DENVER, CO—Broncos’ starting quarterback Tim Tebow was placed on injured reserve today after team doctors diagnosed the controversial player with a severe form of stigmata. The affliction, which typically manifests itself as weeping sores corresponding to the crucifixion points of Jesus…
“For a year now, House Republicans, working off their experience in 2010, have legislated as if they have more to fear from conservative primary challenges than from the frustrated, moderate voters who decide many general elections. That strategy has left them the most disliked Congress in the history of polling. If they keep it up for another 11 months, they may well come to learn they were wrong.”—Ezra Klein (via aatombomb)
A follow up on the Hartnell Down site. Again thanks to @SethDH
Hartnell created www.hartnelldown.com, a website that features a counter of how many times he falls during the season. The site also has t-shirts available for purchase, with proceeds going to various charities that Hartnell supports, including the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation in Alberta and a hockey camp in Regina, Saskatchewan, where Hartnell is from.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) released the results of its 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey of teen drug use, and guess what: Teens are using cigarettes and alcohol less, but they are smoking more marijuana. What’s more, they’re smoking more weed because they do not perceive it to be as harmful as did teens in the past. Teens’ level of “associated risk” with marijuana use has gone done over time, and marijuana is, indeed, less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes: This could be an argument for more honest drug education in schools.
Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would abolish slavery of African Americans. A century later, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) helped make the United States into one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
Apparently the Bachmann clan doesn’t only think being gay is a lifestyle choice, they also believe that the Kinsey Report, one of the most impactful scientific studies in American history—and all the fascinating, nuanced things it reveals about human sexuality—is “a myth.”
On November 1st, the Bi Social Network wants all you bisexuals out there (we know you exist) to make an “I Am Visible” video to help raise awareness of bi-phobia and bi-erasure in the LGBT, media, and entertainment communities. So, is this basically “It Gets Better” for bis? Not exactly.
As we’ve said in the past, most Americans aren’t sure how to “code” bisexuality. That is, bisexuality lacks the same, easy-to-read stereotypes like gay lisping or butch motorcycling. So for bisexuals who want to be out and proud—but aren’t sure how—or folks who want to learn more about the bisexual experience, the campaign seeks to educate, not just to reassure them.
Where are all the jokes and memes about his death?…Oh wait, that’s right, the internet and pop culture don’t make fun of atheists.
Well, that’s because outspoken atheist authors like Hitchens leave little to mock whereas outspoken jackasses like Jerry Falwell and soon-to-be-dead Dick Cheney are so easily mockable by virtue of their moronicness.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Hurd told an undercover operative that he wanted up to 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half-ton of marijuana per week “for distribution in the Chicago area.” He added that he was willing to pay $25,000 per kilo and $450 per pound.
According to a report from 670 The Score (via CBS Chicago), “Hurd was a top drug dealer in Chicago and police have a list of NFL players who were supplied drugs by the receiver, a law enforcement source told the radio station. The list is ‘in the double-digits,’ according to the source.”
“Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality.”—
Part of Hillary Clinton’s speech to the UN on LGBT rights ( gay .org.uk)
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
In 1941, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 15 to be Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. In the present climate of political repression in which we find ourselves, the importance of the first ten amendments to our constitution deserves to be recognized.
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Virginia took the last step on Wednesday in blocking an effort to let same-sex couples adopt children in the state.
The Board of Social Services approved regulations governing adoptions in the state on a 5-1 vote, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The originally proposed anti-discrimination policy included sexual orientation. But when Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell took office he backed a pared down version of the policy, which starts in May.
Agencies will now effectively be permitted to discriminate against prospective foster or adoptive parents based on sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, religion, political belief, and family status, according to the Times-Dispatch.
Only race, color, or national origin are included in the rules.
The state already bars same-sex couples (but not gay individuals) from adopting. Equality advocates have tried to change that policy. A spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell said in April that “the existing adoption regulations are effective and fair.”
Gay rights group Equality Virginia and the American Civil Liberties Union argued unsuccessfully that expanding anti-discrimination protections would have increased the pool of prospective parents and led to more children being placed in good homes. But faith-based agencies said the new policy would have forced them to place children with gay couples, which they claim violates their religious beliefs.
The Family Equality Council notes that more than 6,000 children are in the Virginia foster care system and more than 1,500 children are waiting for adoption.