Bobby Brown Files for Guardianship Over Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Estate

Bobby Brown Files for Guardianship Over Bobbi Kristina Brown's Estate

Bobby Brown Files for Guardianship Over Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Estate

And they are off….Bobby Brown has filed for guardianship over his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate, 11 Alive News reports.

David W. Long, the attorney for Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother Cissy Houston released a statement saying:

This is a family matter involving sensitive information. We hope to resolve this in a manner that is respectful of Bobbi Kristina’s sensitive health information. The Houston family has always looked out for the best interest of Bobbi Kristina Brown. The family has done so all of her life and will continue to do so. We trust that others have the same objective.

Bobbi Kristina was moved from Emory University Hospital to DeKalb Medical Center after she was found unresponsive and face-dwn in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31.

 

Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake

Sweet Cakes fined

Sweet Cakes Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake (Photo Credit: SweetCakes.com)

An Oregon judge ruled that a lesbian couple turned away by baker who refused to make their wedding cake on religious grounds, should receive $135,000 for their emotional suffering, the Oregonian reports.

The administrative law judge Alan McCullough for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, should collect $75,000 and $60,000 respectively from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The proposed order was released on April 24.

“State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has the final authority to raise, lower or leave the proposed damages as is,” the Oregonian reports.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, who own the bakery, refused to bake their cake on grounds that it was against their religious beliefs. The couple closed their store in 2013.

Samaritan’s Purse founder Franklin Graham is appealing for donations to help the couple and others, who he said are being persecuted.

 

Robert Downey Jr. Accused for Racist Comment About Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Robert Downey Jr. Accused for Racist Comment About Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Robert Downey Jr. Accused for Racist Comment About Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. has been accused of making a racist comment about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Downey, who is promoting his latest movie, “Age of Ultron,” was asked what he thought of Inarritu’s claim that superhero movies were “cultural genocide.”

Downey told The Guardian: “Look I respect the heck out of him. I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.” Wow.

Robert Downey Jr. was blasted on Twitter — called racist and ignorant.

Bruce Jenner: “I Am a Woman” and “Can’t Pull Back Curtain Any More”

Bruce Jenner:  "I Am a Woman" and "Can't Pull Back Curtain Any More"

Bruce Jenner: “I Am a Woman” and “Can’t Pull Back Curtain Any More”

Bruce Jenner: The Interview

Bruce Jenner publicly told the world, “To all intents and purposes, I am a woman”as he comes out as a transgender during an interview with Diane Sawyer. When asked why now at age 65, he said, “I can’t pull back the curtain anymore.”

He said, “My brain is much more female than it is male. That’s what my soul is. Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I can’t do it anymore.”

He said that at age eight or nine, he wanted to do something he had never done before — put on a dress. Bruce Jenner said at that time he didn’t know why he was doing besides “it just made me feel good.” He said he did put on his sister’s dress and went outside, wearing his mother’s scarf to cover his short hair.

Jenner said he told his first wife, Christie, about his “issues” and that he likes to cross-dress. They broke up after a few years. He got married a second time, this time to Linda Thompson. They ended up in counselling and then broke up. Jenner said gender was the reason for their break-up.

Bruce Jenner started taking hormones in the 1980s and took estrogen for five years. He started to alter his appearance at that time.

Jenner says when he married @KrisJenner she saw him dressed in women’s clothing. But didn’t she say she didn’t know he wanted come out as transgender? #BruceJennerABC. Did he diss her during the interview saying, “I lovED her?”

He said due to the constant hounding by the paparazzi, he began to contemplate suicide, but said he wanted to see how the story ended.


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Pastor Charles Stanley’s Anti-Gay Views Akin to Self-Righteous Pharisees

Pastor Charles Stanley's Anti-Gay Views Akin to Self-Righteous Pharisees

Pastor Charles Stanley’s Anti-Gay Views Akin to Self-Righteous Pharisees (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Southern Baptist preacher Charles Stanley recently made news when he declined an award from a Jewish organization because of his anti-gay views. For many years, I read his In Touch devotional everyday. Well, that ended when he said “AIDs was God’s punishment to America for accepting homosexuality” He said homosexuality is “destructive” and “separate for God.” His books and Bible study guides were a major part of my spiritual journey in the early years but that was for naught. There is a big disconnect with his teachings and what Jesus would do with regard to the LGBT community.

“Some proclaim they are living a gay lifestyle, but nothing is happy or gay about the destructive behavior of homosexuality,” he wrote in his 2007 book, Landmines in the Path of a Believer. “Anything that opposes the principles written in God’s Word leads to one ending—the end Solomon mentioned, a place of extreme emptiness where wind and sorrow breach the soul. Ultimately it ends in a place of extreme emotional sorrow and separation from God.” Source: Christianity Today

While I agree that we have the right to our opinions and religious freedom, with regard to the definition of marriage, it’s disingenuous, at best, to embrace the right to discriminate against any group of people. It’s one thing to say you believe that marriage should b between a man and a woman. It makes the argument of the right wing evangelicals laughable because they are willing to engage in discrimination again. Have we learned nothing from the dark days of racial unrest in this country when blacks were denied basic rights because of the color of their skin.

The U.S. Constitution affords us inalienable rights and that goes for the gay community as well. We don’t get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution we choose to uphold. Hiding behind religion is certainly not going to give people like Charles Stanley and other right wing evangelicals a basis to dance around discrimination.

Stanley says homosexuals will not get to heaven unless they stopped being gay. He said, “There is no peace, no joy, no happiness no matter what they say.” “And medical research has proven absolutely unquestionably that a person can be freed from homosexual activity if they want to.” Sounds like the views of the Scribes and Pharisees.

Stanley’s doctrinal position regarding homosexuality and other issues are very flawed, but he seems to be digging in. He once claimed that America was heading for Socialism, while subtly laying the blame at the feet of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama.

“There is a tide that has touched the shores of our land and reached the heart of our nation,” he said against the backdrop of the U.S. flag. “It is a tide that is bringing with it ideas and philosophies, actions and attitudes that will ultimately destroy the way of life that you and I have.” The influential pastor and founder of In Touch Ministries listed 12 things involved in the tide. Among them are the financial crisis and the move toward socialism……

“The tide is bringing in a control that will indeed attempt to silence the truth and will attempt to squash the religious devotion and worship of the people of God.” That tide began creeping in many years ago, he noted, when the government and the courts began banning prayer at schools and removing references to Jesus, God and the Ten Commandments from the public square, Stanley noted. “It is an attempt to destroy the Christian spirit in America,” he said.

“There is a war going on against Jesus,” he declared. “It’s part of the strategy. The primary reason for this war against Him is He is interfering with the plan to make this a socialist nation. Mark it down. It is the truth.”

Among the other elements of the dangerous tide are: terrorism, turning our backs on Israel, the announcement that the United States is not a Christian nation, increasing national disasters, a departure from the biblical view of marriage, and support for killing the unborn, Stanley listed. Source: Christian Post

He talks about turning our backs on Israel, but how about the apartheid-like treatment of the Palestinians and black migrants to Israel? Surely that Lord must be displeased. I am not here to make a case to boycott Dr. Stanley. He has the right to free speech, but we don’t have to support him or his right wing views. So, I will no longer read his devotionals or support his ministry. He has a history of making virulent homophobic statements.

Dr. Stanley’s son, Andy Stanley, who leads North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA., recently said that “church should be the safest place in the world” for gay youth. I don’t know where he stands on gay marriage but I do know, as a member of his church, that he will not turn gays and lesbians away from worshiping at North Point. Though he seems to have taken a soft landing on homosexuality, I have found him to be a man who stands for diversity.

Fans React to Shonda Rhimes Killing Off McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy”

Patrick Dempsey character killed off Grey's Anatomy

Fans React to Shonda Rhimes Killing Off McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy” (Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus, ABC)

Fans did not take too kindly to Shonda Rhimes killing off Patrick Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, from “Grey’s Anatomy” shocker last night. Dempsey’s exit is major and it literally broke the Internet last night. Shonda Rhimes and #GreysAnatomy are trending on Twitter and other social media sites.

In a statement Rhimes said, “Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character – for Meredith, for me and for the fans.” She added, “I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy’.”

“Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true – of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.”

McDreamy’s fans weren’t trying to hear that. Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Damon Clay in Medically Induced Coma After Pot of Boiling Rice Thrown on Him

atlanta teen coma boiling rice

Atlanta Teen Damon Clay in Coma After Pot of Boiling Rice Thrown on Him (Photo Credit: WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

An Atlanta teen is on life support in a medically induced coma after he was burned over 70 percent of his body when two other teens threw a pot of boiling rice on him as he slept.

The teen has been identified as Damon Clay. His attackers, Quintavious Barber, 19, and Malik Moton, 18, are facing aggravated assault and cruelty to children charges.

The teens accused Damon Clay, 17, of stealing a Playstation 3 game console. They waited until he was asleep to throw the boiling rice on him.

Clay, who has had brushes with the law including being jailed for burglary, was supposed to have been supervised by a minister who promised him shelter and guidance. His family said that did not happen.

Ben Affleck Admits Asking PBS to Bar Mention of Slave-Owning Ancestor

Ben Affleck slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck Admits Asking PBS to Bar Mention of Slave-Owning Ancestor (Photo Credit: Facebook via Ben Affleck)

Actor Ben Affleck admits he demanded that PBS genealogy show, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” bar any mention of his slave-owning ancestor out of “embarrassment.” Um, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had a similar revelation and didn’t have it from the world. It was included in his segment.

Wikileaks released the emails which were a part of the Sony hack. The emails between top Sony executive Michael Lynton and Henry Louis Gates Jr. focused on the quandary Gates found himself in over Affleck’s demands. The show would eventually cave to the actor’s request and did not mention the ancestor when the segment aired in October.

In a Facebook post, Affleck admitted he did lobby for the “embarrassing” finding not to be included in the episode. He wrote, “After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for ‘Finding Your Roots,’ it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves. I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.”

Affleck continued, “I lobbied [the producer] the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip [the show’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr.] agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it’s his show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to be his friend and proud to have participated.”

He wrote, “Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable.” “The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.”

“We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery,” Affleck wrote. “It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”

 

Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views

Atlanta Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views

Atlanta Pastor Charles Stanley Declines Award After Jews Question Anti-Gay Views (Photo Credit: Facebook via In Touch Ministries)

Pastor Charles Stanley slammed for anti-gay views

Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley was slammed for his anti-gay views and has declined an award for his support of Israel.

Stanley, whose son Andy Stanley leads megachurch North Point Community Church, was set to accept an award from the Jewish National Fund on Thursday, April 23.

JNJ spokesman Adam Brill said, “Dr. Stanley feels that he did not want to see any further controversy and I think it’s a laudable and heartfelt decision, and we totally support and embrace it.”

Charles Stanley had recently submitted a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court against legalizing same-sex marriage.

Stanley “has publicly called AIDS God’s punishment for America’s acceptance of homosexuality, according to a letter signed by 240 people to JNF Southeast region leaders. He also called homosexuality a “destructive behavior.”

The letter continues, “He has said that ‘God does not agree with the lifestyle of the homosexual’ and that accepting gay people is ‘an act of disobedience to God.'”

I wonder how Andy Stanley feels about his dad’s views? Just last week he said that church should be the safest place on the planet for gay youth.

Milton GA Man Douglas Laponzina Arrested After Calling Black Residents “N*ggers” & Threatening to Shoot Them

Milton GA Man Douglas Laponzina Arrested After Calling Black Residents "N*ggers" & Threatening to Shoot Them

Milton GA Man Douglas Laponzina Arrested After Calling Black Residents “N*ggers” & Threatening to Shoot Them (Photo Credit: Fulton County/2011)

Milton GA resident Douglas Laponzina used racial slurs

Racial hatred rears it ugly head in the north Fulton county city of Milton, Ga. Douglas Todd Laponzina, who is white, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and impersonating a public officer after he accosted three black individuals in 13000 block of Sunfish Bend in Milton, Ga., Monday night. He allegedly used racial slurs to the three individuals.

According to the incident report, Douglas Laponzina accosted Jason McDonald as he skateboarded on Sunfish Bend, along with Tyara Hooks and Symaryae Myers. He allegedly told them, “if you f*cking n*ggers don’t get out of the street, I am going to call the cops.” He drove to his residence and “emerged from the rear of his house with what appeared to be a shotgun,” the incident report said. Laponzina then pointed the gun at the three individuals. McDonald told the Officer C. C. Sproles, who reported to the scene, that Laponzina told them “he was an officer of the law” while holding a gun in his hand.

One of the victims recorded the frightening encounter using a cellphone, which showed Douglas Laponzina’s aggressive behavior.  Hooks said she ran because she feared for her life. They all said they feared the encounter would turn physical because Laponzina threatened to shoot them. The victims say he reeked of alcohol and appeared to be inebriated.

In addition to arresting warrants on aggravated assault and impersonating an officer, the Officer C.C. Sproles applied for a search warrant for his residence on Sunfish Bend, in search of the firearm involved in the altercation with the black residents. Police found several firearms inside his home, including 9 mm Luger/Tec-9, Daisy 188 BB pellet gun, Romanian SAR 1 (AK-47) and another pellet gun.

Douglas Laponzina engaged in similar behavior at Wild Wings Cafe in Alpharetta in October, 2014, during which he engaged in aggressive behavior with a firearm toward another individual.