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WWE Wrestler Announces He's Gay

Not a gimmick, not an angle (yet!), and done in the least showy way imaginable.

TMZ's cameras found Darren Young (real name: Fred Rosser) waiting for his bags at an airport, and asked him if he thought a gay wrestler could be successful. Young laughed, realizing this was how the first publicly gay wrestler was going to come out.
“Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now I’m gay and I’m happy. Very happy.”
"Does it matter to you?" Young asked the photographer, and everyone. "Does it change what you think about me?"
ESPN's Jonathan Coachman worked for WWE for a decade. On a radio show earlier this year, he was asked if a gay wrestler would present any problems. He said absolutely not.
"There were several openly gay wrestlers and some of our old school guys as well. Never an issue and not only were we getting naked in front of each other, but we were wrestling each other in the ring and it wasn't an issue."
Update: WWE has released a statement in support of Young:
On TMZ this morning, WWE Superstar Darren Young revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay. WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A STAR anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.


Caveat:If this is no stunt...

Good for him! He also made this clear without fanfare and whatever.
This matters. In such a macho sport, his attitude and that of WWE & other wrestlers makes a real statement to a different demographic.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:31 AM (6 replies)

Organizing For Action gave Congressional GOPeas a climate change award:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 15, 2013, 02:48 AM (0 replies)

Good Lawd!Orson Scott is taking another lap around the crazy track:

Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning "Urban Gangs" Into His Personal Police Force
That's good! The gay marriage foofarah was a distraction from Card's much more fascinating political paranoia. His last column on politics is a sort of masterpiece of that genre, starting with the grouping of "George W. Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq" among "politically useful lies," and continuing with a fantasy of how Barack Obama will stay in power forever.

Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator. He hates the very idea of compromise; he demonizes his critics and despises even his own toadies in the liberal press. He circumvented Congress as soon as he got into office by appointing "czars" who didn't need Senate approval. His own party hasn't passed a budget ever in the Senate.
Michelle Obama is going to be Barack's Lurleen Wallace. Remember how George Wallace got around Alabama's ban on governors serving two terms in a row? He ran his wife for the office. Everyone knew Wallace would actually be pulling the strings, even though they denied it. Michelle Obama will be Obama's designated "successor," and any Democrat who seriously opposes her will be destroyed in the media the way everyone who contested Obama's run for the Democratic nomination in 2008 was destroyed.
Where will he get his "national police"? The NaPo will be recruited from "young out-of-work urban men" and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.
Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people "trying to escape" -- people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.

Lurleen Wallace??? Really Orson? Really?
He is a nasty man with a dyspeptic view of life. Card needs to STFU and stay in his cave.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 14, 2013, 09:48 PM (11 replies)

Al Jazeera highlights key features at main pro-Morsi sit-in Cairo's Nasr City area(Interactive)

Egyptian security forces moved in on Wednesday to disperse two ongoing pro-Morsi sit-ins, now in their sixth week.

The smaller of the two protests, at Nahda Square in Giza, was quickly destroyed by the army and police. But they have yet to disperse the thousands of people still gathered outside the Raba'a al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City neighbourhood. This protest has become something of a miniature city over the past few weeks, with security guards and barricades, tents serving food, and dormitories for protesters.

tap the icons for info
The map below highlights some of the key infrastructure at this sit-in:

They will continually update this.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 14, 2013, 08:43 AM (1 replies)

University Of Southern California Mislabels Sexual Assaults As ‘Personal Injuries’

Students at the University of Southern California (USC) are alleging that their university routinely mislabels incidents of sexual assault in an attempt to artificially lower its statistics on rape and sexual abuse.

According to the Huffington Post, when USC senior Ariella Mostov reported being sexually assaulted in March, the school’s Department of Public Safety filed a crime report listing the incident as an “injury response.” Not labeling it as sexual assault meant that neither Department of Public Safety or the Los Angeles Police Department had to follow up on the case.

Mostov was told by USC police that her particular case was not labeled as rape because her rapist didn’t orgasm.

Along with other USC students who have been victims of sexual assault, Mostov filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education accusing USC of frequently failing to address sexual assault cases and misreporting incidents. According to the complaint, the school is “persistently underreporting sexual battery, sexual assault, and rape in the Annual Clery Security Report by … categorizing instances of ‘rape’ as ‘personal injury,’ ‘domestic dispute,’ and other less serious crimes or non-crimes.”

These could be blatant violations of the Clery Act, a federal law which requires colleges and universities to accurate report crimes. USC could be fined up to $35,000 per violation if the Department of Education finds that the school indeed violated that law.

USC should be stomped hard about this.
Yale and UNC are also facing the heat because of the way they handle sexual assaults. I'm sure there are more.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 14, 2013, 04:46 AM (7 replies)

This Amazing Animated Chart Shows The Aging Of America 1900-2060:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 04:22 PM (3 replies)

And if Russia bans 'homosexual propaganda' then how will they deal with this?


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:07 PM (0 replies)

Forever friends:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 02:14 PM (13 replies)

Another key provision of Obamacare delayed

The Obama administration has delayed implementation of another key provision of Obamacare — the cap on out-of-pocket insurance costs for consumers.
The Obama administration has quietly delayed for one year, until 2015, another key provision of Obamacare: the cap on out-of-pocket insurance costs. That means that some insurers will be able to set their own limits starting in 2014. The cap is supposed to be $6,350 for individuals or $12,700 for families.
"We knew this was an important issue. We had to balance the interests of consumers with the concerns of health plan sponsors and carriers, which told us that their computer systems were not set up to aggregate all of a person's out-of-pocket costs. They asked for more time to comply."
– senior administration official
A senior administration official who asked to remain anonymous told The New York Times the delay is attributed to a technology issue. The delay has been outlined on the Labor Department's website since February. But it was buried and went unnoticed until recently.

BS on their technical issues!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:03 PM (18 replies)

In a letter, George Orwell explains why he wrote 1984 (foreshadowing):

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The letter, warning of the rise of totalitarian police states that will ‘say that two and two are five,’ is reprinted from George Orwell: A Life in Letters, edited by Peter Davison and published today by Liveright.

18 May 1944
10a Mortimer Crescent NW 6

Dear Mr Willmett,
Many thanks for your letter. You ask whether totalitarianism, leader-worship etc. are really on the up-grade and instance the fact that they are not apparently growing in this country and the USA.

I must say I believe, or fear, that taking the world as a whole these things are on the increase. Hitler, no doubt, will soon disappear, but only at the expense of strengthening (a) Stalin, (b) the Anglo-American millionaires and (c) all sorts of petty fuhrers° of the type of de Gaulle. All the national movements everywhere, even those that originate in resistance to German domination, seem to take non-democratic forms, to group themselves round some superhuman fuhrer (Hitler, Stalin, Salazar, Franco, Gandhi, De Valera are all varying examples) and to adopt the theory that the end justifies the means. Everywhere the world movement seems to be in the direction of centralised economies which can be made to ‘work’ in an economic sense but which are not democratically organised and which tend to establish a caste system. With this go the horrors of emotional nationalism and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth because all the facts have to fit in with the words and prophecies of some infallible fuhrer. Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted, and the exact sciences are endangered as soon as military necessity ceases to keep people up to the mark. Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history. He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, ballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it.1 That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.

As to the comparative immunity of Britain and the USA. Whatever the pacifists etc. may say, we have not gone totalitarian yet and this is a very hopeful symptom. I believe very deeply, as I explained in my book The Lion and the Unicorn, in the English people and in their capacity to centralise their economy without destroying freedom in doing so. But one must remember that Britain and the USA haven’t been really tried, they haven’t known defeat or severe suffering, and there are some bad symptoms to balance the good ones. To begin with there is the general indifference to the decay of democracy. Do you realise, for instance, that no one in England under 26 now has a vote and that so far as one can see the great mass of people of that age don’t give a damn for this? Secondly there is the fact that the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people. On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history2 etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side. Indeed the statement that we haven’t a Fascist movement in England largely means that the young, at this moment, look for their fuhrer elsewhere. One can’t be sure that that won’t change, nor can one be sure that the common people won’t think ten years hence as the intellectuals do now. I hope 3 they won’t, I even trust they won’t, but if so it will be at the cost of a struggle. If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer.

You also ask, if I think the world tendency is towards Fascism, why do I support the war. It is a choice of evils—I fancy nearly every war is that. I know enough of British imperialism not to like it, but I would support it against Nazism or Japanese imperialism, as the lesser evil. Similarly I would support the USSR against Germany because I think the USSR cannot altogether escape its past and retains enough of the original ideas of the Revolution to make it a more hopeful phenomenon than Nazi Germany. I think, and have thought ever since the war began, in 1936 or thereabouts, that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism.

Yours sincerely,
Geo. Orwell
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 06:30 AM (48 replies)
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