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road.jpg Bush releases executive summary of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq that shows war in Iraq is fueling terrorism. Document shows that Bush and Cheney misled Americans.

Gm_1road.jpg Ian McKellen gives a lengthy interview to AfterElton in which he discusses a variety of his movie roles, gay TV, Superman, and whether or not a public figure's life should be private. Here's what he had to say about George Michael:

"If you get into the world where you invite the press to think of you as a person beyond your particular expertise as a singer or an actor, then you're likely to get into problems, and you're likely to be asked awkward questions and you're not prepared for them, and you give replies that only apply to you. It's very hard and I don't think we should expect people to do anything other than what they can do. We've all got a part to play and it would be quite enough, as far as I'm concerned, for George Michael to say 'Yes, I'm gay,' and leave it at that. But he gets caught up [laughs] in activities in public places that draw attention to himself."

road.jpg eBay buyer who was sold an allegedly working laptop but then found it didn't work posts the contents (including gay porn) of the recovered hard drive online, making the seller's life a "living hell". Scotland Yard is investigating, but the real lesson here: when you sell someone a laptop, don't be stupid enough to not erase the contents of the hard drive.

Transfatroad.jpg Out of the frying pan: NYC to ban trans fats in restaurants.

road.jpg Jack Osbourne shares his coin slot with the world.

road.jpg Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that the church's stance on gays made him "ashamed to be Anglican." Biographer: "He found it little short of outrageous that church leaders should be obsessed with issues of sexuality in the face of the challenges of AIDS and global poverty."

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  1. Poor Amir. He's actually kinda cute.

    Posted by: 123 | Sep 27, 2006 1:05:56 PM

  2. Poor Amir?? Did you read his resume? Did you read the comments further down the page where he still tries make out like he's a cool bandit? I think the register article also says something about how he sold an iPod but never shipped it to the customer.

    Posted by: Scott A | Sep 27, 2006 1:14:35 PM

  3. I'm pretty sure that laptop theft / posting thing is like a year or more old. (Certainly an Internet year, at least.) And the way the guy wrote up the gay porn was pretty derogatory -- I remember thinking that at the time (ages ago) when I first read it.

    Posted by: tjc | Sep 27, 2006 1:41:03 PM

  4. Here is the link to the actual declassified NIE summary:

    It's not lengthy, actually, a PDF of just over 3 pages.

    Reading it in its original form, and not through the filter of the NYT or other lefty blogs, I personally find it QUITE interesting. Particularly the part where it says if we, for example, were to cut and run from Iraq, "perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere." Conversely, it says "Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves,
    and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry
    on the fight."

    Posted by: Pompeius | Sep 27, 2006 1:45:05 PM

  5. "perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere." Conversely, it says "Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry
    on the fight."

    well, this American feels misled

    (by the NY Times...)

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 27, 2006 1:48:18 PM

  6. For some strange reason AfterElton hasn't properly loaded for me in months. I get the banner at the top of the page, and that's it.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 27, 2006 2:07:18 PM

  7. Kevin: it could be due to anti-spyware software. I can't remember the name of it now but a certain anti-spyware program I installed from the net ended up blocking a bunch of websites. They'd only partially load. Had to switch to Firefox to look at them.

    P.S. Any chance you could choose another name? I don't wanna have to think (of one).

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 27, 2006 2:40:20 PM

  8. As for Amir, he deserves everything he's getting.

    Anyway he should be delighted at the attention: "I like to make people laugh at my expense."

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 27, 2006 2:57:38 PM

  9. I love Desmond Tutu.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 27, 2006 4:18:01 PM

  10. as I've always suspected; everyone likes to look at gay porn..

    Posted by: cypher | Sep 27, 2006 7:31:45 PM

  11. Has the whole world gone stupid? That is not Jack Osborne's ass. It's his thighs. Why would he be putting his shorts on the right way in one picture and then suddenly be putting them on backwards in the next?

    Posted by: Gary | Sep 27, 2006 10:31:24 PM

  12. Desmond Tutu is truly a saint in every sense of the word. As a Gay Christian, and especially as an Episcopalian, it does my heart good to hear a bishop from the "global south" speak up in the name of love for all people.

    Posted by: Brett | Sep 28, 2006 8:42:26 AM

  13. Sir Ian has been in some of my favorite films of all time but he's also a remarkably well spoken and thoughtful advocate and role model.

    Here's a man who is not an action movie star, a heart throb (in the conventional sense) and yet he is out and he is certainly not hurting for work. He's living proof that the power of one's character can overcome labels and change minds.

    Maybe all the closeted actors in hollywood just stay in the closet because they don't have the integrity and strength of character to do otherwise.

    Posted by: mark m | Sep 28, 2006 10:17:27 AM

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