John Kerry Works the Middle East

By |July 29th, 2013|

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from a helicopter at Mafrar Airbase in Jordan before visiting the Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees on July 18, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] SECRETARY of State John Kerry is bringing the notion of Middle East peace back into the discussion this week. It's unlikely [...]

A Brit’s View: Campaigner Targeted with Twitter Rape Threats

By |July 29th, 2013|

Another horrific tale of Twitter-based abuse came up in Britain this week after feminist advocate Caroline Criado-Perez campaigned for further female representation on Bank of England-issued currency. What she got for her troubles was just a few death threats and offers of rape via the king pin of social media. This all started when it was announced Winston Churchill [...]

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FBI Rescued Over 100 Teens in Sex-Trafficking Sting

By |July 29th, 2013|

More than 100 teens rescued in sex-trafficking sting. THE report is from NBC News and is one of rare times when children and teens caught in sex-trafficking get a happy ending, compliments of the FBI. The sting resulted in the arrest of 159 "pimps" from San Francisco to Miami who were involved in [...]

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Hillary’s Lunch, and the Other 2016 Female Contenders

By |July 29th, 2013|

Poster from 2008, with the Hillary 2016 added. IT'S NOT difficult to answer the question asked by the National Journal today about 2016. No one is thinking about the top three female senators, because all the buzz if for Hillary. Hillary's lunch with President Obama is the occasion for more chatter. If you're [...]

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Queer Talk: Gay Men Arrested Under Illegal Sodomy Laws

By |July 29th, 2013|

Gay men are being arrested by undercover officers in the East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff's Department under illegal sodomy laws. Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III is in charge of the department. The 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas declared such sodomy laws unconstitutional. Buzzfeed reports: Undercover officers in Baton Rouge, La., [...]

Political Momentum Builds Against NSA Surveillance

By |July 29th, 2013|

Air Force One is seen through rain drops on a Nighthawk 2 helicopter window at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) THE TIPPING point was reached last week when an obscure libertarian Republican named Rep. Amash did the impossible. He wouldn't give up until his colleagues [...]

Obama Talks to the New York Times

By |July 28th, 2013|

President Barack Obama tours the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), in Jacksonville, Fla., July 25, 2013. President Obama is accompanied by, from left: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx; Dennis Kelly, TraPac Regional VP & General Manager; Roy Schleicher, CEO, Jacksonville Port Authority; and Fred Wakefield, International Longshoreman's Association representative. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) [...]

An Iconic New Yorker Cover

By |July 28th, 2013|

The New Yorker, by John Cuneo "With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn't already personally breached?" says John Cuneo, the artist who painted next week's cover. He continues: "Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the [...]

Chris Christie: Rand Paul Libertarianism “Dangerous”

By |July 26th, 2013|

OH, BOY, now Governor Chris Christie has really done it. He's gone out and named names that just so happen to include the darling of the right and wacko radio, Rand Paul libertarianism, as it exists in the congressional Tea Party contingent. This faction has taken down Marco Rubio in the latest polling and is [...]

Queer Talk: Putin Airline Flight Safety Satire [Video]

By |July 26th, 2013|

There is no Putin Airline, of course. The flight safety satire video is produced by The Gay Women's Channel. It uses humor the way activists and advocates often use it, to help point out the ridiculous nature of, in this case, Vladimir Putin's escalating laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their supporters. [...]

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