Posts tagged ‘Agence France-Presse’

August 22, 2011

Handpicked News: World’s 12 worst tourist traps, Pope’s Antigay Speech Interrupted, Christian crusade against porn…

by Accidental Bear

Storm Aborts Pope’s Antigay Speech

POPE BENEDICT X390 | ADVOCATE.COMA strong thunderstorm in Madrid brought a premature end to Pope Benedict XVI’s Saturday night speech asserting the primacy of heterosexual marriage. Pope Benedict XVI had to cut short a speech asserting the primacy of heterosexual marriage as a severe thunderstorm hit Madrid Saturday night, Agence France-Presse reports.  Strong winds and sheets of rain hit the air base where he was speaking, blowing off his skullcap, shaking the stage, and knocking over at least one tent.

Following Obama’s ‘Low Priority’ Immigration Directive, Judge Halts Deportation Hearing For Binational Lesbian Couple

Last week, the Obama administrationannounced that it would review all 300,000 active deportation cases to ensure that they are consistent with the nation’s enforcement priorities. The case-by-case review will allow the government to focus its resources and efforts on high priority targets — individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security or repeat immigration law violators — while exempting low priority groups, including binational same-sex couples, from deportation, the administration maintained. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explained that the new approach would also allow immigration judges “to more swiftly adjudicate high priority cases, such as those involving convicted felons.” “This process will also allow additional federal enforcement resources to be focused on border security and the removal of public safety threats,” she said.

REPORT: UGANDA’S PARLIAMENT MAY ADVANCE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL

 Jim Burroway is reporting that Uganda’s Parliament may soon take-up the Anti-Homosexuality bill, despite some reports that the cabinet has thrown it out. Previous reports had indicated that the measure — which would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment for some homosexual acts — would be considered in late August.

Top Eight Pro-LGBT Arguments In The Obama Administration’s Anti-DOMA Brief

Joe Sudbay reports that the Justice Department has filed a brief in support of Edie Windsor’s challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Windsor was forced to pay exorbitant federal inheritance taxes after her wife passed away because the government could not legally recognize their 44-year relationship (the couple married in Canada in May of 2007 and their union was recognized in New York). Since President Obama announced that he would no longer be upholding the constitutionality of the Act, House Speaker John Beohner (R-OH) has hired former solicitor general Paul Clement to defend the measure from legal challenges.

World’s 12 worst tourist traps

We’ve all experienced tourst traps. Those heavily advertised attractions that turn out to be bland misrepresentations of the places we’re supposed to be seeing. Expensive timePatpong, Bangkok eaters that leave us with lighter wallets and a taste of burnt coffee in our mouths. So which are the world’s worst tourist traps? For starters, in no particular order, try the devil’s dozen below. Then add your  “favorite” tourist traps in the comments section.

Can the Christian crusade against pornography bear fruit?

Atlanta (CNN) – He is a good Christian, Michael is telling his two therapists. He goes to church most Sundays. He’s a devoted husband and father of two daughters. “But when I would leave on business trips,” he says, “I knew I was going to get to be someone else.” “Prostitutes, porn – I took anything I wanted.” Sitting on a comfortable, worn couch, Michael glances out the window and sees a reflection of himself set against the parking lot of this suburban Atlanta office building. He fidgets, runs his fingers over his closely cropped blond hair and straightens his green tennis polo. He clears his throat. Above his head hangs a poster covered in words describing feelings – angry, anxious, sad. On it is a big yellow cross.

 

August 12, 2011

Farm Fresh Friday News: 80-Yr Old Drag Queen Arrested, Gays More Popular In Utah Than Obama, ‘Gladiators’ arrested

by Accidental Bear

80-Year-Old Drag Queen Arrested After Scuffle With Police

DARCELLE WALTER COLE X390 (SOURCED) | ADVOCATE.COMPortland, Ore.’s most famous drag queen was taken from the stage and put in jail after police showed up at the Darcelle XV nightclub.
Performer Darcelle said there was “all of this commotion all of a sudden” that could be seen from the stage, and so the 80-year-old drag queen got in the middle of things, admitting to pushing a man who seemed to be causing trouble. It turns out he was from Oregon’s Liquor Control Commission. Charges dropped after Darcelle arrest. Portland celebrity and entertainment icon Darcelle was arrested Thursday evening for allegedly assaulting two Oregon Liquor Control Commission officers in the Darcelle XV nightclub. view full article

Another California Gay Bashing

San Francisco Bay area–based musician Brontez says he was the victim of a hate crime Wednesday after leaving an urban hipster bar in Oakland. Brontez reported the attack on his Facebook page: “Got gay bashed last night. Me and my bandmate, Adal, were leaving the Paradiso in downtown Oakland when two dudes with … accents and dreadlocks started calling us ‘batty boys’ and saying that if we were in Jamaica we’d be dead.”

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New HRC Poll: Gays More Popular In Utah Than Obama

The Human Rights Campaign has released a new poll showing that Utahns have “warmer feelings toward gay and lesbian people than they do toward President Barack Obama.” Gay and lesbians scored a 51 percent approval rating, while Obama received an average 38 points, the survey found. Seventy-seven percent of residents would also support extending anti-discrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to the LGBT community, and “42 percent said their feelings about LGBT people have become more accepting over the last five to 10 years.” A majority — 63 percent — still oppose same-sex marriage.

ANTI-GAY INDIANA STATE REP CAUGHT EXCHANGING MONEY FOR GAY SEX 

Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R) is in the media spotlight today under allegations he offered a young man money for sex Saturday night. Joe Jervis notes that Hinkle, who is married to a woman and has children, voted in favor of the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Indiana, which will require a second vote by the legislature to pass next year. Hinkle also prides himself on supporting a bill that required Indiana to offer “In God We Trust” license plates. Bil Browning adds that there are likely some other anti-gay Indiana legislators whose stories have not yet come to light.

Gladiators’ arrested outside Rome’s Colosseum

Some 20 “gladiators” or “centurions” have been arrested outside some of Rome’s most famous tourist sites, in an undercover sting by police aimed at breaking up a violent racket targeting tourists, according to reports. The AFP news agency said police had disguised themselves as gladiators, garbage men and members of the public to make the arrests. The detained people are alleged to have attacked and intimidated competitors, the AFP said.

Regulators Grapple With Outbreaks As Salmonella, E. Coli Illnesses Grow

It’s been another tough week for food safety. Another 30 people nationwide, including one who later died, were infected with the antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella tiedGround turkey packages like this one are part of a nationwide recall and are blamed for sickening 107 people so far. to ground turkey processed and laterrecalled by food giant Cargill. That brings the total to 107 people infected in this outbreak. Meanwhile, as many as 18 people, including one who later died, got sick from an E. coli outbreak linked to strawberries from an Oregon farm. And just today, a meat manufacturer isexpanding a recall to thousands of beef products after discovering a different E. coli strain that’s suspected of causing illnesses in Michigan.

San Francisco Cops Jam Cell Phones to Prevent Protest

It’s not just the London police and Middle East dictators who try to curb unrest by clamping down on communications networks. According to reports, police in San Francisco are jamming cell phones to head off protesters.

Protesters had planned to gather at a San Francisco BART station during rush hour to protest the fatal July shooting of Charles Hill by a BART police officer. But the protest never materialized. One reason, possibly, is the extreme lengths police went to make sure potential protesters couldn’t communicate. From CBS San Francisco:

As an added precaution, the agency shut off cellphone service on the station’s platform. While Alkire said the tactic was an unusual measure, he said it was “a great tool to utilize for this specific purpose” given that the agency was expecting a potentially volatile situation.
“This group seems to want to challenge BART, challenge the police department,” Alkire said.


July 9, 2011

Yes, Polar Bears are from Ireland

by Accidental Bear

IIIIIII knew it!

Polar bears are icons of the Arctic, symbolizing the region’s stark beauty as well as its swift decline due toglobal warming. But according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, all polar bears alive today descend from a single female brown bear that lived 20,000 to 50,000 years ago in what’s now Ireland. DNA samples from all corners of polar bear country reveal that every individual can be traced back to this single Irish ancestor, the AFP reports.

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June 29, 2011

The Dog Eating Festival Cancelled, No Joke

by Accidental Bear

A collection of word sto share my feeling about these dog eaters fury, anger, rage, disapproval, wrath, offense, insult, injustice, disgrace, act of violence/wickedness, crime, wrong, barbarism, inhumane act. At what point do stop caring about another ones culture and fight for what YOU feel is best? AB

SEOUL — A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled following growls of protest from animal rights activists, one of the would-be organisers said Tuesday.

The Korea Dog Farmers’ Association had scheduled for Friday a festival aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption, said Ann Yong-Geun, an adviser to the association.

“We couldn’t possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint… now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event,” Ann, a professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University, told AFP.

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