Posts tagged ‘Republican’

July 19, 2011

Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor, Visited By Bear In Santa Fe (VIDEO)

by Accidental Bear

GRRR or OH SHIT?

Susana Martinez Bear
Given the many issues that politicians must face, a bear is probably not high on their list of concerns. But this past weekend, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was confronted by this very challenge.

The Associated Press reports that surveillance video near the governor’s mansion caught a bearoverturning trash cans over the weekend, looking for food.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a news release from the Governor’s Office stated that earlier this month, residents of the Los Alamos area were warned that bears had been displaced by the wildfire, and wandered in the community. MORE

 

 

 

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July 19, 2011

Handpicked News: Rupert Murdoch Attacked at Hearing, Dan Savage Wishes Death, He Looks Gay= Bad Blood…

by Accidental Bear

DAN SAVAGE X390 (GRAB) | ADVOCATE.COMDan Savage Wishes Death on Republicans, Apologizes Activist Dan Savage quickly apologized for an on-camera gaffe in which he said he wishes all Congressional Republicans “were fucking dead” while appearing on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. Savage, a popular advice columnist, appeared on the popular panel discussion program and when Maher compared congressional Republicans to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Savage quipped, “Unfortunately not exactly like him. I wish they were all fucking dead.”

Man Prevented From Giving Blood Because He Looks Gay  “I was humiliated and embarrassed,” he said. “It’s not right that homelessAARON PACE BLOOD BAN X390 (THINKSTOCK) | ADVOCATE.COM
people can give blood but homosexuals can’t. And I’m not even a homosexual.” 
For nearly 30 years, men who have had sex with men at any point since 1977 have been barred from donating blood, due to a supposed risk of transmitting HIV. While all donated blood is now tested for HIV, syphilis, forms of hepatitis, and other diseases, the ban still stays in place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Majority in GOP Poll Say Drop Marriage Issue

A poll from the National Journal queried influential Republicans and found that a majority feel the issue of same-sex marriage should be avoided.

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SF Giants Headed To White House After World Series Championship

Sf Giants White HouseWASHINGTON — Next stop for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants? The White House. President Barack Obama will open the White House to the team next Monday in honor of its 2010 defeat of the Texas Rangers in the World Series last fall. It’s the first World Series title for the Giants in more than 50 years. The White House says Obama will also recognize the team’s efforts to give back to the San Francisco area community.

Rupert Murdoch Attacked at Hearing Someone just accosted Rupert Murdoch during his testimony before Parliament, apparently in an attempt to throw a pie in his face. He doesn’t appear to have been injured. His wife Wendi played bodyguard, catapulting herself toward the attacker with arms and nails flailing. His son James just sat there. More »

 

 

 

 

July 7, 2011

Handpicked News: No Longer Required To Teach Cursive, ‘Heartbeat Bill’ , 3 Antigay Amendments, Monogamish

by Accidental Bear

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer. Click image to expand.
A Parody about the Great Recession
:Wantmore, Tweakmore, Totalscum, and the Tragedy of Boneheadia In the country of Boneheadia there was a man, Wantmore, who earned his income as a home mortgage loan originator. Wantmore operated conservatively. All his home loans bore interest rates of 6 percent or less, and he demanded of all borrowers large down payments, documented proof of adequate income, and an immaculate credit-using history. Wantmore sold all his loans to life insurance companies that, before closing purchases, checked loan quality with rigor—then held all loans to maturity.

Monogamish Anti-equality right-wingers have long insisted that allowing gays to marry will destroy the sanctity of “traditional marriage,” and, of course, thelogical, liberal party-line response has long been “No, it won’t.” But what if—for once—the sanctimonious crazies are right? Could the gay male tradition of open relationships actually alter marriage as we know it? And would that be such a bad thing? With divorce rates at an all-time high and news reports full of famous marriages crumbling at the hand of flagrant infidelities (see: Schwarzenegger, Arnold), perhaps now is the perfect time for the gays to conduct a little marriage makeover.

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Pro-Gay Measure Leads to Heated Exchange Metro Nashville Council member Jamie Hollin (pictured) went on a profanity-laced rant Tuesday night against other councilmen after his proposal to praise students who protested Tennessee’s “don’t say gay” bill was killed. 

3 Antigay Amendments Proposed in Defense Spending Bill Rep. Foxx of North Carolina’s amendment would restate the Defense ofDAN BURTON VIRGINIA FOXX 390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM
Marriage Act, which has barred the federal government from recognizing marriages or unions of same-sex couples since 1996. Ty Cobb, a legislative counselor for the Human Rights Campaign wrote that there was no denying that DOMA is clearly still the law of the land, adding he found it “troubling that Rep. Foxx would question whether our military leaders understand this point.”

Ohio ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Divides Pro-Life Community A controversial new bill in Ohio that would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat can be detected is driving a wedge into the state’s pro-life community, with some concerned that a court battle over the bill could end up reaffirming Roe v. Wade.

Buffett: GOP Threatening To ‘Blow Your Brains Out’ Over Debt Ceiling  Republicans are playing a dangerous game by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. “We raised the debt ceiling seven times during the Bush Administration,” Buffett told CNBC on Thursday. Now, the Republican-controlled Congress is “trying to use the incentive now that we’re going to blow your brains out, America, in terms of your debt worthiness over time.”

Indiana Schools No Longer Required To Teach Cursive [POLL]Is the keyboard completely replacing the pen?Indiana school officials have announced that students will no longer be required to learn cursive writing, effective this fall. In a memo to schools in April, state officials said schools can still teach cursive as independent school protocol, but students will be expected to be proficient in using the keyboard, The Tribune-Starreports.

June 20, 2011

News: Bloggers, Obama Impersonator, Hate Crime …

by Accidental Bear

Arrest Made in Equality California Noose Case The Santa Ana, Calif., police have arrested a man on suspicion of a hate crime for hanging a noose outside the office of an Orange County gay rights organization in October.

Rainbow Flags and Riot Gear Images from gay pride festivals this weekend in Eastern Europe show a mix of rainbow flags and riot gear – offering a starkly visual reminder of the danger and courage needed sometimes to live openly in many places around the world.

Lesbian Couple Held Responsible for Possible Hate Crime  An insurance company is claiming that a lesbian couple in Tennessee should be held liable for setting their own house ablaze, despite the couple’s claim that the fire was started by a neighbor. Laura and Carol Anne Stutte spent a weekend in Nashville in September 2010 and when they returned to their home in Vonore, Tenn., they found their house was burned to the ground. In addition, the word “queers” was spray painted on their garage.

Supreme Court Sides With Wal-Mart In Sex Bias Case WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation’s biggest companies.

Reggie Brown, Obama Impersonator, Defends Performance At Republican Leadership Conference (VIDEO) Reggie Brown, the Obama impersonator whose set was cut short at the Republican Leadership Conference this past weekend, is pushing back against the idea that he was yanked off stage for making racial remarks about President Obama — but he does acknowledge that his barbs at GOP presidential candidates may have struck a nerve with the conservative audience.

Netroots Nation Bloggers Consistently Disappointed With Obama (VIDEO)

Nepal Lesbian Wedding: U.S. Couple Weds In Nation’s First Public Same-Sex Ceremony  AKSHINKALI, Nepal (AP) – A lawyer and a college professor from the United States celebrated Nepal’s first public lesbian wedding ceremony Monday in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognizing gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination. Courtney Mitchell, 41, and Sarah Welton, 48, from Denver, Colorado, celebrated in a Hindu Nepalese tradition at the Dakshinkali temple south of Katmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation. Local gay rights activists and supporters cheered the ceremony attended by their close friends. Nepal Parliament member Sunilbabu Pant, a gay rights activist, said it was the first public wedding of a lesbian couple in the mostly conservative nation.

Lyme Disease Symptoms: Key Facts About This Mysterious Illness Summer is peak season for transmission of Lyme disease. The only known transporter of Lyme bacteria — the deer tick — goes through the most infectious stage of its life cycle in the summer. But you don’t need to be in contact with a deer to get a deer tick bite. Deer ticks can hitch a ride on small animals and land right in your backyard. Here is a case study that highlights why Lyme disease is a mystery illness: Anne had been diagnosed with three different autoimmune diseases, each by a top specialist: 1.Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disorder of the intestinal tract that causes abdominal pain and diarrhea 2. Iritis, an inflammatory disorder of the eyes that causes eye pain and blurred vision, 3. Spondyloarthritis, an inflammatory disease that attacks the spine and other joints.

May 9, 2011

Your Abs Aren’t Going to Get My Vote Schock

by Accidental Bear

I say do what it takes. It will take you showing me more than your waxed and airbrushed abs to get me to vote for you. The world of politics is a different creature than it once was. One day our presidential debates with have a swim suit portion and a America Next Top Model pose off. AB

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Shirtless Schock in Men’s Health

By Advocate.com Editors

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Antigay conservative Rep. Aaron Schock, who once burned a belt blogs said made him look gay, appears shirtless on the cover of the new issue of Men’s Health, with the magazine dubbing him “America’s Fittest Congressman.”

Schock, 29, a freshman congressman from Peoria, Ill., is teaming up with the magazine for the Fit for Life summer challenge. In fact, Schock is better known for his abs than for his policy. A photo of him in a swimsuit poolside first went viral in 2009 when TMZ posted it on the popular gossip site.

But Schock has also made known his feelings on gay issues. In Febuary, he spoke out strongly favoring the Defense of Marriage Act and bashing the Obama administration’s refusal to defend DOMA.

Last year, when a photo of Schock wearing an aquamarine belt many bloggers said made him look gay went viral, he tweeted that he’s “burned the belt” and that he “never thought a pic of me w/ my shirt on would go viral.”

May 6, 2011

Who Doesn’t have Your Gay Back? Anti-gay Groups Increase Spending

by Accidental Bear

“The groups intend to pass anti-gay marriage amendments, curtail abortion rights and, in at least one case, ban ‘transgender bathrooms.’ ”

via coloradoindependent.com

Anti-gay groups plan increased spending, activity through 2012


Anti-gay rights groups around the country will see a cash infusion over the next two years through a plan called “Ignite an Enduring Cultural Transformation.” And the groups are remaining mum about who is responsible.

The campaign, which largely targets states where Republicans won control of legislatures or governorships, has garnered the support of Republican political superstars such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jon Kyl (Ariz.), and Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.). The groups intend to pass anti-gay marriage amendments, curtail abortion rights and, in at least one case, ban “transgender bathrooms.” READ MORE @ coloradoindependent.com

April 17, 2011

Antigay Hatred Losing Steam says My Sweet Heart Rep. Frank

by Accidental Bear

We’re not done people. Hatred is like athletes foot, you have to be diligent to ward it off, or it comes right back with a vengeance. The truth is, is that hate is a battle thats not cured with one dose, it will need a life time of treatment.

I day dream at times that Rep. Frank and Rachel Maddow are my parents and wonder what I might be like today.

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Rep. Frank: Antigay Hatred Losing Steam

By Advocate.com Editors

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Rep. Barney Frank has little faith there will be a federal remedy for gays seeking to marry anytime soon, but he also believes marriage equality is quickly fading as a controversial issue while antigay prejudice becomes less acceptable in society.

In a May interview with Playboy on subjects ranging from health care reform to the legalization of marijuana, the Massachusetts congressman said, “Overall I think antigay prejudice is on its way out.” READ INTERVIEW