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If you aren’t already familiar with Uganda’s anti-gay bill, I urge you to become informed. The bill mandates death for some gay acts and will become law this year. Ultimately, the people of Uganda have stated that they would like anyone who is living a gay lifestyle, murdered. The death penalty for loving someone of the same sex?! There are people out there who murder, rape, steal, cheat, lie, etc. and are given second chances, but because someone may love another who is not idealistic in their minds, they should be put to death?! I thought we had advanced enough to never see something like this actually pass. True, it is in Uganda and they are much more traditional, but I would have thought murdering someone for something so frivolous wouldn’t be approved by the majority.
Hate to admit, but this next bit of information is coming from Fox News:
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.
Ugandans “are demanding it,” she said, reiterating a promise she made before a meeting on Friday of anti-gay activists who spoke of “the serious threat” posed by homosexuals to Uganda’s children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as “a Christmas gift.”
“Speaker, we cannot sit back while such (a) destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation,” the activists said in a petition. “We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament … so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation.”
The anti-gay activists paraded in front of Kadaga, with parents and schoolchildren holding up signs saying homosexuality is “an abomination.” The speaker then promised to consider the bill within two weeks, declaring that “the power is in our hands.”
“Who are we not to do what they have told us? These people should not be begging us,” Kadaga said of activists who want the bill to become law.
Uganda’s penal code criminalizes homosexuality, but in 2009 a lawmaker with the ruling party said a stronger law was needed to protect Uganda’s children from homosexuals. Parliamentarian David Bahati charged at the time that wealthy homosexuals from the West were “recruiting” poor children into gay lifestyles with promises of money and a better life. Bahati believes his bill is sufficiently popular among lawmakers to pass without difficulty.
Some gay activists in Uganda are happy that so much light has been shed on this situation, because like Uganda, many African countries have criminalized homosexuality. It’s amazing that there are even gay activists out there fighting for their rights when there are such harsh consequences. Even here in California homosexuals can not legally be married, and we’re a liberal state.
The President, Barack Obama, has described this bill as “odious”, and many other European countries have threaded to cut aid to Uganda. I hope that many of these countries follow through and show Uganda that hate and their immoral decision to kill because of sexuality will not go unnoticed. I could never imagine living in a country with such disdain for who I was. Luckily, I live in America, where we’re still not equal, but getting closer everyday.
The fact that this man not only killed his nephew, but took his genitals, is what makes this one of the most interesting news stories I have heard this week. My biggest question is how police came to discover the genitals first, which then led them to find the deceased boy? I mean, if you have a dismembered penis in your wallet, I would think you would make sure to keep that away from authorities.
Johannesburg, South Africa (The Weekly Vice) – An unidentified 42-year-old South Africa man was jailed Sunday after the genitals of an 18-year-old nephew were found in his wallet. According to Eastern Cape province police, the disappearance of an 18-year-old Ngcobo man took a bizarre turn Sunday afternoon when detectives found the missing man’s genitals in a wallet belonging to his uncle. Investigators say detectives were interviewing the uncle about the disappearance when they discovered a dismembered penis in the man’s wallet. Pressed for answers, the uncle eventually led detectives to his nephew’s dead body. The body was missing a head, arms and legs, however those body parts were found a short distance away from the torso, according to police spokesperson Mzukisi Fatyela. Local police released few details about the case, however, they did not rule out the possibility that the murder might be classified as a “muti” killing. Muti killings involve the removal of body parts from a human body which are then used by witchdoctors in various potions. Demand for such body parts has become an ongoing problem in South Africa, particularly in the region surrounding Johannesburg.
I can’t believe people are still sacrificing people, cutting off their body parts and selling them, all so some witchdoctor can use it in a damn potion. Usually potions are used to help heal the sick or something along those lines. Death must come so others can stay well? This makes no sense. Those who are sick should donate their body parts to these “witchdoctors” once they’ve died as opposed to having crazy people go around killing and dismembering family members. And to think, I thought South Africa sounded like a nice place to visit. No, thank you.
A faithful dog has refused to leave the side of his dead master’s grave for six years, it was reported today. German shepherd, Capitan, ran away from home after the death of Argentinian, Miguel Guzman, in 2006. A week later, Mr Guzman’s family went to pay their respects and found the heartbroken pet sitting by his owner’s grave, wailing.
Since then the grieving dog has rarely left the spot at the cemetery in the town of Villa Carlos Paz, central Argentina. Mr. Guzman bought Capitan as a present for his 13-year-old son, Damian, in 2005. Damian’s father died suddenly in March the next year, but by the time his family had returned home from the funeral, Capitan was gone.
‘We searched for him but he had vanished. We thought he must have got run over and died.
‘The following Sunday we went to the cemetery and Damian recognised his pet. Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing, as if he were crying.’
‘We had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery how he managed to find the place.
‘We went back the next Sunday, and he was there again. This time, he followed us home and spent a bit of time with us, but then went back to the cemetery before it started getting dark.
‘I don’t think he wanted to leave Miguel on his own at night.’
The cemetery’s director Hector Baccega remembers the day he first saw the dog.
‘He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master.
‘During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave stays there all night.’
Former President George W. Bush as well as other members of his administration have been convicted in absentia of war crimes in Malaysia. This is the first time that something of this magnitude has occurred. Although Malaysia has been the only country to deliver a guilty verdict, they are hoping that more countries follow their example. In fact, former President George W. Bush canceled his trip to Switzerland, due to possibly being charged with war crimes. He can’t be arrested on American soil, so staying put seems the smartest decision at this point. If more countries vote the administration guilty of war crimes, then there would be no choice but to hold a trial and see if they would be convicted in the International court.
This past Friday, a five panel tribunal delivered a unanimous guilty verdict after a week long trial that, unsurprisingly, was not covered by American media. The witnesses included several ex-Guantanamo detainees that gave testimony on the conditions and human rights violations that were systematically carried out under orders of the Bush administration.
Former President Bush, Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo that crafted the legal ‘justification’ for torture that basically said, ‘we can if we want to even if it’s illegal’ were the defendants. None were present, of course, but international war crime trials do not require the presence of the accused. The trial was run according to the standards set by the Nuremberg Trials to convict war criminals after World War II.
Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said, “The tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.
President Lamin told a packed courtroom: “As a tribunal of conscience, the tribunal is fully aware that its verdict is merely declaratory in nature. The tribunal has no power of enforcement, no power to impose any custodial sentence on any one or more of the 8 convicted persons. What we can do, under Article 31 of Chapter VI of Part 2 of the Charter is to recommend to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission to submit this finding of conviction by the tribunal, together with a record of these proceedings, to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.
The problem that I have with all of this, is not that Bush is getting in trouble, because I very much dislike the man, but rather that he is getting in trouble for doing the same thing that other countries are doing to our war prisoners. They are WAR prisoners and were intending on killing many of us. Why should we treat them with dignity and respect? Furthermore, would they treat US with the same respect we’re expected to give?
- George W. Bush, Dick Cheney Convicted Of War Crimes (sgtreport.com)
- Bush, Cheney, Convicted Of War Crimes – In Malaysia (alan.com)
- Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia | Foreign Policy Journal (tribuneofthepeople.com)
- War Tribunal Finds Bush, Cheney Guilty of War Crimes | Common Dreams (2012indyinfo.com)
- Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia (sott.net)
- War Tribunal Finds Bush, Cheney Guilty of War Crimes (commondreams.org)
- Bush Found Guilty Of War Crimes (zionistoutrage.com)
- Bush Officials Guilty of War Crimes Says Malaysian Tribunal (redstateprogressive.com)
There’s really not much to say about this other than the Syrian regime is out of control. This isn’t something new, but it is something that has been ignored for far too long. Why is it we choose to step up and help those in need, but only in countries were we can gain something? If we really do believe in helping humanity, then we should have forces here in Syria, Darfur and many other places. But, sadly we aren’t a nation that cares about humanity, we’re a nation whose primary concern is financial gain and staying in power. Watching a man be buried alive is sickening. And to think, this is just one man the regime has killed.
- New Syrian group claims legitimacy to rival SNC (dailystar.com.lb)
- Syria blames rebels for blast that killed 16 (sacbee.com)
- Activists: Syrian forces resume shelling (sacbee.com)
- Son of former Syrian PM wants to form government in exile (timesofisrael.com)
- Syrian rebels strike in Damascus (independent.co.uk)
This is a beautiful video that shows just how “normal” homosexuality is and how we deserve the right to get married just like any other “normal” couple. Being gay is something that people in every country have to deal with; How that country deals with homosexuality varies. Our concern of ending discrimination shouldn’t just be taking place in our own countries, but also those around us that have a fighting chance of making a change.
I love my girlfriend. It’s an honest, loyal, respectful relationship and I want to show the child(ren) we plan to have that we are no different from anyone else. We are loving parents who would do anything for them, regardless of the fact that our country, who should be taking care of us, has refused to do so. We are strong-willed people who will not stop fighting for our freedom. End the fight and allow us the freedoms, not privileges, that other people get without question.
music: Oliver Tank – Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion
- Guyanese, resist all calls to discriminate! (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- Uganda’s President Claims ‘There Is No Discrimination, There Is No Persecution’ Of Gay People (thinkprogress.org)
- -City in Kansas May Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings? (answersforthefaith.com)
- The man who believes he can help gay people turn straight (telegraph.co.uk)
- Battle for Marriage is Center Stage in New Hampshire (americanclarion.com)
- Iranian cleric: LGBT are inferior to dogs and pigs (rawstory.com)
- Ugandan President Denies Anti-Gay Discrimination Exists: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Bryan Fischer: Romney’s gay spokesman a security risk (rawstory.com)
Yes, this may be a marketing ploy from Nike. Yes, maybe it is “well-coordinated spontaneity on behalf of Nike’s marketing dept.” But, ultimately, it’s a video showing two men traveling to and from many different countries in just 10 days and having an extraordinary time. If you choose to critique this video, that’s your choice; Although, it’s also my choice to take this video as inspiration, NOT to go and buy a Nike product, but instead, to go travel and explore our planet. There is so much out there and so few of us are able to see it all, or even some for that matter. And it’s obviously filmed and edited very well, which makes it that much more amazing. Kudos to Max Joseph and Casey Neistat.
we shot this in 10 days, just the two of us.
Max, my friend in the movie, is a talented filmmaker, he edited this movie. check him out http://www.maxjoseph.com/‘
- Traveling Around the World in 10 Days Looks Like the Most Fun You Can Ever Have [Video] (gizmodo.com)
- Video: Filmmakers ‘Make It Count’ By Circling The Globe In 10 Days (gadling.com)
- Nike Free – I Would Run to You (Short Film) (thegallant.com)
- Nike, I Love You. (sweettoothrunner.com)
- See The Nike Commercial Filmed In Collinsville, IL (fox2now.com)
- Awesomesauce | ‘Heymoonshaker’ Short Film, David Crowe Dubstep Beatboxing (thinksoul25.com)