Monthly Archives: November 2010

Court: Calif gay marriage case may be broadcast | News Story on

I think this is an interesting twist in the case, but I don’t think this will change much. I really don’t believe that watching this trail is going to change anyone’s mind about marriage equality.

(San Francisco) An upcoming appeals court hearing on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban will be televised.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal announced Wednesday that it had granted C-Span permission to carry the Dec. 6 proceedings in San Francisco live.

Supporters of the voter-approved ban are appealing a federal trial judge’s August decision that struck down Proposition 8 as a violation of gay and lesbian Californians’ civil rights.

The January trial that resulted in that decision had been slated for broadcast on YouTube and other federal courthouses. But the ban’s backers objected and the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the plan.

via Court: Calif gay marriage case may be broadcast | News Story on

Experts fear copycat suicides after bullying cases | News Story on

This is why I wish the media had never jumped on the band wagon of repeatedly covering these horrible suicides. By turning those teens into martyrs,  we are unfortunately encouraging more teens to do the same.

The same applies to the lawsuits against the schools. If those parents win those lawsuits, teens could see this as a way to help their families make ends meet.

(Philadelphia) The experts call it “contagion” when a suicide or rash of suicides inspires others to follow in an attempt at martyrdom or solidarity in death.

Most people would call them copycat suicides. Whatever the name, it appears to have been at play in at least one suicide since Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi’s highly publicized jump off the George Washington Bridge. And experts fear that other recent suicides might fit the mold or that more are ahead.

That creates a conundrum for advocates who want to stop teenage bullying and their related suicides, as well as for the media outlets that cover them: how to spread the word without romanticizing the problem or unwittingly encouraging vulnerable teenagers to choose death.

“They may see this as a somewhat glamorous ending – that the youth got lots of attention, lots of sympathy, lots of national concern that they never got in life,” said Anara Guard, a senior adviser at the Boston-based Suicide Prevention Resource Center. “The second possible factor is that vulnerable youth may feel like, ‘If they couldn’t cut it, neither can I.’”

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2 lawsuits challenge US Defense of Marriage Act | News Story on

Even with the Republicans and Independents taking over the House and more of the Senate seats, we still have a way to get equal rights. The court system will take longer, but could ultimately be the best path to follow.

New York Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states to challenge a 1996 law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.Send / ShareAdd CommentThe lawsuits were filed Tuesday in federal courts in Connecticut and New York. They were filed on behalf of couples in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.The lawsuits follow in the steps of a separate one in Boston. That earlier lawsuit has resulted in a judge striking down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.The filing of multiple lawsuits will likely result in several rulings in different federal court districts. That could increase the likelihood that the Supreme Court will eventually consider the issue.

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Shocker! Laptops placed on laps will overheat you where you don’t want to be overheated — Engadget

I’m not blogging much anymore, but I ran across this and had to share the information. Two words for my male friends: Scrotal Hyperthermia.

Scrotal hyperthermia — even its name sounds like a terrible, horrible thing. Yes, gadget enthusiasts, we’re talking about the vastly underrated problem that is the overheating of a techie gentleman’s reproductive parts. A study recently published in the Fertility and Sterility journal confirms what we’ve long known — that heat escaping laptops sat on laps can and will raise the temperature in your external offspring storage units — but adds a bit of handy additional info as well. Firstly, it turns out that keeping one’s legs together to balance the laptop is mostly to blame, as it doesn’t provide enough airflow to let heat escape, while lap pads have been found to be entirely ineffective in protecting testicles from rising in temperature. Another note of import is that the men in this study failed to notice when their scrotal thermometers rose above what’s considered safe, so we’d just advise doing your mobile blogging Engadget style: from a bar, a coffee table, the trunk of a car, or even a humble desk.

via Shocker! Laptops placed on laps will overheat you where you don’t want to be overheated — Engadget.

Jensen Ackles

Interesting photo from the set of Supernatural

Static Kitty

I found this online at


Schwarzenegger bans welfare cards at psychics

And people wonder why California is broke. I do think that I have changed my mind on one thing, however. I think the Federal Government needs to be more involved in State welfare programs. There should be a baseline ban that States have to enforce, including the items listed in the article below.

Seriously, if you are living on taxpayer’s money, you should not be getting tattoos, going to casinos or visiting psychics. I would go a step further and ban alcohol, cigarettes and junk food if they are not banned already.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed “inconsistent with the intent” of the program.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Schwarzenegger sent a letter to county welfare directors Monday announcing that ATMS and point-of-sale card readers in such businesses will be removed from the network that accepts California’s Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.

Other businesses affected by the ban include bail bond establishments, bingo halls, cruise ships and tattoo parlors.

In June, Schwarzenegger barred welfare cards at casino ATMs following a Times report that CalWORKS cards were being used to withdraw cash in more than half the casinos in the state.

via Schwarzenegger bans welfare cards at psychics.