New Zealand Lawmakers Break into Song… And Other News

New Zealand Gay Marriage

What makes New Zealand lawmakers suddenly break out into Maori love songs? Legalizing gay marriage!

New Zealand became the 13th country in the world to legalize gay marriage after Parliament voted 77 to 44 in favor of the bill. Cheers and apparently some kind of Maori love song called “Pokarekare Ana” erupted in the halls as the votes were counted. The list of countries where gay marriage is legal is now: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay. Legislation pending in Britain and France. Sydney Morning Herald

Boston MarathonMost (but not all) news outlets have been reporting that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested. But the Boston Police Department is denying that an arrest has been made. However, Law enforcement officials have identified a suspect from security footage showing a man dropping off a bag on the street near the race’s finish line. The man then walked away from the bag, looking suspicious… Investigators have been going through thousands of pieces of evidence ranging from mobile phone pictures and recordings to fragments of shrapnel from victims’ legs. BBC News

Texas DA MurderSo much for accusing the Aryan brotherhood. Turns out the wife of a former judge was behind the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney. Kim Lene Williams was arrested early this morning, after the arrest of her husband over the weekend. Their motives? The victims had prosecuted Williams’ husband, Eric Lyle Williams, over the theft of three computers from a public building in 2011. Williams was found guilty and had his law license taken away. Seems like a bit of an overreaction… National Post

Angry Bible RagecaseDon’t you hate it when your parents make you do chores instead of letting you read the bible? Maybe you should shoot them. That’s what some rage-case teenager from Columbus, Georgia did. After the 15-year-old’s parents asked him to finish his chores when all he really wanted to do was look up some Bible verse, his rage grew and grew until he took a 9mm handgun from his parents nightstand and opened fire. Both parents made a full recovery and the teen is being held at a Youth Detention Centre. Anger+bible+easy access to gun = bad combination… Raw Story

Palestine PresidentAmerican Idol meets The Apprentice in a new Palestinian reality show. Contestants complete for the coveted title of President of Palestine. Challenges include “acting as the Palestinian ambassador to a foreign country, managing a large corporation for a day and joining a televised political debate.” The only catch? They don’t actually become the president of anything. The winner will receive an as-yet-unannounced prize. Although Prime Minister Salam Fayyad did just resign last week, so maybe that position is available? Washington Post

And now, for no reason, here’s Toronto Mayor Rob Ford walking into a camera:

Rob Ford Walking into Camera

Still more graceful than his attempt at hiking a football:

Rob Ford Hiking a Football

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