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Real-Life Witch Denies Halloween Candy to Kids of Obama Supporters


Meet Shirley Nagel, a real-life witch and McCain supporter from suburban Detroit.

Nagel refused to give out candy to trick-or-treaters who were children of Obama supporters.

As one YouTube commenter so aptly puts it, "Thank you SHIRLEY NAGEL for sharing your bitter ignorance with the world. You are the PERFECT reminder of the change we are voting for."

UPDATE: As one of our astute commenters points out, Nagel, who was a delegate from Michigan at the Republican National Convention this year, was interviewed by Triumph the Comic Insult Dog after a few glasses of Cabernet.


Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Brazil, Vin Diesel, Red Wings, Lauren Hutton, 'Ex-Gays'

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road.jpg Archbishop of Uganda demands that "pro-gay bishops must apologise and renounce their support for sexual perversion" in order to mend rift in Church: "The Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, made the appeal on Wednesday, while addressing journalists at the provincial headquarters in Namirembe, Kampala. He was announcing the departure of a team of Church of Uganda bishops to the Anglican Communion scheduled for June 22-29 in Jerusalem. According to Orombi, conservative Christians worldwide, who believe in the Bible, will meet in Jerusalem to 'prepare for an Anglican future in which the gospel is uncompromised and a Christ-centred mission is a top priority.'"

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road.jpg Gay activist slams Norther Irish politico's statement that gays and lesbians can be "turned around". Said the MP: "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals - trying to turn away from what they are engaged in. I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."

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road.jpg This weekend's Love Won Out "ex-gay" conference in Orlando to be protested by gay activists: "Protesters, organized by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will meet outside First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, where organizers say the conference is expected to draw about 500 participants. The conference coincides with Gay Days, which annually attracts thousands of gays to Orlando and Disney World."

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Report: Gay Detroit Senior Andrew Anthos Was Not Attacked

Detroit Police said on Wednesday that gay senior Andrew Anthos, who was reportedly attacked in front of his apartment with a pipe of February 13 after his assailant had taunted him over his sexuality, died of natural causes and was never attacked.

Anthos2This has been the account: "According to family members, Anthos said he was riding a city bus home from the library on Feb. 13 when a young man asked him if he was gay and uttered a slur. Anthos said the man followed him off the bus and confronted him again. Anthos said he told the man he was gay as he went to help a friend whose wheelchair was stuck in a snowbank, according to his cousin, Athena Fedenis."

In the days following the incident, Anthos, 72, clung to life in a Detroit hospital before slipping into a coma and dying.

According to the AP, "the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that Anthos fell because he had an arthritic neck, and detectives were unable to find witnesses to a beating, police said...Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Schmidt said evidence did not support the report of an attack on Anthos and said a head injury likely came from falling. Anthos probably flexed his neck, which caused arthritic spurs to compress his spinal cord enough to paralyze his legs, Schmidt said."

Said police spokesman James Tate to the Detroit News: "There's no evidence that an assault occurred. They determined that he died of natural causes."

Homicide unit supervisor Lt. Linda Vertin said the case would be closed due to lack of evidence of an assault. The report of the attack on Anthos sparked a renewed outcry in Michigan and across the country from gay advocacy groups for hate crime legislation.

The AP notes, "It was unclear what police made of the friend's account." It's also unclear where police came up with a sketch of Anthos' attacker which was released on March 1st.

Athena Fedenis, Anthos' cousin, whom police did not talk to before going public with their findings, expressed shock that the case was closed: "I'm just livid about this. Andrew didn't have any reason to make this up. I won't let this rest. I can't let this tarnish him. I don't want anyone to think it wasn't a hate crime."

Police, coroner: Detroit gay man died naturally, not from beating [detroit news]
Police Say Gay Man Not Fatally Beaten [nyt]

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Vigil for Andrew Anthos Tonight; Sketch Released of Killer

Anthos_killer_sketch_1Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for the fatal beating of 72-year-old Andrew Anthos, clubbed to death with a pipe in front of his Detroit apartment in an anti-gay hate crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police at (313) 596-2260 or anonymously call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Anthos' niece told yesterday: "I promised two things, that I would get the dome lit and (pass) hate crimes (legislation). I don't think I'll be getting enough rest till this is all done."

More from "At Wednesday's funeral in Center Line, Mich., Fedenis said, about 80 people gathered to share memories of Anthos and how he had touched their lives. They included friends, loved ones and folks from the post office and library branch from which Anthos used to post and e-mail his voluminous correspondence. The Singing Librarians, a chorale of Detroit Public Library workers, performed two numbers, one by Gershwin and one from 'Show Boat' that had been sung by his beloved Ava Gardner. 'I can handle the R-E-E-L world,' Detroit Free Press columnist Susan Ager remembered him telling her, 'but the R-E-A-L world scares me.' Melissa Pope, director of victim services for Michigan's Triangle Foundation, described the tribute as 'very loving'. Different branches of the family had never met prior to this horrific murder,' Pope said. 'They felt Andrew had brought them together.' Anthos' family has set up a foundation to raise funds toward his dream of lighting the dome. Donations may be made to Andrew's Light, P.O. Box 66164, Roseville MI 48066."

Additionally, a candlelight vigil will be held this evening outside the apartment where Anthos was struck down. 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Towers, 1600 Antietam, Detroit MI 48207.

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The reaction to the cold-blooded hate killing of Detroit gay senior Andrew Anthos has been pathetic at best:

Hansen_clarke"It has been 16 days since someone killed Andrew Anthos, a 72-year-old openly gay man, by beating him with a pipe. Before and after the beating, the killer shouted anti-gay slurs. In 16 days, only one person with any sort of a well-known name in southeast Michigan has stepped forward to say it is wrong to beat a 72-year-old man to death with a pipe because he is gay."

Sen. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit, pictured) has been the only public official to come forward. He said: "It’s so sad and tragic. I can see why an elected official may not want to be involved."

Columnist Bill McGraw asks: "Is the high-level silence here because Anthos was gay, or is it because everyone has grown immune to metro Detroit’s never-ending mayhem? Last week, a 13-year-old and 11-year-old were shot and killed, execution-style, in a Detroit dope house. Public officials mostly have remained silent on that outrage, too."

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Andrew Anthos Death Inspires Reintroduction of Hate Crime Bill

Anthos2_1_1_1Sometimes it takes a horrific tragedy, in this case the cold-blooded murder of Detroit senior Andrew Anthos, to move people to action.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Senator Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) says he'll re-introduce legislation to expand Michigan's hate crime statues to include sexual orientation. Similar legislation, of which Clarke was a co-sponsor, failed to pass last year. Hopefullly Anthos' murder will inspire people to see that it needs to happen.

Said Clarke: "I believe Mr. Anthos death will be a watershed. It’s going to be successful."

Clarke also vowed to give Anthos what he campaigned for for nearly 20 years — the lighting of the Michigan statehouse dome in red, white, and blue. Anthos cousin, Athena Fedenis, said it was his dying wish:

"One of the last things he said to me was 'Promise me my dearest cousin,' to continue the fight."

Neal Rubin, of the Detroit News, has written a column about Anthos' attempts over the years to get his message heard.

Sadly, it took a metal pipe, a crushed spine, and a man's soul for people to finally listen.

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