On a programming note, while my plans to take a long weekend and enjoy the Halloween festivities at Busch Gardens have been canceled due to Hurricane Joaquin, I’m still taking Friday off, and possibly Saturday depending on what I find to do. I’ve had two vacations ruined this year. I’m thinking the universe doesn’t believe in me having fun. But if I don’t see you Saturday night, I’ll see you on Monday, which is three days sooner than I planned.
The owners of the Sweet Cakes bakery that was ordered to pay a $135,000 judgment for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple still hasn’t paid the money, despite a crowdfunding campaign that netted them $500,000. According to their lawyer, they’re asking for “a stay while the Oregon Court of Appeals considers the Klein’s case, asserting payment would lead to ’financial ruin.'” You’ll recall that the judgment actually pays out to the women whose cake they refused to bake, not the state.
An update on that casting notice that Westworld extras would be totally naked and have genital-to-genital contact. HBO says that they and the producers never approved that notice, and that they are reviewing it with the casting company that wrote it. But there’s also a report that rather than paying the standard $157/day rate, they’re shelling out $600/day to each extra in the scene. SAG-AFTRA is pissed, saying their contract allows anyone doing a sexual or nude scene to back out at any time.
Peruvian congressman Julio Rosas, who Liberty Counsel claimed gave them the now debunked photo of a soccer stadium full of people praying for Kim Davis is denying that he had anything to do with the photo. Why do these religious people lie so much? Isn’t that frowned upon by their god?
Speaking of small and petty people, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is refusing to allow same sex parents to list both their names on their children’s birth certificates, which means the ACLU is suing him, and he’s going to lose, but not before spending a ton of taxpayer money to lose.
When Rick Santorum came on The View, Raven-Symoné questioned him about his opposition to marriage equality. Once the crowd stopped cheering for her, he started down the path to parenthood, which is his favorite reason. But Raven-Symoné then asked him why same-sex parents couldn’t provide a stable home for kids, and he was forced to admit that they could, but their biological parents would be even better.
While I wouldn’t have called this a Scientifically Accurate Flipper, because the only thing it has in common with the show is that it’s about dolphin behavior, it’s still fascinating. Dolphis are remarkably like us, intelligent, social. And like us, they engage in masturbation, mourning, and rape.
If you needed any proof that HLN was on autopilot these days, watch professional troll Jon Hendren get on air in one of their viewer segments, which was about Edward Snowden and his new Twitter account. He’s subtle at first, but he’s talking about a different Edward S., and as the segment goes on, he gets more and more blatant about it. Yet the CNN anchor just follows her script, with questions about Edward Snowden, never bothering to listen to what is being said, and knowing that she’s being trolled. Maybe it’s time to shutdown HLN.