Oh me, oh my. Those hats! The kazoos! Meet the "Raging Grannies." They're a gaggle of good ol' gals with songs in their hearts, and a simple message for the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri, Congressman Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin: "Fuck you."
First founded in the late 80's by way of Vancouver, the Raging Grannies naturally swept into Seattle at the height of the grunge movement, and are currently spread out across three different continents. Ready to "shock with their unladylike antics to get attention for their issues," these socially-progressive biddies adore street theater, satire and bawdy musical numbers certain to cause their male nurses to blush.
Zippity-Do-Dah! It's what you need to know:
- The reelection campaign of Maryland's state Del. Don H. Dwyer, a Tea Party Republican, appears underwater after he drunkenly crashed his motorboat into another vessel with five children onboard. No fatalities are reported, but whom did Dwyer previously describe as a threat to children everywhere? (Hint: It's us.)
- In spite of their optimism, LGBT Egyptians appear unlikely to turn the page on the pre-revolutionary era which condemned them after Ehna, Egypt's first online LGBT magazine, recently shuttered its operations for "security reasons."
- Salt Lake City's NBC-affiliate KSL-TV signaled it's not going to air episodes of The New Normal, as the sitcom about two dads-to-be and the surrogate they've hired "feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time." If the idea of a gay couple with a baby truly bothers the Mormon-owned TV station, wait until they've read the few, choice tweets co-star Ellen Barkin fired off.
- The NFL's San Francisco 49ers made league history as the first American football team to release an "It Gets Better" video that tackles anti-gay bullying and harassment - after 16,000 signers of a Change.org petition cheered them on.
- Christian firebrand, and party pooper, Rev. Grant Storms doesn't appreciate the "depraved" Southern Decadence festival that New Orleans' French Quarter hosts around Labor Day weekend to celebrate gay pride. Now Storms finds himself slapped with three years' probation after a Louisiana judge convicted him on an obscenity charge for spanking it where?
- Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain, doesn't consider himself a zoologist (nor should he) after making the wild assertion on The David Pakman Show that "gay demons" projected by gay men and lesbians are what's to blame for possessing more than 4,000 different species of animals engaging in same-sex activity.
- It's a hoot whenever Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) invokes an act of God to tease liberals, but it looks as if Tropical Storm Isaac gets the last laugh; right on time for this week's Republican National Convention scheduled for Tampa, Florida.
- Don't hold your breath, but if today's national Republican Party had a change of heart, survey says they could potentially shift a quarter of the electorate into their column by supporting the LGBT rights their Democratic counterparts do.