News with a twist – 1 million fools, hooray for Harry, etc.

Louis Weisberg and Lisa Neff

One million fools

The anti-gay group One Million Moms is in a furor over a television series produced by Jennifer Lopez for ABC. OMM is blasting the show as “anti-family” because it centers around a lesbian couple. In a statement, the group vows to stop it “dead in its tracks.” The series has the working title of “Meet the Fosters.” Before turning its righteous ire to Lopez’s TV show, OMM attacked the candy Skittles over a commercial in which a woman kisses a walrus. OMM said the commercial shows the candy maker “is taking lightly the act of bestiality.”

Lacey for Obama

An actress known for her roles on the television shows “Cagney and Lacey” and “Judging Amy” stumped for President Barack Obama in Wisconsin. The Janesville Gazette reported that Tyne Daly stopped in Whitewater, Janesville and Beloit, where she urged about 100 Democratic supporters to work harder for Obama, saying the president brought the country back from the brink of disaster and needs more time to continue his work.

Taking it off for Harry

A new Facebook group is dedicated to supporting Prince Harry in the wake of his Las Vegas nude photo scandal. Pictures of the prince cavorting naked with a female companion in a hotel suite found their way to the press – and the Web – during the weekend of Aug. 18. To show their empathy for the prince, more than 32,000 of his fans have joined the Facebook group Support Prince Harry with a Naked Salute. “Cover your crown jewels (and) support the nation’s favorite Royal,” the group declares – and thousands have done just that, posting pictures on the site that reveal nearly everything.


In Galilee U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., rode the Tea Party wave into Washington. As a freshman congressman, he went to Israel in August 2011 and, after an evening of drinking and dining, went skinny- dipping in the Sea of Galilee. He was with about 20 other lawmakers who went for the swim, but the only one who stripped for the bath. Yoder has apologized for the incident, but WiG still has at least two questions. Given recent revelations from U.S. Olympic swimmers: Did he pee in the sea? And shouldn’t Tea Party types be refusing such trips as a matter of principle?

Say cheese

Feast assured: Wisconsin still produces more cheese than any other state – 227 million pounds in June alone. California produces more milk, but is second in cheese production.

Not buying it

In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, the Rev. Benedict Groeschel, of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, alleged that teens have acted as seducers in some of the clerical sex abuse scandals. “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him?” Groeschel asked, implying that addled priests are really the victims of their victims. Although he’s never been charged with such atrocities, we wonder if he’s setting up a defense strategy for himself. If so, here’s a word of advice for the good father: It won’t work.

‘Bachelorette’ star for Chick-fil-A

The National Organization for Marriage boasted on its website that “Bachelorette” star Ryan Bowers had touted his support for Chick-fil-A and the “sanctity of marriage” in a tweet. Bowers, referring to the Cathy family that founded and runs the Chick-fil-A company, tweeted, “Everyone is eating at chik fil-a (sic) today to support the Kathy (sic) family and their stand for the sanctity of marriage!!! Lv it!” NOM ate that up. But why? Because the ABC reality show is all about the sanctity of marriage?

Rolling out the red carpet

Tampa’s gay bathhouses, bars and male strip clubs rolled out the red carpet for the Republican National Convention. Known as the “lap dance capital of the world,” the Gulf Coast city offered special programs and discounts expressly targeting the GOP’s closeted gay and repressed “family values” delegates. Ybor Resort and Spa, a gay bathhouse in the city’s party district, provided free entrance to all GOP delegates. In an advertisement, the bathhouse touted: “Male Revue Upstairs in the VIP Room Featuring Paul Ryan Lookalike!” The cabaret also offered a “Champagne salute to S.C. Sen. Lindsay Olin Graham.” Another club offered Sarah Palin impersonators.