Friday, July 10, 2009

Unrest In Tehran - Police Beat Cameraman

These images from an Iranian blogger really give a good picture of what it is like to be in a country without press freedoms. The cameraman is attacked by police and pummeled to the ground while shooting. More here.

Fox Host Invokes Racial Purity - What An Idiot

If you ever needed proof that Fox News is run by a bunch of racist idiots, listen to this utter drivel pouring from the mouth of Brian Kilmeade as he talks about racial purity.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tool Making Crows! Now That's One Smart Bird Brain.

My grandfather used to tell me stories about how smart crows were. I rarely believed him until now. Watch this video that is making the rounds of the internet. The crow in the video uses a wire to try to get at food. when the straight wire doesn't work he figures out a better method. Watch and be very afraid!

LGBT = Second Class Citizenship

If you ever needed proof that LGBT American's are second-class citizens here is a story posted on the El Paso Times website.

Guards at a Chico's Tacos on the East Side ejected a group of gay men from the restaurant because two were kissing, police said Wednesday.

"It was a simple kiss on the lips," said Carlos Diaz de Leon, who called police when he feared he and his group were targets of discrimination after his friends, both men, kissed in public.

At about 12:30 a.m. on the morning of June 29, the five men were placing their order at the Chico's Tacos on Montwood when the two men made their public display of affection, sparking the ire of two contracted security guards at the restaurant, police and witnesses said. After the group sat down, the security guards told them "they didn't allow that faggot stuff to go on there," and made them leave, de Leon said.

An officer arrived at the restaurant about an hour later, after police received five calls, including from the security guards and de Leon. The men were told to leave the restaurant and had anti-gay slurs directed at them while they waited for the police.

Read the whole story here.

Now, need any more proof of that second-class citizenship? How many straight couples have been ejected from a restaurant for kissing? I am waiting for the answer!

Anti-Gay Marriage Group In Maine Gathering Signatures

Religious fundamentalists are on the march in Maine. With the help of the quasi political organization, the Mormons, they have raised what may be enough signatures to prevent the law from being enacted in September.

The petitions will have to be verified by the state prior to any action, however the group calling itself, Stand for Marriage Maine, is continuing to gather signatures.

This is another Prop 8 in the making and the LGBT community and its allies need to handle this one with more expertise than the California mess. Might I suggest not sitting around and hoping the voters will come to their senses? A strong push needs to be made to convince Maine residents that LGBT rights are Human Rights.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

United Airlines Breaks Guitars! Nice Video Revenge,

Listen to the saga of a musician who had his $3500 guitar destroyed by United Airlines. Later they would not compensate him and he swore revenge. Here ya go!

Comic Book Gets First Gay Kiss

For years there have been rumors about Batman and Robin, but the ambiguously gay duo always stayed platonic in their relationship. During the height of the AIDS epidemic the character Northstar came out to promote AIDS awareness. Now the world of comics has a genuine gay relationship.

X-Men spinoff comic X-Factor features a kiss between two male characters in its 45th issue that has set the comic world on its ink and newsprint ear. The characters Ricktor and Shatterstar share a kiss after what has been a long and tense relationship.

I am not a comic fan myself, but if you are, feel free to comment on your impressions and give me some background on these two.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Milk Box Rally in Ft. Worth, Texas

The police riot at the Rainbow Lounge is not going away. About 150 people gathered last Sunday in Sundance Square in Ft. Worth, Texas to make sure that didn't happen.

It was a patriotic event worthy of the 4th of July weekend. Free speech is a founding principal of our country and that is what the Milk Box actions, named after gay activist Harvey Milk, are about.

Speakers included an eyewittness to the police and TABC actions that night. He assured the crowd that excessive force was used and that the injuries sustained by Chad Gibson were a result of excessive force from the TABC.

Keeping this event in the media and minds of elected officials has resutlted in some action. Investigations are being called fro by not only the Ft. Worth police but by the Mayor and other officials. Protests do work!

Of course the whole scene was a bit strange. A real protest for sure, but the strains of piano bar music drifting through Sundance Square gave it a surrealistic edge. I chalk that up to it being in Fort Worth. Cowtown has always had a special sense of culture and style!

Next Sunday, another protest is planned for the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse. The event will start at 7:00pm and should be even beter attended than the last. Be there!

(Photo Courtesy of Neko and Oblivion Images)