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White House must ‘check into’ Egypt anti-gay bill before condemning

Measure would criminalize homosexual acts with up to five years in prison

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’d have to “check into” an Egypt anti-gay bill before condemning it.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of condemning a proposal in Egypt that would criminalize homosexual acts in Egypt with up to five years in prison, saying she’d have to “check into” the situation.

Sanders made the remarks Friday in response to a question from the Washington Blade on whether she’d condemn the measure, which Egypt lawmakers seem ready to pass amid a general anti-gay crackdown in the country.

“I’m not aware of the specifics of that, so I would have to look into that before I could make a response, but we will certainly be happy to check into it,” Sanders said.

The Blade followed up with Sanders with an email request for a statement of condemnation, but had not heard back by the time of this posting.

The measure would make same-sex relations punishable with between one and three years of prison for a one-time offense, but repeated violators could face up to five years in prison. The proposal would also criminalize “inciting” same-sex relations, advertising an LGBT party, attending an LGBT party or carrying any symbol of LGBT community, such as a Pride flag.

Homosexual acts aren’t currently illegal in Egypt, but law enforcement have persecuted gay and bisexual men in the country under the more general offense of “debauchery.” Last month, Egyptian authorities arrested at least seven people who waived a rainbow flag during a rock concert in Cairo.

According to Human Rights Watch, Egypt’s parliament is likely to pass the legislation, which will then head to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for his signature before becoming law.

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26 Comments

  1. NORMAN DOSTAL

    October 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    stop talking to this cow

    • lnm3921

      October 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Yes, she is built like a cow and I’m so tired of seeing the same tired picture of her! The only woman more annoying his the administration is that Kelly Anne!

      • Kemwit Tall Tree

        October 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

        Fat shaming a woman? How misogynistic of you. Not ALL women look like Twiggy and feel no need to do so.

        • lnm3921

          October 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

          Speaking of a shameful fat woman, in comes you swishing down the road! Misogynistic? You mean like the wonderful things you have to say about women like Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi? Who are you kidding be-yotch?!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            October 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

            I make comments about their policies and political positions. In no way do I comment on their physical appearance or dress.

            You are such a hypocrite and scumbag to stoop to such a level….misogynist!

          • lnm3921

            October 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

            You comment on appearance all the time you liar! You lie and deceive as much as your fake POTUS!

            You think gay men who have AIDS deserve it for their behavior so I wouldn’t talk about being a scumbag…you diarrhea hole!

        • lnm3921

          October 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm

          I fat shame men too but you wouldn’t know anything about being a man!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            October 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm

            Another sexist comment from you. You consider being a woman below that of being a man? That is your insult?

            Wow, what a creep you are turning out to be.

          • lnm3921

            October 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm

            You think illegal aliens, racial minorities, Muslims and gay men with AIDS are beneath you so you have no credibility when it comes to this moral indignation!!

            You are a disgusting and pathetic waste of life!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            October 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

            whatever you sexist turd.

          • lnm3921

            October 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm

            Okay. Little V-JJ!

  2. lnm3921

    October 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    The Fake POTUS will do nothing! He will ignore GLBT in Egypt as easily as he has in Chechnya which he’s NEVER addressed! The Trump administration is a disaster for GLBT!

    • Kemwit Tall Tree

      October 29, 2017 at 6:03 am

      The real issue here is anti-gay Islam. An ideology that poses an existential threat to gays – and you just side step it 100%.

      Why should the USA feel it has the right to impose IT’S view of social norms on another country through the POTUS? You are a typical Clinton style imperialist who feels the USA should dictate its will on other nations.

      • lnm3921

        October 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

        The REAL issue your moron is religious extremism! That existential threat is posed to us here by the right-wing extremists in the Trump administration like Sessions and supporters like the FRC!

        Trump imposes his view on social norms all the time your stupid little lump of $h!t! Like whether football players need to kneel or not. That is their business not his. The so-called leader of the free world sets the tone of how all people should be treated around the world. Obama fought for GLBT rights around the world and that is as it should be. Just like Trump fights for religious conservatives around the world! Yes, if we give aid to countries like Egypt we have the right to impose any standards we want in return for it including how to treat GLBT!

        You’re a disgusting obnoxious waste of life leaching on the GLBT right liberals gained for you here while advocating their denial to others around the world! You’re life is meaningless and worthless as are your clueless view on the world and opinions!!

  3. Mark Hatchett

    October 28, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Egypt is a muslim country. What do you expect? Did the Washington Blade ever condemn Hillary Clinton for accepting millions upon millions from muslim countries which routinely mutilate and kill gay people?

    • Eli Bradley

      October 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

      When you have to bring up Hillary Clinton in an article that has NOTHING to do with Hillary Clinton… you’ve lost the argument.

      • Mark Hatchett

        October 29, 2017 at 8:32 am

        Sorry Eli it has everything to do with the blatant hypocrisy of the Washington Blade as it constantly bashes President Trump while elevating Clinton and Obama to gay sainthood.

        • Eli Bradley

          October 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

          Okay, I’ll give you a shot… what has Trump done that deserves elevation?

          (Note, most recent NBC/WSJ poll puts him 20 under for favorability, his lowest)

          • Mark Hatchett

            October 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm

            Not a thing you liberals would give a damn about. The rest of us are quite pleased with 3% growth, illegal aliens now on the run, rolling back Obama’s job killing regulations, reversing Obama’s EO’s and Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

          • lnm3921

            October 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm

            The economy was already strong while Obama was in office. Trump had nothing to do with that! And if our economy is so strong, then we don’t need to give corporations or the wealthy a huge tax cut!

            What great jobs have people gotten that you can trace directly to anything that Trump has done? Give specifics!

            Nothing and absolutely NOTHING that you’ve rambled on about has helped GLBT people! In fact, Trump’s agenda has been to promote polices that will hurt LGBT. Nothing that Jeff Session is peddling is pro-GLBT you idiot! That’s what matters here. It’s a GLBT news site you putz!

          • Eli Bradley

            October 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm

            Exactly what did he do that created 3% growth (done a couple of times with Obama)?

            Illegal aliens on the run? You mean ten year old undocumented people being captured after getting medical treatment?

            Job killing regulations? Don’t make me get a map of the record number of continuous months of job growth under Obama that was most recently ended, because I’d hate to drag you more with some facts.

            If the House and the Senate were actually interested in helping the country during the Obama Administration, maybe they would have done some work on things like immigration reform and there wouldn’t have been a need for executive orders? Oh wait, the reversal of executive orders is the work of a petulant man child who thinks he can erase his predecessor (he can’t).

            Oh, and don’t pretend that Mitch McConnell didn’t hold up a stolen seat for nearly a year to try and shape the judicial branch for decades, because THAT ALSO HAPPENED.

          • Mark Hatchett

            October 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm

            Were you at Columbia University this evening protesting with NAMBLA and ANTIFA?

          • Eli Bradley

            October 31, 2017 at 7:20 am

            No.

            Of course, if you believe a planted sign is truth, there REALLY is no hope for you. http://akkadiantimes.com/2017/10/jack-posobiec-planted-signs/

          • Mark Hatchett

            October 31, 2017 at 7:34 am

            I suppose all the Workers World Party communist signs were planted as well!

          • Eli Bradley

            October 31, 2017 at 8:57 am

            Exactly how strong do you need to be to continue to move these goalposts?

            You have a wonderful day. Bye now.

        • lnm3921

          October 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

          There is nothing to praise Trump about since he has done nothing to advance GLBT rights or promote them rather he supports the agenda of the FRC against the community!

          You conservatives just can’t accept the truth or reality so you live in your own!

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D.C. homebuyers face hyper competitive market

Sellers in driver’s seat as region faces record low inventory

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With job growth rising during a period of aggressive government spending and historically low mortgage rates, the spring 2021 market sits at the lowest level of inventory since 1983.

Homebuyers in the D.C. area continue to face an incredibly competitive market. This is truly a seller’s market.

Lack of Inventory: Washington, D.C. has been in a gradually worsening housing shortage since the Great Recession. The area hasn’t had a six-month supply of homes for sale for almost 12 years. Now, we add a global pandemic that seriously altered what homeowners want out of their home, Wall Street on fire, and insanely low interest rates and we get a surge in motivated homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the number of homes nationwide reached a record low in December 2020, with just 1.07 million properties on the market. The DC metro area is even worse off than the national average with only one month’s supply of homes. That means if new listings were completely dried up, there would be no homes available in four weeks. On average, D.C. homes have been selling within 11 days, which is 15 days faster than this time in 2020.

Seller’s Market: The time is now for Washington, D.C. homeowners to seriously consider selling their homes if they have played with the idea. Experts predict 2021 will be another strong housing market with an increase in demand from existing homebuyers in search of larger homes and buyers who delayed purchasing a home due to the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Zillow forecasts a nearly 30 percent annual growth in homes for sale in 2021. This would be the largest home sales growth since 1983. Zillow’s annual report stated, “Home price appreciation will reach its fastest pace since the Great Recession, as the inventory crunch continues to pit buyers against each other, competing for a scarce number of homes for sale.”

D.C.’s Current Market: According to the NAR, in March of 2021, D.C. home prices had increased 4.1% compared to March 2020, for a median price of $635,000. There were 1,004 homes sold in March 2021, an increase from 842 at this time last year.

We are seeing many homes receive multiple offers within just a few days in the D.C. area. The average home is selling a little above 1% of the listing price and many hot homes are seeing large bidding wars and selling for 3% or more above the listing price; 42.7% of D.C. homes sold above list price in March of 2021. That is a 13.4% increase from last year at this time. Active inventory for March of 2021 was 1,457 homes, down 9% from March 2020. March 2021 also saw 991 homes sell in the D.C. area, an increase of 31% from February of 2021. March 2021’s total homes sold had a 19% increase from March 2020.

Buying a Home: In the current seller’s market, buying a home can be like playing a chess match. You need to know the rules and be strategic. It can seem more like winning than purchasing a home right now. If you find a home you want to buy, chances are you won’t be the only one making an offer. It is a seller’s market everywhere in the country right now and D.C. is no different. Be sure you know what you qualify for and what you can afford.

Conclusion: The NAR and the Mortgage Bankers Association both project prices of existing homes to increase 5.9% in 2021. This may mean buyers will have to be more flexible than in the past. For example, making an offer contingent upon the sale of a current home may be harder than before. It’s also possible you will pay more than the list price. The D.C. real estate market is on fire and many homes are off the market within 24 hours of listing. For sellers, if you have been thinking of selling your home there is no better time than the present.

 

Khalil El-Ghoul is Principal Broker for Glass House Real Estate. Reach him at [email protected] or 571-235-4821. Glass House Real Estate is a modern, more affordable way to buy and sell a home in the D.C. Metro area. Learn more about what makes us different at glassshousere.com.

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Kick-ass crossovers

Still the hottest vehicles in dealer showrooms

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Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Crossovers keep wending their way into our driveways—and our hearts. After overtaking sedans, station wagons and minivans as the hottest vehicles in dealer showrooms, crossovers are now taking aim at the most quintessential of American rides: the muscle car. With naughty looks and hepped-up engines, the two dynamite crossovers below are sure to blow your mind—and just maybe your budget.

DODGE DURANGO SRT HELLCAT
$81,000
Mpg: 12 city/17 highway
0 to 60 mph: 3.5 seconds

For more than 20 years, the Dodge Durango has been a solid if nondescript family hauler. But this year the automaker jazzed up its midsize crossover with brawnier styling and the latest tech toys. And for the first time, Dodge is offering a limited-edition Durango SRT Hellcat—a high-test model with the same hellacious Hemi V8 engine in the Challenger super coupe and Charger sport sedan. With 710 horsepower, this blazingly fast crossover can kick some serious ass, outrunning many a Ferrari and Lamborghini.

The upgraded suspension provides more dynamic handling and cornering, as well as selectable steering for better grip. For straight-line acceleration and to prevent nasty fish-tailing, I simply flipped the “launch control” toggle switch. The massive Brembo brakes also were stellar, with stop-on-a-dime performance and flaming red calipers on each wheel. Another plus: the iconic Hellcat exhaust rumble could be heard blocks away—music to the ears of any auto aficionado. As with all Durangos, this bruiser has best-in-class towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.

Inside, there’s plenty of space, including more room than expected for third-row passengers. The steering wheel, dash, and trim accents now have trendy Euro styling, though it’s more VW than upscale Audi. And you can opt for flashy seatbelts and premium seats in a color Dodge calls Demonic Red, along with black velour floor mats and a soft-touch headliner. Other features include heated/ventilated seats, a large 10.1-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone integration and the ability to pair two Bluetooth devices at once. Options include a 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo and rear-seat entertainment with Blue-Ray player. Alas, this is a limited-edition model and all 2,000 of these speed demons quickly sold out months ago. But there’s still hope: Dodge allocated some of the racy Durangos to select dealerships, so you can call around to see if any are still available. And you can always try social media to find a lucky Durango Hellcat owner who just might be willing to sell this rollicking ride, if the price is right.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER X
$85,000
Mpg: 17 city/22 highway
0 to 60 mph: 5.7 seconds

For decades, both the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover have been ubiquitous in the United States. Not so the smaller and less ostentatious Defender, often seen as a work-horse vehicle in BritBox reruns or action flicks like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. But last year the Defender returned to these shores after nearly a quarter-century hiatus.

Available in two- or four-door models, both Defenders start around $50,000. My test vehicle was the new top-of-the-line Defender X, which added—yikes!—another $35,000 to the sticker price. The look on these crossovers is boxy chic, which allows for a ginormous amount of headroom, legroom and cargo space. Land Rover also added extra stowage areas and cubby holes, as well as transom windows and a sliding panoramic sunroof to keep things airy. While the cabin may be sparse and full of solid plastics, the walnut trim on the center console and door panels is quite elegant.

Land Rovers have a somewhat infamous reputation for less-than-stellar electronics, but the 10-inch touchscreen was crystal clear and synced up seamlessly with the infotainment system. Tricked out with a jet-black roof, hood, and side cladding, the press vehicle I test drove was painted a haughty Eiger Gray Metallic. It also came with thick all-terrain tires, adding to a slightly menacing vibe. A full-size spare is conveniently mounted on the vertical tailgate, which swings completely open like a refrigerator door for easy access. The Defender X may not be as lightning quick as a Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, but it’s still plenty fast. And this brute can tackle the toughest of terrains, thanks to locking differentials, hill-descent control and a standard air suspension that can raise the chassis 11.5 inches above the ground. Overall, the Defender X can’t quite hide its refined roots as a tony Land Rover. But as with the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, this burly crossover flexes some serious muscle.

Land Rover Defender X

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A closer look at the houses in our fave holiday films

The role of architecture in Christmas storytelling

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Ralphie’s house in ‘A Christmas Story’ is available for special events and even weddings. (Photo courtesy AChristmasStoryHouse.com)

We’re in the midst of the Hallmark season. Their movies are available 24/7 and they can serve as both light entertainment and as background noise.

The formula is simple: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, and she moves to some rural place with plenty of snow rather than live in the city where she is harried, overworked, and financially successful. Thankfully, Hallmark is finally branching out to boy meets boy and girl meets girl like Dashing in December and The Happiest Season, but the formula remains pretty much the same except that someone is still in the closet.

As a real estate agent, I tend to focus on things like architecture and décor when I watch the original classics and those that have become traditional in more recent years.

There are extreme exteriors like the Griswold house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Deck the Halls, where the Halls and the Finches argue over how many exterior lights are too many.

One of my favorite movies is The Holiday, where Iris and Amanda exchange homes for Christmas vacation. Iris’s house is the quintessential stone cottage in a quaint English village. You can just feel how cold the house is until the fire is lit.

Amanda’s house, on the other hand, is a gorgeous Mediterranean built in the late 1920s, with a barrel tiled roof, located in San Marino, Calif. There are lots of contemporary touches inside, including automatic window shades and a kitchen to die for. While the house’s exterior is real, the interior was specifically constructed on a separate soundstage to transform it from traditional to contemporary.

The kitchen in A Christmas Story reminds me of my maternal grandparents’ home in Maine. It was a three-bedroom, one-bath upstairs apartment over my grandfather’s general store. We would sit around the table chatting while my Nana uncovered the dough that she would use to bake bread.

She would peel off little bits of dough to deep fry and we would eat them with locally made butter for breakfast (think hush puppies with dough instead of cornmeal). The whistle from the nearby, malodorous paper mill called us to lunch at that same table. At one, the whistle would blow again to call the townsmen back to work.

The incredibly large Georgian Colonial home in Home Alone, also from the 1920s, always made me wonder what Mr. McCallister did for a living that he could afford the mortgage. Today, that house in the Chicago suburban village of Winnetka, Ill., would command roughly $3 million.

The Victorian Four Square showcased in The Family Stone reminds me of the homes in 16th Street Heights, with large wrap-around porches, wide moldings, wainscotting and what looks to be William Morris wallpaper. And who could forget the Smith’s family home in Meet Me in St. Louis, an impressive Victorian Second Empire, where the songbird, Judy Garland, wooed us with her rendition of Merry Little Christmas.

The Columbia Inn with its adjacent ski lodge became the set for White Christmas. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye sang and danced their way into our hearts. The lodge had floor to ceiling atrium windows and held about three dozen tables for dinner. It was beautifully decorated for the holiday, with the red of poinsettias and the green of World War II uniforms.

Also lovely were the Christmas tree and arched doorways in the 1947 Cary Grant film, The Bishop’s Wife (not to be confused with Denzel Washington’s 1996 remake, The Preacher’s Wife, which seems to take place as much outdoors as indoors).

How can we possibly talk about Christmas movies without mentioning the drafty, old house of It’s a Wonderful Life? The Old Granville House is another example of Second Empire Victorian (1860s to 1880s). In the beginning of the movie, it’s what we would call a fixer upper, without the shiplap and open floorplan favored by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Mary Bailey, wife of George, does an excellent job of cleaning and wallpapering (and, we hope, replacing windows) to transform an ugly duckling into the swan that is the family home.

Finally, Miracle on 34th Street is still one of my favorite Christmas movies, as much for the independence of the single mother and trial of Santa Claus as for the yellow Cape Cod that a young Natalie Wood is presented with once she learns to believe in Santa. Perhaps if you believe in Santa again, someone will bring you a house next year too.

Wishing you happiness and good health this holiday season.

Valerie M. Blake is a licensed Associate Broker in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with RLAH Real Estate. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email her via DCHomeQuest.com, or follow her on Facebook at TheRealst8ofAffairs.

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