In case weather woes are flummoxing your travel plans today, the busiest travel day of the year in the U.S., take comfort in knowing you are not in Siberia. A plane that was stuck on a frozen tarmac in the town of Igarka, Siberia had to rely on its hardy passengers to take to the tarmac and give the plane a running start as temperatures reportedly sank below negative 52 degrees Celsius (negative 66 degrees Fahrenheit)!
Someone get these poor people some hand-warmers.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 8:17 PM EST by Sean Mandell in News, Russia |
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Darren Wilson talks to George Stephanopoulos about shooting and killing Michael Brown: “The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right...I’m sorry that [Michael] lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day, but it’s what occurred that day. There’s nothing you can say that would make a parent feel better.”
Michael Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., calls Wilson's remarks "disrespectful" and "crazy": "For one, my son, he respected law enforcement. Two, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn?”
A lesbian couple challenging Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, a case that may reach the Supreme Court, just adopted their fourth child yesterday.
Taylor Swift performs "Blank Space" (a.k.a. "Lonely Starbucks Lovers") on The Voice and makes one superfan's day.
Meanwhile, Chris Pine croons like Sinatra for a fan on Ellen.
Speaking of Ellen, her hunky (former?) gardner Billy Reilich, smolders in a new photoshoot that puts his beefcake on display.
Bette Midler backs off of Ariana Grande.
Kevin Federline says that wasn't him.
The first tiny teaser for Game of Thrones Season 5 has arrived and it's all about Arya.
Former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel strips down for OUT Magazine, talks playing Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway.
Jennifer Aniston pranks a BBC radio interviewer in a cringe-worthy video.
"Marlene Dietrich in a top hat" may be the best one on this list.
Vending machines at bathhouses will offer HIV testing.
Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a gay couple faced with homelessness in New York, picked up four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Picture.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr's gay brother is getting married.
Feeling villainous? Watch inspired by retro James Bond films has laser attached that can cut through plastic.
The Cambridges have a new family portrait.
Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 6:16 PM EST by Sean Mandell in News |
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Not surprisingly, and having barely waited for the ink to dry, Mississippi officials announced Wednesday they'll appeal a federal judge's decision striking down the state's same-sex marriage bans to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (right) also said he'll ask the appeals court for a permanent stay of Tuesday's decision from U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, which Reeves put on hold for 14 days.
From The Clarion Ledger:
"The Office of Attorney General has a statutory duty to argue the constitutionality of our laws. We will appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and ask for a stay until that court decides the cases presently pending before it," Hood said.
The 5th Circuit is already scheduled to hear oral arguments in marriage cases from Texas and Louisiana on Jan. 9, but it's unclear whether the Mississippi case will be heard on the same day.
Reeves' 72-page decision has garnered praise from LGBT advocates, but isn't going over well with the state's Republican elected leaders:
"One federal judge appointed by President Obama should not be allowed to overrule the will of the people of Mississippi," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "I believe the Attorney General should appeal this decision to defend the 86 percent of Mississippians who voted for the Constitutional amendment in 2004."'
Speaker of the House Philip Gunn said today that he plans to work with Gov. Bryant and other state leaders to appeal Reeves' decision to set aside Mississippi's gay marriage ban.
"It is unfortunate that one judge has decided to ignore the will of the people of Mississippi," Gunn said. "On Nov. 2, 2004, 86 percent of the citizens of our state voted to support the legislative amendment on the ballot defining marriage as occurring between one man and one woman. Judge Reeves has willfully defied this law. I will fight to uphold the rights of Mississippians to determine this issue."
State Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, who has a gay son, praised Reeves' decision. Another Democratic state legislator, Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville, said simply, "You can't usurp a federal judge."
But Bryan Fischer (above), a spokesman for the Mississippi-based American Family Association, is calling for Gov. Phil Bryant to do just that:
Watch Fischer's rant today on AFA's Focal Point here.
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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 5:05 PM EST by John Wright in American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, Gay Marriage, Mississippi |
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Former Arkansas Governor and likely 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been on a tour of Europe entitled “Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II Tour: God Raising Extraordinary Leaders for Extraordinary Times.” As hate-monger Matt Barber notes, Huckabee invited "evangelical pastors from the states of New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada on special 10-day tour of Europe... to study the lives of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II and understand how these three individuals were 'used by God to change the world’s history.'" So essentially, this is the Grand Tour re-imagined for right-wing wing-nuts.
Huckabee's final stop on this tour was to Auschwitz and Birkenau, which, as The New Civil Rights Movement points out, provided Huckabee the perfect opportunity to compare Nazi Germany and present day America. The horror that was Hitler's Germany was the natural by-product of "systematically [removing God and religion] from their culture and their society." Drawing a parallel to America, Huckabee said, "The soul of America is a sick soul... because it has forsaken and forgotten its God." How exactly has America forsaken and forgotten its God? By providing equality to the gays, of course:
"The foundation of our society and culture, marriage, not only by which we produce the next generation but it is the entity through which God has chosen for us to create the next generation and train them to be our replacements, and when we tinker with its definition and we decide that it can mean anything we wish for it to mean and that rather than to take a biblical perspective we will take a very human one and we will base marriage on human experience and desire as opposed to biblical standard, then I fear that we will pay the consequences for having upended the very foundation which is the essence of how a civilization survives. So the soul of America is in real trouble."
Governor Huckabee has obviously not seen how Biblical arguments against same-sex marriage and homosexuality can rather easily be debunked.
The Arkansan seems hell-bent on continuing to prove worthy of Megyn Kelly's special pet moniker for him. Well done, Governor.
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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 4:13 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Gay Marriage, Mike Huckabee, News |
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As our friend Dorthy pointed out so long ago, there's no place like home. As the ladies of Saturday Night Live have recently added, being back home is baller. Being waited on hand and foot, inputting insanely complex WiFi passwords, and slouching about the house all day long are surely as much a hallmark of the winter holiday season as any stuffed turkey.
You can add Cameron Diaz and Your Girls to your holiday rap soundtrack in the music video AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 3:00 PM EST by Christian Walters in Music Video, Satire, Saturday Night Live |
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