Louisiana Representative Vance McAllister brought a special date to the State of the Union Address: Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.
The long-bearded star of Duck Dynasty endorsed McAllister in a tough election last year and McAllister repaid the favour by escorting him to the President’s speech. But based on his father’s views on homosexuality, I’m guessing Willie didn’t put out – or at least publicly. McAllister said his “close friend” Robertson would bring “some diversity to our nation’s capital.” There were no other bearded duck hunters there? NY Post
In a very, very, minusculy small victory for gay rights in Africa, the president of Uganda announced he will not sign the new anti-gay bill, “nnless I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic, but a behaviour that is acquired.” But despite President Yoweri Museveni’s refusal to sign, the prez is far from being a gay rights activist; he supports the bill’s imposition of lifetime prison sentences for those who “promote, abate, recruit and support homosexuality,” but is a little more hesitant when it comes to laws that seek “to punish homosexuals” just for being homosexual. The president has also said that gay people are “abnormal” and can be “cured” of their same-sex sexual desires. So if you are anti-gay in Uganda, you need to find a scientist/witch doctor who can “prove” gays are not born that way OR you need to find a scientist/witch doctor who can conjure up the cure for gayness. Advocate
Backstabbing, betrayals, and berets. After French President Francois Hollande announced his 9-year relationship with Valerie Trierweiler was over amid rumors of Hollande’s affair with actress Julie Gayet, his scorned partner is speaking out. France’s former First Lady told French political reporters “We would still be together had he not become president” and “low blows”, “back-stabbing” and “betrayals” were to blame for the split. Juicy! Trierweiler, who started an affair with Mr Hollande in 2005 while he was still officially with Ségolène Royal, is now focusing on a new career as a humanitarian campaigner while Hollande is now focusing on French actresses and hopefully the European economy. The Telegraph
Financial commentator Peter Schiff believes everyone has a price and “mentally retarded” people are worth about $2 an hour. The investment broker and talk radio host told Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee that increasing the minimum wage would have disastrous effects. Worried that the price of his hamburger would increase, Schiff claimed that paying workers twice as much would double the cost of some goods and destroy American jobs. “There’s a law in economics, supply and demand, that you learn in Econ 101, and if you increase the price of something, you decrease the demand,” Schiff said. “The higher you make the minimum wage, the more jobs are going to be destroyed.” Because of this, Schiff proposes eliminating the minimum wage altogether and allowing people to be paid what they’re worth. When asled to identify someone whose work might be worth just $2 an hour, Schiff responded with: “Maybe someone who is – what’s the politically correct word, you know, for mentally retarded.” Yikes, wrong answer on so many levels… “I’m not going to say that we’re all created equal,” Schiff continued “You’re worth what you’re worth.” Just like our forefathers always dreamed. Raw Story
There’s a little Neanderthal in all of us, not just the ones who are worth $2 an hour. Two new studies studies published Wednesday in Science and Nature have traced the history of Neanderthal DNA and suggest that it’s still found in humans today. The DNA of Neanderthals, who became extinct about 30,000 years ago, still exists in several regions of the world and can make up as much as 4 percent of some people’s DNA. 4 percent isn’t very much, but there are some Neanderthal genes have become very common in non-Africans – mostly genes that make keratin, found in skin, hair, and nails. New York Times