09/30/2014

Christian Shoots Gay Couple With BB Gun In Minneapolis Bar: VIDEO

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A gay couple visiting Minneapolis from Brooklyn and Philadelphia were targeted and shot with a BB gun by a homophobic Christian man in a popular local gay, KMSP-TV reports. The man, 43-year-old Wayne Steven Odegard, harassed customers at the Saloon, hurling expletives and making disparaging remarks “towards a couple that was holding hands”, a public display of affection that Odegard “obviously didn't appreciate": 

EricksonShortly after his expletives, Odegard's sheer disregard for the establishment, or humanity, then escalated. After yelling gay slurs, he allegedly pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun.

“I ran after him and then it ended up he shot a different gay couple in the leg, with that gun and it went through his jeans and drew blood,” [said Tyler Erickson (pictured right), a security guard at the Saloon.]

Before Odegard could run even 30 feet, Erickson nabbed him, arrested him and called police.

“He told me multiple times that I'm going to go to hell and he's going to bring me with him,” Erickson said. “He recited a biblical passage -- I think it's a deuteronomy passage.”

Being that they were from out of town, the couple "joked that they came to progressive Minneapolis and got shot for being gay,” according to Erickson. Though neither was seriously injured, Erickson pointed out, “Even if the guy was shot with the same CO2 powered bb gun in the face it would've gone right through his cheek." Odegard now faces second-degree assault and gun possession charges.

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 10:55 AM EST by in Crime, Hate Crime, Minneapolis, Minnesota, News, News Clips | Permalink | Comments (56)


NEW MUSIC: Lionface, The Assist, SOAK, Aqualung, APES, SALES — LISTEN

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New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

Lionface: "Girl"

Lionface is Kat Marsh from Bristol in the UK and she makes what she calls Battle Pop which perfectly describes the aural assault of her latest track Girl.

With two fairly successful EPs under her belt - in the real world, not just on blogs - Lionface makes it clear on Girl that she's not taking any shit.

The video is all retro Streetfighter graphics, the song all boys-are-dicks pop punk noise.

Think Spice Girls with added balls.

 

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The-assistThe Assist: "The Assist"

The Assist is an indie rock act from Birmingham in the UK. Their first two songs Control and Speak It Aloud were fantastically chippy, sharp numbers for fans of old-school baggy Brit Pop.

Despite the swagger and promise of their earlier work, their eponymously titled official first single - released in October - is an unexpected gem and it's all about how damn good they are and their intention to take over the world.

 

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 10:35 AM EST by in Music, Music Recommendations, Music Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (2)


21 Instagram Photos from the Hong Kong Protests That China Doesn't Want You to See

BY TIMOTHY MCGRATH / GlobalPost

China just blocked Instagram. Here's what they're hiding.

HkInstagram is down in China, and if you've been following the news, you already know why.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong in an outpouring of frustration over politics and representation. Under Hong Kong's present electoral system, citizens don't elect their own leaders. Instead, they're appointed by a Beijing-friendly electoral committee. That will change — sort of, but not really — in 2017, when Hong Kong citizens will get to choose from among two or three candidates pre-selected by a Beijing nominating committee.

Protesters call the new electoral system "fake democracy." Sounds about right.

As we've come to expect, social media has played a large part in getting the word out. On Twitter and Instagram, activists and sympathizers use a variety of hashtags to organize information and speak to the wider world. If you want to follow along, check out #OccupyCenter, #hongkong, #hk and #UmbrellaRevolution. The last one refers to protesters' creative use of umbrellas to defend against tear gas. Ten years from now, it might be the name we remember this demonstration by.

Beijing's not having any of it. Following a police crackdown in Hong Kong on Sunday, Chinese authorities struck a major blow against demonstrators' ability to transmit news and images of the protest via social networks. They blocked Instagram on the Chinese mainland.

What's Beijing so afraid of?

Here are 21 photos from Instagram users on the ground at the protests. China doesn't want you to see them. And if you live in China, you can't.

1) This large gathering of people

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 10:15 AM EST by in Censorship, China, Hong Kong, Instagram, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


Sam Smith Just Wants To 'Restart' - VIDEO

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Out crooner Sam Smith has released a new video of him performing his song "Restart", about putting a break up in your rear-view mirror. The song is off of Smith's hit debut "In The Lonely Hour", which he recently shared was inspired by his unrequited love for a straight man. Smith has also recently turned in some rousing covers of classic hits such as Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" and Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know."

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 9:55 AM EST by in Music, Music Video, News, Sam Smith, Video | Permalink | Comments (4)


Hate Group World Congress Of Families Launches Petition Against Human Rights Campaign - VIDEO

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The World Congress of Families (WCF) has issued a petition demanding that Human Rights Campaign (HRC) stop its “hate-filled” attack on the listed hate group's important work of denying gay people their rights and spreading anti-gay bigotry around the world.

The WCF petition follows a September HRC report that exposed some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad including Benjamin Bull, Peter La Barbera, Sharon Slater, Mat Staver, Robert Oscar Lopez, and of course the “work” of the WCF.

Despite the relentless and dangerous hatred spewed worldwide by these and other groups and individuals - stand up Scott Lively - the WCF petition demands that HRC be nicer in future and vows to continue its global anti-gay mission.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6ea1768970b-800wiRevealing that WCF and their ilk are actually the victims in all of this -  a common theme among anti-gay bigots - the petition argues that “the HRC’s hate report has helped make clear to the global community what is at stake, it has revealed that HRC and its allies view traditional religious views on sexual morality and marriage as ‘hate’, it has taken the mask off of the new face of cultural imperialism.”

Despite the WCF’s claims to have “consistently denounced hate and violence,” it is one of the most influential groups in the U.S. promoting and coordinating anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology and legislation abroad.

According to Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s director of Global Engagement, the WCF:

"Coordinates a dangerous group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric and promoting laws and policies that criminalize LGBT people and the speech of those who support them.

"They praise Vladimir Putin as the standard-bearer for traditional ‘family values’ and honored a Nigerian activist who claims LGBT advocates conspire with the terrorist group Boko Haram with a ‘Woman of the Year’ award.  

"Their advocacy abroad harms LGBT people from Russia to Nigeria and beyond.  Hate is not an American value, and we must expose and work to stop the World Congress of Families and their extremist allies.”

The WCF intends to bring its annual convention to Salt Lake City in 2015.

Read the HRC reports The Export Of Hate and watch a report on a protest outside a WCF conference in Melbourne, Australia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 9:35 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, Human Rights Campaign, News, Peter LaBarbera, Salt Lake City, Scott Lively, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (9)


Neil Patrick Harris' Italian Wedding Had Fireworks, Elton John and Kelly Clarkson: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris sat down with David Letterman to share some more intimate details about his recent wedding to longtime partner David Burtka in Italy. Harris talked about Sir Elton John's performance, his and David's first dance to Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and the perfectly timed fireworks that took the couple's breath away.

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 9:15 AM EST by in David Burtka, Elton John, Gay Marriage, Gay Wedding, Italy, Kelly Clarkson, Neil Patrick Harris, News | Permalink | Comments (15)


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