Obama Comes Out Of The Closet, Fully Supports Gay Marriage

Today, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to fully support gay marriage.

For much of his political career, Obama has thought that gays and lesbians had all the rights they needed to be treated fairly. But he took that belief one step further in an interview that will air Thursday on “Good Morning America.”

“I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally,” Obama told correspondent Robin Roberts.

Political analysts thought Obama might wait until after the November election to discuss what many already suspected, but in what was an unprecedented move, the President announced:

I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.

Obama said his decision was also influenced by the fact that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, are friends with children who have gay parents.

Democrats House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes this is monumental day in American history.

“Today marks progress for the civil rights of LGBT Americans and all Americans. With President Obama’s support, we look forward to the day when all American families are treated equally in the eyes of the law,” Pelosi said.

Obama told ABC News that he believes gay marriage is a “generational” issue.

Abortion Advocates Raise Money Through Bowl-A-Thon

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), a group that helps women pay for abortions, raised $474,835 through its third annual bowl-a-thon.

Bowling teams across the Nation assembled to raise money for abortions. Hundreds of teams participated including Coat Hanger, Feminist Drinking Club, Gutter Balls and Screwballs.

One of the recipients of the abortion fund is 14-year-old Darcy. According to a post on the group’s website, Darcy’s mom is behind on the bills, and the abortion would cost more than the family’s rent, so NNAF got involved. In a post titled “Getting an abortion means getting a second chance” Darcy says “Getting my abortion means I’m going to get a second chance. And I want to make it count.”

The non-profit organization’s motto is “because lives matter.” Their mission is to “fight for Medicaid coverage of abortion for women with low incomes. We also work to break down the barriers to abortion for immigrant women, young women, and women in jail and prison.”

School System Bans Bake Sales

No more bake sales, no more treats, no more fundraisers, no more sweets.

In Massachusetts, bake sales and all other education related events that sell gooey goods will be a thing of the past come August 1.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is banning any fundraiser that might compete with a healthy school lunch. Instead of PTA apple pie, students will have to eat a regular apple. And booster club banana bread will be replaced by an ordinary peel-it-and-eat-it banana.

Initially, the ban will be in place immediately after, before and during school hours. But State officials would like to see the prohibition pushed to include all school functions—including community events, door-to-door sales and sporting events.

Lawmakers and advocates of the plan believe the ban will cut down on obesity.

“It’s the solution,” said Boston radio personality Jim Braude.

Not everyone thinks it is the solution. Some believe it is downright senseless. Parents and teachers alike argue that the fundraisers make money, and that’s what it’s all about.

“The goal is to raise money,” said parent Maura Dawley. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”

Middleboro School Committeeman Brian Giovanoni weighed in on the obesity epidemic and the State’s proposal: “My concern is we’re regulating what people can eat, and I have a problem with that. I respect the state for what they’re trying to do, but I think they’ve gone off the deep end. I don’t want someone telling me how to do my job as a parent. … Is the commonwealth of Massachusetts saying our parents are bad parents?”

Neo-Nazi Party Making Headway In Greece

Golden Dawn, a right-wing extremist party in Greece, has landed 21 seats in Greek Parliament. The group is accused of being neo-Nazis.

The Golden Dawn party was one of 32 parties to participate in the election. The election was held earlier than usual in an attempt to form a coalition government and address the Greek financial crisis. Voting is mandatory in Greece but those who do not favor any candidate may cast a blank ballot. For a party to move into one of the 300 parliament seats, it must receive at least 3 percent of the vote.

Golden Dawn’s support is increasing at a rapid pace. In the last election, the extreme party took just 0.23 percent of the vote. This year they obtained 6.9 percent.

The Golden Dawn party is supported by those who say they are tired of the mainstream media’s bias and lack of integrity.

“I would like to thank with all the strength of my Greek heart, the hundreds of thousands of Greeks who voted for the popular nationalistic movement: the Golden Dawn, who turned their backs to the defamation by TV channels and the yellow press,” said party leader Nikos Michaloliakos. “They were against us all this time. They accused us in the worst possible way. On their TVs they showed only people who didn’t receive half of the votes we got. They despised the Greek people, and the Greek people despised them.”

Michaloliakos wants the nation to maintain its sovereignty amidst the country’s financial crisis. He wants “a Greece that will not be a social jungle because of the millions of illegal immigrants they brought into our homeland, without asking us.”

“The victory of the Golden Dawn is a victory against the tyrantship of the mass media. …The fight will continue,” he added. “The new golden dawn of Hellenism is rising. For those who betray this homeland, the time has come to fear! We are Greek patriots, we are nationalists, and we don’t let anyone question that.”

The party, which reportedly uses a Nazi salute and has a swastika as its logo, denies being neo-Nazis.

France Elects Socialist President

France will be a nation of equality, fairness and socialist policy if new president Francois Hollande delivers on his promises.

France went about 17 years without a socialist president. But that streak came to an end after Sunday’s election. French socialist Hollande will be taking the reins from Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande won the office with 51 percent of the vote.

“I’m proud to be in a position to give back hope,” said Hollande during his victory party. “Everyone in the republic will be treated equally.”

Hollande promises to pour his energy into the youth and wants “to be fair.” Equality between men and women will be a major issue in Hollande’s program of progress and change—two words Hollande used to describe his upcoming presidency. “Remember your whole life this great gathering at the Bastille—it must tell the whole of Europe that change is coming.”

When Sarkozy mentioned Hollande during his concession speech, the name was greeted by boos. But Sarkozy told his supporters to respect the new leader.

Hollande reportedly wants to raise taxes on big corporations as well as those who make over a million euros a year.

“I am a socialist,” concluded Hollande amidst celebratory chants and cheers.

Brooklyn Man Dresses Up As Dead Mother To Cash Social Security Checks

A Brooklyn man is facing time behind bars for stealing the identity of his dead mother. Thomas Prusik Parkin has been found guilty of grand larceny, mortgage fraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Parkin took advantage of more than $115,000 of government benefits which were addressed to his deceased mom. Irene Prusik died in 2003, but she still received Social Security benefits until June 2009.

Over the course of six years, Parkin impersonated his mother by donning a platinum wig and red dress when he went to cash the checks. And Parkin wasn’t alone. His partner in crime, Mhilton Rimolo, posed as his mother’s nephew when the con went out in public.

“These defendants ran a multi-year campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement.

They were even captured on video at the Department of Motor Vehicles renewing the dead woman’s driver’s license.

The con artists were caught during a real-estate issue. Parkin had been unable to maintain ownership of his mother’s house. The house was sold in a foreclosure and the new owner accused Parkin of filing a false affidavit.

Parkin told the district attorney his mom would meet with them.

“When prosecutors and detective investigators arrived, they found Prusik-Parkin dressed as his 77-year-old mother, wearing a red cardigan, lipstick, manicured nails and breathing through an oxygen tank,” the DA’s office said.

The duo was indicted on 47 counts each. Last week, a jury found Parkin guilty of 11 criminal counts. He faces up to 83 years in prison when he is sentenced May 21. Rimolo, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Illegal Aliens In Los Angeles Get Health Insurance

About 75,000 restaurant workers in Los Angeles don’t have health insurance because they are illegal aliens. But that might be changing. The health insurance part, that is.

A restaurant workers’ group and a Los Angeles community clinic are working together to provide illegal aliens with healthcare. “Restaurant workers are preparing, serving and cooking our food,” said Mariana Huerta of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles. “So many of these workers reported that they go to work sick. That is a public health hazard for consumers.”

For a $25 monthly charge, uninsured workers will be allowed to go to clinics in the Los Angeles area for physical and dental care.

David Hayes-Bautista said the program will benefit everyone financially: “Emergency rooms are the providers of last resort, and they are very expensive. If people can be provided alternatives, that saves everyone money.”

White House Announces Climate Change Is A National Security Threat

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told an environmental group on May 2 that climate change is emerging as a threat to national security.

“The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security,” Panetta announced at a reception hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund. “Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”

Panetta is concerned about the effect of climate change as well as the “budget shortfall” due to “higher-than-expected fuel costs this year.” He vowed to invest “more than a billion dollars in more efficient aircraft and aircraft engines, in hybrid electric drives for our ships, in improved generators, in microgrids for combat bases and combat vehicle energy-efficient programs.”

He also addressed threats not related to climate change: “I have a deep interest in working to try to ensure from a security perspective that we take measures that will help facilitate and maintain power in the event of an interruption of the commercial grid that could be caused, for example, by a cyberattack which is a reality that we have to confront.”

Couple Sued For Refusing To Remove Swing Set

A Homeowner’s Association (HOA) in Texas wasn’t playing when it told Bill Fry to remove the swing set and slide from his yard. Fry, an Army National Guard captain who recently returned from Afghanistan after serving a year overseas, claims the HOA is just trying to flex its muscles.

Before his departure to Afghanistan, Bill and Candi Fry decided to build a swing set as a way to help the kids cope. They claim they received verbal permission. “His response was, ‘Go ahead and build it. I’m chair of the architectural committee, and it should not be a problem,'” Candi Fry recalled.

But after neighbors complained, the HOA swung into action.

The HOA filed a lawsuit against the Fry family for failing to comply with neighborhood standards. “They’re in the wrong only because they declined to make the proper application and submit the drawings,” HOA chairman Harold Lemmon told KLTV.

The Frys claim that, although they were warned they might have to remove the swing set if neighbors complained, they were never told to submit drawings or documentation. Following the neighbors’ complaints and the HOA’s demand, the Frys submitted documentation. The HOA found the drawings unsatisfactory.

“I’m not immune to the emotions of this,” Lemmon said. “[But] if you break the rules, you broke the rules. You can’t break the rules for your own personal reasons.”

Evan McKenzie, political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of the book Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government, commented: “The moral of the story on this is, the owners really have to know what’s in their (homeowners association) declaration. You cannot act like the rules and regulations are to be taken lightly. You have to read them, you have to understand them. If you don’t like it, then you don’t want to live in this type of housing.”

One In Seven Believe World Will End Soon

If you are reading this in a room of six other people, one of you thinks the world is about to end. At least that’s what a Reuters poll suggests. Ipsos Global Public Affairs conducted a poll for the news outlet and found that one in seven people believe the end of the world is just around the corner.

“Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming,” said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

U.S. and Turkey citizens rank among the most melancholy (or optimistic depending on how you look at it). In each country, 22 percent of citizens think the world will end in their lifetime.

According to the poll, people with lower incomes and people under 35 are more likely to think the world’s demise will happen while they are alive.

Researchers think that a Mayan prophecy which predicts the world will end in 2012 may be behind the trend.

Secret Service Has History Of Bad Behavior

In the aftermath of the Cartegena prostitution scandal, old news is making new headlines.

Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, points out that when Vice President Joe Biden tossed the first pitch at the April 6, 2009, Baltimore Orioles’ game, more than 40,000 fans were not screened, and Biden was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

He also notes that attendees are not screened at one out of every five major Presidential events.

Furthermore, he says that agents have failed firearm and fitness tests, but are allowed to write their own scores. According to Kessler, one of the President’s agents is so unconditioned that she cannot open the heavy limousine doors.

In 2002, reports reveal that agents met a 20-year-old female at a bar and invited her back to their hotel hot tub. The boyfriend of the girl, Zachary Elson, got into a confrontation with agent Kelly Ward. At some point during the argument, part of Elson’s ear was bitten off. No charges were filed at that time.

Also in 2002, there was a sexual assault case during the Winter Olympics in Provo, Utah. According to reports, three agents took three female college students to IHOP. Afterward, they went back to the agents’ hotel room. Two days later, the women came back to the hotel room and consumed massive amounts of alcohol. Allegedly, sexual assaults ensued.

According to reports, it seems that at least two, and perhaps all three, of the women may have been sexually assaulted.

Daniel “Todd” Cranor is the only agent to be identified in the case. He admits to having sex with one of the women, but he believed that it was consensual. Reportedly, Cranor gave one of the inebriated women a bath. When the other two tried to stop him, he said that his “Secret Service training taught him how to deal with these kinds of situations.”

Cranor was charged with disorderly conduct and sentenced to 30 hours of community service.

Diver Claims He Has Located Bin Laden’s Body

Bill Warren, the Californian treasure hunter who last year promised to find the body of notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden, told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he has found the location where the body was lowered.

Bin Laden was buried at sea, and photos were not released in order to prevent a terrorist backlash. The U.S. government tried to provide bin Laden with a burial in accordance with Islamic law.

Warren said he has determined the whereabouts of the corpse alleged to be bin Laden’s from satellite imagery, and he is the only one who knows the coordinates of the body. Warren claims the body is 200 miles west of Surat, India.

Warren is now trying to finance the deep-water diving expedition. His tentative plan is to start on June 1. He believes he may be able to find the body within a week.

Warren doubts President Barack Obama’s claim that bin Laden was killed, and he fears the Obama regime may attempt to kill him in order to stop his efforts.

App Reports TSA Agents

Want to report a pesky TSA agent? There’s an app for that.

On Monday, an app became available for the iPhone and Android that can be used to send a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration.

The app was created by a Sikh advocacy group in response to complaints from Sikhs traveling in the United States. After the 9/11 attacks, some Sikhs have been forced to remove their turbans.

The app enables travelers to file a complaint with information such as name, phone number, email address, race, religion or gender. The app also allows fliers to post the complaint on social media sites.

“My hope is that this app will exponentially increase the number of complaints filed with the TSA, flood the system so they get that this is a problem. For too long the Transportation Security Administration has been able to tell Congress this is not an issue, nobody’s complaining,” said Sikh Coalition program director Amardeep Singh.

To find out more information about the free app, click here.

Citizens Could Face Fine For Cursing

The police chief in Middleborough, Mass., is proposing a $20 fine for every curse word that comes out of a citizen’s mouth when in public.

“We have a lot more important things to do, but these are things that are quality of life issues, community policing issues that a lot of people don’t want to see downtown,” said Police Chief Bruce Gates.

Some of the people in Middleborough are tired of the downtown streets being polluted by potty mouths.

“It’s intimidating to my customers, to the people who are out here downtown, and I think it’s a good thing that they’re doing something to try to curb it,” said business owner Paulette Lilla.

Gates will argue his case before a town meeting in June.

Obama Laughs At The Nation’s Situation

In the midst of a failing economy, collapsed housing market and government scandals, President Barack Obama found time to joke about the state of the Nation at the 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Obama, who has recently told voters about his own economic struggles, took a shot at Mitt Romney: “It’s great to be here in this vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call ‘a little fixer-upper.’”

He also joked about the government’s shameful behavior in Cartegena: “Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk texting me from Cartegena.”

He added: “I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”

Furthermore, the President laughed off wasteful spending: “Look at this party. We have men in tuxes, women in gowns, fine wine, first-class entertainment. I was relieved to hear it was not a GSA conference.”

Obama poked fun at news giant Huffington Post: “I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate The Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize. You deserved it, Arianna. There’s no one else out there linking to the kinds of hard-hitting journalism that Huff Po is linking to every single day.”

And he referenced the death of Osama bin Laden, or at least that’s what the audience was thinking: “Last year… on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals.” Then, a photo of Donald Trump appeared.

In what was perhaps the most amiss joke of the evening, the President referenced his affinity for eating dog and his overseas upbringing: “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious. My stepfather always told me it’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.”

Obama concluding by confirming what many have speculated all along: “Let me just say something to all my conspiracy oriented friends on the right who think I’m planning to unleash some secret agenda: You’re absolutely right.”

Romney Camp Says Campaign Is Not About Coolness

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has no intention of appearing on late night TV, cracking jokes or singing.

Whereas President Barack Obama is taking advantage of every opportunity to present himself as the cool candidate, Romney’s campaign said the former Governor will not be involved in the celebrity scene.

“This election is not going to be about who’s cooler,” Romney senior adviser Peter Flaherty said at a Washington Post Live Newsmaker Forum. “The question is going to be, who do you trust to run the economy?”

Another Romney adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, said Obama’s attempts to appeal to younger voters have been inappropriate and show a lack of seriousness.

Fehrnstrom has assured voters that Romney will not be slow jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon or appearing on “Saturday Night Live.”

Despite Romney’s lack of celebrity status, Romney’s campaign is certain that the American people will love Mitt and Ann Romney as the campaign nears November.

Town Boycotts Gas Stations, Prices Drop

Gas prices in New Lenox, Ill., were higher than those in surrounding communities, so the town’s residents did something about it.

Mayor Tim Baldermann had been receiving complaints about high costs at the pump. After comparing the prices in New Lenox with the prices in neighboring towns, he determined that his city had gas prices that were 10 to 20 cents higher than most areas of northern Illinois.

Baldermann encouraged the residents of New Lenox to drive somewhere else to fill up. Within 48 hours, gas prices dropped.

Six out of the seven gas stations in New Lenox are owned by large corporations.

Michelle Obama Shares Her Secret Service Fantasy

Michelle Obama took questions from children on the 20-year anniversary of the White House’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” day.

The first lady has no plans of occupying the Oval Office. When asked, “Will you ever run for president?” Obama responded: “Absolutely not.”

She also revealed her “fantasy.”

When another tyke asked Obama what she would change about “the first lady job,” she said:

It’s hard to sneak around and do what you want. … If I could change something, I’d be able to sneak around a little more. …I have done it a couple of times. But you know one fantasy I have, and the Secret Service they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it, is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking.

First Lady’s Trip To Spain Cost Taxpayers $467,585

Following the first lady’s lavish getaway to Spain in 2010, the White House assured American citizens that the Obamas would pay for any personal expenses. But Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates government corruption, has announced that government documents suggest it was on taxpayers’ dime — to the tune of $467,585.

U.S Airport records indicate that the cost of flying Michelle Obama round-trip to Spain was $199,323.75. Lodging the flight crew cost $10,290.60, car rental cost $2,633.50 and food cost $876.30 (which included $57.68 for maple syrup and pancake mix).

In addition, the trip cost the Secret Service $254,461.20.

The hefty bill also included lodging for a dog.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said:

The American people can ill afford to keep sending the First Family on vacations around the globe. There needs to be greater sensitivity to the costs borne by taxpayers for these personal trips. It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. No wonder it took two years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama administration.

Group Wants The Word ‘Illegal’ To Be Illegal

A public education campaign wants the word “illegal” to be filed away under the annals of hate speech. With the rally cry “No Human Being Is Illegal,” Drop the I-Word is hoping that citizens and immigrants alike will be more accepting of each other.

The campaign believes: “‘Illegals’ is a racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status. The i-word is shorthand for ‘illegal alien,’ ‘illegal immigrant’ and other harmful terms.”

The campaign states: “We call on media outlets and elected officials to uphold reason, due process and responsible speech by dropping the i-word.”

The site contains pictures and stories from people of all nationalities. One representative, identified as Sonia, prefers to be called “undocumented.” Her argument for the abolition of the word “illegal” includes this:

Many times, when I am asked who I am, I respond with “I am undocumented.” I haven’t always identified as undocumented. …No one comes to this country because they want to be exploited, and treated less than human. No one migrates to this country and wants to identify as “illegal”. …I always knew that I was undocumented, but I trusted there was a fair system that would fix that up. …I stand with the undocumented youth across the states because we are beautiful amazing leaders.  …They and I are not “illegals”. I am undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic.

Another Reporter Edits Zimmerman Call

Miami’s NBC6 has fired a reporter for making the same edit to the George Zimmerman 911 call that the Today show made.

Jeff Burnside, a 13-year veteran, has been released. The Miami station has issued an apology.

The recording, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black,” omitted that the operator had asked Zimmerman if the person was “black, white, or Hispanic?”

The engineered clip was used to convince viewers that Zimmerman committed a racially motivated, cold-blooded murder.