YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Where Justin Bieber, Lou Pearlman, abortion and marriage meet. POP!


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OUTRAGE. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU QUIETLY ALLOW YOUR LEGISLATORS TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR BODY, YOU KNOW, FOR JESUS. PLEASE STOP: “The 22-week-old fetus’s lower extremities are deformed and it is impossible to determine its gender, the attorneys for the woman’s husband, Erick Muñoz, said in an emailed statement. ‘The fetus suffers from hydrocephalus [water on the brain]. It also appears that there are further abnormalities, including a possible heart problem, that cannot be specifically determined due to the immobile nature of Mrs. Muñoz’s deceased body,’ the statement said. The fetus, which was deprived of oxygen for “an indeterminate length of time, is gestating within a dead and deteriorating body as the horrified family looks on,” the attorneys said. Marlise Muñoz, 33, was 14 weeks pregnant when she collapsed Nov. 26. She was taken to JPS, where doctors told her husband that she was brain-dead. He and other relatives asked that life support be removed. JPS officials refused, citing a state law requiring that a pregnant woman remain on life support until the fetus is viable, usually at 24 to 26 weeks. Wednesday’s statement from attorneys Heather King and Jessica Janicek does not say whether the fetus is viable.” (via Star-Telegram)


HE LOVES IT WHEN YOU CALL HIM BIG POPPA. LOU PEARLMAN AND SAD LIFE BEHIND BARS: “Rumors ran rampant of Pearlman’s predilection for the buff, blond boys in his entourage, even as he dated nurse-turned-girlfriend Tammie Hilton, never consummating the relationship in 10 years (‘He was very religious,’ Hilton has said). Bass remembers being warned to keep his distance. ‘We would hear things, for sure,’ he says. ‘He would always have young boy limo drivers for Trans Continental Records; those limo drivers would always be put into different boy bands. Then I’d hear rumors that he would molest the boys before they would even get into the groups. I don’t know how much of that is true, but to me, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ The members of ‘N Sync would crack one another up by imitating Pearlman’s habit of manhandling them. ‘He’d always grab our arms and feel our muscles and go: ‘Hey boys, you workin’ out? Yeahhhh!’’ says Bass, affecting Pearlman’s playfully gruff intonation. But he says Pearlman never crossed that line with him, adding that he felt sympathy for a man with whom he suspected he shared a deep secret. ‘Even as a young guy, I assumed that Lou probably was gay,’ says Bass. ‘It didn’t really bother me. I knew then that I was gay, so I kind of related to him in a way.’” (via Orlando Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter)


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TAMPA BAY TIMES BREAKS IT DOWN ON GAY MARRIAGE. HUZZAH!: “Opponents of same-sex marriage have no compelling argument against it. There is no evidence that allowing gay marriage negatively impacts the institution of marriage or the security of children, as they sometimes argue. Just the opposite is true. When same-sex couples marry, their children become more financially and emotionally secure. Marriage stabilizes society, encourages monogamy and provides couples with a financial safety net they don't have as individuals. The state of Florida's interest is in having more loving couples marry, not fewer. Soon enough the U.S. Supreme Court will settle the question of whether same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution. It gave positive signals in its ruling last term striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law that barred the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages. The justices recognized that same-sex married couples and their children have a right to equal dignity and legal protections. It isn't a big leap to apply those same principles to the right to marry.” (via Tampa Bay Times)

SHUT UP. YOU KNOW YOU CARE ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER DRAG RACING IN A YELLOW LAMBORGHINI WHILE ON DRUGS: “After allegedly smoking pot all day, drinking beer and popping anti-depressants, bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber went on a wild pre-dawn drag race in Miami Beach that landed him in jail Thursday morning, police said. When stopped by police in his Lamborghini, Bieber barraged officers with a string of F-bombs, babbled incoherently, refused to get out of his car and, when he finally stepped out, declined to take his hands out of his pockets, police sources told The Miami Herald. He was booked at Miami Beach police headquarters on DUI, resisting arrest and drag-racing, a police spokesman said. The musician’s entourage had apparently used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street, a residential area, at 4:30 a.m., creating a drag strip for the young star, who had been on a party spree in South Florida.” (via Miami Herald)



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