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12/01/2012

Jan Brewer Wonders Where The Hell Global Warming Question Came From: VIDEO

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Jan Brewer, the Arizona governor known for fierce anti-gay and anti-immigrant policies and the awkward on-camera moment, was asked about global warming this weekend and responded with predictable ignorance.

"Everybody has an opinion on it and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made," Brewer told KTVK. "I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled by other things." She later asked the reporter, "Where in the hell did that come from?"

It was man made, of course. 

Watch KTVK video of the exchange, via TPM, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 6:05 PM EST by in Arizona, Jan Brewer, News | Permalink | Comments (39)


Check Out Photos From Fulton And Gnesin's Wedding At West Point

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Above you see one of the shots from Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Dara Gnesin's wedding today at West Point's chapel, the first same-sex nuptials at the military academy's primary church space. Fulton, a veteran, and Gnesin have been together for 17 years.

Check out some more of the photos, taken by Jeff Sheng, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 5:30 PM EST by in Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


News: Jovan Belcher, Hoverboard, Frank Bruni, Drones

Model Renato Seabra was found guilty of murdering and mutilating journalist Carlos Castro in January of 2011. He will be sentenced December 21.

HoverboardA detailed review of Mattel's so-called hoverboard.

The New York Times' Frank Bruni to Bill Clinton: "...DOMA, which says that the federal government recognizes only marriages of a man and a woman, is one of the uglier blemishes on your record, an act of indisputable discrimination that codified unequal treatment of gay men and lesbians and, in doing so, validated the views of Americans who see us as lesser people. If our most committed, heartfelt relationships don’t measure up, then neither do we. If how we love is suspect, then so is who we are. No two ways to interpret that. No other conclusion to be drawn"

Watch Adam Lambert's performance from the Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Florida tossed out Christian Slater's vote because his signature didn't match the one they had on file.

Boy Meets World actress Danielle Fishel does Lindsay Lohan doing Elizabeth Taylor.

Tom Daley and his mama hit the town.

The Rabbinical Council of America has come out against "ex-gay" reparative therapy.

Get excited for Jonny Pierce from The Drums' solo album.

I got a chance to talk with Darren G. Davis about Lost Raven, the graphic novel he wrote about coming to terms with his HIV positive status. I'd love for you to read it.

Belcher_JovanPolice confirm that Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, fatally shot his girlfriend and then, despite his coach and others' attempts to calm him down, he shot himself. "[His coach, general manager and others were] standing outside and appeared to be talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect," said police. "The suspect began to walk in the opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that's when they heard the gunshot. It appears he took his own life."

Despite some architectural activists' efforts, an apartment complex where JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald will be torn down. "We're not just losing a piece of fundamental history to Dallas related to the assassination, we're also losing a piece of fundamental architecture to this area," said the building's owner.

US drones keep crashing at civilian airports overseas. "A review of thousands of pages of unclassified Air Force investigation reports, obtained by The Washington Post under public-records requests, shows that drones flying from civilian airports have been plagued by setbacks. Among the problems repeatedly cited are pilot error, mechanical failure, software bugs in the 'brains' of the aircraft and poor coordination with civilian air-traffic controllers."

Salvation-army-kettle-bellThe Salvation Army continues to deny it endorses hateful anti-gay politics and rhetoric, despite evidence that says otherwise.

Hillary Clinton compares her ever-changing hairstyles to the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers."

Sally Field spoke with Oprah about raising a gay son, our very own Sam Greisman.

Edie Windsor, 83, says she just wants to be alive when DOMA's overturned.

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 3:38 PM EST by in Bill clinton, Edie Windsor, Frank Bruni, Gay Marriage, Hillary Clinton, Lindsay Lohan, News, Salvation Army, Sports | Permalink | Comments (15)


Janet Jackson Urges Continued Fight For World AIDS Day: VIDEO

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amfAR ambassador Janet Jackson and Mathilde Krim, the AIDS research foundation's founding chair, penned a CNN op-ed to remind people that for all the progress made against the disease over the past three decades, plenty of work needs to be done, particularly among communities of color.

While the AIDS research and activist communities continue to celebrate some major breakthroughs during the past few years, we continue to struggle with an epidemic in the United States that grows unabated. Each year, 50,000 Americans become newly infected with HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- and more than 1.1 million people are living with the virus.

And while everyone is at risk and should know their status, data tell us that communities of color -- particularly black women and young, black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men -- are disproportionately affected by the virus. If we're going to create an AIDS-free generation here at home, we need to start investing in resources that will curb the epidemic among these populations.

AFTER THE JUMP, the singer's PSA for amfAR

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 2:35 PM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Janet Jackson, News | Permalink | Comments (7)


White House Photo Of The Day Commemorates World AIDS Day

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From the White House comes this picture of the president's abode being adorned in the red AIDS ribbon for World AIDS Day.

President Obama released a statement about the annual event, saying, "Creating an AIDS-free generation is a shared responsibility… Working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end."

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' also struck an optimistic tone: "When the first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988, we could not imagine the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For those diagnosed with HIV infection, the future was bleak. This year, the picture is very different." 

She went on: "This year, the picture is very different. Scientific advances in understanding HIV, and an increasing number of treatment options, are turning the tide for millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and around the world. We are greatly encouraged by evidence that new HIV infections have declined by 50 percent or more in 25 low and middle income countries."

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 1:18 PM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, News | Permalink | Comments (9)


Pennsylvania GOP State Rep. Mike Fleck Comes Out

MikefleckMike Fleck, a Republican State Rep. from Pennsylvania, came out of the closet today, a closet he stayed in for nearly 40 years because of his religion and his relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.

"Coming out is hard enough, but doing it in the public eye is definitely something I never anticipated," said the lawmaker, who was married to a woman for more than adecade, according to PoliticsPA.

"I’m still the exact same person and I’m still a Republican and, most importantly, I’m still a person of faith trying to live life as a servant of God and the public. The only difference now is that I will also be doing so as honestly as I know how."

The Republican Party is all about the government needing to stay out of people’s lives. I’m not a one-issue person and it’s not a one-issue party," he said.

Fleck, who is 39-years old and an Eagle Scout, said his staff position with the organization contributed to his staying in the closet.

From the subscriber-only Huntingdon Daily News, which broke the story:

As an executive for the organization, Fleck said "now my livelihood depended on hiding my true sexual orientation, something I was very good at."

He continued that during his 20s, he firmly believed what he’s been taught, that homosexuality was a choice and so never felt in great conflict because he’d learned to suppress his feelings.

"I wanted to live a ‘normal’ life and raise a family," Fleck said. "I also believed that by marrying, I was fulfilling God’s will and I thought my same-sex attraction would simply go away."

Fleck also said that he tried religious therapy to rid himself of same-sex desires, but to no avail. "I sought out treatment from a Christian counselor, but when that didn’t work out, I engaged a secular therapist who told me point blank that I was gay and that I was too caught up in being the perfect Christian rather than actually being authentic and honest," he said.

As for his ex-wife, Fleck said she remains his best-friend. "My wife and I became closer than ever [after I came out to her], but it was bittersweet as we both concluded that the marriage was over," he said.

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 11:57 AM EST by in Boy Scouts, News, Pennsylvania, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (86)



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