WATCH: Which one of Rick Perry’s anti-gay co-chairs in Florida is a bigger nutjob?

Pam Olsen

The other day we told you how John Stemberger, co-chair of Rick Perry’s leadership team for this week’s GOP presidential straw poll in Florida, once compared same-sex marriage to suicide (prompting one of our Twitter followers to quip, “It certainly has been for my sex life!”) But all joking aside, it turns out Perry’s other co-chair in Florida, though not as well known, appears to be just as crazy. Right Wing Watch reports that Pam Olsen heads the Tallahassee branch of the International House of Prayer, which helped put together Perry’s day of prayer in Houston in August . In July, Olsen said denominations that have allowed same-sex marriage and gay clergy are likely to blame for recent natural disasters:

“If anybody looks at the news and has just seen what’s been happening recently with the floods, the fires, the tornadoes, God is shaking. Yeah I think you have God shaking, sure you have the Enemy shaking, you have both and I don’t want to say oh that’s the judgment of God or that’s the Enemy. But the reality is God is judging us, and I think it’s going to get worse.”

As Mother Jones points out, it’s unclear why God would punish Texas with wildfires given Perry’s extreme anti-gay views.

Watch video of Olsen’s remarks below.

—  John Wright

BREAKING: Man found dead in pile of storm debris in Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn, at least the northern part of it, appears to have been one of the hardest hit areas in Tuesday night’s storms. As I mentioned earlier, many of us took cover in the basement of the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope following a mayoral forum. This decision was made by the folks in charge at the Cathedral when sirens went off and TV reports said a tornado was moving into Dallas from Irving. When I emerged from the basement, I found my windshield shattered by a chunk of hail that was at least as large as a baseball. This morning, the Dallas Morning News reports that there was probably good reason for us to take cover. A man was found dead beside a pile of storm debris early this morning near an apartment complex in the 5000 block of Lahoma Drive, near Lemmon Avenue and the Tollway. He was found by an apartment manager assessing damage from the storms, and his cause of death hasn’t been determined. Elsewhere, part of the roof was ripped off an apartment complex on Cedar Plaza Lane, which is in the same general area. Hail damage to vehicles has also been reported at Love Field.  Stay tuned to Instant Tea for updates.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Fort Worth’s ‘Close Encounters’ night

A scene straight out of a sci-fi movie as transformers blow up in east Fort Worth

Maybe it’s just me, but dang! Seems like the weather here in North Texas is getting weirder and weirder! I mean, first we have the Great Snowstorm of 2010, followed by the ice this past winter. And now this year it seems like we’re having some extravagantly severe thunderstorms, with tornadoes happening every day last week and this week’s outrageous lighting storms.

I live in Fort Worth, on the east side, and on Tuesday night we had a pretty strong storm front move through. It didn’t last long, really, but for a couple of hours, the city seemed to be really getting hit hard by lightning. In fact, according to this report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, about 210 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were reported between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. that night, with another 120 reported the following hour, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

And apparently, a lot of those lightning strikes were hitting transformers — the kinds on the electrical poles, not the kind that are vehicles that turn into giant alien robots. But watch this video — which appears to have been recorded from a high-rise location in downtown Fort Worth, looking east toward the area just north of I-30 and was posted to YouTube by BrianLuenser — and it looks like it could have been a scene straight out of the next big sci-fi movie. We can call it “Close Encounters — The Fort Worth Way.”

It’s pretty frightening sometimes to realize the power of nature, but at the same time, frighteningly beautiful.

Just so you known, is forecasting more thunderstorms today — but hey, the weekend looks great!

—  admin

Sue’s posts lineup for Dallas Lesbian Festival

Last week, you may have noticed the ad for the Dallas Lesbian Festival in the print edition, but it didn’t included the lineup. I checked over on Caven’s site and it looks like it’s now been finalized. The bands aren’t too much of a surprise, but I have not heard of Rich and Rare, the first band in the lineup. Plus, it’s always nice to see Patrice Pike play these parts.

The festival benefits Lifewalk, and if the spring weather holds up (minus the cold fronts, rain and tornadoes), it’s likely to be a pretty sweet day for the ladies (and some of us guys,too).

—  Rich Lopez

Dude, Those Were Totally Tornadoes

The National Weather Service has decided that NYC actually got hit by two confirmed tornadoes on Thursday evening. The city is applying to FEMA for disaster relief for parts of Queens and Brooklyn. About 15,000 residents are still without power more than a day later.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

News: Newt Gingrich, Stingrays, Zac Efron, Tornadoes

 road Rather than celebrate the premiere of their new show with their fellow
castmates, Michaele and Tareq Salahi of The Real Housewives of DC threw a "super-trashy" party, along with a entry fee, at a gay club.

Newt  road Newt Gingrich admits to extra-marital affairs,
even during the Clinton impeachment proceedings: ""There are times that
I have fallen short of my own standards," Gingrich said. "There's
certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards and my
neighbors' standards. But I think my job is to try to do for my
country…to try to do everything I can to be a servant in helping this
country deal both with the domestic challenges to our very identity,
and that's what rediscovering God in America is all about, and to
foreign challenges to our very survival. … I hope that people will see
me in that context."

 road March against anti-gay crimes in Staten Island.

 road Brody Jenner makes an unfortunate hairstyle choice.

 road 1,000 year-old bison "drive line" discovered in Montana.

 road Britney Spears will not show up on the upcoming Glee episode dedicated to her music.

 road Jamie Foxx criticized the decision by Laurence Fishburn's daughter, Montana, to become a porn actor. She tweeted in response:
"Jamie Foxx actually has a gay porno in the works with Vivid. Don't
believe me, just ask him about it and tell him I told y'all."

 road American Idol winner Fantasia might be the latest celebrity to have a sex tape.

Z road Zac Efron was
asked why he doesn't play the field:
“Bathe in pussy? Yeah, I think a lot of guys would enjoy that. Believe
me. I rack my brain thinking, ‘Why am I not out there playing the
field?’ One of my buddies was like, ‘You have no idea what’s going on.
You’re peaking on ecstasy and watching TV.’ But that’s not in my heart.”

 road First gay bar opens in Jackson, Michigan

 road Pretty amazing video of a stingray giving birth to three baby sting-rays.

 road Marc Jacobs will create a plus-size clothing line.

 road The gay rodeo returns to the Windy City.

 road Inhumane: Man dies after a sauna contest where temperatures got as high as 230 degrees.

 road Spectacular footage of a tornado destroying a farmhouse in North Dakota to bit. Fortunately, the family who owned it were not home at the time.

Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright