Maggie and Brian on CSPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’

In this video clip from CSPAN’s “Washington Journal,” National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher defends plans for the House of Representatives to take time away from balancing the budget and keeping the government operational to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, while Brian Moulton, chief legislative counsel for Human Rights Campaign, defends President Obama’s decision NOT to defend DOMA in court.

—  admin

The Nooner: Oprah, Minnesota governor’s race, H&M, Clover coffee, Cedar Hill slaying

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Instant Tea’s new midday news briefing, The Nooner™. Here goes nothing:

• Oprah denies she’s a lesbian in interview with Barbara Walters to air Thursday. (Video clip above.)

• Anti-gay, Target-backed Republican Tom Emmer concedes Minnesota governor’s race. Does this mean it’s OK to shop there again?

• Clover coffee arrives at Starbucks on Knox Street.

• H&M to open pop-up store at NorthPark today?

• Arrest of partner in Cedar Hill teacher’s murder a relief for family.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Jonsi at Verizon Theatre last night

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Hope you caught the Jònsi piece in the paper this week prior to his show at Verizon Theatre last night. I’m sorry to say I didn’t make the show to give you a full-fledged report how the out frontman of Sigur Ros performed, but I did find this video clip from the show last night.

The YouTube poster split it in two, but the first part (below) of Jònsi’s song “Go Do,” has a better quality than the second and gives you some idea of the show. However, by the looks of this slideshow on the Observer’s site, he clearly had more interesting costumes at other times in the concert.

Watch part 2 here.

—  Rich Lopez

Surge in homophobic comments on the air can only mean one thing — it’s football season!

Dan Hampton, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who now apparently works as an analyst for the MSG Network, used a homophobic metaphor to disparage the Dallas Cowboys on the air over the weekend.

“The Cowboys think they’re Clint Eastwood,” Hampton says in the above video clip. “They’re more of the Brokeback variety if you know what I’m talking about.”

Hampton’s co-host responds by saying, “No I don’t, please explain.”

Instead of explaining the Brokeback comment, Hampton goes on to make an even more offensive one. Referring to an upcoming game in which the New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings, Hampton says, “The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina.” (Video is below.)

What an idiot. Let’s hope MSG cans Hampton by the close of business Tuesday. If they do, we’re sure it will be mostly because of the Katrina comment. After all, homophobia is probably encouraged on these stupid shows to boost ratings.

UPDATE: Hampton has apologized for the Katrina comment on Pro Football Weekly, but not for the homophobic remark about the Cowboys.

—  John Wright