News: Miley Cyrus, NSA, Piranhas, Joan Rivers, Ben Cohen

Road David Cameron's Conservative Party gets an uptick in gay voter support. The PinkNews panel found that support for the Conservative Party among the gay community has risen from 11% during the 2010 general election to 30% if the election was held tomorrow.

Road  Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus and model Cara Delvingne share some tongue

Road Federal judge rules NSA's widespread phone surveillance is legal. In the 54-page opinion issued in New York, Pauley said the sweeping program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaeda's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications. "There is no evidence that the Government has used any of the bulk telephony metadata it collected for any purpose other than investigating and disrupting terrorist attacks," he wrote.

Road The best shirtless celebrities of the year   

Road Argentina piranha attack leaves 60 wounded. Piranhas on a Christmas Day feeding frenzy injured some 60 people in the Argentine city of Rosario, officials said Thursday. Those injured in the attack Wednesday by the ferocious fish included a girl who lost part of a finger, Health Undersecretary Gabriela Quintanilla told reporters.

Cory MonteithRoad Looking back on Cory Monteith, Nelson Mandela, and everyone else we lost this year.

Road Joan Rivers fires back at Jennifer Lawrence after she spoke out against body shaming. "I love that she's telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile, she has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican," she told the New York Post — on Christmas Eve. "Look at her posters. She doesn't have a nose, she has two holes. She just has to learn, don't talk if you're doing it." 

Road 21 of the biggest LGBT allies of 2013

Road  Ben CohenLooks like Ben Cohen got the memo from Tom Daley and took part in the gay Christmas apron party too.

Road Drake will be the host/musical guest of the first SNL episode next year.

Road Illinois gay activists say their fight is far from over. "We've got a responsibility to our LGBT brothers and sisters in places like Alabama and Texas and elsewhere," Thayer said. "We can't just allow them to twist in the wind even though we've won legal equality here in Illinois



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  1. Isn't a judges job to rule on the law and not make conjecture? i understand "spirit of the law" is primarily more important but this doesn't make sense. What proof was brought forward that shows anything to do with al-qaeda? even if we're just going off of what he cited not even the actual constitutionality of it. Are people just not paying attention or just don't care about their rights being taken away?

    Posted by: Joshua | Dec 27, 2013 5:25:26 PM

  2. Any legal opinion that begins with a 9/11 reference is automatically next to worthless.

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Dec 27, 2013 5:34:14 PM

  3. Who owns the data?
    If an individual owns the data, then it follows that accessing (taking) the data without a warrant is a violation of the 4th amendment.

    If the Company owns the data, then it follows that access (taking) the data would require some kind of deal with the Company – which occurred.

    I believe we need to clarify this point and it will help the debate. I believe that an Individual “owns the data” that they generate in their daily life, including doing business and making phone calls. If it is determined that individuals do not own the data that they generate, then I believe the freedoms that we enjoy in this country are on the wane. Think of Google Glasses, GPS tracking on smart phones, etc. There are more and more methods of tracking, some fairly intrusive, that would be open to Government monitoring.

    Also keep in mind that today you may consider the US Government your friend, protecting us from the evil 911 terrorist and others. When the US Government decides that you are not a “friendly”, all this monitoring becomes another method to control and subjugate an individual. Try to get off the "no fly list"... This country was founded upon the idea that the Government was by the people and for the people; not to control and subjugate the people.

    Innocent until proven guilty?
    Tracked and monitored until found guilty is more like it.

    I believe that NSA monitoring violates the very principles that this country should stand for, as does this ruling.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 27, 2013 5:42:33 PM

  4. "There is no evidence that the Government has used ... "

    There doesn't need to be. It's not the USE of evidence that is unreasonable search, it's the SEARCH.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 27, 2013 6:09:47 PM

  5. There are a few conflicting rulings now that need to go to appellate level.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 27, 2013 7:06:17 PM

  6. That story about David Cameron gaining increased support among the gay community needs to be seen in context.

    It was a Pink News poll. That is a rightwing, pro-religion, pro-Tory website.

    It claims to be a neutral website but it's actually a front for the the gay-hating Tory Party.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 27, 2013 7:26:32 PM

  7. @MARYM

    I've seen no evidence of that. They have posted many stories that do not portray religion and religious figures in the most positive of light.

    Furthermore, that comments on there are usually very against conservatives and religion.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 27, 2013 8:45:45 PM

  8. TEAM JOAN!!!

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 27, 2013 9:00:17 PM

  9. I object to Cory Monteith being listed before Nelson Mandela. It's semantics but let's get some perspective and scale here. It's horrible that he had to die so young and yes, he makes for a better picture in this post but it seems ridiculous to list him before arguably one of the greatest rights activists of the 20th Century. There isn't a hierarchy in death (or there shouldn't be) but couldn't the order be reversed and you still use Cory's photo and everything is fine?

    Posted by: Adric | Dec 28, 2013 12:48:04 AM

  10. Agreed, Adric. Monteith committed suicide by drugs and was barely a blip on the general population. His family should be left to grieve but it's not a nation/international loss.

    Posted by: unruly | Dec 28, 2013 2:06:31 AM

  11. Unlike some, it didn't really bother me that Mr. Monteith received special attention at the Emmy Awards. But, choosing to highlight him over Nelson Mandela is rather reprehensible.

    President Mandela changed the course of human history. Cory Monteith was on "Glee".

    Posted by: alex | Dec 28, 2013 4:29:56 AM

  12. Chris - the comments on the Pink News stories are deeply critical of religion but that site keeps pumping them out. Its owner is a guy called Benjamin Cohen who openly admits to being a member of a religion that hates him - orthodox judaism and the relentless barrage of stories about religion would give the idea that religion plays an important part of LGBT lives in Britain - whereas the reality is that most LGBT people in Britain are atheist.

    The stories on that site are incredibly badly written (and often stolen from here - take note Andy Towle) and the way it sucks up to the ruling Tory Party (a party where over 50% of MPs voted against marriage equality) indicates that the agenda of Pink News is at best very, very suspect.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 28, 2013 6:54:32 AM

  13. @CHRIS Ignore MaryM. She doesn't know what the hell she's talking about.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 28, 2013 12:02:23 PM

  14. enough with the miley stories. as if supposedly adult gay men are supposed to care about her every latest stunt like we were teenage girls. this why gay male culture sucks. and not in a good way.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 28, 2013 2:38:51 PM

  15. OMG Cory and Nelson in the same list. Suicide by irresponsible drug usage does not make Cory an "icon." I can NOT believe this.

    Posted by: L Goethe | Dec 28, 2013 10:37:16 PM

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