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BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Radical nutjob, 9/11 truther and staunch pro-gun advocate Alex Jones appeared on Piers Morgan last night where he was invited by the host to discuss, among other things, his petition to deport the British host. However the discussion quickly devolved into Jones displaying just how classless and out of it he really is. Jones also followed up the interview with an even more disturbingly paranoid and rambling YouTube video.
As the Log Cabin Republicans continue to attack President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to Defense Secretary, many are starting to wonder just where they are getting all the money to do so. The Gallaudet University Diversity officer who showed how much she truly cares about diversity by signing a petition to put marriage equality to a vote back in October, has somehow managed to get her job back.
Some semblance of sanity involving the wingnuts at the Boy Scouts of America where a local California chapter is challenging the Scouts anti-gay stance by approving gay scout Ryan Andresen's application for Eagle status.
NPR has given their spoken word performance of the year award to 15-year-old Noah St. John for his beautiful and moving story about how he was raised by two Moms. Congrats to him!
DOMA rears it's ugly head in a case involving an Army Staff Sergeant who lost her wife in Afghanistan and is outrageously being denied benefits.
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Jon Stewart is not at all pleased about the House Republicans' inability to help Sandy victims and last night he let them know about it. Also Neil Patrick Harris thinks everyone's dreams are better than his.
Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy put on a show of affection for one another at a publicity panel for their forthcoming FOX drama The Following, at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour today, after a reporter noted their chemistry.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the kiss followed a long series of questions about violence and sexual situations:
So it was a mood lightener when a reporter opted to go the fan route, saying that there came a point during the show, which debuts Jan. 21 at 9 p.m., when she wanted Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy's alter egos to kiss.
Moments later, Bacon and Purefoy did just that. "Rule nothing in, rule nothing out,” Purefoy joked following the peck.
Judge Awards Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning Sentencing Credit, Deems Pretrial Conditions 'Excessive'
The judge in the trial of Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning, who faces 22 counts including aiding the enemy for his role in the release of classified information, awarded him nearly four months of credit off any sentence he might receive because of the way he has been treated in confinement, the AP reports:
Col. Denise Lind made the ruling during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning. Lind found that Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. She awarded a total of 112 days off any prison sentence Manning gets if he is convicted.
Manning was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Brig officials say it was to keep him from hurting himself or others.
The judge said that Manning's confinement was "more rigorous than necessary." She added that the conditions "became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests."
Manning's trial begins on March 6.
The National Stonewall Democrats, a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists, is "on hiatus" according to its Executive Director Jerame Davis.
The Dallas Voice reports:
The organization suspended operations on Jan. 1 but plans a relaunch for 2014.
“A lot of decisions are being made,” Davis told the Voice. “It’s likely our office will be closed for most of this year.”
Davis continues to work as an unpaid volunteer and will use the current office in Washington, D.C., at least through the end of the month. Local and state chapters will continue to operate normally.
The organization recently reported a possible $30,000 deficit.
Jeanne Manford, the founder of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1972, has died at the age of 92, the group reports.
Wrote Liz Owen on the occasion of Manford's 91st birthday last year:
Being gay was a crime, over half of the U.S. population deemed homosexuality morally wrong, vicious attacks on gay people were commonplace, and the idea of equality for gays and lesbians was a radical notion. But this didn’t stop Bronx, New York schoolteacher Jeanne Manford from ensuring that her gay son, Morty, received the same treatment as her straight daughter, Suzanne.
Following a brutal attack on his life at a rally, Manford stood alongside her son in a protest through the streets of Manhattan, carrying a sign that read “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children.” Begged by observers to speak to other parents, she started support groups teaching parents to accept and support their LGBT loved ones and become, like her, brave advocates for equality. As demand steadily increased, Manford founded PFLAG, a national organization with a mission of support, education, and advocacy.
Jeanne was one of the fiercest fighters in the battle for acceptance and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is truly humbling to imagine in 1972 - just 40 years ago - a simple schoolteacher started this movement of family and ally support, without benefit of any of the technology that today makes a grassroots movement so easy to organize. No Internet. No cellphones. Just a deep love for her son and a sign reading “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children.”
This simple and powerful message of love and acceptance from one person resonated so strongly it was heard by millions of people worldwide and led to the founding of PFLAG, an organization with more than 350 chapters across the U.S. and 200,000 members and supporters, and the creation of similar organizations across the globe.
Our thoughts go out to Manford's family and those close to her.
The family requests that any donations be made to the Jeanne Manford Legacy Fund to support the ongoing work of PFLAG National: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660, Washington, DC 20036.
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