11/26/2014

Mike Huckabee: Gay Marriage Threatens 'The Foundation Of Our Society And Culture' - VIDEO

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Former Arkansas Governor and likely 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been on a tour of Europe entitled “Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II Tour: God Raising Extraordinary Leaders for Extraordinary Times.” As hate-monger Matt Barber notes, Huckabee invited "evangelical pastors from the states of New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada on special 10-day tour of Europe... to study the lives of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II  and understand how these three individuals were 'used by God to change the world’s history.'" So essentially, this is the Grand Tour re-imagined for right-wing wing-nuts.

Huckabee's final stop on this tour was to Auschwitz and Birkenau, which, as The New Civil Rights Movement points out, provided Huckabee the perfect opportunity to compare Nazi Germany and present day America. The horror that was Hitler's Germany was the natural by-product of "systematically [removing God and religion] from their culture and their society." Drawing a parallel to America, Huckabee said, "The soul of America is a sick soul... because it has forsaken and forgotten its God." How exactly has America forsaken and forgotten its God? By providing equality to the gays, of course:

"The foundation of our society and culture, marriage, not only by which we produce the next generation but it is the entity through which God has chosen for us to create the next generation and train them to be our replacements, and when we tinker with its definition and we decide that it can mean anything we wish for it to mean and that rather than to take a biblical perspective we will take a very human one and we will base marriage on human experience and desire as opposed to biblical standard, then I fear that we will pay the consequences for having upended the very foundation which is the essence of how a civilization survives. So the soul of America is in real trouble."

Governor Huckabee has obviously not seen how Biblical arguments against same-sex marriage and homosexuality can rather easily be debunked. 

The Arkansan seems hell-bent on continuing to prove worthy of Megyn Kelly's special pet moniker for him. Well done, Governor.

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 4:13 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Mike Huckabee, News | Permalink | Comments (51)


Get Spoiled This Thanksgiving With SNL's Back Home Ballers: VIDEO

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As our friend Dorthy pointed out so long ago, there's no place like home. As the ladies of Saturday Night Live have recently added, being back home is baller. Being waited on hand and foot, inputting insanely complex WiFi passwords, and slouching about the house all day long are surely as much a hallmark of the winter holiday season as any stuffed turkey.

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 3:00 PM EST by in Music Video, Satire, Saturday Night Live | Permalink | Comments (4)


Postmodern Jukebox Turns Ariana Grande's 'Love Me Harder' Into A James Bond Theme: VIDEO

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Scott Bradley's Postmodern Jukebox is back and this time serving up a sultry James Bond-esque version of Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder." Cristina Gatti lends her vocals and channels the legendary Shirley Bassey. 

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And in case you've missed previous jams from Postmodern Jukebox, check out their retro-infused covers below: 

Ariana Grande's "Break Free" Gets a Soulful Twist

A Jazz-Crooner Cover of David Guetta and Sia's "Titanium"

Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One" - New Orleans Style

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Heads to Motown

A Vintage Latin Rendition of Calvin Harris' "Summer"

Madonna's "Like A Prayer"...If It Were a 40s Swing Song

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 2:03 PM EST by in Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (4)


Out Country Singer Ty Herndon: The Support I've Received Since Coming Out 'Blew My Mind'

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Ty Herndon hanging with friends backstage at the Grand Ole Opry after Monday's show (Via Facebook fan page)

Country singer Ty Herndon has been feeling the love after his surprise coming out last week. In a follow-up interview with People magazine, he says the positive reaction he's received "blew my mind" and he's been overwhelmed by the support he's gotten from his fans as well as out show folk like Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Chely Wright and even Leann Rimes. 

Since his statement last week, Herndon has had two public performances filled with emotion, tears, and even a little bit of history. Herndon's first performance after his surprise announcement last week was to a sold out crowd in Robinson, Illinois on Saturday night. It was, he said, an emotional show that ended with a standing ovation. Then on Monday night, Herndon took part in a Christmas benefit for kids at the Grand Ole Opry making him the the first out male country artist to appear on the famed stage.

"My knees were shaking!" he recalled, choking up a bit. "Walking out on the Grand Ole Opry stage as an open, free, happy, godly gay man is not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime. We knew that history was being made up there, and it was humbling."

As he adjusts to his new role as an out/loud/proud performer, Herndon states he is also looking forward to being a force for change in parts of the country where being gay is still a challenge. "There's so much work to be done in the South with all these kids that are struggling so greatly with finding love and support and finding a place to go to feel loved and supported." 

Herndon says he is feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving week for all the support he's received and is looking forward to spending a quiet holiday in Nashville with his family and his partner.

Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 1:25 PM EST by in Chely Wright, Ricky Martin, Ty Herndon | Permalink | Comments (12)


New Marriage Equality Bill Introduced In Australian Parliament

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A bill legalizing same-sex marriage was introduced in the Australian parliament today. Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm was the sponsoring member of the Freedom To Marry legislation which would would allow Australians to wed regardless of “sex, sexual orientation and gender identity”. The proposed bill has an exception for ministers or clergy to opt out of same-sex marriage ceremonies if it is against their beliefs.

"All my bill does is prevent the Government from stopping two people from getting married on the grounds that they are not a man and a woman,"  said Leyonhjelm. "It does nothing more, and it requires nothing more than tolerance."

This would be the second time a marriage is considered by the Australian parliament. In 2012, a similar bill was defeated by an overwhelming margin, with just 42 members of their House of Representatives in favor and 98 members against. However public opinion down under has changed remarkably, with 72% of Australians in a recent poll in favor of same-sex marriage. Still the current Prime Minister Tony Abbott has advised against introducing the bill making its passage questionable. Also, the nation's high court struck down a local jurisdiction's attempt at marriage equality in 2013

But Leyonhjeim hopes that given the shift in local public opinion and the fact that same-sex marriage is currently recognized by 13 countries worldwide and a number of states in the U.S., it might be enough to sway some votes in the conservative legislative body. He also plans to appeal to a more basic, democratic idea. "When the law says that LGBTI people can't marry, in an important sense, it is diminishing their liberty."

Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 12:50 PM EST by in Australia, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


Tom Goss Wants To Tell You A Black Friday Gay Love Story: VIDEO

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Have you ever had a full relationship, from start to finish, while waiting in line for your favorite Black Friday sale to start? Tom Goss has in his new comedic video Black Friday: A Gay Love Story. Reportedly based on "many true stories," the video's description touts, "Black Friday is a time for consumerism, long lines and most especially, gay drama."

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Posted Nov. 26,2014 at 12:26 PM EST by in News, Tom Goss | Permalink | Comments (3)


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