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News: $181 Million, Gay Avengers, 'Ex-Gay' Ban, Slavery Praise

1NewsIcon Will Ann Romney congratulate gay weatherman Sam Champion on his forthcoming marriage when she hosts GMA?

RomneyBoys1NewsIcon Mitt Romney and his body doubles.

1NewsIcon The New York City Health Department found six "critical" violations at the Italian restaurant owned by Lady Gaga's parents.

1NewsIcon President Obama's reelection campaign says they raised over $181 million the month of September, meaning the president is inching closer to the $1 billion fundraising mark.

1NewsIcon The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy told its 3,000 members that "ex-gay therapy" is now banned. Their letter also noted that "the diversity of human sexualities is compatible with normal mental health and social adjustment."

Blaine1NewsIcon David Blaine is electric.

1NewsIcon More pictures of Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello at the GLSEN Respect Awards.

1NewsIcon Meredith Baxter is narrating a documentary about the 2009 police raid at a Fort Worth gay bar. "I think it's important for people to realize that events like what happened at the Rainbow Lounge are still happening in our lifetime," said Raid of the Rainbow Lounge director Robert L. Camina.

1NewsIcon Karen Andresen, the mother of a teen denied Eagle Scout status for being gay, will appear on Ellen next week.

1NewsIcon Gay activists in Serbia held a silent protest and pride event indoors after police banned their planned pride parade for the second year in a row.

1NewsIcon Colin Farrell tells Ellen DeGeneres he loves getting wet and sweaty.

Wiccan1NewsIcon Gay heroes Wiccan and Hulkling would make a great addition to the new, more diverse Avengers, says Newsarama.

Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard thinks slavery may have been a "blessing in disguise": "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."

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  1. I can't avoid feeling disgust knowing that ONE candidate in ONE political race anticipates spending a BILLION dollar. What will be the total cost of all the campaigns? Is this money well spent in any meaningful way to educate and elucidate and enlighten voters on factual matters that affect our lives?

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 6, 2012 6:40:24 PM


  2. Six thousand years to get to this:

    "the diversity of human sexualities is compatible with NORMAL mental health and social adjustment." (emphasis mine)

    Considering homosexuality has been observed in every society for as long as human history has been recorded, it's about *#)&@ time!

    Posted by: Jacques | Oct 6, 2012 7:08:46 PM


  3. RE: Romney body doubles. I dislike Mitt Romney almost as much as GW Bush. But, is it really helpful to criticize him simply because his sons look like him? Let's discuss his policies (or lack thereof) and leave the petty attacks based on appearances to lesser minds.

    Posted by: alex | Oct 7, 2012 12:18:49 AM


  4. Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard must think that Blacks have enormous life spans so that slaves working for various "founding fathers" would live long enough to be freed and given the full rights of citizens. That makes them several hundred years old - we didn't free them until the civil war and we didn't outlaw discrimination until the 100 years or so later, and we still aren't quite there!

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 7, 2012 2:38:50 AM


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  6. @Jacquesw: The Religious Right now claims that LGBT people cannot be born LGBT because sexuality is a modern construct. (I'm somewhat impressed they know this much history.) Of course, they don't want to believe that we really were there all the time and it's quite ok that just in modern times the correct concept was learned.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 7, 2012 6:53:48 AM


  7. "I can't avoid feeling disgust knowing that ONE candidate in ONE political race anticipates spending a BILLION dollar. What will be the total cost of all the campaigns? Is this money well spent in any meaningful way to educate and elucidate and enlighten voters on factual matters that affect our lives?

    Posted by: gregory brown"

    I don't really consider $200m to be all that close to a billion, but that's just me. Aside from that, yeah, I agree with the millions BOTH parties are spending, it's rather disturbing.

    Posted by: theotherlee | Oct 7, 2012 7:51:16 AM


  8. @theotherlee: nearly $200m is the amount for one month. The leader suggests a $1b total...which doesn't quite add up. Nonetheless, I don't see this money expenditure as benefiting many people beyond the ones who create ads, run polls, etc. That's not meaningful job creation in the sense we need.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 7, 2012 10:21:06 AM


  9. I probably misheard, but did I really hear Farrell say he like to be penetrated in a sauna?

    To continue a point in my prior post: The Religious Right's favorite (pseudo-)historian, David Barton, manages to find a proof text for almost anything he wants the Bible or the Founding Fathers to have said. He recently discovered that DNA testing was described in the Bible. So, why not sexual orientation?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 7, 2012 12:14:29 PM


  10. There are purely rational arguments about the status of blacks in the US versus blacks in Africa today, but in both cases a lot of damage was done either by slavery or colonization or both, so there are no real winners. Southern whites were also damaged by slavery, but pride gets in the way of their acknowledging the sorry state they ended up in.

    Restaurants are always in violation of health code regulations. Getting inspected means someone wants to close you down, either a rival restaurant, landlord or property speculator. Is eating in a restaurant safe? Probably, but you also don't want to see what goes on behind the scenes, even at the "better" restaurants.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 7, 2012 12:24:07 PM


  11. there was also a raid on NYC's The Eagle the night that marriage equality was granted to NY state.

    ugly ugly ugly.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 7, 2012 12:34:40 PM


  12. Descendants of African slaves only gained from entering white society.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Oct 7, 2012 3:03:16 PM


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