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1NewsIcon Egyptians are protesting across the country after President Mohamed Morsi elevated himself to the top of the governmental chain in a "constitutional coup" to take care of "weevils" he claims are corrupting the nation. Opponent and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei said "Morsi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences."

MikeRowe1NewsIcon Discovery pulled the plug on Dirty Jobs, leaving dreamy host Mike Rowe in a lurch.

1NewsIcon British radio host Rubina Nasir has been fined for saying gay people are "evil" and deserve to be beaten. "What should be done if they do [practice homosexuality]? If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture," she said, citing the Quran as her source.

1NewsIcon Argentine politician Gabriela Cerruti is being called a "drug pusher" after posting a picture of a pot plant on her Twitter as a means of starting a conversation about decriminalizing marijuana. The pot plant was a gift from gay activist Alex Freyrem.

1NewsIcon Bad lesson: "On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference. Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards."

On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference.

Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards.

The view of many in the majority, according to various officials, is that individual groups shouldn’t be singled out, and that school board policies cover all variety of discrimination and harassment.



Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/School+boards+reject+separate+policy+sexual+minorities/7597793/story.html#ixzz2D4y52Ajy

On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference.

Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards.

The view of many in the majority, according to various officials, is that individual groups shouldn’t be singled out, and that school board policies cover all variety of discrimination and harassment.



Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/School+boards+reject+separate+policy+sexual+minorities/7597793/story.html#ixzz2D4y52Ajy

1NewsIcon After a tumultuous few weeks (to say the least), Chevy Chase is leaving NBC's Community.

Far-from-the-tree_original1NewsIcon Gay author Andrew Solomon discussed his new book, Far from the Tree, a rumination on the varied effects of biological differences of all kind, including homosexuality and deafness, with NPR: "I had felt very lonely, in some ways, in dealing with being gay, and then all of a sudden I discovered that I had something in common with all of these other people. And I felt all of them seemed to be lonely in their particular identities, and I thought, I wonder whether I can possibly describe what it was like to have to go through my experience and what our experiences have in common.

1NewsIcon Now that they were finally able to return to Sandy-ravaged Fire Island, residents vow to rebuild.

1NewsIcon California Gov. Jerry Brown made history by appointing Jim Hume as the state's first openly gay appellate justice.

1NewsIcon Another burning, itching question for the GOP: "Are Republican immigration reform opponents losing clout?"

1NewsIcon The Republican Party's conservatism is too single-minded for many Latino voters.

1NewsIcon John Waters say save The Roxie.

1NewsIcon "The Beautiful Ones."

1NewsIcon Want to be punched in the face for 25% off? Go to any number of Walmart locations, where riots, would-be shootings and other bedlam have been happening since Black Friday began this morning.

Dowager21NewsIcon The Dowager Countess will spit wit for at least one more season: Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth go-round.

1NewsIcon The Obama campaign's couture collaboration with fashion big-wigs paid off: "While President Barack Obama's re-election campaign took heat for launching a high-fashion clothing line as a fundraising tool earlier this year, it turns out the move may not have been such a far-fetched idea. The Obama team's campaign manager, Jim Messina, recently said the line ultimately brought in 'just north of $40 million' –a notable chunk of the more than $644 million raised by the campaign."

1NewsIcon Remember when Paris Hilton met Dame Judi Dench? 2006 was a wild, wild year.

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  1. Alberta is the Texas of Canada. Full of hicks and religious fanatics.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 23, 2012 4:13:37 PM


  2. Oh yes, Dame Maggie stays in DA!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 23, 2012 4:32:45 PM


  3. Mike Rowe has taken a lot of flack for being at a Romney engagement, but he had a very sincere belief that the working man is being phased out of a lot of consideration. He had a pretty valid point and in no way did he align himself with either party, in my opinion. But he did say he'd vote for Romney if he'd listen and do something...which of course he wouldn't have, anyway.

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 23, 2012 4:50:34 PM


  4. I have a few dirty jobs Rowe can do, with or without his Lee jeans.

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 23, 2012 5:07:48 PM


  5. Alberta is booming [as of course is Texas] and in good economic shape, unlike 'old' eastern post industrial Ontario and Quebec, which is FUBAR at this stage. Calgary had a Muslim mayor. It has it's problems like everywhere else, but in reality isn't remotely as awful as some radical gay 'progressives' like to make it out to be. Canadian leftist seem to be in considerable denial about their countries inevitable westward shift. This is something that's accepted in the U.S., by comparison.

    I wish I could say 'progressive' states and provinces are holding their own against places like Texas and Alberta, but of course they aren't. If I was just starting out in life, and especially if I had a family, I'd leave the 'progressive' state I live in post haste. It's a nice place if you already have $, are upper management, or conversely if you are down and out and 'collecting'. If you fall in the middle, it's not so great. This is the economic 'progressive' dilemma. There is simply generally very poor economic growth and very high cost of living in 'progressive' dominated areas. I sincerely wish it were otherwise, but it isn't.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 23, 2012 5:26:25 PM


  6. I thought at first that it said that British radio host Rubina Nasir had been "fired" for saying gay people should be tortured and beaten, but then I realized it only said "fined."

    Geez, what would it take for her to lose her job-- actually torturing someone on air?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 23, 2012 5:28:08 PM


  7. The Walmart tapes are disturbingly scary- glad I stayed away from Black Friday- haven't these savages learned anything from sandy- the water and the wind will take all your precious stuff away. And what are they teaching their children about the spirit of Christmas- Greed is good?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 23, 2012 5:51:05 PM


  8. @Jerry

    BS.

    If a celebrity shows up at your campaign event, stands next to you, criticizes your opponent, and sends you a letter that says, "If you read the whole thing, I'll vote for you in November." then that celebrity has chosen sides and is actively engaged.

    No doubt he'll try to explain the whole thing away now, just like he tried to kiss up to the LGBT community when he got called out for being homophobic a few years ago.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 23, 2012 6:54:36 PM


  9. That Mike Rowe pic made me think that one of Harvey Levin's interns had finally shat on him.

    Posted by: TMI TMZ | Nov 23, 2012 7:16:31 PM


  10. Mike Rowe is dreamy if you keep in mind that nightmares are dreams, too.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Nov 23, 2012 7:31:46 PM


  11. I live in Alberta. That doesn't actually shock me at all. Just gotta wait a couple decades for the current generation to die and things can progress a bit better.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 23, 2012 8:01:47 PM


  12. Thank you RATBASTARD for providing a moment of levity with your Fox News comedy moment!

    I needed the laugh!

    Now tell us the one about how Romney will win by a landslide! That one NEVER gets old!

    First let me cover my keyboard!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 23, 2012 8:37:39 PM


  13. If Mike Rowe's elbow-to-elbow campaign appearance was so damned apolitical, why didn't he also appear next to President Obama, allowing Rowe's "glow" of celebrity illuminate a Democrat's campaign? And, the absurdity that he would share a stage "to promote respect of the working man" alongside that mere haircut and suit Romney? Pleeze, spare me your apologetics just because he's handsome. Many Germans in black uniforms and jackboots were pretty good-looking if not outright homos (for a brief bit of history) except for that guy called Hitler with whom they shared the stage with swastikas. By the way, as a San Francisco resident for over 22 years, take my word for it: There are some outright multi-millionaire would-be Nazis enjoying our beautiful City and fuming after every local election. Yet they stay, jacking up the cost of living here generally.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | Nov 23, 2012 10:46:27 PM


  14. Congratulations to Jim "Humes" on his well-deserved appointment as California's first openly gay appellate justice. His Honor "Humes" is just about one of the nicest, most compassionate, quick-wittedly intelligent, down-to-earth (and, IMHO, grey fox sexy) persons you'd ever want to meet. I had the pleasure way back in the 1990's of volunteering alongside him at Under One Roof while he was fighting in the trenches to keep the most deadly of criminals behind bars by traveling back and forth to distant Pelican Bay Prison from San Francisco, while spending most of his spare time volunteering to help then nascent Under One Roof support dozens of AIDS-related charities serving the Bay Area. He is as fine an American citizen as you could ever hope to find, and I'm humbled to say that I once was his co-volunteer. California is very well served with someone of his level of civic duty sitting on the appellate bench.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | Nov 23, 2012 11:19:37 PM


  15. People who think its great that in the UK you can be fined for criticizing gays typically don't realize you can be fined for criticizing Muslims. Soon, you won't be able to express any opinion at all.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 24, 2012 12:19:53 AM


  16. Anyone who can't tell the difference between pointing out the flaws in a religion and saying that a whole section of the population should be tortured is an idiot. Criticism isn't outlawed in the UK, inciting violence against people is. Kindly educate yourself more.

    Posted by: Winston | Nov 24, 2012 1:35:51 AM


  17. Anon

    She didn't leave her comments at just criticising gays or homosexuality - she urged physical violence and called for people to be tortured. If you genuinely believe that people should be free to broadcast calls for violence against named groups or individuals then fine say so, but don't try to claim that this is an attack on 'criticism'

    Posted by: Den | Nov 24, 2012 7:33:30 AM


  18. I thought Maggie Smith was leaving DA after this season

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Nov 24, 2012 12:06:19 PM


  19. Tampazeke you can shove it. All you pathetic progressives that support blacks are the reason my dad was murdered by blacks.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 24, 2012 12:36:14 PM


  20. Remember that Rowe was once an opera singer. As Anna Russell remarked, "they have resonance where their brains ought to be".

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 24, 2012 8:22:43 PM


  21. Well-quoted, Diogenes!

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | Nov 24, 2012 9:36:53 PM


  22. Andrew, Have you forgotten Mike Row's homophobic reaction to a fan's letter? There's nothing "dreamy" about this jerk.
    Here' that clip:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FdLe-TpySs

    Posted by: Luan | Nov 24, 2012 10:44:35 PM


  23. I used to think Mike Rowe was hot up until recently when he publicly said he'd likely vote for Mitt Romney.

    Posted by: ah123 | Nov 25, 2012 12:12:12 PM


  24. Mike Rowe is a bigot, if you know him well.

    Discovery most likely injected this truth into the calculation of potential viewership, when they cancelled his ridiculous show!

    Bye Mike.....take your duplicitous behavior and go and ask Mitt Romney for a job! Jerk!

    And you live in Twin Peaks!!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Nov 25, 2012 1:50:35 PM


  25. Mike Rowe is hot, but he seems like a big fake to me! He used to be one of those salesmen on QVC, and it seemed like he would sell his mother down the river without a qualm!

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 25, 2012 3:53:40 PM


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