Russian Pole-Vaulter Blames Anti-Gay Comments On Poor English, Insists She Opposes Discrimination Against Gays

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Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva who yesterday expressed outrage over Swedish high-jumper Emma Green Tregaro’s rainbow colored nails painted to show support for LGBT Russians is today backpedaling, claiming her remarks were misconstrued on account of her poor English, The Guardian reports:

“English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday,” she said.

“What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests. But
let me make it clear I respect the views of my fellow athletes and let
me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination
against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality [which is against
the Olympic charter].”

Meanwhile, there is now some question as to whether Isinbayeva will be allowed to keep her position as “mayor” of one the Olympic villages at Sochi given her recent remarks. The decision to remove her from that post, however, would have to come from the IOC:

The British heptathlete Louise Hazel called for her to be removed from
that position, but the IOC will not be making any rash decisions until
clarification has been received.

“You will appreciate that English
is not her first language so we want to be absolutely clear about what
she said and if that is what she ‘meant’ to say before we make further
comment,” a statement said.

via Towleroad News #gay http://www.towleroad.com/2013/08/russian-pole-vaulter-blames-anti-gay-comments-on-poor-english-insists-she-opposes-discrimination-aga.html

NEWS: NSA Surveillance, Katy Perry, Teen Sexting, Darren Young’s Boyfriend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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exceptional, you know. What happens with the royal family is that
they’re so kind, you know, and they make you at ease. They make you feel
comfortable. So it wasn’t difficult; it was a wonderful experience.
I’ll never forget.”

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interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.”

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Perry added. “I just don’t believe in your policies so that’s what a lot
of people should be doing.”

via Towleroad News #gay http://www.towleroad.com/2013/08/news-6.html

CIA Declassifies Area 51

Another blow to the conspiracy theorists.

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada’s Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes. The CIA’s story about the legendary test site is contained in “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs.” The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University’s National Security Archive back in 2005. The Groom Lake facility was also used for development of the U-2 spy plane’s successors, including the Lockheed A-12 Oxcart and the D-21 Tagboard. Later on, Area 51 served as a test site for the F-117 stealth fighter. To this day, the area surrounding the facility has been closely guarded, and the airspace is off-limits to civilian air traffic. Such high levels of secrecy, combined with the occasional sightings of strange aircraft, have fueled UFO tales for decades.

Oh, well. There’s always chemtrails.

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/08/cia-declassifies-area-51.html

Dems Fire Back At GOP Resolution

Earlier today the Republican National Committee approved a resolution calling for GOP presidential candidates to boycott CNN and NBC in 2016 because both networks are working on documentaries about Hillary Clinton.  The Democrats have fired back:

“After last year’s electoral losses, the RNC pledged to do a better job reaching out to the voters they had systematically alienated – like women, African Americans, LGBT Americans, Hispanics, and more. But instead of modifying their policies to actually present smart solutions for middle class families, the only thing the GOP can unite behind is a plan to continue to limit the audiences—and voters—to whom they will communicate.

“Now with reports that they are looking to have Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin moderate their debates, it raises questions about whether the RNC will ever be serious about outreach, or if they will continue to speak to — and for — the fringes of their party.

“It seems that Republicans don’t get it. If they truly want to connect with a broader audience, they need an agenda that fights for the middle class and is inclusive. Sadly, it appears that with today’s vote, their approach is to actually speak to even fewer voters. While the Republican Party and the RNC continue to have side-show debates, Democrats will continue to fight for a better bargain for middle class Americans.”

via Joe. My. God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/08/dems-fire-back-at-gop-resolution.html