Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Listen to WORT-FM on your iPhone and iPod Touch with the Public Radio
Tuner iPhone application. WORT-FM and many other public radio stations
are all available to stream on your iPhone or iPod Touch when you
install the free Public Radio Tuner application from the iTunes App Store.
Where it works:
The Public Radio Tuner application works on all iPhones and iPod
Touches. However, some station streams with a high bitrate (128k or
higher) will perform best when using a wifi or 3G connection. Streams
that are 64k or lower will play with a wifi, 3G, or EDGE network connection.
How to get it:
From your iPhone or iPod Touch:
1. From your iPhone or iPod Touch, click the App Store icon.
2. From the App Store, click the Search feature.
3. Type "public radio" and click Search. Public Radio Tuner will
appear in the search results.
4. Click Public Radio Tuner. A description of the Public Radio Tuner
5. Click the Free button. It changes to an Install button.
6. Click the Install button.
7. Wait for the Public Radio Tuner application to be installed.
8. Click the Public Radio Tuner icon from the iPhone or iPod Touch
Home screen and listen!
From the iTunes Store:
1. Go to the App Store section of the iTunes Store.
2. Search for "public radio" and the Public Radio Tuner will appear
in the search results.
3. Click the Get App button on the Public Radio Tuner application page.
4. After the application is finished downloading to your computer,
sync your iPhone or iPod touch with your iTunes account to add the
Public Radio Tuner application to your iPhone.
5. Click the Public Radio Tuner icon from the iPhone or iPod Touch
Home screen and listen!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In Alaska, last weekend - a suspicious fire virtually destroyed the Wasilla Bible Church, house of worship to former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Parishioners were in the church at the time the fire was noticed but no one was injured. Firefighters battled for about eight hours in minus-20 degree temperatures to completely extinguish the blaze that began at the front door.
The anchorage daily news is reporting that Palin went to the church Saturday to apologize to pastors in case the estimated $1 million fire damages, suspected as arson, were connected to the negative attention the church has received since the governor's involvement with John McCain's presidential campaign.
With an investigation in progress, the authorities will not comment or theorize. But rightwing bloggers are already theorizing that it’s possible that this arson is the work of the—(drum roll, please)—“anti-Prop 8 Mafia.” More, I’m sure, to follow.
Hong Kong held its first official gay-pride parade last weekend—quite revolutionary for a country that rarely acknowledges homosexuality, let alone celebrates it. Approximately 1,000 parade-goers stopped traffic, filled the streets and spread their message to "celebrate love." A rainbow-colored dragon bobbed over the heads of men donning dresses and dancing to "celebrate pride," which warbled through a loudspeaker in the center of the city. Also, men with red-feathered tiaras chanted, "Pride parade! Pride parade! Pride parade!" in Cantonese and English while marching through Hong Kong’s congested Hennessey road waving multicolored pride flags.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1991, after more than a decade of discussion. But a stigma remains, as do discriminatory statutes with double standards, such as older age-of-consent laws and cases of discrimination against homosexuals in the workforce and housing.
Senior transition officials say Obama will nominate Arne Duncan to be Education Secretary tomorrow at his 11:45 a.m. (ET) news conference in Chicago.
Duncan has worked in the Chicago Public Schools for ten years and was named CEO of the system by Mayor Richard Daley in 2001. He supports merit pay for administrators and teachers; money for teacher retraining, recruitment and classroom infrastructure; and was the lead proponent for the proposed Chicago-based high school for LGBT youth, Social Justice Pride Campus.
Several gay rights organizations are urging the president elect to select labor activist Mary Beth Maxwell, founder of American Rights at Work, for labor secretary.
Maxwell has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win Federation, and the Human Rights Campaign.
According to the Associated Press, other possible contenders for the post are Ed McElroy, former president of the American Federation of Teachers; Linda Chavez-Thompson, a former AFL-CIO vice president; Maria Echaveste, former Clinton White House adviser; and Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.
Nancy Sutley will become the first LGBT appointment of the Obama administration.
The president-elect announced Monday that Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley will be a senior member of his environmental team, as the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Sutley has previously served in various roles on the federal and state level for environmental agencies, including as adviser to former California Governor Gray Davis, a member of the California Water Resources Control Board, and the state environmental agency's deputy secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations. She also worked for Hillary Clinton during her primary bid for the presidency and was the campaign chair for the LGBT Steering Committee in California.
Gay rights groups are praising the nomination as another step toward full equality for gay Americans.
Not to be overlooked, the other appointments—although not gay—are worth noting. The environmental team is being touted as the “green” dream team and also includes physicist Steven Chu, who was named Secretary of Energy, and Lisa Jackson, selected to head the Environmental Protection Agency. And just today Carol Browner was announced as Obama’s pick for energy czar. In making the announcements, Obama said, "This time has to be different. This time we cannot fail."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The teenager was at the suburban Cincinnati jail on Valentine's Day 2003 on a traffic-related charge. The jailers made comments to the boy that he looked effeminate and would make a good "girlfriend" for the other inmates. They then put him in a group cell, where he was repeatedly raped.
One of the jailers got a 15-year sentence, while the other received 14 years. Their supervisor received seven years.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
University of Washington Student Paper Publishes Juvenile Anti-Gay Defamation
A November 25 op-ed in the University of Washington's student newspaper The Daily likened marriage for same-sex couples to bestiality, among other defamatory comparisons. The column was illustrated with a highly offensive graphic of a man standing next to a sheep. In the column, writer John Fay repeatedly makes a series of offensive statements about the gay community throughout the op-ed, titled "Gay marriage? Let's stop and think about this." After making a host of illogical arguments, he suggests that "homosexuality is more of an emotional condition," claiming that if same-sex couples are given the right to marry, "why not polygamy, incest, bestiality or any other form of union? If the only criteria is that people love each other, then who says it's wrong for a 70-year-old man to marry 10 underage girls?" Such ignorant remarks serve to distract and sensationalize rather than focus on the real issue of extending protections for same-sex couples in marriage.
GLAAD urges you to contact John Fay and The Daily and let them know that publishing such grossly offensive commentary and defamatory imagery is unacceptable.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
To lead in our interview with Cindi, our engineer Patrick played "A Change is Gonna Come" by The Gits.
Some items Brian covered in our News in Brief:
- The Episcopal Diocese of L.A. has officially condoned the blessing of same-sex unions.
- The Vatican opposed a UN resolution calling for decriminalization of homosexuality and decrying discrimination based on sexual orientation, with one representative calling it representative of the "modern savagery that will dismantle our society from the inside out.” But many Catholics around the world and at St. Peter's Square publicly protested the stance.
- The Iowa Supreme Court began hearing arguments yesterday about the legality of withholding civil marriage rights from same-sex couples. The suit has been winding through the Iowa courts for three years.