Diplomas Withheld At Graduation Ceremonies

Don’t get too excited about high school graduation. Doing so may cost your graduate his diploma. Or even worse: It may land you behind bars.

In Florence, S.C., Sharon Cooper was cuffed and taken to jail when she cheered for her graduating daughter, Iesha Cooper. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Reportedly, parents were told to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony.

“It got to the point where people were hollering and then grabbing their things immediately to leave. I think EVERY person that acted this way should at least be fined and if taken to jail is what the police officer thought was needed then so be it,” wrote parent Tiffany Bell Dawkins on a local news site. You can see the conversation here.

In Mount Healthy, Ohio, senior Anthony Cornist had his diploma withheld because his family was too loud as he walked across the stage. The principal wrote in a letter to Cornist, “I will be holding your diploma in the main office due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call.”

In addition, the football player got sacked with 20 hours of community service. In order to be awarded his diploma, he must serve the 20 hours.

“I have no clue where the logic comes in,” said his mother, Traci Cornist.

At McMinn County High School in Tennessee, diplomas were withheld because students decorated their caps. According to the graduates, more than 50 diplomas were withheld. Several graduates were ordered to complete community service.

40 Innocent People Cuffed After Bank Robbery

In an attempt to apprehend a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Aurora, Colo., every adult at an intersection was detained. Some people were held for more than two hours. The cops had a “virtual certainty” the culprit was at the intersection.

When asked to describe a “virtual certainty,” Police Chief Daniel Oates explained that a virtual certainty is “a virtual certainty. That’s the language I’m using.”

The suspect was eventually apprehended, but the strategy of the police department raises questions about personal liberties.

Legal expert Jim Miller weighed in: “The concern is that the officers involved couldn’t point to any of these people they stopped and say ‘here’s my articulable suspicion for believing you did something wrong.’ They could individually file their lawsuits for false arrests.”

Oates apologized to innocent bystanders, but was quick to note that the end justifies the means.

“The law is clear that investigative detentions are lawful for a reasonable period of time,” he said. “Reasonableness is determined by the facts and circumstances at issue, and the facts and circumstances were the suspect was in one of 19 cars.”

Bon Jovi Flies To New York On Air Force One

In the 1994 chart topper “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” Jon Bon Jovi boasted of riding on a steel horse. His mode of transportation has changed. On Monday, the rocker flew to New York on Air Force One.

A White House official said that Bon Jovi was a “guest of the President.” Bon Jovi’s trip was paid for courtesy of the Obama campaign because he was scheduled to play at a fundraising event held in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Since reaching the national stage, Obama has been criticized by conservatives for his affinity for celebrities. Obama’s plane ride with Bon Jovi comes a month after a dinner with George Clooney. Earlier in the year, Obama held a fundraiser at director Spike Lee’s New York townhouse.

On June 14, “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker will be hosting a fundraiser for the President alongside Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The first nationally televised Obama campaign advertised the fundraiser Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards. Parker touts her support of “that guy” who “ended the war in Iraq… and who says you should be able to marry anyone you want… and who created 4 million new jobs.”

But Obama’s celebrity socializing may not land him as many votes in 2012 as it did in 2008.

“All our polling shows an increased level of frustration with the pace of change, with the control of money and corporate interests in our political process,” said Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, an organization that organizes young people to participate in politics. “The question for the president will be not whether he uses celebrity spokespeople, but how he uses them and what kind of message they convey. People are worse off than they were four years ago. So it’s not just a straight to camera ‘go vote’ campaign. They need to leverage celebrities to actually talk about the issues.”

Government Agency Denies The Existence Of Zombies

There are plenty of reasons a U.S. citizen should become a prepper, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, zombie attacks shouldn’t be one of them.

In an email sent to Huffington Post, spokesman David Daigle wrote: “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”

Recent events have triggered an online stir which has resulted in speculation that a zombie apocalypse is upon us. On Friday, “zombie apocalypse” was the third most popular search on Google.

It all started last week when Rudy Eugene of Miami ate a homeless man’s face. Then on Tuesday, Alexander Kinyua of Maryland allegedly admitted to eating parts of his roommate’s heart and brain. After that, the story broke of Luke Rocco Magnotta, a gay porn actor who killed his partner and ate his flesh.

In other disturbing news, a man in New Jersey stabbed himself and threw pieces of his intestines at police—zombie like behavior, according to some.

A man in Miami got in on the action by pretending to be a zombie and chasing people on the streets of the city. The video went viral.


If you don’t believe Daigle’s denial, visit the website of Westlake Ace Hardware of Kansas. Their zombie preparedness center will equip you with the essentials in the case of a zombie attack.

Trump Blasts Mainstream Media, Questions Obama’s Birth Certificate

During a speech on Saturday, Donald Trump conveyed that Mitt Romney might have a chance in November if the media would quit lying.

While speaking at the North Carolina Republican Convention, Trump said that reporters are “really dishonest.” He added that “the biggest thing Mitt Romney has to fear is the press. They don’t tell the truth.”

Staying true to form, Trump also questioned the birthplace of President Barack Obama. The State of Hawaii recently responded to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s request to provide proof that Obama was born in Hawaii. Bennett claimed he received a satisfactory response, but an original Obama birth certificate has still not be released.

Trump still has questions. He believes Obama’s college records would herald the truth.

“There’s one line called ‘place of birth.’ I’d like to see what he said. It would be very interesting. I don’t care what his marks were. I don’t care if he had good marks, I’d just like to see ‘place of birth,’” said the real-estate mogul. “Perhaps it’s going to say Hawaii. Perhaps it’s going to say Kenya.”

“I’m sure I’ll get in trouble for some the things I said, but I don’t care,” he added.

Green Lantern Is Gay

When a new DC Comics comic book comes out, the main character will as well. Wednesday’s issue of “Earth 2” depicts the Green Lantern passionately kissing his boyfriend.

“He’s very much the character he was. He’s still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He’s also gay,” said writer James Robinson.

The Green Lantern made his first appearance in July 1940. Alan Scott, the man behind the mask, is portrayed as a younger man in the upcoming series — too young to have a son, as he does in other issues.

“By making him younger, that son was not going to exist anymore,” Robinson said. So Robinson thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make the Green Lantern gay.

Previously, the Green Lantern had a gay son who was also a superhero, Obsidian. Robertson is responsible for the creation of that character as well. Obsidian was featured in the first gay kiss in comic books in 1998.

“He’s fearless and he’s honest to the point where he realized he was gay and he said `I’m gay,'” Robinson noted, referring to the new Green Lantern.

LGBT groups believe gay superheroes will empower gay youths.

“Today’s LGBT young people can see gay characters in comics, movies and many TV shows who show them that they too can grow up to be parents, leaders, or even superheroes,” said GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro.

Mayor Combating Obesity Promotes Doughnuts

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor who doesn’t want citizens slurping a sugary soft drink, is OK with the good people of New York City scarfing down massive doughnuts. Bloomberg presented a proclamation recognizing Friday as National Donut Day.

Bloomberg was one of many involved in the fattening festivities. Entenmann’s Bakery unveiled doughnuts one foot in diameter and a year’s supply of free doughnuts was given away. Across the country, participating Krispy Kreme stores gave free doughnuts to customers, and Dunkin’ Donuts offered a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink. The day was made official by a proclamation letter from Bloomberg.

On Thursday, the day before National Donut Day, Bloomberg launched an attack against sugary drinks. At a press conference, the Bloomberg Administration was asked if mixed messages were being sent. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs responded. In a statement that contained the word “um” five times, she said that public events like National Donut Day are “quite distinct from a public health agenda.”

When Matt Lauer of “Today” asked the Mayor about the seeming hypocrisy, Bloomberg responded: “One doughnut’s not going to hurt you. In moderation, most things are OK.”

In an online poll, 83 percent of people voiced their opinion that the drink ban will not help combat obesity.

Coca-Cola Co. is also opposed to the ban. The company issued a statement:

The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes. We are transparent with our consumers. They can see exactly how many calories are in every beverage we serve. We have prominently placed calorie counts on the front of our bottles and cans and in New York City, restaurants already post the calorie content of all their offerings and portion sizes — including soft drinks.

New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this. They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate.

If you are worried about the proposed ban, take the advice of Bloomberg.

“Just think about what National Donut Day is,” he told “Today.”

Prominent Obama Supporter Cuts Ties With Democrats

Artur Davis, a former Congressman and one of President Barack Obama’s earliest supporters, announced in a blog post that he would be leaving the Democratic Party.

Davis is considering running for office in Virginia in the next few years. If so, he will run as a Republican. He believes the Democratic Party has changed — not just in Alabama, the State he represented, but on the national scene is well.

“As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it),” wrote Davis.

Furthermore, he believes the present Administration is punishing “businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again.”

He also objected to laws that “favor one race over another,” writing:

America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way — it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.

In addition, the former Congressman wants local governments to take back control:

Immigration is a classic example: I wince at the Obama Administration’s efforts to tell states they can’t say the word immigration in their state laws, and find it foolish when I hear their lawyers say that a local cop can’t determine the legal status of a suspect validly in their custody… [W]earing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.

NYC Mayor Wants To Ban Sugary Drinks

In an effort to reduce the number of supersized New Yorkers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to reduce the number of supersized drinks in the city. The Mayor is proposing a ban that would prohibit the sale of any sweet beverage larger than 16 ounces.

Any seller that does not comply will be fined $200.

The proposed ban would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, milkshakes or alcoholic beverages. Nor would it apply to drinks sold at grocery or convenience stores.

Bloomberg believes the plan will combat obesity.

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands… New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something. I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do,” he said.

But the New York City Beverage Association thinks the city has an “unhealthy obsession” with soft drinks.

“It’s time for serious health professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually curb obesity. These zealous proposals just distract from the hard work that needs to be done on this front,” said spokesman Stefan Friedman.

Others have questioned the effectiveness of the ban given the loopholes: Free refills will still be allowed, and there is nothing stopping a person from ordering more than one drink.

“Your argument, I guess, could be that it’s a little less convenient to have to carry two 16-ounce drinks to your seat in the movie theater rather than one 32 ounce,” Bloomberg said in a sarcastic tone, according to The New York Times. “I don’t think you can make the case that we’re taking things away.”

Some believe the ban would be an infringement on personal liberty.

“If people want to drink 24 ounces, it’s their decision,” said college student Zara Atal.

But the Mayor disagrees: “I don’t know how in court you would challenge it. We’re not taking away any rights.”

If the Board of Health approves the ban, large sugary drinks will become a thing of the past in New York City in March.

Eric Holder, IRS Plan To Speak To Black Pastors

Attorney General Eric Holder will be among those telling several hundred black pastors how to participate in the upcoming election.

He will join the Internal Revenue Service and lawyers in an attempt to educate church leaders.

“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church that would violate their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS,” Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) told MSNBC.

“In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there, we’re going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we’re going to have the lawyers’ organization from around the country, the ACLU — all giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do.”

Because of their tax exemption, churches cannot campaign for candidates.

Cleaver said they would not be endorsing a candidate, but they do plan to discuss the evils of voter ID laws. Although they do not plan to support a candidate, Cleaver has voiced his belief that the policies of Republican Presidential front-runner Mitt Romney will not appeal to African-American voters or Latinos.

“We want to let them know that there is a theological responsibility to participate in the political process, at least in the Judeo-Christian tradition,” Cleaver said.

Earlier this year, there was no tolerance for conservative church leaders espousing political views. In April, a complaint was filed with the IRS against Bishop Daniel Jenky, a Roman Catholic bishop who compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

Honor Student Jailed For Missing School

A Houston honor student was thrown behind bars for 24 hours and ordered to pay a $100 fine after missing too many days of school.

Diane Tran, a junior at Willis High School, has been working two jobs to help support her siblings since her parents separated.

Texas law allows only 10 absences over six months.

“If you let one run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them? Let them go, too?” asked Judge Lanny Moriarity, defending his decision. The ruling came just a month after Tran had been warned about her absences.

Houston defense attorney Ned Barnett has called the case “outrageous.”

“It doesn’t take much discretion to have sympathy for Miss Tran. To lock her up is just outrageous,” he said.

After the news of Tran’s case received national attention, a website was started for the 17-year-old. The group running the site, Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance, has raised more than $80,000 for Tran.

“I think Diane unfortunately is at the center of two failed systems in America — our public education system and our judicial system,” observed Charlie Davis, the group’s president.

U.N. Countries Expelling Syrian Ambassadors

The United States, Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada have joined together, expelling Syrian diplomats in the wake of a massacre in the Syrian village of Houla.

A U.N. report states that 108 people were killed in Houla on May 25. Many victims, including infants and children, were shot at close range.

The U.N. has said that government tanks were involved in the attacks.

The U.S. government has given Syrian Charge d’Affaires Zuheir Jabbour 72 hours to leave the country.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “We hold the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives. This massacre is the most unambiguous indictment to date of the Syrian government’s flagrant violations of its UN Security Council obligations … along with the regime’s ongoing threat to peace and security.”

The Syrian government denies involvement, blaming terrorists for the massacre.

Newly appointed French President Francois Hollande plans to tell Ambassador Lamia Shakkour that she must leave. Radwan Loutfi, the ambassador to Germany, has 72 hours to leave Germany. The U.K. is expelling three Syrian diplomats. Jawdat Ali, the most senior Syrian diplomat in Australia, has 72 hours to leave. And the ambassadors to Spain have three days to leave Spain.

The U.N. hopes to send a message to Syria.

“This is the most effective way we’ve got of sending a message of revulsion of what has happened in Syria,” said Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has a history of stifling protestors and rebels. Since March 2011, Syrian forces have killed about 10,000 Syrians.

In June 2011, a 57-page report was issued by Human Rights Watch, detailing government abuses against citizens.

“Syrian security forces have been killing and torturing their own people with complete impunity,” the report stated.

MSNBC Host Says Soldiers Are Not Heroes

Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “Up,” apologized after making disparaging remarks about fallen soldiers.

As families prepared to remember their loved ones on Memorial Day, Hayes expressed contempt for the word “hero.”

On Sunday, Hayes said he was uncomfortable with using the word “hero” to describe members of the armed forces who died for the United States. Hayes expressed concern over the word, suggesting that it promotes positive feelings about war.



Hayes later issued an apology for the comment:

On Sunday, in discussing the uses of the word “hero” to describe those members of the armed forces who have given their lives, I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that I’ve set for myself. I am deeply sorry for that.

As many have rightly pointed out, it’s very easy for me, a TV host, to opine about the people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile in their boots. Of course, that is true of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s citizens as a whole. One of the points made during Sunday’s show was just how removed most Americans are from the wars we fight, how small a percentage of our population is asked to shoulder the entire burden and how easy it becomes to never read the names of those who are wounded and fight and die, to not ask questions about the direction of our strategy in Afghanistan, and to assuage our own collective guilt about this disconnect with a pro-forma ritual that we observe briefly before returning to our barbecues.

But in seeking to discuss the civilian-military divide and the social distance between those who fight and those who don’t, I ended up reinforcing it, conforming to a stereotype of a removed pundit whose views are not anchored in the very real and very wrenching experience of this long decade of war. And for that I am truly sorry.

Democratic Congressman Jokes About Trayvon Martin Shooting

Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) shocked students at the University of Massachusetts when he referred to the Trayon Martin shooting during his commencement speech.

“I do want to acknowledge a man who has played a major role in diminishing inequality in Massachusetts,” said Frank, referring to black activist Hubie Jones. “He’s a great man and I’ve worked with Hubie for many years. You know he got an honorary degree today. You know when you get an honorary degree they give you one of these,” said Frank, noting the graduation hood he was wearing. “Hubie, I think you have a hoodie you can wear and nobody will shoot at you. I hope you’ll feel pretty protected by that.”


Frank later said that “the hoodie line” was meant “to ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister.”

Frank noted that the joke wasn’t a new one. In fact, it was the fourth time he used it this year.

“I wore a hooded gown in three ceremonies earlier this year, and in my remarks at those events I used the same joke on myself,” said Frank.

But UM did not give Frank an honorary degree, so in order to use the sidesplitter, Frank had to turn to somebody else.

“The only honorary degree was awarded to my good friend, Hubie Jones, to whom I gave tribute for his fight for social justice. In my remarks, I shamelessly recycled the hoodie joke for the fourth time,” Frank said.

Department Of Justice Rules That Male Student Can Use Female Restroom

Despite the complaints of women on campus, the University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith is being forced to allow a 38-year-old male student to use women’s restrooms.

The male student wishes to be known as Jennifer Braly and refers to himself as a person with “Gender Identity Disorder.”

The university initially told Braly he could use gender-neutral restrooms, but Braly felt this was an inconvenience.

Braly filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Justice because the school did not let him use women’s restrooms. Upon receiving the complaint, the DOJ sent a letter to the university which resulted in the school reversing its policy.

”I disagree with allowing a male to use the female restrooms,” said Amanda Shook, a senior. “Even if they are a transgendered person, they are still a man, and should have to use the men’s restroom.”

Braly has also complained about housing issues. He claims the school will not allow him to room with males on campus. And it won’t allow him to room with females either.

The situation has made Braly “highly depressed.”

Braly is currently anatomically male, but he is raising money online for a sex reassignment surgery.

“Everyone is so concerned with whats between my legs. I am just as much woman as anyone else,” wrote Braly on the donations page.

Women Claim Combat Ban Violates 5th Amendment

Two female soldiers are suing the military, claiming that the restrictions on combat are unConstitutional.

Women are not allowed to serve in units whose main task is frontline combat. Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring believe the policy is a violation of the 5th Amendment.

The 5th Amendment states that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Baldwin and Haring want due process.

The female soldiers are claiming that the ban prevents them from rising through the ranks.

“This limitation on plaintiffs’ careers restricts their current and future earnings, their potential for promotion and advancement, and their future retirement benefits,” the suit states.

Baldwin and Haring are not alone. In February, Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, one of the defendants in the case. In the letter, Brown claims that the ban limits “their ability to develop a career path in the military and advance to higher ranks.”

The suing soldiers argue that in today’s military structure, women are on the battlefield. More than 800 women have been wounded in Afghanistan and Iran, and 130 have been killed.

Bank Doesn’t Want Loan Paid Off With Cash

Alex Kenjeev, a 2009 graduate of the University of Toronto, finished paying off his student loan — with cash.

The law student carried $114,460 in a sack to Scotiabank.

Both banks involved in the transactoin gave Kenjeev a hard time. The Royal Bank of Canada, where Kenjeev withdrew the cash, initially refused him. He finally got his money, but it took three days. Then, when the former student went to Scotiabank, the lending bank, the manager did not want to accept the payment.

“I just plopped the bag down,” recalled Kenjeev.

“I was pretty naïve. I didn’t really realize how much of a hassle I’d cause for everybody. You just look at things and you figure cash is simpler than anything else,” said Kenjeev.

Kenjeev is happy to be out from under the debt, but he confesses he enjoyed the process more than the banks did.

“It was stressful enough to carry such a big debt load. I thought it would be worth getting a few laughs out of it. Neither bank thought it was as funny as I thought it was.”

New York School Requires Students To Learn Arabic

In September, a public elementary school in Harlem will require students to learn Arabic.

Students in the area have a choice as to which school they will attend, but students in the 2nd grade through the 5th grade who decide to go to PS 368 will be required  to study Arabic twice a week for 45 minutes.

The Global Language Project is providing teachers for the initiative, and the Qatar Foundation is providing the funding.

One of the ways students learn the language is by playing traditional games such as Duck, Duck, Goose or Simon Says. But the games are played using Arabic words.

“I like Arabic class. I like the words we learn. I thought they sounded funny at first, now I think they sound cool,” said second-grader Nayanti Brown. “I teach my little sister the words I learn.’’

Many New York City students already speak two languages: Spanish at home and English at school. They are excited about learning a third.

“I like it. You learn new words,” said one student.

“Two girls in our class are sisters and they actually speak Arabic. While they help us learn Arabic, we help them learn English,” added another.

“Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish. These kids are like sponges. It’s amazing to see their progress,’’ observed teacher Mohamed Mamdouh.

In addition to learning the language, the teachers are hoping the students will learn to understand and appreciate the Mideast.

The Word ‘Lunatic’ Outlawed

In a crazy turn of events, the word “lunatic” will be removed from Federal law.

In April, Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced a bill to remove the word “lunatic” from Federal law. The Senators believed the omission of the word was necessary in order to reflect the country’s current understanding of mental health issues.

“Recently, a North Dakota constituent contacted my office to express support for legislative efforts to remove this outdated and inappropriate language from federal law,” noted Conrad. “Sen. Crapo and I agree that federal law should reflect the 21st-century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. Code.”

The bill passed swiftly with no opposition.

The Mental Health Liaison Group applauds the decision: “This legislation recognizes the considerable stigma that is associated with mental health conditions. The continued use of outdated and offensive terms, such as ‘lunatic,’ which are utilized in some parts of the U.S. code to refer to individuals with mental health conditions only serve to perpetuate this stigmatization.”

The group concludes that words like “lunatic” can prevent a person “from accessing the excellent mental services they deserve.”

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags

In a 13-1 vote, the City Council of Los Angeles decided to trash plastic bags.

In doing so, Los Angeles became the largest U.S. city to ban the pollutant. California cities San Jose, San Francisco and Long Beach have passed similar ordinances.

Over the next year, plastic bags will be phased out from an estimated 7,500 locations.

The eventual goal is to ban paper bags as well.

“My hope is that so few paper bags will be used as a result of this measure that the formal ban … on paper bags may not even be necessary,” said Councilman Paul Koretz.

Environmentalists consider the ban a victory.

“Plastic harms our environment. It is a threat to the coastal economy. It is a danger to marine life and it is an unconscionable burden to taxpayers who have to foot the bill for cleanups year after year,” said attorney H. David Nahai, a former executive of the Department of Water and Power.

But not everyone is praising the ban. Many jobs will be lost as a result of the initiative. Bag manufacturers donned T-shirts with the message “Don’t Kill My Job.” But their efforts were to no avail.

Videos Surface Of GSA’s Embarrassing Bash

New videos of the General Services Administration extravaganza which cost taxpayers nearly $1 million continue to surface.

In 2010, the GSA headed out to Las Vegas for a few days of lots of fun and games and a little business.

The wife of GSA executive Jeffrey Neely said it best when she wrote to her husband: “Its yo birthday….We gonna pawty like iz yo birthday!”

Your hard-earned tax dollars were used to see which official could blow the most hot air.

And who could blow a bubble through a hoop.

One worker noted that it would be against GSA’s principles to hire the Blue Man Group, so some GSA workers made good of use of their time during the training conference by painting themselves green.

Workers also showed off their musical prowess.

GSA workers were shown some educational videos — one of which informed them on how to avoid setting a bad workplace example.

And whatever this is.

For a full rundown of the festivities, go here.

Is Superman Gay? DC Comics To Unmask Gay Character

DC Comics — the comic book publisher that brought us Superman, Batman and Robin, Batgirl, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, and The Flash — has announced that one of its well-known superheroes is gay.

Originally, the company had planned to create a new, gay superhero. But it was revealed Sunday at the Kapow! Comic Convention that one of the existing characters will be portrayed as a homosexual in an upcoming issue. DC Comics has disclosed that the character will be an iconic male superhero.

“One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June,” Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment’s senior vice president of publicity, told ABC News.

Whichever superhero DC Comics has in mind, it won’t be the comic book publisher’s first LGBT character. DC Comics already has a gay couple, Midnighter and Apollo; two lesbians, Batwoman and Renee Montoya; and a bisexual, Voodoo.

Marvel Comics has followed suit. In an issue due out June 20, Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu — taking their interracial relationship to the next level.

“DC and (archrival) Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years. When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD. GLAAD, an organization that advocates LGBT issues, awarded DC Comics an Outstanding Comic Book award for its portrayal of Batwoman.

The announcement has sparked much speculation as to who will be coming out of the closet (or perhaps who will be coming out of the phone booth or Batcave) in June.

Pizza Por Favor, Spanish-Speaking Customers Get Free Pizza

Do you want free pizza? If you answered “Si,” head over to the closest Pizza Patron.

On June 5, anyone who places an order in Spanish between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. will receive a free large pepperoni pizza. The company states that the promo is a way to acknowledge the “positive force of change immigrants have made in communities throughout America.”

“I think it’s cool. I need to learn,” said one black female customer.

But not everyone thinks it’s cool. Marcela Gomez, president of the Hispanic Marketing Group, told USA Today: “Maybe they thought it was a cute thing to do, but I think it’s discrimination. As an advertising agency, I would never recommend this to my client.”

Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus agrees: “It seems to punish people who can’t speak Spanish, and I resent that. In public areas, people should be speaking English, and that includes pizza parlors.”

Pizza Patron brand director Andrew Gramm expects to give away 80,000 pizzas.

This is not the first time Pizza Patron has been involved in an over-the-border controversy. In 2007, the restaurant chain began its practice of accepting pesos for pizza as a way to help immigrants use their Mexican money.

The Dallas-based pizzeria has locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Georgia and Florida.