Archive for August 8th, 2007

Study Says Prime Time TV Not “Gay” Enough

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

That’s funny, I thought prime time television wasn’t straight enough. Just another example of how corrupt our society has become.

Are U.S. television networks gay enough? Not yet, but ABC is getting close, according to a gay-rights group.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has given the Walt Disney Co.-owned network the highest marks of any of the five major broadcast networks in the group’s first-ever report rating depictions of gay, lesbian and transgender characters and issues on prime-time TV.

The study assigned grades of “excellent,” “good,” “fair” or “failing” based on the number of “impressions,” or occurrences, of gay characters, discussions or themes counted during 4,693 hours of programming examined from June 2006 through May 2007.

No network was rated as excellent. But ABC received a grade of “good” with 171 hours of gay-inclusive TV last season, accounting for 15 percent of its prime-time programming.

ABC shows also featured more regular characters who are gay, lesbian or transgender than any of its rival broadcasters, led by the first-season series, “Ugly Betty” and “Brothers & Sisters,” according to the study, released on Monday.

The character of Betty’s office cohort, Marc, played by Michael Urie, was depicted as coming out to his intolerant mother, while Alexis, played by Rebecca Romijn, was revealed to have once been Alex — making her the first series regular transgender on a network comedy, GLAAD said.

“Overall, the approach that ABC takes … can serve as a best-practice model,” the study found.

GLAAD said networks and their advertisers stood to gain from more gay-friendly programming, as the gay community is generally more affluent, highly educated and brand-conscious than the population at large.

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Newsweek Climate Article an ‘Editorial Rag,’ Says Warming Skeptic

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

I think that by now, the global warming thing can be characterized by either calling it “an unproven theory” at best or “junk science” at worse.

Newsweek magazine is being compared to “editorial screed that violates basic standards of journalism” over a cover story that refers to global warming skeptics as “deniers.”

The cover story, titled “The Truth About Denial,” claims so-called global warming “deniers” are a “well-funded machine.” According to the article, “Since the late 1980s, this well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks, and industry has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change.”

Marc Morano, a spokesman for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), says to the contrary, climate alarmism is itself the “well-coordinated, well-funded campaign” being backed by universities, think tanks, world governments, and the worldwide media.

“The problem that is completely ignored is, number one, we’re having a report with hundreds of scientists coming out who have just spoken up since January against the so-called ‘consensus.’ Number two, the money on the side promoting climate alarmism is, I believe someone estimated, 2,500-to-1, [or about] $50 billion to about $19 million and then some change on top of that,” explains Morano.

Morano points out that even The New York Times concedes that current weather patterns are within natural climate variability. He states that the only thing “global warming” skeptics are denying is the uncertainty of computer models of the future predicting doom.

“That’s it. And the U.N. itself is now on record saying the models don’t account for half the climate variability and aren’t very reliable,” he says.

As for Newsweek’s use of the term “global warming deniers,” Morano says it is designed to equate skepticism of manmade global warming to questioning of the Holocaust.

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‘Hate Crimes’ Charge Doesn’t Require ‘Hate’

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

It’s already started. We don’t even have a federal “hate crimes” law on the books yet, and already a “judge” is using it to impose stricter penalties…just because the victim is homosexual.
Don’t get me wrong; these criminals should be prosecuted EQUALLY under the law, and to the fullest extent. But offering a “dual level” justice system is wrong.
Is it any less of a hideous crime if the victim had been a straight guy? Of course not.
So why are we allowing this unequal system to exist? We are all supposed to be equal under the law, but so-called “hate crimes” laws takes that away and makes some people (homosexuals) “more equal” than others.

A judge in New York has ruled evidence of “hatred” is unnecessary for a prosecutor to pursue a “hate crimes” case against three men arrested for the death of a homosexual man.

The written ruling came from Judge Jill Konviser of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, and concluded prosecutors only need to show that the man, who was beaten and then hit by a vehicle in a robbery attempt, was picked because of his sexual orientation, according to a report in the New York Times.

The judge said that is enough for prosecutors to seek enhanced penalties for the defendants, if convicted, under the state’s Hate Crimes Act of 2000.

That type of law, which as WND has reported now is being proposed at the federal level, allows for higher penalties – sometimes dramatically higher – for the same crime based on the characteristics of a victim, in this case his homosexuality.

The newspaper report said the case involves the death of Michael Sandy, 29, who allegedly was lured to a meeting place where he was abducted. He then was taken to another location, beaten, and when he tried to flee was chased into traffic. He died of his injuries after being struck by a car.

Prosecutors said the three defendants, Anthony Fortunato, 21, Ilya Shurov, 21, and John Fox, 20, found Sandy through a homosexual online chat room. Court documents allege they picked him because “this was an easy way to rob someone.”

But when they were charged with murder as a hate crime, defense lawyers argued the law was unconstitutionally vague and didn’t fit their clients’ actions.

Defense lawyer Gerald Di Chiara said lawmakers who wrote the Hate Crimes Act wanted the statute applied only to cases where hate actually was involved. He quoted a state Senate memo about a law “designed to ensure that only those who truly are motivated by invidious hatred are prosecuted for committing hate crimes.”

But Seth Liebeman, senior appellate counsel to the Brooklyn district attorney, noted the suspects “chose to go to a gay Web site, and there was a particular remark made by one of the defendants that this was an easy way to rob people.”

Konviser rejected the defense arguments.

“This is a case where the defendants deliberately set out to commit a violent crime against a man whom they intentionally selected because of his sexual orientation,” she wrote. “Thus, the hate crimes charges in this case are consistent with the intent of the Legislature.”

The state’s minimum sentence for a murder conviction is 15 years to life, but that rises to 20 years to life under the enhanced hate crimes designation.

Court records allege the three selected a homosexual because they believed he would be unlikely to offer resistance. The men, in a deposition, said they didn’t beat up the victim because he is homosexual. But they did say that’s how they chose him as a victim.

That counts as a hate crime, Konviser ruled.

Sandy died when his family instructed that he be removed from life support systems when he was hospitalized with massive injuries he suffered when he tried to flee, and ran into a road where a car hit him.

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TSA Screeners Fail to Detect…A Monkey??

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

That’s right folks. The wonderful airport security screeners of the TSA failed to detect a pygmy marmoset, a monkey that is approximately one foot tall, smuggled out of Peru to Florida, under a man’s hat. He then successfully smuggled it aboard a connecting flight to New York.
When asked about it, the TSA is reported as saying “the animal is so small it could have easily passed through security without detection, but they are investigating”.

Michelle Malkin makes this point:
“I can’t get my kids’ sippy cups and juice boxes past TSA. I’ve had to throw away toothpaste, hand lotion, and lip balm before boarding flights. But a guy can sneak his living, breathing, furry pygmy marmoset onto two planes?”

Well said, Michelle. When is the government of this country going to take our security seriously?

(CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 HD has learned a monkey was apparently snuck into the United States with a passenger from Peru and let loose during a Spirit Airlines flight that landed at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say the monkey, a pygmy marmoset, apparently belonged to a male passenger from Lima, Peru. He bought the animal off the streets in Lima.

The man then smuggled the animal, which measures only about a foot tall, through security in Peru onto a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He then got past security again when he took a connecting flight from there to New York City, and he even kept the monkey out in the open mid-flight.

Passengers of that flight say they noticed a small monkey clinging to the man’s ponytail during the flight and reported it to authorities. (I sure hope it isn’t a Muslim monkey, or CAIR will be going after the John Doe’s who reported it. -ed.)

When the flight arrived at LaGuardia, Port Authority officials met the man at the plane’s door and immediately took him into custody for questioning. Animal Control officials took possession of the marmoset.

The man apparently told officials he wasn’t aware he couldn’t bring the animal back with him.

Now there are two major concerns as a result: how the man got the monkey past security, and any diseases that could be passed on from the marmoset to humans.

“We don’t know if it’s harboring any bacteria or diseases, so the CDC is rightly concerned,” an Animal Control official told CBS 2 HD.

Transportation Security Administration officials say the animal is so small it could have easily passed through security without detection, but they are investigating.

Witnesses worried of an outbreak that could result from the monkey being out in the open. “There may be worse things that could happen — it could grow into one of those big ones,” one passenger said.

The monkey is currently being held at the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia where it’s being examined.

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