News: Queer History, Babel fish, Apple TV, Fur

NavySealBillboard 1NewsIcon Dogs aren't the only mammals that look adorable shaking themselves dry.

1NewsIcon An Indiana Tea Party group recently posted a billboard that reads "The Navy Seals removed one threat to America…the voters must remove the other."

1NewsIcon Pressure is building for New York City Speaker and potential mayor Christine Quinn to back paid sick leave legislation: "Considering how important this issue is to LGBTQ workers and our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS, it’s disturbing that some of the most prominent and powerful opponents of the legislation come from within the LGBTQ community."

1NewsIcon Learn about the Pop Up Museum of Queer History.

1NewsIcon Lady Gaga on wearing fur: "I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, 'kermit' and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan."

1NewsIcon Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis, once an Obama campaign co-chair, introduced GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to voters in Virginia today.

1NewsIcon The FEC once fined a campaign managed by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins for failing to include mailing lists bought from the KKK on a federal disclosure list.

1NewsIcon GOP-allied groups are outspending pro-Obama organizations 8-to-1: "Together, the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity and pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future combined to spend about $31 million on ads against Obama, an analysis of federal independent expenditure records shows."

TomBradyDog1NewsIcon Tom Brady ain't afraid of no dog.

1NewsIcon Dancing with the Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy allegedly gets rough with his partners.

1NewsIcon What is the nun carrying in her buckets in this American Horror Story: Asylum teaser trailer?

1NewsIcon More than 100 people showed up for a pro-equality protest in Bermuda.

1NewsIcon The Florida-based Christian Family Coalition claims it has a lot of pull in the ballot box, but only 3 of dozens of the non-incumbent candidates the group endorsed won their local elections.

1NewsIcon Evangelical leader Bill Keller is threatening to file an astoundingly unrealistic $100 million lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for – you guessed it – "inciting" to people who read their summary on hate groups to go after people on that list, including him.

1NewsIcon In lieu of wedding gifts, founder Jason Goldberg and fiance Christian Schoenherr are asking friends to donate to The Four 2012, a curated social media project aimed at getting young Americans who support marriage equality to vote this November. "If we’re going to win these referenda, young people have to get out and vote, and this is the space where they live: social media," said Brian Ellner, who I'm told is working with Blue State Digital to help organize The Four 2012.

1NewsIcon Angel Alan Celino, the mayor of Roxas City in the Phillipines, is suing a radio DJ and his manager for libel after the radio host said he goes to gay bars.

1NewsIcon Derek Thompson on why Apple TV isn't a total game changer: "Techies are conflating the idea that Apple wants to disrupt this TV-watching business with the idea that Apple has a shot at disrupting the actual TV-video business. The fact that Apple is now in talks with cable companies to deliver video to their screen shows pretty clearly that the company has all but given up on trying to license content from media companies — the ones who own the TV shows you watch — because it's simply too expensive."

LucyLiuXFiles1NewsIcon A lot of famous people appeared on The X-Files when they were just regular people, before they were famous people. The Awl has a handy rundown of the famous people who played minor characters on The X-Files and whether the fictional people those famous people played lived or died.

1NewsIcon I agree with President Obama: a cool super power would be the ability to speak any language. Beats sticking a Babel fish in your ear.

1NewsIcon Shia LaBeouf on the level of realness in his upcoming movie, Nymphomaniac:  "It is what you think it is. There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says, we're doing [the sex] for real. And anything that is 'illegal' will be shot in blurred images. But other than that, everything is happening."