the poor health/age of some of the sane/progressive wing, it could mean a solid "conservative" majority for 30+ years, setting back social causes by that much if not more. Believe me, everything would be on the table to these nutbags, including Lawrence vs. Texas.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jul 2, 2012 6:00:27 PM


  8. I just hope Mittens hasn't tied the dog under that jetski!!

    Posted by: hugo | Jul 2, 2012 6:03:41 PM


  9. True Blood jumped the shark last season and is not showing any signs of turning things around this season. At this point, the only reason I'm watching is for the partial nudity of all the beefcake on the show. If they are going into Season 6, I'm going to need to see full frontals and/or a Jason Stackhouse/Eric Northman/Alcide Herveaux sandwich--with Jason in the middle.

    I can't understand why anyone would want to eat *any* fast food. And Chik-fil-A's food is no better than the rest of them. Barf.

    Rasmussen polls have a bias toward Republican candidates and conservative causes.

    Of course it is unpatriotic to prefer the Australian Olympic swim team to the U.S. Olympic swim team. It's also perfectly understandable.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 2, 2012 6:30:14 PM


  10. Please don't call it "the God particle", that title is generally disliked by the scientific community as media hyperbole that misleads readers:

    http://goo.gl/TDk7x

    Posted by: Eric | Jul 2, 2012 6:58:20 PM


  11. BRAVO on Seth's Law!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOxsR89ixaU

    Posted by: CB | Jul 2, 2012 7:47:26 PM


  12. Speak & Spell: my dad worked for TI, I didn't have much choice.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 2, 2012 11:26:39 PM


  13. LOVE my Speak & Spell growing up. Loved it when ET used it phone home too. I found an emulator online after reading that post and just wasted 20 minutes playing it again!
    http://www.kevinstonge.com/content/projects/speakandspell/speakandspell.swf

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jul 3, 2012 1:07:16 AM


  14. I'm not sure why Rupert Murdoch would have been inclined to be pro-Scientology to start with. It's not like right-wingers love any church, no matter how crazy.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 3, 2012 12:16:37 PM


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