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06/11/2014

Malfunctioning Elevator In Chile Rises Thirty Floors In Fifteen Seconds, Injures Passenger: VIDEO

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A Chilean man riding an out-of-control elevator sustained leg and head injuries when the mechanics malfunctioned, according to news reports, causing it to rise thirty floors in fifteen seconds before crashing into the building's roof. The elevator, located in Bustamente Community Park in Providencia, Chile was reportedly installed only eight months ago.

Check out the terrifying surveillance footage (not for the elevator-phobic), AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 11,2014 at 9:32 PM EST by in Chile, News, Video | Permalink | Comments (22)


Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Thinks Gays Should Be Stoned to Death: VIDEO

EskA tea-party candidate for the Oklahoma State House District 91 is in the news today for controversial statements made on social media in support of Old Testament-style punishment for homosexuality.

Scott Esk, who prides himself on being “100% Traditional Family Values,” started throwing out Bible verses on Facebook last July after a friend posted a link to an article about Pope Francis saying “Who am I to judge gay people?”

Esk quotes Leviticus 20:13, the “if a man who lies with a man they shall be put to death” verse, adding that “If men wink at such perversions, God may have no choice than to judge such nations with calamities.”

When asked by the friend to clarify if he really thought gays should be put to death by stoning, Esk responds:

“I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

And in a follow-up interview with The Moore Daily yesterday, Esk made it clear his views haven’t changed. You can listen to that interview, HERE.

(via Firebrand Progressives)

Posted Jun. 11,2014 at 8:31 PM EST by in Evangelical Christians, News, Oklahoma, Tea Party | Permalink | Comments (46)


Alaska Thunderf*ck's Music Video For 'Your Makeup Is Terrible' Is A Feast For The Eyes: WATCH

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Remember "Red for Filth," the fragrance from RuPaul's Drag Race season five finalist Alaska Thunderf*ck? The hilarious commercial made an impression, and RuPaul laughed harder at one line than any other: a foxy Alaska looks stunned as a member of the pit crew whispers in her ear, "Your makeup is terrible!"

Clearly Alaska decided to capitalize on a good thing, and now we've got a wacky, wild, and stunning music video for a song of the same name. Watch as the queen appears both in and out of drag, with incredible makeup designs that no one would dare read (for filth). 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jun. 11,2014 at 8:00 PM EST by in Alaska, Drag Queens, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (10)


Salt Lake City Police Officer Who Didn’t Want Gay Pride Parade Assignment Resigns

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The Salt Lake City police officer put on administrative leave after the SLCPD said he refused his assignment at the city’s gay pride parade last weekend has now resigned, The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The officer, whose identity has not been released, reportedly cited religious convictions in asking for reassignment rather than participating directly in the parade — an act he saw as an endorsement of last Sunday’s Utah Pride Parade.

His lawyer, Bret Rawson, said the officer did not — as initially indicated by SLCPD officials — refuse the [motorcycle] assignment, and would have ridden in the parade had he been ordered to do so.

"My client has made it clear to SLCPD that he is not returning," Rawson said Tuesday. "He feels he has been subjected to needless ridicule by the department for merely expressing a desire to work the parade without participating in the parade.

The Salt Lake City Police Department declined to provide further comment on the situation or any pending litigation.

GallagherWhen the initial story broke about the SLCPD indicating that a police officer had flat-out refused to work at Gay Pride, Maggie Gallagher blasted the cop, writing: "Religious liberty should not extend to a cop refusing to protect Gay Pride parade-goers — that is just wrong."

With these new developments that the cop may have only been asking for a less conspicuous assignment at Pride, however, Gallagher clarified her views:

I do not think cops have a right to refuse to serve and protect gay people or gay institutions, but if government can punish you for merely asking for an accommodation, we are in serious trouble. 

I trusted the police department as a reliable source (my biases showing!), but if the cop’s story is true, he has a number of serious legal claims, from the First Amendment to defamation of character.

What are your own thoughts on the case? Do you think, like Rawson, that the SLCPD gave a "knee-jerk reaction" to the officer's concerns by immediately putting him on administrative leave?

Posted Jun. 11,2014 at 7:23 PM EST by in Discrimination, Gay Pride, Law Enforcement, News, Salt Lake City, Utah | Permalink | Comments (21)


Public Education Campaign to Build Support for Marriage Equality Launches in Indiana

A public education campaign designed to build support for marriage equality in Indiana has launched today, JConline reports:

HUMThis spring, other campaigns worked in the state legislature to block the constitutional amendment, called HJR-3, but Hoosiers Unite is focusing on public education against Indiana's existing law banning same-sex marriages, Kyle Megrath, the group's marriage coordinator, said.

"We're a public education campaign, so we are geared toward making sure we are highlighting the stories of people," he said. "We feel like we're at a really critical mass locally and nationally with everything that happened with HJR-3. People are having these conversations." […]

Campaign organizers will also ask people to endorse the group. The effort will focus on prominent community members and "folks that might be more unlikely to do that, like Republicans and Libertarians," Megrath said.

Perhaps getting on-the-grounds conservatives to join the cause will be slightly easier now that the state GOP voted to re-insert divisive anti-gay language into its party platform…

Posted Jun. 11,2014 at 6:45 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Indiana, News | Permalink | Comments (4)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1597

IGUAZU FALLS: Local flooding in Brazil and Argentina has turned the scenic falls into something out of Hell.

NEW TESTAMENT: Kanye West releases 34 minute sermon about himself.

RESCUE: One bumblebee saves another from the jaws of a spider.

BALLOON ROOM: Well, this blew up.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jun. 11,2014 at 5:45 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)



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