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Weiner Still Hard at It, Lewinsky Tape Leaked, Right-to-Die Defeat in UK: P.M. Links


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This Dutch Activist Was Arrested For Even Talking About Gay Rights in Russia
President Vladmir Putin’s government took yet another dark turn on human rights last month when Russia’s parliament unanimously passed a law banning gay “propaganda.” As sweeping in scope as it is troubling in content, the law criminalizes equating gay and straight relationships and bans distributing material about gay rights, including sharing any “propaganda” about “non-traditional sexual relations” with minors. It also imposes hefty fines and other penalties for individuals, non-profit organizations, media groups, and foreigners who break the law. Individuals who use the media or the internet to promote “non-traditional relations” can face fines of up to 100,000 roubles ($3,048), organizations can be fined up to 1,000,000 roubles ($30,481) and closed down for up to 90 days, and foreigners can be fined up to 100,000 roubles ($3,048), detained for up to 15 days, and deported. 
The international response to the Russian government’s latest LGBT crackdown has been encouraging, bizarre, and even a bit comical.
The U.S. State Department has said that it is “absolutely against” the new law and “very concerned by the overall direction in Russia” in regards to treatment of the LGBT community. The International Olympics Committee (IOC), which is preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, claims that it has “received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the [gay propaganda] legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games,” provoking the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to remind the IOC that it needs to try harder.
In the U.S., sex advice columnist Dan Savage has urged “queers and their allies” to “dump Russian vodka,” leading several gay bars to join the boycott of Russian vodka brands. The boycott, in turn, prompted Stolichnaya Vodka to profess its love for the LGBT community, while a leading Russian gay activist asserted that the boycott is “doomed to failure” because it fails to target homophobic lawmakers.
Meanwhile, inside Russia, LGBT individuals and organizations are already dealing with the brutal full force of the new law. Violence has ensued at several pride rallies and protests across the country, resulting in numerous detentions, injuries, and even deaths, including of a 23-year-old victim who was “raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed with a stone.” Just last week, a Russian neo-Nazi group brutally bullied and tortured a gay teenager after falsely advertising to meet the boy for a date. 
Given this dangerous backdrop, one might wonder why even the most dedicated LGBT rights activist would travel to Russia, knowing full well that any discussion of the topic could result in detention, fines, or worse. But Kris van der Veen, a 33-year-old Dutch LGBT rights activist-turned-filmmaker, decided that the risk of having personal stories untold far outweighed any danger to himself. After being followed, detained, interrogated, fined, hauled into court, and nearly unable to leave the country, Kris explained to me why he made the trip to Russia on July 17th — and why, even after the ordeal, he wants to go back.
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Russian lawmaker: We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games

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And World Net Daily is not happy about it!

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General Mills, widely known for throwing its considerable influence behind same-sex marriage, has now unleashed one of America’s most beloved icons, Betty Crocker, in the effort.
When Minnesota begins allowing homosexual duos to legally exchange marriage vows at midnight Thursday, a few couples will be treated to free wedding cake, compliments of Betty Crocker.
According to the homosexual advocacy organization GLAAD, “Betty Crocker is performing this donation as a part of ‘The Families Project.’”
The organization says that three couples visited the Betty Crocker kitchens in Golden Valley, Minn., to sample wedding cakes on Monday, in a blog post titled “Betty Crocker Toasts Marriage Equality With Wedding Cake Tasting.”
“The company states that it wanted ‘to celebrate with these families and mark this moment in the state’s history’,” says the GLAAD blog.
General Mills hasn’t been shy about promoting homosexual marriage, as WND has reported, including a rainbow-colored Oreo cookie.
“Families are changing a lot. But they’ve still got one thing in common – the love that makes a home,” says the General Mills website “The Family Project.”
“At Betty Crocker, we believe that a family is a family, no matter how it’s arranged,” it continues.
The site features a video highlighting what the multi-billion dollar food giant sees as important historical milestones.
“Marriage & Family have changed more in the last 35 years than in the last 350,” the company says.
The maker of Cheerios and Lucky Charms then reminds readers that “less than half of all households in the U.S. include a husband and wife” and highlights a claim that “the number of same-sex couples living together has increased by 800 percent since 2000.”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported: “The first same-sex couples to marry in the Twin Cities are savoring the moment – and the wedding cake.”
The paper said General Mills and the Edina, Minn., bakery Queen of Cakes are donating cakes to the first three couples to marry at Minneapolis City Hall the moment same-sex marriage becomes illegal.
General Mills took the opportunity to poke traditional marriage supporters with its comment that it was “easy to think of a homemaker as a stereotype from an earlier time.”
“And, to many of us, it seems like a homemaker can only be part of a certain kind of family. But these days, a homemaker is anyone who makes a home,” the company states.
The food giant notes 71 percent of Americans say that they have “old-fashioned values about marriage and family,” while quickly pointing out that “we” don’t really want to be “old-fashioned,” but simply want to be “together.”
That’s when the company says there’s a “new normal” when it comes to families.
General Mills say that the new family structure “makes us happy” and that the “love that exists between family members is a lot more important than how they’re arranged.”
The American company, which has generated revenue for a century selling products to American families, sees tradition dying out in favor of a new era of same-sex marriage.
The brand manager for Betty Crocker, Laura Forero, told Minnesota Public Radio that the image of “Betty” is constantly evolving, but diversity and inclusion are in the brand’s DNA.
“Celebrating these three families today, seemed very appropriate as Betty celebrates all families,” Forero said.
The National Organization for Marriage has a “Dump General Mills” campaign, which seeks to educate the American consumer about how the profits on food sales is spent by the company.
“I never thought that by eating Cheerios for breakfast I would be supporting gay marriage,” starts the organization’s sample petition signed by tens of thousands of people.
“Your decision to pander to same-sex marriage activists has forced me to choose between your food products and my conscience,” the petition says. “As long as food is produced by other companies my conscience is going to win out over the desire for another bowl of Lucky Charms.
“Until you stop supporting this radical social agenda I must, in good conscience, look for substitutes that I can purchase instead of the following brands.”
The group lists dozens of common food products that help support the undoing of traditional marriage.
  • Betty Crocker
  • Good Earth
  • Muir Glen
  • Big G Cereals
  • Green Giant
  • Nature Valley
  • Bisquick
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • Old El Paso
  • Bugles
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Pillsbury
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Jus-Rol
  • Pillsbury Atta
  • Cheerios
  • Kix
  • Progresso
  • Chex
  • Knack & Back
  • Total
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • La Saltena
  • Totino’s/Jeno’s
  • Diablitos Underwood
  • Larabar
  • Trix
  • Fiber One
  • Latina
  • V. Pearl
  • Food Should Taste Good
  • Liberte
  • Wanchai Ferry
  • Frescarini
  • Lucky Charms
  • Wheaties
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Yoplait
  • Gardetto’s
  • Monsters
  • Yoplait France
  • Gold Medal
  • Mountain High
The group also admonishes the corporation, saying in part, “It’s not the role of corporate management to unilaterally endorse a controversial political issue unrelated to a company’s core business.”
WND previously reported on a short-term boycott of Green Giant vegetables, called “No, No, No – Green Giant,” by Living Waters, not simply over the fight about “gay marriage,” but an issue it says is more important – “where people will spend eternity.”
“As with everything we do at Living Waters, loving God, loving people, and furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ is of first importance,” Living Waters says.
General Mills, meanwhile, moved aggressively when the Supreme Court recently struck a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/now-betty-crocker-gets-on-gay-marriage-train/#mUvuIQM6XPruzsMC.99 

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Moscow on the Potomac
(Russian Federation Embassy in Washington, D.C.)

Protest Russian Statism and Homophobia

2650 Wisconsin Avenue NW


    • 5:00pm until 6:30pm

  • Protest Russia’s treatment of the LGBT Community. Bring signs expressing our outrage at
    Vladimir Putin’s persecution of the LGBT community.

New York City
July 31


    • 7:00pm until 9:00pm

  • (reason-nyc-the-kennedy-chronicles.eventbrite.com)

  • Before working to expose the horrors of government intervention to millions of viewers at Reason.tv, Kennedy brought the cutting edge of culture into our living rooms during the 1990s through her outrageous segments as an MTV VJ, host of Alternative Nation, and on-the-spot correspondent for MTV News. In The Kennedy Chronicles, she gives us a backstage pass to the cable network that defined a generation. Join Kennedy and Reason to celebrate her new book—and get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a libertarian in a liberal world!

    *What: Book Party with Kennedy, author of “The Kennedy Chronicles”

    *When: Wednesday, July 31 from 7 pm – 9 pm

    *Where: Play Bar at the Museum of Sex in New York City

    *RSVP: reason.nyc@reason.org or online at http://reason-nyc-the-kennedy-chronicles.eventbrite.com/ by July 24

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July 31

NTUF Toasts Milton Friedman

In celebrating the life and work of the late economist Milton Friedman, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) invites members from across the country to take part in this year’s Milton Friedman Legacy Day. NTUF and our co-hosts at the Tax Foundation will provide both an online and in-person event so that all of our members can commemorate Friedman’s contributions to the economic freedom movement.
ONLINE: Taxpayers outside of the Washington, DC metro-area can go to our special webpage and vote for their preferred plan to reform the Tax Code. Then, you can give a shout out to other taxpayers on what part of Friedman’s legacy you celebrate. Entrants will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win a $50 iTunes gift card or other prizes! Anyone can cast their vote and show Congress which fundamental tax change they support.
The reforms highlighted in this year’s contest include:
  • FairTax
  • Flat Tax
  • National Transaction Tax
  • The Current Progressive Tax System
  • Value-Added Tax (VAT)
All you need to do is go to our special webpage and pick your favorite reform. Be sure to vote by the end of the Friedman Legacy Week (Friday, August 2nd)!
IN-PERSON: For individuals near the Beltway, NTUF and the Tax Foundation are hosting a gathering of Friedman enthusiasts at the Laughing Man Tavern in downtown Washington, DC. Be sure to stop by and cast your vote in person for a chance to win a $50 iTunes gift card!
  • Location: The Laughing Man Tavern
    Bottom Floor Game Room
    1306 G Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC, 20005
  • When: July 31, 2013
  • RSVP: Check out our event on Facebook!
The cosponsors will provide complementary drinks so that taxpayers can toast Mr. Friedman and his ideas.

August 4

Posted 3 days, 23 hours ago
The tide is turning against the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs. Tuesday, a diverse group of political advocacy groups and other associations filed suit against the NSA for “violating their First Amendment right of association by illegally collecting their call records.” Today, dozens of organizations including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and reddit will release a letterdemanding “dramatically increased transparency around U.S. government surveillance efforts.” Two-thirds of Americans support public congressional hearings on these programs. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee began such hearings, which AP described with the headline “NSA spying under fire.”
These organizations and the American people are right to fear the NSA’s secret and unconstitutional collection of private information, the threat of which goes beyond the illegality and the ongoing violation of your privacy. For instance, Edward Snowden demonstrated that the NSA’s internal safeguards are not effective at controlling their employees’ or their contractors’ access to information. Who knows what someone with different intentions but access to the same information might have done? Additionally, we’re setting the precedent that it’s OK for the government to violate our rights and privacy this way, and allowing our government to create more and more tools with which to do so. This brings us much closer to the wide-scale use of spying as a political tool, something oppressive governments have employed throughout history.
While yesterday’s hearings were a step in the right direction for Congress, it was also revealed that the NSA can look at telephone and Internet data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from “everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with.” As the momentum to challenge unconstitutional surveillance builds, the magnitude of the threat does as well. Both of these are strong reasons to increase efforts to spread awareness and pressure the government to take additional action.
George Orwell’s novel 1984 is a chilling vision of what might lie ahead if we don’t take action. While the technology used in the novel is different, the basic principles are the same. And while we may not live in a society like Orwell described this year, or next, that is only because of the vigilance we have shown in preventing it, and now that vigilance is needed as much as ever.
That’s why we’re calling August 4th “1984 Day.” From marches in NYC and Los Angeles to speeches by policymakers and whistleblowers in San Francisco, Restore the Fourth chapters across the country will be observing 1984 Day to remind policymakers that 1984 is a warning, not an instruction manual, and to warn Americans what might happen if they let themselves believe national security requires disregarding privacy, individual rights, and the rule of law.
Just as our protests on July 4th got the attention of the NSA as well as that of national and international media, 1984 Day’s events will serve as a reminder that our protests were not just a party. To capitalize on our great work two weeks ago, we must teach them that it was the start of a still-growing movement, one that will not stop until unconstitutional surveillance is ended. This will be Restore the Fourth’s second set of simultaneous nationwide events, but instead of each city hosting a protest, this time different local chapters will be experimenting with a variety of event types, from rallies to speaking engagements to street theater and much more. While some already have something scheduled, most of the local organizers that put together July 4th’s protests are convening now to decide what 1984 Day’s events will be. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter and check out the national Facebook event page so that you receive updates on newly scheduled events, especially if there isn’t one planned for your area yet. If you’re interested in helping, e-mailorganizing@restorethefourth.net and we’ll either put you in contact with those already working on it or set you up to take the lead yourself.
It’s 2013 and 1984 still hasn’t quite come. By working together on August 4th, we can make sure it doesn’t come in 2014 or any other year either.

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Chicago, Illinois

August 5

Alternative Nation: An Evening with Kennedy

Kennedy is best known as the host of MTV’s “Alternative Nation,” where she helped popularize alternative bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and many others. But Kennedy is alternative herself: she has a liberty-based, free market view of the world.
Kennedy now hosts a radio talk show in Los Angeles. She is also a contributor to Reason magazine and Reason TV, and a special contributor to multiple Fox News shows, including “Stossel” and “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.” She has spoken out on issues such as individual rights, ObamaCare and government intrusion.
Please join the Illinois Policy Institute in partnership with America’s Future Foundation, Chicago Young Republicans and Reason on August 5 for an evening with Kennedy at Sub 51. She will share her experiences as a libertarian in the entertainment industry.
Attendees who sign up for a new Illinois Policy Institute membership can pay $25 to attend – you will also receive one free drink ticket. General admission for all other attendees is $10.  Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres served.
Date: Monday, August 5th, 2013
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Sub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654 (lower level of Hub 51)
Cost: General admission $10
*Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres served

– See more at: http://americasfuture.org/blog/2013/07/alternative-nation-an-evening-with-kennedy/#sthash.DR5CWTzV.dpuf

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