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11/28/2012

Westboro Baptist Church Member Debates Homophobic Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt: VIDEO

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And they agree on nothing.

David Pakman, who arranged the debate, offers a quick preview for us:

"'God Hates Fags' is the slogan of WBC, but the Chaplain says there is no indication God hates anyone, and is against the gay death penalty, which WBC favors. Klingenschmitt believes in gay exorcisms, and claims to have performed many, with about a 50% success rate. Unfortunately, Westboro believes exorcisms are imaginary nonsense. WBC famously pickets soldier's funerals, claiming their deaths are punishment to the US for accepting homosexuality. Chaplain, who was in the Navy, believes WBC is distasteful for doing this. Additionally, as a cherry on top, Chaplain believes that 'God Hates Fags' is a sentiment that indicates the WBC is actually Jewish, not Baptist."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 28,2012 at 3:46 PM EST by in Gordon Klingenschmitt, News, Westboro Baptist Church | Permalink | Comments (20)


Too Much Information: VIDEO

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There was some kind of explosion in a Portland neighborhood and one of the locals felt the need to share some non-vital information with the news reporter.

"I know that's not why I'm on TV but it's true. It's true. I'm not here to lie to you."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via dlisted)

Posted Nov. 28,2012 at 2:52 PM EST by in News, Portland | Permalink | Comments (22)


Founding Member of SF Gay Men's Chorus Recalls Harvey Milk's Death at 34th Anniversary Vigil: VIDEO

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As many of you know, yesterday was the anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination 34 years ago. Last night there was a candelit vigil to mark it in San Francisco's Castro district. Activist and videographer Sean Chapin sent along a touching video about his legacy.

Chapin writes:

The video follows an original chorus member (Robert Rufo) who was at the chorus' first-ever public appearance, which was at the candlelight vigil on the steps of City Hall the night when Harvey Milk was assassinated.  Robert Rufo remembers what it was like that night, and how the chorus has been living the legacy of Harvey Milk since then over the last 34 years.  The video shows Robert Rufo and the SF Gay Men's Chorus sining at the 34th anniversary memorial service and marching with candles to the Castro. 

Speakers at the memorial service last night included Supervisor Scott Weiner, Harvey Milk's campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, Mayor Ed Lee, former Mayor Willie Brown, George Moscone's son Jonathan Moscone, California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Supervisor David Campos and Harvey Milk's nephew Stuart Milk.  The song/recording in the video is "Thou Lord Our Refuge", which the chorus sung that night at City Hall when Harvey Milk left us in 1978, as re-arranged by chorus member Edwin Morales and performed earlier this year in 2012.  The chorus in June 2013 will be premiering a landmark concert called Harvey Milk 2013, Living The Legacy.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 28,2012 at 2:09 PM EST by in Harvey Milk, News, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (5)


Superstorm Spotted on Saturn: PHOTO

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Hurricane Sandy has nothing on this:

This image, captured on 27 November by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, stares into the storm's sinister eye from 361,000 kilometres away. The spacecraft observed in infrared wavelengths, which can peer through the top layer of clouds to reveal the complex texture beneath.

In 2007, the Cassini team saw a huge hexagon-shaped structure about 25,000 kilometres across stretching over Saturn's north pole. But the planet was in the depths of its 15-year-long winter, when sunlight does not fall on the pole, and it was too dark to see what lurked within the structure. Spring lifted the gloom in 2009, and now the team has spotted this vast storm at the hexagon's core.

Check out a photo shot from further out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Nov. 28,2012 at 1:43 PM EST by in News, Saturn, Space | Permalink | Comments (5)


Stephanie Miller Apologizes After Gay Firestorm Following Interview with Salvation Army Official: VIDEO

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Yesterday Stephanie Miller angered a lot of listeners to her radio show after allowing Major George Hood of the Salvation Army to blatantly lie after she asked him if the organization is anti-gay.

SalvationarmyListen to the announcement on her radio show, AFTER THE JUMP...

She also issued a statement:

Monday on my Current TV program Talking Liberally, broadcast simultaneously on my national radio program, The Stephanie Miller Show, I announced that my friend and colleague Bill Press and I were launching a three-week competition to raise money for the Salvation Army to help Americans in need.

This was in conjunction with an advertising buy by the Salvation Army on Current TV. We all thought that we were doing something positive in the spirit of the holiday season.

Where I screwed up was in not doing more research about the Salvation Army’s long and checkered history involving LGBTQ people and our issues. I sincerely apologize for that.

When I returned from the Thanksgiving holiday, I learned a lot more — much of of it from friends like John Aravosis at America Blog and Michelangelo Signorile at Sirius OutQ — and I decided that, effective immediately, Talking Liberally and The Stephanie Miller Show would no longer be a part of the Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle Campaign.

Please understand that I do believe the Salvation Army does much good work in the world and I also believe in redemption. I sincerely hope they will change their mission statement and policies regarding the LGBTQ community and I am very willing to continue that dialogue with them.

Through yesterday, your generosity has raised $1,150 for the Salvation Army in the Stephanie Miller Red Kettle.

I am now going to personally match that amount with a donation to the Trevor Project, whose work and mission I can endorse without any reservation. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

As always, I am grateful to my viewers and listeners for holding me to the high standards that I always try to set for myself.

Love,

Stephanie

Listen (and watch), AFTER THE JUMP...

And here's the video:

Posted Nov. 28,2012 at 1:23 PM EST by in News, Salvation Army, Stephanie Miller | Permalink | Comments (42)


Novak Djokovic Strips Down for an On-Court Massage: VIDEO

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From a recent exhibition match, in which Novak Djokovic demonstrated the exhibitionist he is.

Being a beautiful Brazilian ball girl does have its benefits.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 28,2012 at 12:30 PM EST by in Brazil, News, Novak Djokovic, Tennis | Permalink | Comments (12)



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