Maine Marriage Equality: No on 1 Gets Real Again

Imagine if you had to ask 275,000 people’s permission to marry. Here’s Jill Barkley from Maine demonstrating this by asking her fellow Mainers for permission to marry her girlfriend Diane and thus to Vote No on 1, which would preserve the right for all couples to marry in Maine. The statewide vote happens Tuesday.

Like the previous No one 1 commercials, the newest video uses real Mainers, including an iconic fisherman and straight couples; while Stand for Marriage Maine, the Yes on 1 campaign, had to resort to stock footage for their latest ad showing happy families representing “traditional” marriage, as Jeremy Hooper from Good As You discovered. Maybe the ad agency which put together the piece couldn’t find telegenic Mainers who believe in denying their fellow citizens their equal rights and a chance at lifetime happiness.

The Stand for Marriage Maine ad states

It’s possible to support the civil rights of all citizens and protect traditional marriage at the same time

but yet doesn’t have any citizens of Maine in it! And with regard to “protecting traditional marriage,” in 2004 the Bostson Globe reported that in the Netherlands, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001, some opponents to civil marriage equality

have acknowledged that in the three years since gay marriage became a reality here, the institution of marriage has not collapsed, as many religious leaders and conservative politicians warned it would.

Thus far, specialists in domestic law, legislators, and some religious commentators say there is no empirical evidence of damage to the institution. For example, divorce rates are no higher, and there is no sign that conventional couples are shunning marriage.

Tea Party Rapper is Steeped in Awful

It’s not that there’s an elite leftist media, or that liberals control arts, music and culture, it’s just that they’re better at it, as this video shows.

Michele Bachmann Doll has New Playmate: GG Allin Action Figure

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Who better to sit on you shelf next to your Michele Bachmann plastic figurine than an action figure of the late performance artist GG Allin. I bet when the lights are out as the teddy bears frolic, your GG toy will give the conservative simulacrum a mind altering lecture about art and politics!

Don’t be a fussy collector, take them out of their boxes and play with them! Have them go toe to toe, neck to neck as you imitate their voices and hold a lively debate. Allin, born in 1956, was christened Jesus Christ Allin by his father, so certainly his doll action figure has the right mojo to influence conservative nut-ette Bachmann who claims God speaks to her….

Sadly, as of October 13, Michele’s doll has only sold 50 copies!  Emil Vicale, the CEO of HeroBuilders, which created the Bachmann doll on the heels of their highly successful Sarah Palin action figure–Palin moved 10,000 units in 24 hours at the height of  2008 campaign–had this to say about Bachmann:

I’ll tell you this, she’s no Sarah Palin

Manufacturer of the Allin figure, Aggronautix–they also create collectible images of underground pop culture icons like the band the Dwarves and lead singer Milo from the Descendants have a less capitalistic stance on marketing the GG Allin action figure. It sells for half the cost of Bachmann and is a limited edition:

The figure, limited to 500 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall and is made of a lightweight polyresin. Loaded into a full color “splatter” box, here GG is accurately sculpted right down to the tattoos, and copious amounts of blood and filth.

Speaking of blood and filth, HeroBuilders also has a Dick Cheney doll, complete with a shotgun.

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Shooting at Los Angeles Synagogue

Two men were wounded this morning in a shooting at a Los Angeles area synagogue. The men were shot in the legs in the parking lot of the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue, located in the Valley Village section of Los Angeles.  They had arrived separately for the 6:30am services. Per the Los Angeles Police Department, is unclear if  this was a hate crime or what the motive for the shootings was, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking to reporters at the scene said:

None of us should presume or speculate more about this other than it was a random act of violence.

There are several synagogues in the area. Police alerted nearby Jewish schools and temples and put extra patrols in place and the FBI also responded to the scene.

Police have released a 17-year-old boy they had detained who matched the “very loose” description of the attacker, who was described as a black man wearing a hoodie, but he still remains a suspect. According to the Los Angeles Times:

Several law enforcement sources also said investigators are looking at whether the shootings were related to a business or personal dispute. The sources said detectives believe one of the victims was the target, and that a second victim may have been shot because he witnessed the attack.

Levi Johnston: Playgirl Will Be “Tasteful,” No Love Lost with Palin

Today on the early Show Levi discussed his Playgirl photo shoot and talked more about Sarah Palin

We got to thinking, we’re gonna do it tastefully. We don’t want no bad boy image.

because Levi doesn’t

want to be looked at as some one who’d get naked for fame.

Oh heavens forfend!

Levi feels he was exploited by the Palins during the convention

They used me in the wrong way

but that he wouldn’t change how things have worked out, though he regrets not having a better relationship with Bristol Palin. He also says his mom Sherry is doing well behind bars where she serving time for drugs, and that when he visits her prisoners hold up signs asking to be his cougar.

Watching the interview it was clear that Levi was taking cues from his handlers: His eyes darted to the side and he’d pause before answering questions that required a yes or no. But overall he came across decent, polite and while not super smart, a basically good guy who took the hand he was dealt and parlayed it into a better life. He also admits that he has turned down offers from dating shows and to

do some odd things on camera

so he isn’t a total fame whore. Meanwhile Sarah Palin has turned down repeated requests to come on CBS’s Early Show for interviews, though she’s doing Oprah the day before her book is released. Levi claims Palin left her “governor job” because of the book and offers of money from shows (!), and that he doesn’t expect to be sitting down for Christmas dinner with the Palin family anytime soon.

Sarah Palin Finally Responds to Levi Johnston, Politely Accuses Him of Being a Whore

Levi Johnston must have struck a nerve with Sarah Palin today on CBS’ Early Show when he said he knew some huge secrets about the former Alaska governor–though he refused to say whether they were immoral or illegal matters he was keeping hush-hush about.

Sarah, ex-Gove GILF has finally responded–she hadn’t said spit about the Vanity Fair interview in which Levi discussed her calling her Down syndrome baby Trig

retarded

until Levi rehashed it on CBS along with mentioning the deep dark scary stuff he’s keeping quiet about and that he’s going to be tastefully nekked in Playgirl.

Here’s the statement Palin released through her spokeswoman, Meg Stapleton:

We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family. We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied. Trig is our ‘blessed little angel’ who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life. Even the thought that anyone would refer to Trig by any disparaging name is sickening and sad. CBS should be ashamed for continually providing a forum to propagate lies. Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies – those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention.

Uh, Sarah honey he said the same thing in Vanity Fair weeks ago, and you ignored it, so obviously what caught your attention is that Levi who might appear stupid as a hockey stick to you has a pair of ears and memory….Hmmm…what might you have said within earshot?

Models Strip for Climate Change

This video is the brain child of model Cameron Russell who spent two weeks and few hundred phone calls getting a gorgeous gaggle of models together to speak up and strip down about lowing carbon emissions from 390 ppm to 350ppm. To illustrate the point, they each shed 38 pieces of clothing and promise:

So this is what 352 parts per million looks like. If you want to see 350 parts per million, our natural state, then you have to get your politicians to act now.

Some environmentalists argue that even 350ppm is too high and not “our natural state,” but who knows what the models will do if we can get down to say 300 ppm…hey it’s worth a try if only for prurient interest.

[h/t Get Energy Smart Now!]

Levi Johnston Has a Secret Neener, Neener, Neener

Levi Johnston the father of Sarah Palin’s only grandchild has a few secrets he’s not gonna spill about the former Alaska governor, and he doesn’t even feel comfy discussing whether the stories reveal illegal or immoral activities. He told CBS’s Maggie Rodriguez:

There are some things that I have that are huge.

Well, yeah and while we’ll be seeing some of those things in Playgirl where Levi will be posing

tastefully

Joshnston isn’t ready to reveal all the dirt on Sarah Palin, possibily out of misguided chivalry, possibly–and I speculate– because keeping these secrets insures access to his son Tripp.

I have things that can, you know — that would get her in trouble, and could hurt her. Will hurt her. But I’m not gonna go that far. You know, I mean, if I really wanted to hurt her, I could, very easily. But there’s — I’m not gonna do it. I’m not going that far.

Levi admits he was shocked the first time that he heard Sarah Palin refer to her son Trig as her

retarded baby…And then she’d say it regularly. And I think she was joking, but it don’t make it right.

Levi alsosaid that sarah nd todd Palin argued frequently in front of their children and divorce was often a subject. Part 2 of the interview airs tomorrow.

Big Package for Holidays? Levi Johnston Unwrapped, Tomorrow He’s Leaking on Palin

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Yes, it’s time for another series Johnston jokes as Levi J prepares to unwrap his package and give us some full frontal nudity in the holiday edition of Playgirl.

The father of Sarah Palin’s only grandchild is also baring it it all in a different way tomorrow on CBS’s Early Show talking with Maggie Rodriguez about his plan to tell more after his Vanity Fair story:

I told a little bit of stuff, and you know, I’m just not going to take it anymore.

Rodriguez asked it he’s getting even, and Levi replied

That’s part of it, I guess. But at the same time, you know, if she’s going to go out there and say things to me, about me, I’m going to leak some things on her. I mean, that’s just how it is.

Sarah Palin: $1.25 Million Book Deal, Home Mortgaged to Pay Legal Fees

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Sarah Palin’s book deal for Goin’ Going Rogue: An American Life paid her a $1.2 million dollar retainer, according to her financial disclosure documents–decent money, but let’s see what the royalties end up being. The book is number 1 on Amazon thanks to pre-sales, and ex-Gov GILF Palin is allegedly appearing on Oprah on November 16, the day before the book hits the shelves. I’ll buy it at a thrift shop; I’m sure  Out of Closet, the AIDS Health Care resale store will have dozens by Thanksgiving!

Anchorage Daily News reports that Palin took out a home loan from Wells Fargo for

legal fees to fight false allegations while governor

but she didn’t give a date or amount. Now she’s building a huge new home on land bought the day after she resigned. Now that’s some creative financing!

The financial disclosure reports show that she received $73,000 in salary and $6,370 in per diem during her final months before resigning as governor. She received $1,664 from evangelist Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse for airfare to Russian Mission and Marshall as part of an effort to deliver food aide to the Western Alaska villages last spring, after a huge blogger outcry raised awareness about plight of the starving villagers.

Todd received $2,000 from The Candies Foundation for a trip to New York City in May, recall if you will that Bristol Palin is the spokesperson for The Candies Foundantion which promotes abstinence…

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