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Anderson Cooper is a Banana Vigilante: VIDEO


I want Anderson Cooper on my neighborhood watch. He's keeping the fruits in their proper places.


Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 12:50 PM EST by in Anderson Cooper, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (11)

Pastor John Hagee Calls Gay Marriage 'Two Disturbed People Playing House' - VIDEO


Pastor John Hagee was taking questions from viewers of his show "The Hagee Hotline" yesterday about gay marriage and being in God's favor. Hagee responded by saying anything other than a man marrying a woman is "two disturbed people playing house" Right Wing Watch reports.


Hagee, you may recall, gave a sermon in 1990 that says Hitler acted on God's behalf in "hunting" the Jews so that they might establish Israel, and has made disparaging remarks about Catholics (for which he apologized) and has also said that gay sin was responsible for Hurricane Katrina. John McCain was forced to cut ties with Hagee during the 2008 election. Last year Hagee warned that DOMA repeal would lead to polygamy.

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 12:38 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, John Hagee, News | Permalink | Comments (24)

Willow Smith Meets Radiohead on 'Sugar and Spice': AUDIO


A startlingly different sound from Will Smith's daughter Willow, best known for whipping her hair back and forth. The track she's singing over is Radiohead's "Codex".


Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 11:15 AM EST by in Music, News, Radiohead | Permalink | Comments (13)

Indiana Lawmakers Forge Ahead with Plans to Constitutionally Ban Same-Sex Marriage

More lawmakers wasting the world's time.

IndianaIndiana Republicans don't read The Hill, apparently.

The AP:

Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, said he plans to introduce the measure in the House this year. And Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, has already filed the proposal in the Senate.

The General Assembly already overwhelmingly approved the constitutional amendment once in 2011. It would have to sign off on it again, this year or in 2014, and then send the proposal to voters for final approval.

"We do have some flexibility between this year and next. We recognize that," Turner said. "But frankly, some of us would like to put it behind us and let the public weigh in.

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 10:50 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Indiana, News | Permalink | Comments (10)

Log Cabin Republicans Take Out Full Page Ad in 'The Hill' Urging GOP to Support Gay Marriage. Oppose DOMA


The Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in The Hill today urging the GOP to support same-sex marriage and oppose DOMA.

Reads the text of the ad:

Log Cabin Republicans applauds those Republican Members of Congress who have signed on to the Respect for Marriage Act and urges other Republicans to follow their lead. To be the party of limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility, the Republican Party must stop standing in the way of caring adults building a family and a life together. A full 53 percent of Americans now support the freedom to marry. It's time for Republicans to stop spending taxpayer money defending DOMA and start defending the right of ALL Americans to pursue happiness with the person they love.

Said interim executive director Gregory T. Angelo:

"When Republicans focus on core issues of fiscal responsibility, low taxes, and jobs, we win elections. When Republicans do the right thing and support the freedom to marry for all Americans, we win new allies. Our new ad highlights this fact and urges the GOP to do what's right for America and for our future as a party."

Check out the full ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Lcr the Hill by towleroad

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 10:29 AM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, Log Cabin Republicans, News, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (45)

Nate Silver Questioned About Gay Identity on Reddit


As I mentioned on Monday, Nate Silver did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview on Reddit yesterday.

SilverReddit user snsiegel asked Silver:

In a recent profile, you stated you wished not to be known as a "gay statistician" but as a statistician who happens to be gay. Isn't that a bit naive in today's political and social climate? Don’t you think that whether you like it or not, people will treat you differently because you are gay and that your identity as a gay man cannot be limited to your private sexuality? As someone so ubiquitous now in the public sphere, should you be addressing issues in your writing that are related to gay rights as much as baseball?

Replied Silver:

It's a complicated issue that maybe doesn't lend itself so well to the reddit treatment.

My quick-and-dirty view is that people are too quick to affiliate themselves with identity groups of all kinds, as opposed to carving out their own path in life.

Obviously, there is also the issue of how one is perceived by others. Living in New York in 2013 provides one with much a much greater ability to exercise his independence than living in Uganda — or for that matter living in New York forty years ago. So perhaps there's a bit of a "you didn't build that" quality in terms of taking for granted some of the freedoms that I have now.

And/but/also, one of the broader lessons in the history of how gay people have been treated is that perhaps we should empower people to make their own choices and live their own lives, and that we should be somewhat distrustful about the whims and tastes and legal constraints imposed by society.

There were many more questions. You can read them on Reddit, or as a transcript in the NYT.

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 10:03 AM EST by in Nate Silver, News | Permalink | Comments (49)


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