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road.jpg 20 to 40 percent of the 4,000 homeless youth on the streets of San Francisco are gay.

Bidenroad.jpg Senator Joe Biden unloads race commentary on Obama: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy...I mean, that’s a storybook, man."

road.jpg The Daily Intelligencer talks to Top Design host Todd Oldham on art, brunch, and who he wants for President: "Anyone that tells the truth and isn’t hateful would be welcome at this point."

Speleersroad.jpg From slaying dragons to chiselling walls. Eragon's Ed Speleers hasn't found his Hollywood ending.

road.jpg A new report shows nearly half of government scientists have been pressured by the Bush administration to downplay global warming: "46 percent of government scientists 'personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming,’ or other similar terms from a variety of communications.' 46 percent 'perceived or personally experienced new or unusual administrative requirements that impair climate-related work.' 38 percent 'perceived or personally experienced the disappearance or unusual delay of websites, reports, or other science-based materials relating to climate.' 25 percent 'perceived or personally experienced situations in which scientists have actively objected to, resigned from, or removed themselves from a project because of pressure to change scientific findings.'" In addition, the Bush administration has reportedly forbidden Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte from using the words "global" and "warming" together at the hearings on the political manipulation of climate change science.

Twigletroad.jpg On her diet of Prozac, bullied Twiglet is one happy cat.

road.jpg David Beckham wants no fashion faux-pas on the field.

road.jpg Cleveland, Ohio wants some gay visitors.

road.jpg DNA on cigarette may clear man who has spent the last 17 years in prison for a gay killing he has always claimed he didn't commit: "Kennedy, who has been behind bars since 8 October 1990, is at Garth prison in Preston, where he is on suicide watch. His lawyer claims that his case hinges on new DNA evidence, two disputed cell confessions, and fingerprint evidence that points towards a murder suspect. He said the conviction and failure to clear his name may also be as a result of homophobia and a climate of fear among the gay community in the South-west during the early 1990s."

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  1. Actually, 20%-40% of all homeless youth in the U.S. identify as L, G, B or T, not just in San Francisco. As far as I know there is no one addressing this problem on a national level, though the Ali Forney Center in NYC has been trying to set something up.

    Posted by: GBM | Jan 31, 2007 3:09:41 PM

  2. I've been to Cleveland and their gay scene is lacking, to say the least. The only thing that made up for it was that Chi Chi LaRue was there and she was handing out free porn.

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 31, 2007 3:19:17 PM

  3. Look .. I'm not denying that the Earth's climate has warmed. It has. Perhaps by as much as one degree. Why, though, are so many people so eager to acknowledge that the earth is warmer, but they'll deny that the sun is and has been hotter than usual for the past 15 years or so? Why no acknowledgement of the increase sun activity? Because to admit that would be to admit that this may be the reason for what we call global warming.

    There are really two elements to the global warming crowd. On the one hand we have the scientists, on the other hand the political activists. The scientists know that as soon as they acknowledge the role of increase solar activity in global warming their research funds will dry up. Much of these research funds are tied to the idea that global warming is caused by the actions of man. The political activists behind the man-made global warming idea have a goal .. .and that goal is to slow the evil machinery of free enterprise. They are, at their core, anti-capitalists; newbie socialists and remnants of the old world-wide communist movement.
    Thanks to the efforts of the media and the international community, people who question the existence of global warming, which is still an unproven scientific theory, are made to look like members of the Flat Earth Society. How could anyone possibly think there is no such thing as global warming? Forget the facts...forget the's all about emotion, and the anti-capitalist agenda.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 31, 2007 3:31:23 PM

  4. re: Global Warming.

    I guess it's just a circular arguement that goes no where. "Yeah, it may be warmer, but global warming is an unproven scientific theory..." so until we focus on the "...facts and science", what's the big deal? Funny - aren't you one's that want facts and scientific proof but in basically the same breath you say there is no such thing as science or fact, especially if it's not in the bible. YIKES.

    But pay not attention to me, I guess I'm not one of those mainstream, articulate, clean and nice-looking African-Americans Joe Biden seems to have a hard-on for. My apologies.

    Posted by: Greenwich CC | Jan 31, 2007 3:39:25 PM

  5. 1) Re Joe Biden: Barack Obama is "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy"? You mean the first such person running for POTUS? Meaning other African-Americans who have run for POTUS have been dirty and stupid and inarticulate and ugly? Like Jesse Jackson and Shirley Chisholm? Or meaning most African-Americans, "mainstream" or otherwise, are dirty and stupid? What? Sounds like some unconscious racism to me.

    2) Dear Cleveland: A great way to attract LGBT visitors would be to get rid of the amendment that enshrined discrimination and second-class status for non-hets in your state Constitution. Hi.

    3) For the record, and not that anyone really cares unless they're seeking pharmacological treatment for a depressed cat, Twiglet has, according to the linked article, been taking amitriptilyne and not Prozac. Amitriptyline is one of the tricyclic antidepressants, which is a much older class of drugs than the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class to which Prozac belongs.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Jan 31, 2007 3:41:57 PM

  6. Regarding Obama. I like him a lot. Still very much unproven and I fear that his lack of experiene will trip him up during the primary prize fights, but even if it doesn't are Americans really going to vote for a black guy for president whos' middle name is Hussein?

    Posted by: hoya86 | Jan 31, 2007 3:42:40 PM

  7. Geez,all Cleveland has to do is come down to Columbus. This city is teeming with queers!

    Posted by: FidBit | Jan 31, 2007 3:58:34 PM

  8. Geez,all Cleveland has to do is come down to Columbus. This city is teeming with queers!

    Posted by: FidBit | Jan 31, 2007 3:59:01 PM

  9. I just wanted to say that the article about Cleveland's gay tourism ideas was written by my local paper. it's an okay newspaper, but never in a million years would I think anything the TR wrote would be linked to an amazing site like Towleroad....


    Posted by: Richard | Jan 31, 2007 4:00:24 PM

  10. What about Bill Cosby, Joe?

    People talk about the weather but don't do anything about it, as true now as before and will be for a long time. Alas, the Bush admin has no credibility to confront some of the sillier mantras of the global warming crowd. Exactly how many of us have gone out and bought a Prius or similar in the past five years? Raise your hand. If that is too much to ask, buy a high-efficiency refrig the size they are in Europe (would fit under a countertop) and replace old windows if you own your own place. Wash clothes with cold water only perhaps too. There are websites to help turn you green.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 31, 2007 4:02:45 PM

  11. Yuck... That's a particularly ugly foot in Bidens mouth. Unfortunate - he's supposed to be one of the good guys.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jan 31, 2007 4:07:19 PM

  12. Twiglet does not look happy. Twiglet almost looks like an extra from Stephen King's "Pet Semetary."

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 31, 2007 4:08:14 PM

  13. Matt, are you serious here or being sarcastic?? Because if you're serious then you are seriously deluded. It's not global warming but it's really that the sun is hotter?? Are you kidding?? Best laugh I've had all day!

    Posted by: Wayne | Jan 31, 2007 4:09:08 PM

  14. Matt,

    Do you ever feel the urge to wear an aluminum foil hat in order to keep aliens from secretly stealing your thoughts? I'm just curious.


    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 31, 2007 4:45:09 PM

  15. Giovanni, "Supposed" to be is right. Biden has chronic foot in mouth disease because he is not very bright but refuses to say on message (prepared for him by his able staff). He is a running joke in DC when not actually making cringe inducing off-the-cuff comments. As they say inside the Beltway: Biden's a couple of hush puppies short of the fish fry.

    Posted by: rudy | Jan 31, 2007 4:55:44 PM

  16. I love how my views are critized with personal slander instead of your facts to dispute me. If you can't put up anything other than saying I wear a aluminum foil hat then I really could care less to hear what you have to say.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 31, 2007 4:59:44 PM

  17. The phrase is "could NOT care less". Stating that you "could care less" means that you care somewhat because it is possible for you to care less than you currently care. But why bother? If one cannot construct a cogent argument why should I expect that it be correctly stated grammatically? Carry on.

    Posted by: rudy | Jan 31, 2007 5:06:12 PM

  18. Call me cynical but I can no longer get cranky when some whites stumble over their words when they talk about black folk. I wouldn't say they are racist (too strong), but if you are not used to dealing with black folk on a daily basis this type of word jam just seems part of the program.


    Posted by: James | Jan 31, 2007 5:19:37 PM

  19. not a Biden fan, and I don't play one on TV, but the printed transcript of that quote is misleading and doesn't match up to the audio, at least in the "WTF?? Did he really say that??" way it was initially reported.

    There's a more thorough discussion on Talking Points Memo, and probably other sites, too.

    What Biden actually said was, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American." [pause]

    Reporter: "yeah."

    Biden: "Who is articulate and bright and clean [as in 'not corrupt,' not 'showered'] and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    Posted by: | Jan 31, 2007 5:24:10 PM

  20. It's not even February yet and Biden has already given us the winning entry for THE MOST stupid statement of 2007.

    Matt, I hear ya bud! Those damned liberals just keep trying to shove that global warming "science" down our throats. I'm sure you'll agree that another likely source of all this increased warming, that "scientists" refuse to acknowledge but is clearly evident to any Bible believing fundamentalist, is the heat coming up through the earth's crust, radiating from Hell where the temperatures have hit all time highs due to the precipitous increase in liberals, abortionists and homosexuals being thrown into its furnaces.

    Heck, if you can regurgitate spin propaganda from Focus on the Family’s anti-science, Republican, talking points, so can I.

    As far as Obama's only having four years of national experience by the time he would be elected in 2008, that exactly four more years of national experience than Carter, Reagan, Clinton and G.W. Bush had COMBINED. Granted, GW is a particularly strong argument for not putting inexperienced yahoo's in charge of our foreign (or domestic) policy, but even still, I repeat, Obama will have four more years of national policy experience than any of these other Presidents; each of whom are national heroes to millions of Americans, Red AND Blue.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jan 31, 2007 5:28:55 PM

  21. I don't know, Matt... if the global warming thing is indeed due (at least in part) to man-made atmospheric pollutants, and if we do indeed make changes to business and industry to correct those emissions, it doesn't sound like it's necessarily an anti-capitalist move. The environment in which capitalism works changes all the time... as these changes happen, different businesses benefit. The folks who produce fuel-efficient cars, mass transit equipment, solar panels, wind turbines, etc... those businesses will flourish. Some other businesses may require significant changes and some may not survive, but it has nothing to do with environmental activists hating capitalism. I think capitalism is great, but in order for it to be sustained, we have to have a healthy planet. We can have a free market AND a healthy environment.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 31, 2007 5:32:53 PM

  22. @ Hoya86:

    Abraham Lincoln had about the same amount of experience when he ran for president. Wouldn't it be ironic if Obama was elected in the same way that Lincoln was?

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 31, 2007 5:37:33 PM

  23. @ Matt:

    Sorry, I don't see any "facts" to refute. When you present some "facts" then we'll rebutt them. Until then, we'll just choose to derisively label you, much as you have done to the people who actual live in reality.

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 31, 2007 5:39:16 PM

  24. Fidbit is right. Columbus (pronounced "Klumbis") is literally swarming with hot, corn-fed, midwestern guys, many of whom are big ol' homos in the best sense of the word. I still think there's some sort of audition process required before being allowed to play volleyball on the south oval in the summer. Dee-lish.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 31, 2007 6:07:06 PM

  25. Zeke, I think I'm ready to marry you! (at least in theory anyway) You totally make me laugh! Right on.

    Matt, you remind me of Elizabeth on The View, generally harmless in your emotional, fact-free, underdeveloped responses. Good luck and God bless you.

    Tread, it would be something it Obama was elected. I can't imagine the circumstances that the Clinton machine would allow that to happen, but we'll see. I did something I never done in my whole adult life (it's not that long though) which was donate $100 to his campaign. Let's see what my ROI is! :)

    Posted by: hoya86 | Jan 31, 2007 6:39:29 PM

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