When President Obama hosted the annual Gay Pride Reception at the White House (and let’s pause to think how amazing it is that such a thing exists), he offered an endorsement of ENDA, but no word on an executive order protecting employees of federal contractors.
Meanwhile, GLBT members of Congress put out statements designed to press the president to fulfill his promise to issue such an order.
Meanwhile, eight GetEQUAL activists were arrested for refusing to leave while protesting Speaker Boehner’s refusal to move ENDA to a vote.
And Senator Marco Rubio, cornered at the conservative Faith and Freedom Forum in Florida, says that while he’s not read ENDA, he doesn’t favor “any special protections based on orientation.” When further questioned about supporting protections for race and religion, he called that “settled law.”
Rubio may be championing immigration reform, but not if it includes same-sex couples. “If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done. I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.” I’m sorry that you find your job difficult. Maybe McDonald’s has an opening?
Mike Huckabee, failed presidential candidate and professional homophobe cloaked in folksy sayings, came up with a doozy on marriage equality. ”We need to be clear that, when holy matrimony is formed into an unholy pretzel, twisted into perversion — and when the military and the Boy Scouts become test labs for social experiments — we need to be very clear that, male and female, [God] created them.”
Speaking of Boy Scouts, Caterpillar has cut ties with the organization because they don’t allow adult gay members, which is in conflict with their corporate anti-discrimination policies, and will no longer be donating to the Scouts. I guess their half-measure to allow junior scouts to be out didn’t manage to stop the corporate donations, which is what I believe the true motivation behind the policy change was.
Nevada Rep. Joe Heck is becoming the second congressman this week to apologize for his son’s racist, homophobic and sexist language on social networks. His 16-year-old son Joey has used varying anti-gay and racial slurs for a year, notably saying of President Obama “I would like somebody to tell me one good thing Obama did in these past 4 years…. I got nothing.” Adding “yeah like spear chucking and rock skipping. The sports they do in his home country…” While no teenager can be expected to behave like they’ve had media training, the fact that multiple public figure’s sons are employing hate speech regularly shows a great deal about the poisonous atmosphere created by their parents’ politics.
The new Muppet movie is no longer called The Muppets…Again, but now called Muppets Most Wanted.
There is a cat named Morris running for mayor in a town in Mexico. While he promises to only eat, nap, and play in the dirt if elected, I think we all know that this is just the beginning of a power grab that will eventually lead to the kitty domination of the world.
After saying that it had confirmed that Syria had used chemical weapons against the rebels on multiple occasions, the White House says a “red line” has been crossed and the U.S. will begin providing military support to the rebels. It’s a good thing we found a new war, because the old ones were going stale.
Pakistan leads the world in searches for gay porn online.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s film Don Jon has changed its release date from October 18, to September 27, meaning Morgan will now have to reschedule his vacation.
Caffeine withdrawal is now officially a mental disorder in the new DSM, meaning there’s further evidence that I should be committed.
In one of the most common sense rulings, the Supreme Court has said that naturally occurring genes cannot be patented, but ones with synthetic properties can. The case involved a company that had patented a gene for breast cancer prediction, leading to an outrageously expensive test that no one could duplicate due to their patent.
Former BP CEO Lord Browne is writing a book about the effects of homophobia in the business world. “I wish I had been brave enough to come out earlier in my tenure as CEO of BP. I regret it to this day. I know that if I had done so I would have made more of an impact for other gay men and women. With The Glass Closet I hope to give some of them the courage to make an impact of their own.”
The 84 year old winner of the giant $590 million lottery jackpot is said to be sharing the prize with her 57 year old gay son and his partner, who were with her when she bought the ticket. They plan to move into a luxury home together.
An Australian radio host has been suspended from his job for asking the Prime Minister (who is against marriage equality) if her partner is gay, you know, since he’s a hairdresser.
I’m a bit amused by Terms and Conditions May Apply, because they seemed to have timed this to link up with PRISM and the spying scandal. But does anyone not know that their personal information is a commodity? I gave up the idea of privacy online when I joined, almost exactly 20 years ago, and it’s only gotten more sophisticated. Google doesn’t make money from being a search engine, it’s an advertising company, and it’s a valuable advertising company because it can target consumers. This isn’t news, it’s just reality.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann says that if immigration reform passes, there will never be a Republican president again, and there will never be a conservative majority in Congress again. Sounds good to me.
ASAP Science goes into the science of strength and muscle growth, and how it’s genetic based on a simple chemical. You have too much, you’re skinny and have a max muscle growth you can achieve (although determination and work can tweak that). Suppress the chemical and you can explode with growth. This is of particular interest to me, as my gym time keeps growing, and while I’m toning and adding some mass, it’s all a battle to me. My diet is controlled, my supplements pushed to the limit, and I spend 18+ hours each week in the gym for minimal gains. It makes me wonder if there’s a point to the work.
Mark Paul Gosselaar went on Chelsea Lately and was being interviewed by Ross Matthews when he dropped the bomb that he’d heard Ross interviewed on Howard Stern, and knew that he’d crushed on Zach Morris when he was young. And Gosselaar knew exactly what that meant. And he was fine with it.
Elysium is the ultimate have/have not movie, with a ruling class on a space station, and an underclass struggling on earth. Matt Damon needs the medical technology of the space station, and Jodie Foster is determined to maintain the distance. It looks like it could be an excellent commentary on the growing wealth gap in between the explosions.