HBO’s new comedy series Hung is stiffing other shows in the ratings, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The premiere was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series debut in two years The second episode grew 29% from its season premiere to earn 3.6 million viewers.
Hung debuted June 28 on HBO, airs on Sunday nights, and stars Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Anne Heche, Eddie Jemison, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Charlie Saxton, Rebecca Creskoff, and Loren Lester.
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The couple’s relationship began in 2003 and the breakup came as a shock to the couple’s zookeepers because Harry and Pepper, had long seemed one of the zoo’s happiest avian partnerships, even raising a baby together just last year. “Of all of the parents that year, they were the best,” zoo keeper Anthony Brown said. “They took very good care of their chick. He ended up being the largest chick on the island.”
Photo of newly wed penguins Harry the Heartbreaker, left, and Linda the Slut, right, at the San Francisco Zoo
Harry and Linda successfully nested this year and eventually Pepper was returned to the penguin exhibit from a bachelor pad at the Avian Conservation Center, where he quietly took up his old residence. Zookeepers and fans are waiting with baited breath to see what might happen next.
“That’s the big question,” Brown said. “It’s moulting season in late July and early August, and around that time we see couples getting shaken up. It’ll be interesting to see if Harry spends any of that time with Pepper. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Photo of Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite, seen here speaking to reporters July 13 2009 will be required to sign anti-gay bill within 3 days
"This is absurd. I cannot even imagine how they will implement this law," said Dainius Radzevicius, chairman of the Lithuanian Journalists Union. Lithuania's former president rejected the bill before he left office last week, but lawmakers voted 87-6 on Tuesday to override his veto. Forty-eight lawmakers either abstained or were absent in the 141-member legislature. It takes effect after the new president, Dalia Grybauskaite, signs it into law, which she is required to do within three days.
Supporters said the measure was necessary to defend traditional family values in the former Soviet republic of 3.4 million people, which joined the European Union and NATO in 2004.
"We have finally taken a step which will help Lithuania raise healthy and mentally sound generations unaffected by the rotten culture that is now overwhelming them," said Petras Grazulis, a lawmaker who co-sponsored the bill. Grazulis, of the right-wing populist Order and Justice Party, is also seeking a total ban of homosexuality in the Baltic country. Lithuania has banned gay pride parades for years.
Amnesty International issued this statement of condemnation: "The law classifies public information about homosexuality and bisexuality alongside material that portrays physical or psychological violence and the display of dead or mutilated bodies. Also prohibited is material that 'encourages gambling, encourages and suggests participation in the games of chance, lotteries and other games that imply easy win' or 'promotes bad eating, sanitary and physical passivity habits'."
It's worth mentioning that, according to the Word Health Organization, Lithuania has the highest suicide rate of any country in the civilized world. What does that say about its archaic response to homosexuality?
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Sen. Kirtsten Gillibrand of New York stands beside fired Lt. Dan Choi
“If the amendment were to pass, gay-rights leaders expect it would stand a strong chance of being approved by the House and could be signed into law by President Obama, who has expressed his desire for the ban to be lifted,” The Daily Beast said. “Rep. Patrick Murphy is trying to build support for a bill that has already been introduced in the House that would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Chan Lowe, an editorial cartoonist, drew this picture, which is featured on the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network website
According to 365 Gay: News, the Palm Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara has compiled a list of Nations allowing gays to serve openly in military. As of today, 299 servicemembers have been fired from the U.S. Military since President Barack Obama took office. The enlightened countries are as follows:
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