News: Angelina Jolie, Benghazi, Boy Scouts, Steve King, Stockholm

RoadNYC rally against recent hate crimes on Thursday night.

RoadSharp rise reported in anti-gay attacks in France, says report.

JolieRoadAngelina Jolie announces she had a preventive double mastectomy, in the NYT: "My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman...Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could."

RoadWoman forces American Airlines flight to make landing after she won't stop singing Whitney Houston song.

RoadBlack churches key to Illinois marriage debate: "The soup always boils just before it's done and the soup is boiling now," said the Rev. Phyllis Pennese, an openly gay pastor who runs a tiny congregation for black gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the Chicago suburb of Summit. "That's why there's all this fury around this issue because it's almost about to be done."

RoadPoll: Americans who are angry about Benghazi don't know where it is. "Of the 41 percent of Republicans who consider Benghazi to be the worst political scandal in American history, 39 percent are unaware that Benghazi is located in Libya. 10 percent said it's in Egypt, 9 percent in Iran, 6 percent in Cuba, 5 percent in Syria, 4 percent in Iraq, and 1 percent each in North Korea and Liberia, with 4 percent unwilling to venture a guess."

RoadNicholas Hoult puckers up for Flaunt.

MeyersRoadDracula coming to NBC.

RoadLesbian couple turned away by landlord on the Isle of Man: "Kira Izzard and Laura Cull, from Douglas, said they were shocked to discover there was no legislation to protect them from discrimination. They have now launched an online petition calling for the island to adopt the UK's Equality Act 2010. So far more than 1,000 people have offered their support."

RoadNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka take their twins to the Farmer's Market on Mother's Day.

RoadVIDEOS: Illinois' top anti-equality group holds rally, says gays have "deviant sexual lifestyle" and are "offense to nature and nature's God".

RoadMarriage equality unlikely in North Dakota anytime soon: "University of North Dakota political science professor Mark Jendrysik points to a 2004 vote to ban same-sex marriages as evidence that the mindset is different in conservative North Dakota. Seventy-three percent of voters approved that constitutional amendment."

RoadStockholm Pride campaign invites Russians to Go West.

2_ralphreedRoadRalph Reed playing peacemaker between Boy Scouts and Christian conservative leaders? "WORLD learned that Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition and now president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has arranged meetings and conference calls between Christian conservative leaders and BSA officials who support the pro-gay resolution. According to John Stemberger, founder of OnMyHonor.Net, a group opposed to the policy change, 'After the introduction is made, the BSA officials try to convince these top conservative evangelical leaders to support the resolution by finding friendly media venues to discuss it.'"

RoadJames Franco covers GQ's comedy issue.

RoadRep. Steve King (R-IA) on how Obama should have honored Tebow over Jason Collins: "I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press. Think about the things he's chosen to take sides on. ...[W]e've got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God on the football field. Meanwhile we have a professional athlete that decides he's going to announce his sexuality and he gets a personal call from the United States to highlight the sexuality of a professional ballplayer. These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided. The people over on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership. One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded."

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  1. (Sick)Steve King, Ralph(smarmy)Reed, and Peter(Porno)LaBarbera in one news roundup.

    "GOD" fervor is the primary source of evil in the world today.

    They know God's mind. Isn't that an amazing concept.
    The creator of billions of galaxies told these cretins it was OK to persecute gay people.

    Ralph Reed is never to be trusted. NEVER.

    Posted by: JONES | May 14, 2013 3:50:32 PM

  2. Angelina Jolie is very brave and generous.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 14, 2013 4:21:37 PM

  3. Black churches key to Illinois marriage debate. How’s that?

    Blacks are 27 of 177 legislators—that’s 150 who are not black.

    If the bill does not pass, it will be because 66 Republicans (all of whom are white) voted to deny full citizenship because they enjoy oppression.

    Posted by: Carlie | May 14, 2013 4:40:56 PM

  4. That Whitney Houston airline songstress pretty much made my day. And I thought that I behaved poorly on flights.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 14, 2013 5:09:58 PM

  5. Carlie,not true. Democrats have a super majority,thus they don't need the Republicans votes.
    Black churches in Illinois are putting a LOT of pressure on their legislatures to vote no,going as far to discommunicate them or go to the Republican party.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 14, 2013 5:14:46 PM

  6. Rep King seems to forget that Tim Tebow had face to face time with President Obama precisely the last time he accomplished anything.

    Posted by: Jonathan | May 14, 2013 5:20:27 PM

  7. Here's the real issue s far as the Mormons an Religious Right (as represented by Ralph Reed) are concerned, about the Boy Scouts.

    They're losing BADLY about the BSA being able to discriminate against gay Scouts of long standing, even Eagle Scouts, being denied their accomplishments. It's really bad PR so they're doing damage control.

    However, the revised policy that casts gay men as potential pedophiles is right up their alley.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 14, 2013 5:35:09 PM

  8. I Will Always Love You is a Dolly Parton song. (She wrote it.)

    Posted by: CP | May 14, 2013 5:46:24 PM

  9. @CP, "I Will Always Love You" as sung by Dolly and Whitney are practically two different songs. If she was singing the Whitney version, as is most likely, the characterization holds.

    It's like insisting that "Thriller" be identified as a Rod Temperton song rather than as a Michael Jackson song.

    Posted by: Jonathan | May 14, 2013 5:53:24 PM

  10. Umm, and yeah I don't know anything about Dolly and I really care about Whitney. Thanks for the news, because I can't read. I like one of them.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 14, 2013 5:59:32 PM

  11. I like that book Steve King wrote about the vampires.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 14, 2013 6:29:20 PM

  12. One of the problems with American medicine is we have too many 'preemptive' procedures, which can often have negative side effects or complications, up to and including death.

    One major study done on prostate cancer in recent years shows that our testing on that lead to results that were no better than leaving it alone, even for those who were discovered to have prostate cancer.

    With proper screening and frequent breast exams and self-checks, breast cancer can be caught early, and when it's caught early, it's one of the more treatable cancers out there.

    I can't speak to Jolie's decision, but consider this a warning for anyone reading this and thinking they need to go out and get their breasts removed, or tell a friend/relative that they need to see if they have this gene and then get their breasts removed, if so.

    Such an action probably won't be in the best interest of your health. This is absolutely, positively something you should listen to your doctor about -- and if you have a doctor who recommends surgery when you don't have cancer, you need to get a second opinion.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 14, 2013 6:51:14 PM

  13. *I should have mentioned re: prostate cancer that the tests weren't leading to more positive results than those not getting tested because prostate cancer is usually a very slow growing cancer.

    In fact, MOST older men end up getting it and don't know it, surviving upwards of decades with it.

    The tests were leading them to discover they had it... and the procedures to remove prostates for those who did not have aggressive strains of the disease were causing such bad complications -- up to and including death -- that the test then wasn't actually medically useful in the aggregate.

    That would change with better tests, that could detect between aggressive and mild strains of the cancer. Work is being done on that, so hopefully we'll again be able to have effective ways to test for which prostate cancer requires the drastic and procedure of removing a prostate.

    To be VERY clear, since I didn't distinguish that in my first reply, I don't want any women to think testing could be 'bad' for breast cancer. It's a different cancer. Testing is ESSENTIAL for breast cancer, and with proper testing and regular breast exams, breast cancer can be very survivable today. I say that as the son of a breast cancer survivor.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 14, 2013 6:59:03 PM

  14. I'd like to say that Iowa's Steve King couldn't be that stupid--only I already knew he was.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | May 14, 2013 7:14:05 PM

  15. @Ryan: I believe Jolie's decision was based on the fact that she carries a "faulty" gene, one that only a small minority of women have, even among women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, who mostly don't carry the gene. Women like Jolie are at very high risk; therefore, drastic measures (mastectomy before diagnosis) are something for them to consider. I'm not sure the comparison with routine yet controversial screening for prostate cancer and the over treatment of prostate cancer is an apt comparison here, but obviously it's something people need to get informed about through their doctors.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 14, 2013 9:29:34 PM

  16. Dolly Parton wrote "I Will Always Love You," though Whitney Houston made it a hit.

    Either way it's an aural hate crime and those who sing it *should* be punished to the fullest extent of the law! ;-)

    However, being liberal I'm all for sentences that really fit the crime. Offenders should be made to listen to endless karaoke versions of the 2nd worst song in the world. "You Light Up My Life."

    There would be no recidivism.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 14, 2013 11:55:20 PM

  17. I wonder how long it'll be before Madonna tries a double mastectomy - not for any real cancer threat, just to be on trend...

    Posted by: Jeff | May 15, 2013 12:44:10 AM

  18. "One of the problems with American medicine is we have too many 'preemptive' procedures, which can often have negative side effects or complications, up to and including death.

    One major study done on prostate cancer in recent years shows that our testing on that lead to results that were no better than leaving it alone, even for those who were discovered to have prostate cancer.

    With proper screening and frequent breast exams and self-checks, breast cancer can be caught early, and when it's caught early, it's one of the more treatable cancers out there."

    lets start at the beginning "One of the problems with American medicine is we have too many 'preemptive' procedures", false, medicine in the US is nothing if not reactive not proactive in 90% of cases, no one gets their skin(no moles don't count), prostate, lungs, brain, liver, or any other organ removed/altered to preempt disease this assertion is absurd...while everyone would hope MDs would promote prevention vs treatment your understanding of how disease progression like cancer is woefully inadequate and biased by this ignorance. "One major study done on prostate cancer" Which study? I cannot find one reliable source that concludes "oh its just cancer, leave it alone it'll get better or stay the same", Are you kidding me???!!! that's just dangerous nonsense.

    now to the biggest bit of nonsense "it's one of the more treatable cancers out there." do you know what toll cancer treatments are on the human mind and spirit? do you know how many people I see everyday who just can't take one more day of temodal, methotrexate, gleevic, arimidex, doxorubicin, efudex, XYZmab, and the endless assortment of symptomatic crutches??...and after you are done guess what? are never "cured", stay cancer free for five years and you get a mark in the survivor column, relapse as the majority do and start from scratch all over again, only this time its spread...BUT YOU SURVIVED!!! you still end up dead 10-30 years before everyone else.

    That is the reality for most cancers, you don't really win you just buy a little more time. Along a whole lot of misery...

    Posted by: epic | May 15, 2013 2:15:12 AM

  19. Well said Epic. I wonder if Ryan was a frustrated person in the oncology trades who's worried about having less butter on his bread in the future. (even if it means fewer dead women) Jolie's decision was absolutely appropriate given HER circumstances.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 15, 2013 2:43:08 AM

  20. I fully agree with the cancer comments, but oddly my dog got cancer, they said she'd be dead in three to six months, and four years later she's perfectly fine---with no treatment. I took her to some of the best vets in the country and they said, Sorry, nothing much we can do without putting her through hell. But then it just disappeared.

    Not that I would advocate that approach for a human. But she's already lived way longer than her breed is supposed to, and is called a "miracle dog" by her vet. Medicine is an imperfect field.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 15, 2013 4:10:05 AM

  21. Re:VIDEOS: Illinois' top anti-equality group holds rally, says gays have "deviant sexual lifestyle" and are "offense to nature and nature's God".

    They must not know much about God since it created homosexualty through out the natural world.

    Posted by: 1♥ | May 15, 2013 7:20:05 AM

  22. Ralph Reed and Madmen's Pete Campbell...separated at birth?

    Posted by: MDNC | May 15, 2013 7:32:48 AM

  23. @Kevin:
    Are you suggesting that the Illinois Catholic church hierarchy (white) is being silent and not trying to influence its members? Are you further suggesting that all black churches opposed to marriage equality? Will not the majority of 66 (white) Republicans cite their churches and their bible in opposition? Would the votes of any black legislators be needed if (white) Republicans weren't fixated on maintaining inequality of all kinds?
    The premise is obviously faulty. Maybe we should abandon the pathological need to blame blacks.

    Posted by: Carlie | May 15, 2013 1:24:35 PM

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