1587 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

August 04, 2015

Swiss bishop says Bible 'unambiguously' calls for executing homosexuals

Actually, the Bible calls for blood on lots of different heads. The bishop wouldn't be cherry picking, would he?

Dear @Pontifex, if this guy still has a job when you visit the USA next month, spare me the nicey-nice shtick. I am going against popular sentiment when I express my suspicion that your tolerant talk is mostly just window dressing; but I would love to be proven wrong.

Sen. Warren slams attack on Planned Parenthood

Elizabeth Warren Standing Strong in Support of Planned Parenthood

Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren crush it on the Senate floor during the debate to defund Planned Parenthood: “Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor?”

Posted by AlterNet on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A bracing speech in defense of women's healthcare and reproductive freedom.

(Hat tip: Ernest Hopkins)

An Israeli court is holding a man accused of leading extremists

A commendable sentiment, but hard to enforce amid an occupation accompanied by illegal settlements that amount to a slow annexation of the occupied territory.

August 03, 2015

He's training police officers to shoot first, and he'll answer questions later

This bogus expert gets killer cops off regardless of the facts.

Flamboyantly dressed military vet vows to beat up gays at Russian Pride rally

Work it, honey.

August 01, 2015

Rallies for victims of Jerusalem stabbing held in major Israeli cities

Also: Aeyal Gross in Haaretz on Why the Israeli government’s condemnation of Jerusalem Gay Pride attack is hollow.

July 31, 2015

Jewish Extremists Suspected in West Bank Arson That Killed Palestinian Toddler

If you are an American taxpayer, your tax dollars are helping to subsidize the West Bank occupation (now in its 49th year) that perpetuates this.

Interview with #JerusalemPride organizer who witnessed attack

Mother Loses Fight To Keep Alabama From Recognizing Late Son's Marriage

Thank goodness. This woman's behavior reflects standard operating procedure for many gay people's birth families over the years. Bereaved same-sex partners, at the worst possible time, have been excluded from funerals, seen their joint property stolen, their entire lives upended and defiled by people who refused to respect their supposed loved one's love. Some of those excluded and robbed in this way have killed themselves out of despair. Our collective fight for marriage equality, sustained over many years, is making a positive difference in countless lives, and thwarting intolerance and selfishness.

Obama unveils new HIV strategy

Man arrested for drinking Arizona iced tea

Man Gets Arrested For Drinking Arizona Iced Tea!

Man Gets Arrested For Drinking Arizona Iced Tea!

Posted by LATRUTH on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This asshole cop deserves to have the living crap beaten out of him, as does every single other cop or (for that matter) private citizen who defends this harassment and thereby enables it. They need to knock this shit off, fire cops who do this, or abolish the police altogether. Cell phone cameras are revealing so much of this sociopathic behavior by law enforcement officers that we can only presume that the behavior has been going on for years, and is only now coming to light because of cameras being ubiquitous and videos being easily shared on social media. This behavior by police is intolerable. There cannot be peace without justice. Public officials need to be put on notice: show the backbone to put a stop to this or leave office.

July 30, 2015

Ultra-Orthodox extremist stabs six at Jerusalem Gay Pride

Awful news from Jerusalem.

July 29, 2015

The View from Kepler-452b

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An artist’s concept compares Earth, left, to Kepler-452b. (Image by T. Pyle; courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

My Blade column this week looks at the Iran nuclear agreement. Here is an excerpt:

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the Bomb.

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b, an earth-like planet 1400 light years away. At 6 billion years old, it is 1.5 billion years older than Earth. This raises the question whether any intelligent life there has avoided destroying itself. How might earthlings evolve over a similar time period?

It will be sad but unsurprising if it turns out that Kepler-452b has produced several intelligent life forms in succession, each destroying itself after developing genocidal weapons. Back here, of course, humanity's own ongoing quest of self-annihilation nearly succeeded in the last century. Our latest opportunity is the resolute effort by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American cohorts to foment war with Iran. They are attacking a multilateral accord, reached on July 14 after a two-year effort, designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Read the whole piece here.

Police Officer Ray Tensing indicted for murder of #SamDuBose

Above is the chilling body cam video of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shooting Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate. Contrary to Tensing's claim, DuBose did not threaten him in any way. Below, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters discusses the murder indictment against Tensing.

July 28, 2015

Jamaica prepares for its first Pride festival

God bless them and good luck to them.

This just in: evangelist bigot objects to exporting immorality

Franklin Graham, who profiteered off the charity Samaritan's Purse, thinks people who agree with his noxious views should have a monopoly to talking overseas.

Georgia pastor has no time for anti-LGBT hypocrites

Pastor went all the way there.

Mormon Church may leave the Boy Scouts over end of ban on gay leaders

I was going to just say buh-bye, but the fact is that this will hurt kids and help no one. A lovely approach to religion.

Gay and transgender Catholics seek meeting with @Pontifex in September

World record powerlifter transitions to Janae Marie Kroc

ICYMI: Senate appropriations bill emerges without D.C. riders

Kenyan LGBT advocates meet with Obama

Rick Perry: People Should Be Allowed To Bring Their Guns Into Movie Theaters

Because the response to gun violence is always, always more guns.

Rainbow welcomes Obama to Ethiopia

The signs are everywhere.

Boy Scouts of America ends ban on gay leaders

It's only a partial victory, because church-affiliated chapters can still choose to discriminate. The contrast between welcoming and non-welcoming chapters will continue to be a thorn in BSA's side.

July 24, 2015

Equality Act introduced in Congress

Our friend and champion, D.C. Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. Thank you, Congresswoman.

Obama: I’ll be ‘blunt’ with Africa leaders about gay rights

As I write this, the president is on his way to Africa. I am glad he intends to speak his mind despite the demands by some bigots in Kenya that he not talk about LGBT rights. The world over, discriminators love to portray themselves as victims the moment anyone calls them on it. Sorry, but Obama giving a speech is not the invasion of Iraq.

July 23, 2015

Anonymous warns RCMP and police in United States

Anonymous issues a warning that it will "name and shame" police who murder with impunity. This is an example of the power of social media.

Kerry raises LGBT rights with Nigerian president

Betty Bowers: Charity scams belong to religion!

America's Best Christian strikes again.

Unmasking the religious right war on gay America

Alvin McEwen exposes the lies behind the First Amendment Freedom Act.

L.A. Times, film director say #SandraBland dashcam video was edited

Gov. Beshear to county clerks: do your job or resign

Thank you, Governor.

July 21, 2015

Helping Lindsey Graham choose a new phone

The above announcement by our favorite closeted, warmongering Person Who Will Not Be President was prompted by Donald Trump giving out his phone number because Graham called Trump a jackass. Below are my favorite suggestions offered by Sen. Graham's Twitter friends. (Incidentally, he doesn't need a new phone, he can just change the number with a new SIM card, but let's play along.)

P.S. Of course we do not condone Trump's irresponsible behavior in giving out Graham's private phone number. We just believe in making lemons out of lemonade.

July 20, 2015

Bienvenida, Embajada de Cuba

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(Photo by Rick Rosendall)

I stopped by 2630 16th Street NW this afternoon to see the Cuban flag flying at what is now the Cuban Embassy. Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in ending a half-century-plus of a failed American policy. NYT writes that this is just a beginning. The Blade reports.

July 17, 2015

EEOC: Anti-gay workplace bias barred under existing law

This development came as a surprise. Walter Olson at Overlawyered responds to this legal-change-by-reinterpretation.

HuffPost relegates Trump to entertainment page

Sounds right to me.

Cruz: declare war first, find out whom you're fighting afterwards

Ted Cruz is by no means the only Republican leaping before looking in reaction to the mass shooting of Marines in Chattanooga. Considering that the suspect is dead, the only reason for all the posturing is politics. The portrayals of President Obama as soft on terrorism are awfully brazen considering his hawkish record on that score. CNN reports on the investigation.

Traveler bumped from flight after confronting anti-gay Texas governor

Temperature's rising, and folks are getting scrappy out there.

Gawker slammed for gay-shaming thinly disguised as journalism

Gawker has been swamped with denunciations for outing a private citizen who sought a liaison with a male porn star, and apparently lending itself to a blackmail effort. The question is, will they pay any greater price for their bottom-feeding? The story below shows they at least felt the heat.